Big Island Air Tours

Taking an air tour is a great way to see the entire beauty of The Big Island that can’t be seen from a vehicle or by foot. It is the perfect opportunity to explore what the island truly has to offer every visitor. You will be able to experience The Big Island in a way it was meant to be seen – in its true nature where time has had no effect. No industrialization, just nature at its finest.

With an air tour, you can see the entire island in minimal time. You will be up close and personal to some of the island’s most natural wonders. What can be seen from the air is indescribable. It is beyond your imagination. In viewing The Big Island from the air, you are guaranteed to have a much deeper appreciation for the natural creations of what makes this island unique and majestic. From its lush greenery to its barren areas that rest in solitude, you will be engulfed with what makes Hawaii a true paradise.

The Big Island is the largest of the Hawaiian islands having the most undeveloped land. This is what makes this island special. When you take an air tour you are experiencing the island the way the Native Hawaiian ancestors viewed the vast lands hundreds of years ago. The views that you will see from the air are no comparison to what you can see by land, as there are many limitations to where you can travel. From the air the opportunities are endless – you have the opportunity to view the entire island in all is magnificence in under two hours.

The attractions you see by land are beautiful in its own way, but when you see these same island attractions from the air you receive a one-of-a-kind experience. You will be able to see the powerful Kilauea Volcano in all its glory from its crater to its lava flowing heavily into the ocean creating new land to The Big Island. You will see Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa with ease without the discomfort that you can feel visiting these volcanoes at such high elevations. The endless valleys, towering sea cliffs, and hidden waterfalls will be beyond the beauty you expected to see when visiting The Big Island.

Realistically, an air tour is the only way you can get the most of your trip to The Big Island. If you take an air tour after visiting the major attractions on the island, you will gain a deeper appreciation for the island in experiencing all its climates and all its power. Popular air tours depart from the west side of the island at the Kona International Airport, making its way around the entire island giving you a front row seat to many of The Big Island’s deeply held secrets.

Iolani Air

The name “Iolani” in the Hawaiian language is literally translated as “exalted hawk”. If broken down into the two Hawaiian words for further meaning, “io” is the Hawaiian hawk and “lani” is heaven. This is a perfect description of how you will view The Big Island on this tour – from the eyes of a soaring bird high in the heavens. Iolani Air offers three tours to fit the way you want to experience the island. The Deluxe Tour is reserved for just two people who want a private tour. This tour operates daily and takes you to views of the island’s tropical forests, majestic volcanoes, and diverse beaches. The Grand Circle Island Tour is approximately two and a half hours and runs daily at 8:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m. where you will see miles of land, including Kilauea Volcano, Rainbow Falls in Hilo, Waipio Valley, and the Captain Cook area. If you want a basic tour that allows you to see Kilauea Volcano from all angles, the Lava Plane Tour is perfect. The entire ride is one hour and travels from Kona to Hilo flying over waterfalls and touring the area where Kilauea Volcano’s lava begins and ends. This tour runs every two hours beginning at 8:00 a.m., with the last tour beginning at 4:00 p.m. Reservations are required for all these tours to guarantee your seat on the airplane.

Big Island Air

The most popular tour of Big Island Air is its Circle Island Tour that is one hour and 45 minutes long. The air tour takes you to the very active Kilauea Volcano where you can closely view the volcano’s crater erupting and spilling its lava down the mountainside to the ocean. You will see new land being formed right in front of your eyes, including the isolated new black sand beaches that are perfectly formed by the lava movement into the ocean. Big Island Air will also give you a first-hand view of the island’s secluded sea cliffs towering over waterfalls and valleys. You will be able to see the beauty of The Big Island’s tropical forests that remain untouched and radiant in its own beauty. Big Island Air guarantees that you will have a comfortable and enjoyable tour with its nine passenger plane, allowing for extra leg-room, comfort, and a window seat for everyone. It is fully air conditioned for your comfort through the humidity of the island. The plane is very roomy, making your tour an even more pleasurable experience. Reservations are required in advance as space is limited.