Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tours in Big Island
The tour of the lifetime, everytime.
Blue Hawaiian has been the leading helicopter tour company in Hawaii since 1985, and is the only one that serves all four major Hawaiian islands: Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. From the beginning, the Aloha Spirit has guided the principles of our business. We carry this powerful legacy of ancient Hawaii into everything we do.
The Aloha Spirit lives within our passionate and knowledgeable pilots and staff, our commitment to quality, our welcoming hospitality with guests, and our love for Hawaiian history, culture, wildlife, and geology.
Quality has been our main focus from the start and our unwavering dedication to excellence has not gone unnoticed. We’ve been honored with numerous industry awards and recognitions, and are the only company in Hawaii to receive the Federal Aviation Administration’s “Certificate of Excellence – Diamond Award,” year after year since 1997.
We’re dedicated to raising awareness about our beloved helicopters.
Our guests are always surprised at how comfortable, stable, and versatile are the state-of-the-art aircraft we fly. If we do our job right, you’ll be completely enthralled with the awe-inspring tropical beauty of Hawaii, and any apprehensions you may have had about a helicopter tour will melt away.
The entire Blue Hawaiian ohana is committed to doing everything we can to make your flight with us the best experience possible and the highlight of your Hawaiian vacation. We hope you’ll visit us soon, and come back again and again as so many of our guests do. Because for the tour of a lifetime, every time, it’s Blue Hawaiian.
THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII:Helicopter tours full of breathtaking possibilities
Nowhere else on earth is quite like the Big Island. Sprawling over 4,000 square miles, it is the largest island of Hawaii—nearly twice as large as all the other Hawaiian islands combined. The Big Island of Hawaii is also one of the most climatically diverse places on earth, with cascading waterfalls thousands of feet high, lush rainforests, snow-capped peaks, and Kilauea, the world’s most active volcano, which you have to see to believe.
This extraordinary island is truly bursting with life and there’s no better way to witness its beauty and majesty than from the sky! Our Big Island helicopter tours take you on epic sightseeing adventures—from the steep coastal cliffs and ancient settlements of the Waipio Valley to the jaw-dropping lava fields of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
An authentic Hawaiian experience that you won’t soon forget.
Big Island Flight Plans
Voted #1 by The Travel Channel as the “World’s Best Helicopter Thrill”
Discover the Big Island’s magnificent beauty and its volcanic fury on this all-in-one Big Island helicopter tour. Get an up-close look at the famous Kilauea volcano, which has been continuously erupting since 1983; the results of its historic 2018 eruption provide phenomenal views. From the black sand beaches, and Madame Pele’s amazing volcanic badlands, to the lush rainforests of the Hamakua Coast and the meandering valleys of the Kohala Mountains, you won’t miss a thing on this Big Island helicopter tour!
Tour the most spectacular scenery on the Big Island
Witness the stunning Kohala coast of Big Island’s North Shore, where the towering sea cliffs of Waipi’o Valley open into the dramatically deep and meandering valleys of the Kohala Mountains. On this helicopter ride, you’ll experience beautiful waterfalls cascade thousands of feet into the rainforest below, where remnants of ancient Hawaiian settlements are still visible. This scenic adventure is one you won’t soon forget!
Experience Kilauea and Hawaii Volcano National Park! The massive eruptions of the world’s most active and unpredictable volcano have changed the face of the Big Island in spectacular ways. On the Circle of Fire helicopter tour, you’ll embark on a breathtaking adventure, seeking out the island’s unique rainforest, newly formed landscapes and black-sand beaches, and witnessing the results of Madame Pele’s incredible volcanic activity—scenes of nature’s raw power that you’ll never forget!
Buckle into your ECO-Star chopper and pull on your aviation-grade headset, which opens up a clear line of communication between you and the pilot. Take off and rise high above the streets of as the landscapes of the Hawaii Island open up beneath you.
Soar over miles of lush forests as you head to witness the power of Kilauea. Once you reach the longest continuously erupting volcano in the world, marvel at the billows of smoke and steam rising from the craggy crater. In ideal conditions, you might even get to watch the glowing red lava slowly flow to meld with the waters of the Pacific. Then, fly above the verdant terrain flanking the Wailuku River, where waterfalls cascade into beautiful emerald ponds, before your return flight back to Hilo.
