Take a Night Flight Over a Vol­cano

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

A night flight over a sim­mer­ing vol­cano is an eerie and spec­tac­u­lar sight, and Big Is­land Air is the only tour op­er­a­tor in Hawai‘i that con­ducts vol­cano flights af­ter the sun goes down.

From a seat in the com­pany’s jet prop CE-208 Cessna Car­a­van, sur­face lava takes on higher def­i­ni­tion. And from the sky, you’re likely to see some nat­u­ral fire­works when liq­ue­fied rock, heated to 2,100 de­grees Fahren­heit, steams out of a lava tube and hits the ocean.

For a safe ride, the air­craft is equipped with a so­phis­ti­cated ground prox­im­ity warn­ing sys­tem, global po­si­tion­ing and traf­fic col­li­sion avoid­ance sys­tems, in­clud­ing on­board weather and ter­rain map­ping radar.

Weather per­mit­ting, tours are of­fered daily and de­part from Kona In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

• Big Is­land Air (808) 329-4868

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