Paradise Helicopters: Doors-off Lava & Rainforests Adventure


Paradise Helicopters: Doors-off Lava & Rainforests Adventure

5 out of 5 based on 7 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)

$324.00 $259.00

Feel The Heat! Take a ride in a Hughes 500 helicopter with no doors, and find out for yourself why the Travel Channel calls this the “hottest helicopter ride on Earth!” Kīlauea Volcano has been continuously erupting for 30 years, and even at 500 feet above the flowing lava and open vents, you will feel waves of hot air rolling off the subsurface flows, which can reach temperatures of 2,000 degrees! Along the way, cool off as you soar over Hilo’s lush rain forests, Mauna Loa’s vistas and the plunging Wai‘ānuenue (Rainbow Falls), so named for the rainbows you can see in the mist when the early morning sunshine hits the water. There’s no better vantage point than a helicopter, and there’s no bigger thrill than leaving the doors behind so there is nothing between you and the sights!

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Learn about the latest happenings at Kīlauea, Mauna Loa, and Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park with the Hawai'i Lava Update.


  • Current activity at Kilauea Volcano
  • Tropical rainforests of Puna
  • Waterfalls of North Hilo

Product Description



  • Approx. 45 minute* tour in MD500 helicopter
  • * total flight time typically varies from 40 – 50 minutes


  • Warm clothing suggested as flight is cool and windy
  • All cameras including cell phones must have straps
  • No hats permitted on flight


  • Current activity at Kilauea Volcano
  • Tropical rainforests of Puna
  • Waterfalls of North Hilo


  • Easy: Suitable for adults, children, and seniors.


  • Two-way communication between you, your pilot, and your group
  • Fully narrated tour
  • All taxes and fuel surcharge included


  • Please check in for your flight 45 minutes prior to departure
  • Passengers over 264 lb. may be subject to weight restriction fee
    • $294 capacity surcharge (Guests weighing 265 lb. to 315 lb.)
    • $498 extra seating (Guests weighing more than 315 lb.)

7 reviews for Paradise Helicopters: Doors-off Lava & Rainforests Adventure

  1. 5 out of 5


    I’ve been on several helicopter tours times but this one takes the cake! Doors off! Mahalo.

  2. 5 out of 5


    Highly recommend to everyone reading this review. Best tour ever.

  3. 5 out of 5


    Going no-doors is unforgettable! Feeling the heat of lava isn’t something you do every day. Plus, this tour was about so much more than the volcano. The views we got were spectacular. The pilot made sure everyone got to see the same things from several perspectives. We saw macadamia farms, Hilo’s harbor, Rainbow Falls, the Kilauea Volcano (we were fortunate to see molten lava streams – it was incredible to watch the lava flow into the ocean. It is unpredictable to know in advance what the flows will look like on any given day).

    It is cold up in the Hilo skies, so definitely wear long pants, socks, and a long-sleeve jacket!

  4. 5 out of 5


    Feeling the heat of lava has been checked off my bucket list!

  5. 5 out of 5


    The pilot was great! Not all tours spot flowing lava, but our pilot found what lava was flowing and gave us a great experience.

  6. 5 out of 5


    Loved the tour! Doors off is really adds a whole new dimension to the experience.

  7. 5 out of 5


    This tour is totally amazing – a must see for anyone visiting Hilo. The doors off opens up some incredible opportunities…aerial photos of lava, plus feeling the heat of an active volcano. If you’re debating taking this tour, take it! You won’t regret it.

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