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Meet your expert pilot after making your own way to Kona International Airport. After a short briefing, get comfortable in your guaranteed window seat and put on the provided headset, which allows you to hear your pilots narrative throughout the flight. Enjoy extra legroom on your Cessna Caravan plane, which seats a maximum of nine passengers.

Take in the sights as your pilot flies to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Preserve. From the air, enjoy an excellent perspective on the enormous park, which includes two volcanoes: Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the world's largest subaerial volcano. Learn fascinating facts about each as you look for fresh lava flows, and marvel at stunning views of steaming calderas and lava fields. You can take amazing photos and see areas of the volcanic field that are not readily accessible by land.

Continuing over the Big Island, gaze at green valleys lush with rainforests and waterfalls, black-sand and white-sand beaches, macadamia nut and Kona coffee farms, ancient Hawaiian settlements and hundreds of mile of coastline. You might even spot migrating whales. Throughout your flight, your pilot shares detailed information about Hawaii’s geography, history, legends and other interesting facts.

Your pilot makes sure to circle the sights so that both sides of the plane get great views and photo ops. You also get more time in the air than most flights, which means that you see more and cover more territory before touching down at the airport, where your air tour ends.
Locations visited
Mt. Kilauea
Mauna Loa Observatory
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Soar above the Big Island’s volcanic steam vents, rainforests and rugged coastline on an air tour by Cessna Plane. Enjoy almost two hours of flying time as you explore Hawaii’s most iconic island, and explore a dynamic landscape of simmering volcanos, crashing surf and lava flows. Take in commentary from your pilot as you bank above Hawaii Volcanos National Park and get extraordinary aerial views of Kilauea and Mauna Loa, then watch for migrating whales as you glide over the coast’s beaches, farms and renowned surf breaks. 
  • 105-minute sightseeing flight over Hawaii, from Kona
  • Enjoy aerial views of two of the world’s most active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa, over Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Get great photo ops of waterfalls, lush valleys, rainforest, volcanoes, beaches, cliffs and the coast
  • See sights from the air that are inaccessible by land
  • Learn about Hawaii’s history, geography, volcanology and more
  • Spend more time in the air than many other flights, thus covering more of the Big Island
  • Includes a guaranteed window seat and headsets to hear your pilots narrative
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Great views at less cost than helicopters

We took the "Circle Island" tour, which showed us everything we wanted to see from the air, especially the volcano stuff including an incredible view of the Pu'u O'o vent, the fresh lava flows, and the lava running into the ocean. The Cessna Caravan had...More

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Reviewed 10 July 2018
Amazing views of Big Island, including lava!

A big thank you to our pilot, Steve, and Big Island Air for a wonderful tour of the Big Island. Very nice plane with great views. Steve was very knowledgeable about the island and made every effort to ensure that all of us were able...More

1  Thank kathleendC990BX
Reviewed 22 June 2018
WOW - what an amazing experience....

We just arrived back at our hotel and had to write this review............ We did the Maui to Big Island tour with our pilot Darryl. Wow, what an experience. We were met at the airport in Kapalua by a representative (sorry, i can't think of...More

1  Thank DSnMC
Reviewed 16 June 2018
Great activity for our family!

We took the plane for an afternoon activity. Had a fantastic time--Maui volcano was a sight, but the active volcano on the Big Island was something we will never forget. The plane was very comfortable and smooth flying! Highly recommend!

1  Thank denniseloree
Hilda L, Manager at Big Island Air, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2018

We are very happy that you enjoyed your Volcano Tour from Maui. Thank you for taking the time to review your experience.

Reviewed 15 June 2018
Once in a lifetime flight

My husband and I were in Hawai'i a few days after my birthday for my sister's wedding. We decided to celebrate my birthday with a circle island flight and it was spectacular! The booking process was very easy, and Lori was quick to respond and...More

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1 July 2018|
Response from PhyllisY61 |
Is there an easy way to take a plane ride over the volcano on Hawaii from Oahu w/o the hassle of going to HNL, then to Kona via commercial plane and then catch your tour? Is there a flight from Honolulu that goes over the... More
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