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Circle of Fire and Waterfalls Helicopter Adventure

Hawaii Island


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The majestic Big Island of Hawaii is so large, it might seem tough to experience it all in one vacation. But you can see the best the island has to offer in less than an hour on a helicopter adventure that takes you from Hilo to the Circle of Fire. There, the still-active Kilauea volcano continues to spew liquid fire from the core of the Earth, while waterfalls adorn the mountain rainforests nearby. Prepare to be amazed by a panorama of natural beauty!
  • Fly above the waterfalls and volcanoes of the Big Island in a helicopter tour
  • See red-hot lava flowing into the sea from the active Kilauea volcano
  • Watch water cascading over rocks into valleys of the rich rainforest of the island
  • Activity duration: 50-minute flight


Soar above rainforests and waterfalls

Your journey begins at Hilo airport, where you can go aboard an A-Star helicopter or upgrade to its larger counterpart, Eco-Star, to witness the Circle of Fire from the skies. Your 50-minute helicopter ride will be led by a pilot who’s state-certified as a tour guide. Your pilot will take you above the Big Island’s rainforests and cascading waterfalls, pointing out historic and beautiful settings that make Hawaii a premier destination for nature lovers.

See landscapes shaped by lava flowing to the sea

This Circle of Fire helicopter excursion takes you where no car can go, given that some roads have been destroyed by the lava at Volcanoes National Park. Luckily, you get to soar above the Kilauea volcano, which has been erupting continuously since 1983. From the comfort and safety of the helicopter, view the rocks and scenery created by lava spewing out to Hawaii’s sea. You’ll be equipped with Bose aviation-grade, noise-canceling headphones and a two-way to talk to your pilot, and DVD recordings of your flight are available for purchase when you return to land.


  • Air tour and safety briefing
  • A high quality DVD recording of your actual flight may be purchased after your tour

Good To Know

  • Tour Location(s): Hawaii Island
  • Season: All year long
  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • Minimum Age Requirement: 3 years old
  • Maximum Weight Permitted: 250 pounds
  • Hotel Pick-up Available: No
  • Good Physical Condition Required: No
  • Suitable For Children : Yes
  • Suitable For Elderly: Yes
  • Pregnant Woman Allowed: Yes

Excursion Options

Circle of Fire and Waterfalls - Ecostar
  • Enjoy more than 65 square feet of glass for 180 degree unobstructed views on the Ecostar helicopter, with individual seating and plenty of shoulder room, plus raised rear seating and wrap-around glass cockpit for significantly improved viewing from every seat

  • Circle of Fire and Waterfalls - Astar
  • This is a more economical helicopter, with 23% less cabin space and a smaller viewing area than the Ecostar, and offering bench seating instead of individual seating
  • From $404 USD
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