Hilo Helicopter Tour Excursion Reviews
Booked a Circle of Fire helicopter tour through Blue Hawaiian. Their website was easy to negotiate and all the information was great. We paid for a seat and a half each because we are heavy, and it was worth it. Our pilot Brett was astounding in his welcoming and making us feel comfortable and in his knowledge. The guy seriously knows his stuff. We had headsets and microphones to be able to ask questions and talk to each other. We saw the devastation of the current lava flow towards Pahoa town and learned the history of the island. Mt. Kilauea was stunning and we were treated to a lava window where we saw the molten flow. He threw in some pretty waterfalls for fun and we left feeling that this helicopter tour was likely the highlight of our entire vacation. The benefit of paying for extra seats was being able to both have window seats and enjoy those incredible views. Amazing!
Afterwards we took a taxi into Hilo town for lunch. There is not much to the town and although Cafe Pesto was a great lunch, I don't really recommend the trip into town. We had great difficulty getting a taxi back to the ship and happened upon the Hoppa On Hoppa Off bus which was an absolute hoot. We picked up a free tour of the city and a super cheap ride to the port. That was a great happenstance. Neat guides and met some cool people.