Kilauea's Circle of Fire and Waterfalls Helicopter Tour
Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii, USA
- Circle of Fire: You'll look down on Earth's most geologically active area, Kilauea Volcano, as you follow fresh lava flow to the Big Island's ever-changing coastline on this flightseeing tour.
- Hilo highlights: Far above the traffic, you'll look down on the most significant, historic, and notable parts of Hilo, the oldest city in the Hawaiian archipelago.
- Waterfalls: As you wend your way through the sky toward Kilauea's newest lava flows, you'll view several outstanding waterfalls, as they cascade down forest-covered cliffs.
About this Hilo, Hawaii tour
Like an often-told legend, this tour will stick in your memories long after our time together. We'll float through Big Island's skies showcasing the high points of Hilo, spectacular waterfalls spilling through the rainforest, and the best of Kilauea's hot spots: new lava flows, just-opened skylights, and our ever-expanding coastline's new black-sand beaches.
Speaking of legends, in ancient Hawaiian chants, Madame Pele is She-Who-Shapes-The-Sacred-Land. Also called Pele-honua-mea (Pele of the sacred land) and Ka wahine 'ai honua (The Earth-eating woman), this mythological Goddess of Fire and creator of the Hawaiian Islands was born in Lahiki (Hawaiian for any place out of sight). But, like yourself, she craved travel, and canoed with a few of her siblings to Lehua, moving many times before ultimately choosing the Kilauea crater Halemaumau as her current home.
Madame Pele's string of residences mirrors an obvious progression in geologic and volcanic activity. With the name Pele meaning lava, one can't help but wonder, is she following this activity, causing it, or is it mere coincidence? Stories and rumors persist of drivers in Volcanoes National Park giving a lift to an old woman all dressed in white, accompanied by her little dog. But when the drivers pause to check their rearview mirror, the lady and her dog have vanished; the stuff of legend indeed.
Lay your coca nuta on ma tiki
American songwriter John Prine sings a delightful little ditty, Let's Talk Dirty in Hawaiian. If you'd rather not pretend and want to speak Hawaiian for real, know that Hawaiians use helpful punctuation just for guests. Vowel length is indicated with a kahak (line over the vowel), and a glottal stop is marked with an 'okina (left-hanging apostrophe). In fact, in 1864, the 'okina became part of the Hawaiian alphabet.
Please make your way to the Hilo Airport, Main Terminal, Lobby 2 to meet our representatives.
Transport to the Heliport is not included. A cab ride will be approximately $12.00 each way. Please check in 45 minutes prior to your departure time
As a courtesy to all travelers, we do not allow iPads or other tablet PCs for use as photographic devices, as they can impede the view of other passengers. Smartphones may be used as a camera, but will need to be put it in airplane mode during the flight. GoPro® are welcomed on board as hand-held devices, but extending accessories/attachment handles are not permitted.
To fully participate may require leisurely walking over primarily even surfaces. There may be a limited number of steps and some standing for extended periods of time. Activity is ADA accessible.
Air Tour, Scenic, Family Friendly, Adventure, Cultural
A-Star and Eco-Star helicopters with BOSE noise cancelling headsets and 2-way communication with pilot. All frontward facing seats with no center partitions. Mini-coach used for roundtrip transfers from port.
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages. Children under age 2 years are allowed to sit on an adult's lap at no additional charge. However, children that have reached their second birthday are required to have a seat of their own per FAA requirements.
Participant name and weight information is required 24 hours prior to flight time. Participants over 260 lbs. are required to purchase a comfort seat (additional adjacent seat) at an additional surcharge payable to the helicopter company.
Special Medical Restriction
Oxygen Tanks, and O2 recyclers/generators of any kind are not permitted on board. Travelers are welcome to leave their O2 providers behind in a secure office location during their flight.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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