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See the breathtaking landscapes of the Big Island of Hawaii like a VIP on this unforgettable helicopter tour from Kona. Home to some of the most biologically diverse and dramatic natural features on the planet (volcanoes, beaches, rainforest, lava fields, waterfalls… need we go on?), the Big Island was made for helicopter tours, and this one is particularly wonderful, as it includes a Champagne toast, is perfectly timed with the sunset and is a whopping two hours long. Circle the whole island, from the Hamakua Coast to Kilauea, enjoying the amazing aerial views. This exclusive Viator experience can’t be booked anywhere else!

After hotel pickup, head to the Kona airport to begin your VIP helicopter tour over the Big Island. When you arrive, enjoy a traditional lei greeting and glass of Champagne to mark the occasion. Then board your comfortable Bell 407 helicopter and take off, heading north to fly over the secluded beaches and lava fields along the Kona, Kohala and Hamakua coasts. Throughout the tour, listen to commentary from your pilot, who you can communicate with via your two-way headset.

Next, fly to the far side of the Kohala Mountains to look down on a series of lush hidden valleys, and then cruise down to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to hover over Mauna Loa, the largest volcano on Earth, and Kilauea, the most active of the Big Island’s volcanoes. By this time, the sun will have fallen behind the mountains, allowing you to spot the glowing lava more easily and admire the magma lake in Halema’uma’u Crater.

Continue to the southern tip of the Big Island, passing over the black-sand beach of Punalu’u and the green-sand beach of Papakolea, two of Hawaii’s most striking stretches of coastline. Round the tip of the island and head back north along the west coast, flying over Pu’uhonua ‘o Honaunau National Historic Park, which once served as a refuge for ancient Hawaiians who broke a law. As you fly from the park to Kealakekua Bay, a couple of miles north, the sun begins to set, creating quite a show.

Watch the sky turn shades of yellow, orange, red and purple, and keep your eyes peeled for the rare flash of green that appears on the horizon when the conditions are just right. When the sky finally turns dark, return to the airport, from where you’ll be transferred back to your hotel.

Flight time is approximately two hours; total duration is approximately three hours including the check-in and pre-departure process.  For more information, call +1 855 275 5071

Information for this post taken from Trip Advisor

A must see when you travel to the Big Island of Hawaii is the Thurston Lava Tube in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  Lava tubes are natural tunnels where lava flows underneath the ground, sometimes for many kilometers. After the eruption is over, you can be left with a long empty tunnel that seems almost man made.  It is truly one of mother nature’s most amazing formations.

A lava tube happens when low viscosity lava forms a continuous hard crust that gets thicker and thicker, while lava is flowing inside it. Eventually the lava forms a thick hard crust above, but low viscosity lava continues to flow inside. In fact, the thick sides act like insulation to keep the inner lava hot and molten. When the eruption finally ends, the lava flows out of the tube, emptying it out.

Lava tubes can be many meters wide, and typically run several meters below the surface. One tube on Mauna Loa starts at the eruption point and then flows about 50 km to the ocean. Inside the tube there can be various formations, like lava stalactites known as lavacicles (named after icicles). You can also get pillars that stretch from the top to the bottom of the lava tube.

Nahuku (Thurston Lava Tube) is open every day to the public. Pua Po’o, another lava tube cave, is open to the public only through pre-arranged Ranger led tours every Wednesday.

Please call the Visitors Center for reservations at (808) 985-6000. Due to the sensitive and fragile nature of cave resources, all other caves within the Park are closed to the general public. 

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The OHCF farm and factory tours are offered Wednesday mornings at 9:00am and Friday mornings at 9:00am and 11:00am. During the summer they may occasionally add a tour on Thursday mornings at 10:00am. It is a one hour walking tour of the orchard and factory and of course, includes chocolate sampling! Bob conducts a fabulous tour … it’s full of information about every step in the chocolate making process, from growing the trees to molding each handmade delicious bar.

OHCF is an active working farm and advance reservations are required for all tours. The farm is located in the Keauhou area of Kona. The cost is $15.00 per person and children under twelve are free. Currently the chocolate shop is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. You may also purchase OHC Chocolate from the many fine local shops on the Big Island.

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Directions to Original Hawaiian Chocolate Plantation:

1. From the main intersection downtown Kailua-Kona, HI
2. QUEEN KAAHUMANU HWY/HAWAII BELT RD/HI-11 intersection with PALANI
ROAD. GO SOUTH. Continue to travel South on Highway 11 for 4.8 miles.
3. Turn LEFT onto KAMEHAMEHA III RD. ( this is the 8th traffic signal South from the Palani Road intersection)
4. Turn RIGHT at the stop sign onto WALUA RD. 0.1 miles
5. Turn LEFT onto KAHOOLELE ST. 0.1 miles (This street is only 200 yards South of the Walua Road stop sign)
6. Turn RIGHT into the FIRST and ONLY driveway. Our black gate will be open and there is a gold OHCF logo on our rock wall. Once you turn into the gravel driveway take the FIRST paved drive to the left. Follow parking sign.
End at 78-6772 Makenawai St, Kailua Kona, HI 96740-8958 US. Our driveway is actually on Kahoolele Street. 808-322-2626.

Open Tuesday – Friday from 10:00 til 3:00
Closed Saturday, Sunday, Monday

For further information feel free to call them at 888-447-2626 or email @ info@ohcf.us.