What Can You See on a Helicopter Tour in Hilo?

What Can You See on a Helicopter Tour in Hilo?

What can you expect from Tropical Helicopter’s Doors Off Big Island Tour of Hilo?

  • Morning and afternoon departures from Hilo Airport
  • Duration: 50 minutes to 1-hour
  • Two-way communication between you, your pilot, and your group
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Unmatched beauty and sights which we go into detail below

About Hilo, Hawaii

Located on the northeastern side of the island of Hawaii, Hilo offers breathtaking waterfalls, lush rainforests, and blossoming gardens. If you plan to visit this part of the island, then taking a helicopter tour in Hilo, Hawaii will be one of the best decisions you make.

The island of Hawaii is beautiful any way you look at it, but seeing Hilo from the sky gives you a perspective that few people get to experience. Hilo covers about 58 square miles of Hawaii Island and has plenty of natural beauties to see from above.

Here’s a look at some of the things you can expect to see on your helicopter tour in Hilo.

Kilauea Volcano

With the doors off, you’ll have stellar views of the most iconic, jaw-dropping sights in Hilo including the Kilauea Volcano. Kilauea has been continuously erupting for 30 years but has died down considerably after the 2018 eruption. In May of 2018, Kilauea erupted and lava flowed from the open vents for months, wiping out more than 700 homes on the Big Island. Ever since the volcano has gone silent, the landscape of Hilo has evolved in the areas touched by lava flows.

If you are looking to see lava flowing from the open vents of the volcano, it’s best you contact Tropical Helicopters to see if there are active flows during the time you want to fly. If there isn’t lava flowing, you will still be able to see breathtaking views above the open crater and see the sprawling devastation from the most recent eruption.

Mauna Loa

According to USGS, the Hawaiian name “Mauna Loa” means “Long Mountain.” and refers to the subaerial part of Mauna Loa, which extends for about 74 miles from the southern tip of the island to the summit caldera and then east-northeast to the coastline near Hilo.

Mauna Loa is a giant shield volcano that is also the world’s largest and one of the most active volcanoes. Although it last erupted in 1984 and there is no lava flowing from the volcano currently, it is still considered active. Although a Hilo helicopter tour won’t pass directly over Mauna Loa, you may see it off in the distance.

Waianuenue (Rainbow Falls)

Rainbow Falls is located in the Wailuku River which is conveniently located within the town of Hilo. The sprawling waterfall flows over a lava cave that is a modest 80 feet high. In order to see the “rainbows” that form when the water rushes over the edge you will have to see the waterfall during the early morning hours. Also, since rainbows rely on the sun to be visible, you must visit the falls when it is a nice sunny day.

Depending on the amount of rainfall over the past few weeks or days you can either see a waterfall that is rushing with water or you might find that the falls have been reduced to a trickle. Since you will be above the waterfall during your tour, you might not be able to see the rainbows as well as you would on foot. Once your tour concludes, you can head over to the falls on your own and appreciate its beauty up close. If you choose to visit the waterfalls on your own be sure to make the short climb to the top to find a new perspective of the falls.

Don’t Limit Yourself

Now that you know a little more about what you will see on your Helicopter tour in Hilo, it’s up to you to schedule your ride. You can expect to be on the tour for about 50 minutes to one hour and you must check-in to your flight 45 minutes in advance. We will leave from Hilo airport and you can find directions here


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