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Hilo, United States-port

Situated on the Big Island of Hawaii, Hilo greets guests in its historic downtown area, packed with restaurants and shops. As beaches are high on any visitor’s list, be sure to head to beautiful Hilo Bay Beachfront Park, a black-sand mecca for surfers and canoeing enthusiasts. Other local attractions include Pana'ewa Zoo, the only rainforest zoo in the United States; Nani Mau Gardens, where a tram ride takes you past such highlights as the iron bell tower and lovely orchid pavilion. Spectacular day trips are available, from volcano tours to kayaking adventures to trips to hiking tours in Akaka Falls State Park.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Circle of Fire Helicopter Flight
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent Choice
  • Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Hawaiian Lifestyle Culinary Experience
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Kilauea Volcano Hiking Adventure
    Most Active or StrenuousMeal
  • Mauna Kea Summit Trek
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Panoramic Hilo
    Seated Tour
  • Rainbow Falls Farm
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Secrets of Puna
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Volcanoes National Park Odyssey
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Waterfalls Spectacular
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal

Circle of Fire Helicopter Flight

Moderate Activity/Walking Regent Choice

Duration: 2 1/2 hours

Tour Code: ILO-002

Enjoy a thrilling helicopter flight to see one of the most geologically active environments in the world, the Kilauea Volcano. Throughout the ages, Kilauea has fascinated the people of Hawaii and here's your chance to see this legendary home of the goddess Pele as only modern man can - from high above in a helicopter.

A short transfer from the pier brings you to the helicopter terminal where upon arrival you will receive a safety briefing before setting off on your adventure. Your expert Blue Hawaiian pilot is also a State of Hawaii Certified Tour Guide, and with Blue’s two-way communication between pilot and guests, your exploration of Madame Pele’s spectacular, fiery wonders will also be a powerful learning experience.

Your flight-seeing tour emphasis is on the most current areas of volcanic activity and your pilot will search out lava flows as well as fly over black-sand beaches, lush tropical rain forests and small cascading waterfalls. During your flight, your experience will be enriched with fascinating facts about the history and culture of Hawaii. Although Nature's incredible power can destroy many things in the path of a lava flow, it also contributes to the island by creating miles of fresh shoreline.

Returning to the helicopter terminal after approximately 45-minutes of flight time, you will be transferred back to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes limited walking; however, guests must be able to negotiate the steps into the helicopter. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability. Light-weight, casual clothing; sunglasses and flat comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Due to FAA regulations, all guests and carry-on baggage will be weighed upon check in at the helicopter terminal and you must provide your weight to the Destination Services team at least 48-hours before your tour departs. In the interest of safety and comfort, guests weighing 250 lbs or more must purchase an additional seat. Videos of flights are available for purchase at the helicopter terminal.