Big Island's Circle of Fire Helicopter Tour - Hilo, HI

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters2450 Kekuanaoa StreetHilo, HI 96720
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Embark on an adventure in flight as you soar above Hawaii’s active volcanoes and black-sand beaches on this Big Island Circle of Fire helicopter tour from Hilo. This scenic helicopter tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has stunning views of the Kilauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes as your pilot narrates about this geologically active environment.

up to 0.8 hrs

Good To Know

  • Fly over lush valleys and tropical rainforests, and witness the power of the longest continuously erupting volcano in the world.
  • Tour sights may vary depending on wind and weather conditions.
  • Tour duration is approximately 50 minutes.
  • Includes use of Bose aviation grade noise-canceling headsets and microphones for two-way communication with your pilot.
  • 4-camera digital DVD in-flight recording available for purchase.
  • Parking is available at the airport for a nominal fee.
  • Wear dark-colored clothing so not to reflect in photos.


from Big Island's Circle of Fire Helicopter Tour
Experience Kilauea and the Hawaii Volcano National Park! Massive eruptions of the world's most active and unpredictable volcano have dramatically altered the landscape of the Big Island. You'll embark on a breathtaking adventure on the Circle of Fire helicopter tour, seeking out the island's unique rainforest, newly formed landscapes, and black-sand beaches, as well as 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 helicopter and put on your aviation-grade headset, which allows you and the pilot to communicate clearly. As the landscapes of Hawaii Island unfold beneath you, take off and soar high above the streets.

Fly over miles of lush forest on your way to see the power of Kilauea. When you arrive at the world's longest continuously erupting volcano, marvel at the billows of smoke and steam rising from the craggy crater. In ideal conditions, you might see the glowing red lava slowly flow into the Pacific. Then, before returning to Hilo, fly above the verdant terrain flanking the Wailuku River, where waterfalls cascade into beautiful emerald ponds.

About Blue Hawaiian Helicopters
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters develops, maintains, leads, and exceeds industry standards. Setting us apart from others:
  • Only Blue: Has a voluntary FAA Safety Management System (SMS) implemented program accepted and approved in May 2015.
  • Only Blue: Requires the highest pilot-hour minimum in Hawaii, over 2,500 flight hours, and 5+ years of experience.
  • Only Blue: Requires all aircraft equipment for pilots to be instrument rated and trained in instrument maneuvers and recovery in an Inadvertent Entry Into Instrument Meteorological Conditions encounter.
  • Only Blue: Has the highest number of voluntary participants in the FAA Safety Team Program.

Blue Hawaiian's fleet consists of the best touring helicopters in the industry. Featuring state-of-the-art Airbus Eco-Star helicopters.
  • Airline-standard, Terrain Awareness Warning System.
  • Bose Aviation-grade electronic noise-cancelling headsets.
  • Microphones for guests with 2-way communication with the pilot.
  • Advanced 4-camera in-flight video system with pilot narration and cinematic music choreographed to the scenery.
  • Custom upgraded VIP interior.
  • Flotation system for extended over-water flights.
  • All forward-facing seats with 180º views & a “theater-style” platform in the rear seating.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Big Island's Circle of Fire Helicopter Tour

Where does the Big Island's Circle of Fire Helicopter Tour depart?

The Circle of Fire Big Island Helicopter Tour departs from the Blue Hawaiian Big Island location at the Hilo International Airport, 2200 Kekuanaoa St, Hilo, HI 96720.

What time should I check-in for the tour?

You will need to check in 45 minutes prior to your tour.

How long is this Big Island helicopter tour?

The Circle of Fire Big Island volcano helicopter tour is approximately 50 minutes.

What should we wear?

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters' aircraft are temperature controlled, so dress comfortably. Wear solid dark-colored clothing to minimize your clothing reflection in your photos. Hats are not allowed around the helicopters as they can fly up into the rotors and damage the aircraft.

Can I bring my camera?

Yes. Even if you plan to buy the inflight video, you will not want to miss an opportunity to save these memories.

Is anti-motion sickness medication recommended?

Taking a precautionary anti-motion sickness medication is a good idea if you are particularly prone to motion sickness. However, Blue Hawaiian's flights are very smooth, and turns are slow and gentle. Most people do not experience motion sickness and do not need an anti-motion sickness medication.

How much experience do the pilots have?

All Blue Hawaiian Helicopters pilots are highly experienced. Each is required to obtain certification as a State of Hawaii Tour Guide. Blue Hawaiian is the only helicopter tour company in Hawaii with its state-of-the-art Flight Simulator. It is the only one that puts its pilots through annual factory and FAA recurrent training.

Will we be the only ones in the helicopter? How is seating arranged?

You will be sharing the flight with other guests. Couples and families are seated side-by-side as much as possible. They cannot guarantee particular seating as the FAA-approved “weight and balance” program often dictates it. However, visibility from every seat is excellent in both their A-Star and Eco-Star helicopters since there are no cabin partitions that would block part of the view, as in other types of helicopters.

Does this tour have any weight restrictions?

An adjacent, empty seat purchase is required for each guest weighing more than 240 pounds. The charge for an adjacent empty seat is 50% off the regular tour price. This open seat ensures comfort for you and all of the guests on your flight.

Do they make a video of our actual tour?

Every flight is captured on a high-quality DVD. Each helicopter has four cameras; three external and one in the cabin. The video recording begins during the boarding process. You'll likely first see yourself on the video as you approach the aircraft for boarding. To orchestrate the most interesting video, the pilot chooses between the forward, side, or internal camera as the flight progresses. The cabin camera, for example, usually shows you right after lift-off. The recording is continuous until landing and includes digital quality music chosen to complement the changing scenery and the pilot's narration. The video is available for purchase right after you return from your flight.