Safety & Affiliations
Hawaii’s air-tour leader for 35 years, and the only helicopter tour company that serves the entire state, Only Blue Hawaiian has an approved and accepted voluntary FAA Safety Management System (SMS), just like all major airlines, along with numerous other industry-leading safety programs and practices. Blue Hawaiian is also guided by an executive management team dedicated to Continuous Process Improvement. In Hawaii, Only Blue is the leader in air-tour safety.
Only Blue: Has a Voluntary FAA Safety Management System (SMS) implementation program accepted and approved – May 18, 2015. Key points:
- Safety Performance Indicators (SPI) and Targets
- Has the highest number of a voluntary participant in the FAA Safety Team program (FAAST). Aviation maintenance technicians awarded annually
- Conducts Annual Safety Conference and Training for all Bases – Jan/Feb 2020
- Has an Emergency Response Plan (ERP) – tested June 5, 2019
- Has a solely dedicated, highly qualified, Director of Regional Safety (DRS) trained in safety management systems; every Blue Hawaiian base is audited by the DRS, every quarter
- Continuous improvement in employee open-reporting culture, safety committees, and safety culture
- Most intense audits for pilots and maintenance teams in Hawaii
- Department audits every two weeks: operations, maintenance, ground operations
- Every base evaluated every six months by external auditors, including: FAA, Department of Defense, TOPS, and ISBAO (International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations) Level 3
Only Blue: Has a Voluntary FAA Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) accepted and approved – Nov. 13, 2017
Only Blue: Is a member of the Tour Operators Program of Safety (TOPS) – audited Aug. 1, 2019
- TOPS requires all pilots to be instrument rated and trained in instrument maneuvers
- TOPS requires aircraft to have equipment that allows for instrument training, and recovery in an Inadvertent Entry Into Instrument Meteorological Conditions encounter
Only Blue: Have helicopters upgraded with the newest GARMIN glass-cockpit avionics, displaying synthetic terrain awareness to pilots. A major safety benefit while flying in Hawaii’s terrain.
Only Blue: Requires the highest pilot-hour minimum in the state of Hawaii.
Only Blue: Incorporates a guaranteed salary into our pilots’ pay. This puts less pressure on pilots to fly in order to make their income, and allows them to make flight decisions not predicated on hours flown.
Unless you charter the complete helicopter you will be sharing the flight with other guests. We try to seat couples and families side-by-side as much as possible. We cannot guarantee particular seating as it is often dictated by our FAA approved “weight and balance” program. However, visibility from every seat is excellent in both our A-Stars and Eco-Stars, since there are no cabin partitions that would block part of the view as is the case on other types of helicopters. Please note: tours from Maui, Waikoloa and Hilo operate with both A-Stars and Eco-Stars; tours from Kauai and Oahu utilize the Eco-Star exclusively.
FAA regulations require us to weigh all guests and bags at check-in. We do this discreetly for your privacy. Please be accurate as possible when providing weight information.
For each guest weighing more than 240 pounds, an adjacent, empty seat purchase is required. The charge for an adjacent empty seat is 50% off of the regular tour price. This open seat ensures the comfort for you and all of our guests on your flight. Please enquire directly with our reservations staff by telephone about the possibility of a comfort seat waiver.
Cancellations and Change made within 48 hours or “no showing” on your tour date will result in a full charge. To cancel or make changes to your reservation, please contact us during our normal business hour (8am-5pm)
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Big Island Spectacular (Waikoloa):
$649.00 per person
Kohala Coast Adventure (Waikoloa):
$359.00 per person
Circle of Fire (Hilo):
$369.00 per person
*Price subject to change.
Availability and Schedule:
*availability is limited! Please book in advance!
Flights are available between 8:00AM – 4:00PM. Please check with us for availability with your requested time so We could check closest time available.
Please note there are no hotel transfers for this tour. Please check in directly to Blue Hawaiian Helicopters.
Heliports are located in different address by tours.
For Waikoloa Flights:
68-690 Waikoloa Rd, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738
For Hilo Flights:
2650 Kekuanaoa, Hilo, HI 96720