Hawaii's Big Island's Greatest Hits by Helicopter - Eco-Star or A-Star
Kailua-Kona, Big Island, Hawaii, USA
- All the accolades: Voted #1 "World's Best Helicopter Thrill" by the Travel Channel.
- Volcanoes: Explore the often snowcapped volcanoes, Mauna Kea (world's tallest), and Mauna Loa (world's largest), en route to Mount Kilauea (world's most active).
- Mount Kilauea: Erupting nearly constantly since 1983, you'll explore Kilauea's summit and rift zones finding surface flows, skylights, and ocean entries.
- Hamakua Coast: Hover alongside dramatic towering sea cliffs showcasing hundreds of spectacular waterfalls, including the 442-foot Akaka Falls.
- Secluded waterfalls: Fly through Kohala Coast's Waipio, Waimanu, and Polulu Valleys, witnessing normally inaccessible waterfalls up close.
- Eco-Star or A- Star Helicopter: Pick your ride! The Eco-Star was created just for aerial tours and provides individual seating for up to 6 people with a smoother quieter, ride. The A-Star provides an open cabin with 180 degree views but a little less space than its brother- both provide excellent views of Hawaii unseen by most.
About this Kailua-Kona, Hawaii tour
As you flit like a bee above the Big Island, from one perfect flower to another, pausing only for the most remarkable waterfalls, the sheerest cliffs, the most extraordinary volcanoes, the hottest lava flows, and the best pictures – take special note of Waipio Valley, "Curved Water" in Hawaiian.
Surrounded by towering 2,000-foot cliffs, the Waipio Valley is a mile wide at the black sandy coast, and nearly six miles deep. Eden-like in its lushness, with waterfalls cascading in on all sides, this sacred "Valley of the Kings" is the birthplace of many Hawaiian myths, legends, and songs, was home to many Hawaiian rulers, and was the hiding place of Paiea, later called Kamehameha.
Born when Halley's Comet was visible, it was prophesied he would be a "killer of chiefs." Hearing this, the ruler of the island ordered the child put to death. Instead, Kamehameha was spirited away, hidden in Waipio Valley, where he was raised 'til he was five, when he was returned to his parents, growing into the legendary warrior-leader Kamehameha the Great.
Now home to less than a hundred people, Waipio Valley was once home to a village of nearly 20,000 people, many of whom were wiped away in the valley-clearing tsunami of 1946. If you made to the final scene of the 1995 movie Waterworld, you saw them finally find dry land, here in Waipio Valley – not a bad place to end up.
Law of the splintered paddle
On a military expedition, Kamehameha caught his foot in a reef while chasing a fisherman. Reacting, the fisherman whacked Kamehameha on his head with his oar, breaking it into splinters. Eventually Kamehameha ruled the fisherman was only protecting his land. This ruling became a human rights model, protecting weak from the strong, so that everyone could "lie down to sleep by the roadside without fear of harm."
Please make your way to the helicopter base at 1 Queen Kaahumanu Hwy (HWY 19), Waikoloa HI 96738, to meet our representatives.
Transport to the Heliport is not included. A cab ride will be approximately $60.00 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®s are welcomed on board as hand-held devices, but extending accessories/attachment handles are not permitted.
You must be able to climb in and out of the heli. The tour is wheelchair accessible.
Air Tour, Scenic, Adventure, Family Friendly, 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.
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.
All names & weights are required 24 hrs prior to flight time. Anyone over 260 lbs. is required to purchase a comfort seat (additional adjacent seat) at additional surcharge payable to operator. Let us know if you will need an extra seat to ensure space.
Special Medical Restriction
Oxygen Tanks, and O2 recyclers/generators of any kind are not permitted on board. Guests 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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