See the best of old Hawaii and view several major volcanoes along with spectacular landscapes on this full-day helicopter and hiking tour. Fly for 1.5 hours with an expert pilot over the landmarks of the Big Island and Volcano National Park, including Kilauea, before landing in North Kohala to explore on foot. Your interpretive guide shares the history of the area during an easy hike past farms and the birthplace of kings. You'll gain an appreciation for the natural beauty of Hawaii from the ground and air on this comprehensive helicopter flight and hiking tour, including a picnic lunch and round-trip hotel transport.
Make your own way to Kona International Airport to board your deluxe Bell 407 helicopter. Hear informative commentary from your expert pilot via the two-way radio communications system, and feel free to ask any questions that you may have during your 1.5-hour aerial tour.
En route to Volcanoes National Park, your pilot takes you over the world-famous Kona coffee growing region and past two of Hawaii’s more impressive volcanoes: Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Then see Kilauea, the national park’s most famous volcano, and keep your eyes peeled as your pilot seeks out hot lava and new volcanic activity, often only viewable by helicopter.
Next, soak in the island’s wild natural beauty as you buzz over emerald valleys where waterfalls cascade down sheer walls, then over to the coast where waves break on rocky cliffs and remote beaches. After these breathtaking views of the island from the air, your pilot lands in North Kohala.
Your Hawaii Forest and Trail interpretive guide meets you upon landing and takes you onto private property to see old Hawaii. Walk at a relaxed pace over foot bridges and past historic taro terraces while your local guide shares the history of the Kohala District. Learn about King Kamehameha I, who was born here in 1758, and how he united the Hawaiian Islands into one royal kingdom in 1810, after years of conflict.
Stop at a waterfall where you can take a refreshing swim. Then continue your hike to the town of Hawi, once the hub of the island’s sugar industry. Hawi is now known for artist galleries, which you have time to browse while in town.
Expect to walk about 2 miles (3 km) at a leisurely pace, with walking staff, rain gear, towel and daypack provided. Enjoy a deli-style picnic lunch (ham, turkey or tuna sandwich with a side of fruit and vegetables plus desert) accompanied by assorted beverages, and return to Kona Airport by helicopter after your hike.