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Air Tours (Airplane / Fixed Wing)

The biggest difference between the two types of Hawaii Island air tours is that the Helicopters have the ability to hover and the fixed-wing aircraft do not.


In some cases this ability to hover will prove to be an attribute and at other times it won't.


On those tours that get into and explore some of the huge valleys, mountain ridges and interior waterfalls that are found around the mountain regions of Hawaii's topography the hovering capabilities of the Helicopters will be a benefit as these areas are simply too tight for the prop aircraft to actually get into.


In virtually every other island area there will be little or no difference regarding visibility of the areas visited regardless of which type of air tour you are on.


For instance, Volcano Tours in Hawaii over the live volcano rift-zone offer no challenge in the way of valleys to negotiate whatsoever and hence your view of the cinder cones, lava flows and molten lava entering into the ocean will be the same regardless.


The airplanes do have to maintain a certain airspeed to stay aloft but this speed is so slow that at their viewing height the movement of the plane still provides plenty of time to see the sights.


In the example of the Volcano Tours in Hawaii, the pilots will zigzag back and forth continuously until everyone on both sides of the aircraft has had a great view.


Even the Helicopters, for all their ability to hover, will need to turn the aircraft so that passengers on both sides can have a good view of the terrain below.


Hawaiian Air Tour Airplane Passengers All Have a Window Seat!


In some ways it could also be argued that the Hawaii airplane tours actually provide a better view in the sense that everyone has a window seat on one or the other side of the aircraft and that no one will have to look over someone's lap to the left or to the right to be able to get a good look at the sights.


Since no one has a middle seat, the view from your side of the aircraft is unobstructed.


Depending upon which company you fly with and which seat you have you may also have a hinged window which will open up and allow you to take photos without any glass between you and the subject of your photo.


The last major difference regarding the different types of Hawaii Island air tours is the matter of price.


Without question the cost of the Hawaii airplane tours over the Helicopters is by far much more reasonable.


The difference between the two may not be half, but in many cases it is close and for anyone on a budget the airplane version of the Hawaii air flight will be a much better bargain.


The Hawaii airplane tours are a great choice on all the major Hawaiian Islands including the Big Island, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu and Kauai.


The Big Island has it Hawaii Live Volcano activity, Maui has the Sightseeing Land Tours through the spectacular Hana coastline, Lanai has a daytrip via air or by Ferry Service from Maui, Molokai has Father Damien's Leper Colony with a tour that lands there, Oahu has the Helicopter circle island tours which allow you to get a much better idea of the contrast between the big cities and the remote jungle areas, and the tours of Kauai provide a remarkable view of the oldest and arguably most beautiful of all the islands in the Hawaiian chain.

Look for this symbol in the tour descriptions below to indicate if it is Pride of America compatible.

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Wings Over Kauai

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Cessna 172 Skyhawk

Wings Over Kauai provides some remarkable advantages when comparing this aircraft to helicopters and other fixed-wing planes alike. First off, it will take just the two of you on their Cessna, making for an extremely personalized flight. Up to six passengers can be accommodated on their new AirVan.
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Big Island Air

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Cessna Grand Caravan EX

Big Island Air offers three different tours on their air conditioned Cessna Grand Caravan EX, which is the only turbine-engine, jet prop tour airplane in the State of Hawaii. Turbine engines are superior to piston or reciprocating engines in terms of safety, reliability and performance. The added power of a turbine allows us to show many places/things a conventional engine will not allow while operating well within the aircraft's normal range limits.
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Island Seaplane Service

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Air Tours of Oahu

The romance of flying over the island of Oahu is rekindled by taking a flight over the island with the Island Seaplane Service. Seaplanes, after all, have an intimate connection with Hawaii dating back to the original airline services to Oahu which featured the majestic China Clippers which brought visitors from the mainland to Hawaii and landed them at Keahi Lagoon off Honolulu.
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Air Ventures Hawaii

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Fixed-Wing Air Tours

Viewing the island of Kauai from the air on Air Ventures special GA-8 AirVan will be a highlight of your vacation. These 6 passenger aircraft provide an individual 'bubble window' for each client and the two-way communication allows you to ask questions of the pilot during your tour. With pricing much lower than that of a helicopter you can get a great 'bang for your buck' on one of these memorable flights.
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Original Glider Rides

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Scenic Flights and Aerobatic Flights, Breathtaking views, Glider Rides of Oahu

Now here's a tour that is just a little bit different! The North Shore on Oahu is well known for its famous surfing and beautiful country vistas and envious lifestyle but few people realize that one of the most spectacular ways to view it is by glider with the Original Glider Rides. These tours depart from Dillingham Air Base located on the North Shore just a couple miles west of Haleiwa.
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Makani Kai Air Charters

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Reserve a trip with Makani Kai Air Charters

Makani Kai Air Charters provides air transportation to Molokai from Oahu and Maui, both Kahului or Kapalua airports, for Topside and Father Damien Kalaupapa Settlement tours. Both the Turboprop Cessna Grand Caravan and the twin engine Piper Chieftain aircrafts can accommodate up to 9 passengers. Private air tours can also be booked.
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Polynesian Adventure Tours

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Experience the tropical beauty of the Hana Coast and visit O'heo Stream. Polynesian Adventure Tours,

One of the very largest sightseeing tour companies in all of Hawaii is Polynesian Adventure Tours. They operate a large variety of tours on all the islands as well as offer 'same day' interisland tours from your island of origin to the other islands allowing you to see an outer island without having to relocate and move to another hotel there. They operate the finest vans, mini-motor coaches and luxurious full size motor coaches with deluxe, large 'see out windows' for the very best views.
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Mokulele Airlines

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9 passenger, Cessna C208 Caravan

In Hawaiian the word Moku means Island and Lele means to leap or hop. Mokulele is now proud to be offering air tours to view active volcano sightseeing air tours from Kapalua, Maui to the Big Island of Hawaii. Departing from Kapalua Airport in a 9 passenger, Cessna C208 Caravan you get an aerial view of Maui, Hawaii and Volcanoes National Park.
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Maui Plane Rides

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Piper Archer single engine aircraft.

Maui Plane Rides offers you and your close friends and family the opportunity to have an aerial view of Maui and surrounding areas with a pilot that is also an instructor enabling you to actually put your hands on the controls and feel the excitement of flying.
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