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A helicopter tour in Hawaii is one of the most exhilarating ways to experience the islands’ breathtaking landscapes, from towering waterfalls and lunch rainforest to active volcanoes and rugged coastlines. If you’re planning your first helicopter tour in this tropical paradise, here’s what you can expect.

Pre-Flight Preparations

Choosing the right tour for YOU
Mauna Loa Helicopter Tours offers private affordable helicopter tours on Hawaii (Big Island), Kauai, and Oahu. All three islands offer unique helicopter tours in Hawaii.

Booking Your Tour
Book your tour in advance, and try to book it at the beginning of your vacation. This will allow so rescheduling if the weather is bad. Mauna Loa Helicopter Tours offers online booking or save on booking fees and call our office and book over the phone.

What to Wear
Dress comfortably, if doing a doors-off tour bring a light jacket. Avoid loose items that could fly away, and wear closed-toe shoes. Sunglasses are a good idea to reduce glare, and ladies remember to put your hair in a ponytail.

Check-In and Safety Briefing

Upon arrival, you will need to check with our guest relations agents. They will check your ID and cross-check it with the credit card on file. Weights will be taken, and waivers will need to be completed. At this time a safety briefing video will be shown, and then you are ready to head to the helicopter.

Boarding the Helicopter

Once you have been brought to the helicopter the pilot will go over your seating arrangements which are determined by weight to ensure balance. Demonstration of how to operate the headset and ensuring your seat belt is secured properly. Safety protocols will be stated one final time to ensure passengers do not stick their body parts out of the helicopter while it is flying.

The Flight Experience

The takeoff is smooth and quick. As you lift off, you’ll feel a mix of excitement and awe as the ground falls away and the stunning landscapes of Hawaii come into view.

Scenic Aerial Views
Your tour will cover major natural landmarks and offer a perspective that’s impossible to get from the ground. Highlights that you will see:
-Waterfalls: cascading falls hidden in remote areas.
-Coastlines: Jagged cliffs, pristine beaches, and vibrant coral reefs.
-Volcanoes: Active and dormant volcanoes with dramatic craters and steam vents.

Pilot Commentary
Through the tour, our pilots will provide insights into the geology, history, and ecology of the areas you will be flying over. Take advantage of this informative narration to deepen your understanding and appreciation of Hawaii’s natural wonders.


The landing is generally as smooth as the takeoff. Once you’ve touched down, follow the pilot’s instructions for safely exiting the helicopter.

Tips for a Great Experience

  • Be prepared for weather: Hawaiian weather can be unpredictable. Some tours might be rescheduled due to rain or high winds.
  • Relax and enjoy: Trust your pilot. They are highly trained professionals who prioritize your safety.

A helicopter tour with Mauna Loa Helicopters is more than just a flight; it’s a journey through some of the most spectacular scenery on Earth. With proper preparation and a spirit of adventure, your first helicopter tour will be an unforgettable experience.

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