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Paradise Helicopters - HILO

1,079 reviews
#9 of 47 Tours in Hilo
About Paradise Helicopters - HILO
Paradise Helicopters - Hawaii's Most Unique Helicopter Experience! Enjoy the Hawaii few people ever witness on our one-of-a-kind air adventures departing out of Kona & Hilo on Hawaii Island, Lanai and Oahu. Whether flying Doors-Off over the volcano to feel the heat of the lava, hovering beside a 2000 foot waterfall, landing for stunning views on an epic ridge top, or photographing the remote beauty of Hawaii’s rare rain forest valleys, black and GREEN sand beaches – our Hawaiian helicopter tours offer a diverse set of adventure options to suit every need! This is one flight you will be sure to remember for a lifetime. Please visit our Paradise Helicopters - KONA, Paradise Helicopters - LANAI and Paradise Helicopters - OAHU pages for more information on tours departing across the islands. NEW TOUR! Kohala Doors-Off Valleys & Waterfalls. The FIRST AND ONLY Doors-off tour deep into the heart of the spectacular Kohala Valleys!
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Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed yesterday

Amazing trip, but the volcan is not active but you can see the lava flow from the last eruption......

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Erik W
Reviewed 1 week ago

My nephew and I had a thrilling experience on Daniel's helicopter ride. With the doors off, and sitting in the front beside the pilot, we saw parts of Hawaii that we would never have been able to experience. I loved the movement of the copter,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Sandie Y
Reviewed 1 week ago

We toured at the end of December on a 1:30pm departure. We got lucky and got to go up to the volcanoes. Earlier in the day they were under cloud cover. Our pilot made us feel very safe, even though I was a little scared...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went door off, what a treat! Unfortunately, it was cloudy and there was no molten lava to see, but we did zoom down over the edge of the crater.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank pedeny
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When arriving at the Paradise office in the Hilo airport we were greeted by super friendly, helpful and efficient staff. It was an easy and smooth process to get oriented to the safety of the helicopter and then get ready to go on our adventure....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sarah B
Paradise Helico... W, Frontdesk agent at Paradise Helicopters - HILO, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Aloha Sarah, First off, we would like to express our gratitude for flying with us and sharing your experience! We are so glad that you enjoyed your time with us. Our staff always happy to share the spirit of aloha with all who visit us...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hard to describe flying with the doors off and seeing what an eruption does to the land. Both were amazing! We got great pics, because, no glass glare. Our pilot was great and played music for our flight as well! We saw the mini-cone from...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank dtothesecondpow
Paradise Helico... W, Frontdesk agent at Paradise Helicopters - HILO, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Aloha dtothesecondpow, Thank you so much for you wonderful review! We are always so glad to hear thoughts from those who have flown with us. These reviews help future guests learn more about the experience and help our company gain a better understanding of our...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yes, we chose the doors off trip. My husband and I sat in the back with two passengers and the pilot (Dan) in the front. I was the first to board and I'm a bit handicapped but had no trouble stepping up to the helicopter....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MinervaPercy
Paradise Helico... W, Frontdesk agent at Paradise Helicopters - HILO, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Aloha E MinervaPercy! Mahalo Nui for sharing your heartfelt response with us on TripAdvisor. Your kind words are so very appreciated as we strive to deliver unmatched customer service. We are very pleased to know that you and your husband enjoyed the time you spent...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked a helicopter trip over the volcano yesterday via an agent for New Year’s Eve - Hawaii Discount, who are equally awful. At the time of booking we asked if this was the best way to see the lava flows and were told yes....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mrkw1603
Paradise Helico... W, Manager at Paradise Helicopters - HILO, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha mrkw1603, We are very sorry to hear about your disappointing experience and have reached out to Hawaii Discount to share your review and politely remind them to provide updated tour information to their guests so we can meet their/our guest expectations on every tour....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked our family of 4 flight about 2 months in advance because we knew it would be the “busy season”. It was quick & easy. The staff was thorough and followed up via email and text, which I appreciate. Once there, Leina and her...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Megan W
Paradise Helico... W, Frontdesk agent at Paradise Helicopters - HILO, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha Megan, Mahalo for taking time to share your experience here on TripAdivsor. It is such a joy to see that you and your family enjoyed your tour. We totally agree with you on the fact that there are some things that can only be...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located at Hilo Airport, the staff at Paradise Helpicopters Tours was very professional. They gave very precise instructions and were there with us ever step of the way. It was great to speak to our pilot, Charlie, while we were up in the air. He...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Cheryl H
Paradise Helico... W, Frontdesk agent at Paradise Helicopters - HILO, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Aloha Cheryl H, Mahalo Piha for sharing your experience with us here on TripAdvisor. I am glad that you were able see and experience all the beauty of our home Hawaii Nei. A helicopter tour is the best way for visitors to see the land...More

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Mila Z
19 June 2018|
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Response from V4996QXandrewh | Reviewed this property |
We were allowed to take smartphones on doors-off tour if using strap (they sold straps for $2 each at the desk)
Michael M
Aloha!! Photography question... My wife and I have already booked a couple flights at the end of June - one in the morning and the other in the afternoon - can't wait!! Since I'm a "big" guy, I will have one of the back seats. I plan to bring along two DSLR cameras. One (Canon 6d) with my 24-70 wide angle lens and the other (Canon 7dMkII - 1.6x cropped sensor) with either the 70-200 or 100-400 zoom. I prefer to not swap lenses in the field - and never airborne with no doors. I am hoping to capture some "epic" lava shots. My "work" is all hobby - I never sell my photos, but I do donate large prints for charity and disaster relief fund raisers. I also plan to have a GoPro securely mounted on each camera for video - those will record the whole flight and I'll edit later. My iPhoneX will supplement wide shots, helicopter interior, and some video, and I will also see what I can get with a dedicated infrared 4/3's camera. Yes, all this gear will be tethered - I shoot near airplanes and on aircraft carriers - if you drop something there, they do not invite you back. Any (higher end) photo/gear tips would be greatly appreciated! Mahalo!!
9 June 2018|
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Response from lakota s | Reviewed this property |
it sounds like you have everything in order..I went with 3 go pro cameras and I am glad I did, it is hard to "switch" cameras half way through the flight..so I suggest you have it all ready just before the flight..the pilot... More
26 May 2018|
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Response from Don C | Reviewed this property |
Very Professional Organization. If the conditions aren't right they won't go. I recommend the 'Doors Off' Helicopter., definately worth the price of admission.