Above It All

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - AIR TOURS -

It would be a mis­take to rely on sim­ple synonyms or mere metaphors to de­scribe a fly­ing tour of Hawai‘i Is­land. One could say it’s like a myth­i­cal ride on a magic car­pet, or a scene from a James Bond thriller, with a chop­per skirt­ing a live vol­cano while lava oozes down the moun­tain slopes.

But really, it’s one of those awe-in­spir­ing things you sim­ply have to see for your­self.

The ae­rial view of the Ha­makua Coast from Hilo to Waipi‘o Val­ley is truly mag­i­cal. Ex­pect to see roar­ing wa­ter­falls, ver­ti­cal forests and tiny vil­lages dur­ing a Ha­makua flight. And when you reach Waipi‘o Val­ley, ex­pect to see the is­land’s ver­sion of Eden.

Ki­lauea Vol­cano is by far the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion— the sight of a lava flow is spec­tac­u­lar. One com­pany, Big Is­land Air, con­ducts night flights over the vol­cano. Par­adise He­li­copters also of­fers doors-off flights over Ki­lauea.

Whether you buy a ticket on a heli­copter or a fixed-wing air­plane, the view from above will give you a new ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the is­land’s nat­u­ral won­ders. • Big Is­land Air (808) 329-4868 • Blue Hawai­ian He­li­copters Hilo (808) 961-5600 or

Waikoloa (808) 886-1768 • Par­adise He­li­copters (808) 969-7392 • Sa­fari He­li­copters (808) 969-1259

PHOTO: HAWAII TOURISM AUTHOR­ITY (HTA) / KIRK LEE AEDER

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