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Revealing the Secret Wonders of The Big Island

An aerial experience of the Big Island is not to be missed. Where else can you fly over four volcanic mountains and an active caldera within an hour?

If the lava is flowing, you can watch an awesome display of Madame Pele's (Hawaiian volcano Goddess) powers. You'll also get a bird's eye view of the island's other fantastic features -- black lava fields forever, waterfall-fed tropical pools, lush valleys, rolling ranch lands, and a coastline studded with beaches of black, white, and even green sand.

You can get a scenic overview of the island in a helicopter, small airplane, or open-cockpit bi-plane. Airplane flights, which take off from the Hilo and Kona airports, offer one-hour tours over the Kilauea volcano area, two-hour tours which circle the entire island, and four-hour flights which include Neighbor Islands as well.

Helicopter tours take off from the Kona area as well as from Volcano and Hilo, and offer a spectacular way to view the island scenery more intimately than from a plane. You can choose islandwide flights, or focus on the volcano and the coastal area where lava sizzles into the ocean. Buzz the Parker Ranch, fly through magical Waipio Valley, and dip down next to a Hamakua coast waterfall. Pilots indulge your desires to get great photos or video footage, often making a couple of passes so you can get the right shot. Some helicopters shoot their own video of the trip, with three cameras, which you can purchase afterwards.

Most airplane and helicopter companies also offer custom trips.

You're bound to have a memorable experience above Hawaii -- an amazing perspective of a Big Island which you just can't get on the ground.

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