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Waterfall Heli-Trek: Big Island Helicopter Tour and Hiking Adventure

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    What to Expect
    Your Big Island helicopter tour begins at the Kona airport, where you’ll board a Bell 407 helicopter before lifting off towards the sky. Within seconds from take-off, you’re surrounded by fields of rough, jagged black lava, and also have views of sandy beaches that are hidden along the coast. 

    While flying towards Volcanoes National Park, you’ll pass right over the 'coffee belt' on the slopes of Hualalai volcano, where much of the famous Kona Coffee is grown on the cool mountain air. You’ll also get views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, which are often snowcapped in winter, before dropping down towards Kilauea volcano and searching for lava and steam. Since much of Kilauea is inaccessible by foot, you’ll visit isolated areas of the park that are only visible by air, and potentially see lava spurting from the ground or spilling out into the sea. 

    With Kilauea in the rearview mirror, continue on towards the Hamakua Coast and verdant, emerald green valleys, where waterfalls tumble their way towards the sea and waves detonate on shore. Next, the helicopter will land in North Kohala, and you’ll embark on a hike over private land with a Hawaii forest and trail guide. Over the course of this hike, you’ll hear the stories of ancient Hawaii and the kings who have lived in these valleys, including the famous King Kamehameha who was born here in 1758. 

    You’ll stop at a waterfall for a refreshing dip, and continue walking to the artistic outpost and rural town of Hawi, which was once a hub of the sugar industry but is now known for its galleries. Spend a few minutes browsing through town and poking your head into shops, before hiking back to your awaiting helicopter for the short flight back to Kona.

    During this Big Island helicopter and hiking tour, you can expect to walk about two miles (three km) at a slow, leisurely pace, and will also receive rain gear, a walking stick, towel, and small daypack for hiking. You’ll also enjoy a deli-style lunch of ham, turkey or tuna, as well as fruit, vegetables, dessert and a small assortment of beverages.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Uu St, Kailua Kona
    Departure Time
    7:15 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • 1.5-hour helicopter tour
    • 2-mile hike led by Hawaii Forest & Trail interpretive guide
    • Deli-style picnic lunch and assorted beverages
    • Walking staff, rain gear, warm wear, towel and day pack
    • Ground transport from North Kohala to Kona Airport (after hike)
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Wheelchair accessible - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own caregiver
    • Capacity Surcharge: All guests weighing between 265 and 315 lbs will be assessed a Capacity Surcharge of $50. The guest will be guaranteed a window seat.
    • Guests weighing above 315 lbs. at check-in will be charged for an extra seat for weight and balance purposes. The rate of the extra seat will be determined by the specific tour that they are booked on. This cost is calculated by adding an additional seat to the one that has already been purchased.
    • All pilots and aircraft are FAA-certified
    • Helicopter holds 6 passengers; larger groups may be separated
    • For a guaranteed window seat, make sure to upgrade to the window seating option
    • Vegetarian option can be accommodated if requested upon booking
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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