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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.

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Take an air tour over Kaua'i and experience Kipu Kai (Baby Na Pali), the Menehune Fishpond (where Raiders of the Lost Arc was filmed), the secluded Mahalepu Beach, The Eucalyptus Tunnel of Trees,…

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$504.00

The YMF-5 Super is specifically designed to carry a pilot and two passengers. While the pilot (Kevin, The Red Baron) operates the controls from the rear cockpit, passengers sit side-by-side in the cozy…

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$177.90

Your private tour will give you the opportunity to view the Wailua Golf course, Wailua River (the only navigable river in Hawaii), Fern Grotto and the Sleeping Giant with its ancient Hawaiian legends.…

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$296.00

This is the most complete island air tour of the Big Island of Hawaii, including the active Kilauea Volcano, ancient Hawaiian settlements, lush green valleys, cascading waterfalls, black and white sand…

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$349.90

This is the only tour operator offering a "Twilight Flight" over Kilauea Volcano. The surface flows of molten lava can only be seen from the air. At dusk the contrast allows for excellent lava viewing…

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$376.90

This is a VIP adventure flight that starts and ends in Maui. Depending on conditions of the day, flight patterns will vary to afford you the best of two special islands, Maui and the Big Island. View the…

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$164.90

Relive the romance of PanAm's famous "China Clipper" flying boats when they departed and landed on historic Keehi Lagoon. On arrival to the floating office you will be briefed on a map of your flight…

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$254.90

Relive the romance of PanAm's famous "China Clipper" flying boats when they departed and landed on the historic Keehi Lagoon. On arrival to the floating office you will be briefed on a map of your…

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$310.90

This day tour visits topside Molokai. Sights include the Molokai Museum, Pala'au State Park, Purdy's Macadamia Nut Farm, Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove, St. Joseph's Church, Kaunakakai Harbor and more. The tour…

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$310.90

This day tour visits topside Molokai. Sights include the Molokai Museum, Pala'au State Park, Purdy's Macadamia Nut Farm, Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove, St. Joseph's Church, Kaunakakai Harbor and more. The tour…

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$599.00

This exciting and scenic 60 minute tour of Molokai shows off beautiful waterfalls and the tallest Sea Cliffs on earth. Your flight, piloted by FAA Certified Flight Instructors, is not "only" an opportunity…

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$599.00

Your romantic sunset flight with complimentary champagne, chilled on ice departs approximately 30 minutes prior to sunset. Passing over Maui harbor, hidden waterfalls, Kapalua, Kaanapali, Lahaina and all…

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A Maui night flight that feels like your floating among the stars and the moon. During this breathtaking, once-in-a-lifetime 60 minute experience you will be flying at night which generally reduces wind…

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$299.00

This is a 30 minute Photo Discovery Flight through central Maui's isthmus, over Kihei town and Molokini Crater with spectacular panoramic views of Maui's unique topography. The short flight time of this…

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$599.00

This 60 minute adventure will fly you over stunning West Maui. Experience a birds eye view of Lahaina town, Honolua Bay, Kapalua and the Ritz Carlton property including the expansive golf course. Then…

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$599.00

During the months of November through May don't miss this awe-inspiring eagle's view of the entire ocean. From an aerial perspective, whale watching takes on a new meaning. If you share a passion for these…

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$699.00

See all of Maui in this 1.5 hour air tour as you fly around the entire island. Learn about basic airplane control and have the chance to help fly the plane! You will overfly quaint island villages like…

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$799.00

A flight to delight by seeing all 5 islands of Maui County. This 2 hour air tour includes Maui, Molokini, Kahoolawe, Lanai and Molokai. See a little of everything from a bird's eye view. Learn about basic…

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$1399.00

This 3- 3.5 hour experience of seeing Honolulu, Molokai and Lanai from the air is unique and amazing. Guests can see the tallest sea cliffs on Earth as they fly along Molokai's North Shore towards Honolulu.…

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$1499.00

This 3-4 hour Big Island Volcano air tour is a 'lava-meets-ocean', molten hot deal! Guests will fly across the Big Island Channel to experience flying between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea and reach the currently…

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$460.31

Departing from Kapalua take in the views of West Maui's beautiful coastline! Travel along the lush, picturesque valleys and spectacular sea walls, waterfalls and pristine beaches, as well as popular landscape…

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$153.79

Experience the amazing island of Molokai. The flight ventures across the Pailolo Channel to Molokai, the "friendly isle." The magnificent towering sea cliffs are the largest in the world. Get a glimpse…

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$367.35

Choose this combination Air and Land Tour of the island of Molokai leaving from Kahului airport. Experience a round-trip air adventure of this amazing and unique isle including an 8 hour Land tour with…

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$367.35

Choose this combination Air and Land Tour of the island of Molokai leaving from Kapalua airport. Experience a round-trip air adventure of this amazing and unique isle including an 8 hour Land tour with…

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$367.35

Leaving from Kahului Maui choose St. Damien Kalaupapa Air and Ground Tour to experience an amazing aerial adventure to the island of Molokai combined with a guided ground tour of the Kalaupapa Settlement…

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$367.35

Leaving from Kapalua Maui choose St. Damien Kalaupapa Air and Ground Tour to experience an amazing aerial adventure to the island of Molokai combined with a guided ground tour of the Kalaupapa Settlement…

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The views are breathtaking and the sensations are thrilling. A million mile pilot will guide you effortlessly on the wings of the wind as you soar over Oahu's North Shore. Every seat is a window seat…

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$178.00 - $320.00

The views are breathtaking the sensations are thrilling. A million mile pilot will guide you effortlessly on the wings of the wind as you soar over Oahu's North Shore. Every seat is a window seat…

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$130.00 - $210.00

Take the controls and get the feel of piloting this high performance sailplane under the supervision of one of our experienced glider instructors.

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Enjoy a scenic, aerobatic and hands-on ride. Just you and your pilot to enjoy a 15, 20, 30 or 40 minute aerobatic ride.

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Enjoy a scenic, aerobatic and a mini lesson flight. Take the controls and get the feel of piloting this high performance sailplane under the supervision of an experienced glider instructor.

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$622.90

Fly from Oahu to Hilo for a One Day Volcano Adventure tour getaway where you'll see Hawaii's only active volcano and cascading waterfalls during an exciting helicopter tour. Then your expert driver guide…

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$428.90

Fly from Oahu to Kauai for a One Day getaway where you'll see the Garden Isle's most beautiful sites. First, explore Kauai's breathtaking scenic locales with your expert driver guide on an unforgettable…

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$604.90

Fly from Oahu to Kauai for a One Day getaway where you'll see the Garden Isle's most beautiful sites. First, explore Kauai's breathtaking scenic locales with your expert driver guide on an unforgettable…

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$653.90

Fly Hawaiian Air from Oahu to Hilo for a One Day Volcano Adventure tour getaway for a land and air tour where you'll see Hawaii's only active volcano and cascading waterfalls during an exciting helicopter…

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This is the most comprehensive tour package available. Soar above Kauai's world renowned scenery and spend extra time in areas that interest you most for better viewing or picture taking. Featuring…

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$123.90

This is the most comprehensive tour package available in our AirVan. Every passenger gets his or her own huge bubble window specifically designed for sightseeing and photography. Passengers are seated…

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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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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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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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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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