It doesn't happen every day, but when molten lava enters the ocean, the resulting plume of steam and the bright orange blaze of plunging lava are amazing sights to behold. If you happen to be airborne on a helicopter tour when lava meets the sea, you will be treated to a sight that is sure to burn a lasting impression into your memory.
Helicopter tours are one of the coolest ways to experience Hawaii's volcanoes. You'll get a bird's eye view of any lava activity, as well as being treated to volcano history and folklore by the locals who pilot these flights. As a bonus, you'll also get to experience gorgeous waterfalls, green valleys and other gorgeous features of the Hawaiian Islands.
For volcano viewing, two of the most popular volcano helicopter tours are the 50-minute "Circle of Fire" tour offered by Bluehawaiian.com and the 45-minute "Volcano Safari Tour" offered by Safarihelicopters.com. Though neither can guarantee active lava sightings, both of these tours focus on the most active volcanic areas, mostly sites like the Pu'u O'o vent and other areas around Kilauea.
If your helicopter tour makes you even more eager to experience volcanoes from the sky, you might want to try a different type of volcano adventure.