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Hawaii Helicopters Show You the 75% of Hawaii You Can't See from the Ground.


Hawaii helicopters provide perhaps the most magnificent way to see the islands.


The fact that fully 75% of the islands of Hawaii can only be seen from the air makes helicopter tours of Hawaii that much more special.


The geological nature of each island is such that the central and highest points of each island are often the most remote, and the most accessible areas are the ones found along the coastlines.


Hawaii helicopter tours have the unique capability to fly into these areas and hover in valleys, alongside mountain ridges, next to mountain peaks and right next to Waterfalls.


It is for this reason that Hawaii helicopter rides rank at the top of the list of categories of activities that visitors to Hawaii enjoy.


Hundreds of thousands of people have had the opportunity over the years to see the islands on one of the many Hawaii helicopters.


Each island has multiple helicopter touring companies and on most days they run continuously taking small groups in each aircraft into the wild interior of one of the world's most exotic destinations.


Hawaii helicopter tours are so popular that often it is impossible to arrange for rides for days on end.


In fact during the most coveted time for helicopter viewing, in the morning hours when the visibility is usually best, we can often be stacked back even further when attempting to book one of our Hawaii helicopter tours.


When deciding which island would be best for taking one of your helicopter tours in Hawaii you will be faced with some difficult choices, because in all reality, all the Hawaii helicopter rides are sensational in their own way.


The five major islands that are the prime targets for helicopter flights are Kauai, Oahu, Maui and Molokai which are often viewed together, and the Big Island.


Each island is quite different mostly because of the age of each island and the time that Mother Nature has had to transform each of them.


From a geological perspective the very oldest of the islands is Kauai and the youngest is the Big Island.


Second oldest would be Oahu, then Molokai and Maui and this age factor plays a big role in the actual appearance of each of the islands.


Kauai's volcanoes have been extinct for about five-million years, Oahu's for about three-million, Maui's for about a million (true for West Maui Mountains but Haleakala is still considered dormant) and on the Island of Hawaii the volcanoes are still active.


What all this means for you as a visitor viewing these islands from above on a Hawaii helicopter ride is that on the oldest islands you will see signs of much more erosion, much more sculpted cliffs and mountain ridges and as you proceed to the newest of the islands this affect will be less pronounced and when you come to the huge Hawaiian mountains of Haleakala on Maui and Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on the Big Island you will see mountains shaped more like a big bell curve and see much more in the way of vast sheaths of lava plain which blanket the horizon like a parking lot for miles on end.


There Is So Much to Be Seen From The Vantage Point of a Hawaii Helicopter Tour!


From a historical perspective, the island of Kauai was the first of the Hawaiian Islands to ever be flown over by Hawaii helicopters for the purpose of an air tour.


For many people Kauai may be their favorite island for a helicopter flight and it has been said by many that the island of Kauai is considered the most beautiful of all the islands, particularly from the air.


Seeing the Na Pali Coast on Kauai from the viewpoint of helicopter tour in Hawaii will be one of the highlights of your time in Hawaii.


This coastline is so remote that it can only be seen from the vantage point of a helicopter or from the vantage point of a boat at sea and its towering cliffs descending thousands of feet into the ocean below are one of the most breathtaking and marvelous sights to be seen on the planet.


Oahu is thought to be simply the island with the largest population of all the Hawaiian Islands (it is) but few realize that the interior regions of Oahu are an amazement to be viewed from a Hawaii helicopter tour.


Certain areas of Oahu are so dramatically beautiful that they have been used as the backdrop for some of the major and most popular motion pictures and television series to be filmed over the past half century.


The cities and towns of Oahu have their own appeal from the perspective of a Hawaii helicopter.


The encroachment of neighborhoods and subdivisions into the very base of the interior regions of the island gives the impression of fingers crawling up the mountains and at once being thwarted by mammoth cliffs or steep valleys.


Maui and Molokai have their own appeal.


Hawaii helicopters that fly over the landscapes of these two sister islands are treated to a series of spectacles ranging from the highest sea cliffs in the world on Molokai, Father Damien's famous leper colony on Molokai, the remarkable interior of the West Maui Mountains on Maui which is considered to be the second wettest spot on earth (second only to Kauai) and the amazing Crater of Haleakala which spans like a circular moonscape twenty-one miles in circumference and descends 3000' from its rim to its floor beneath.


There Are Many Different Types of Hawaii Helicopter Aircraft.


The Big Island comes with its own fiery charm and helicopter tours of Hawaii Island are greeted with one of the rarest spectacles on earth, a real and live active volcano.


Hawaii helicopter tours fly over molten lava flowing through lava tubes cracked and visible from the air to their fiery and explosive destination where hot lava meets a cool ocean in a detonation of the elements.


Few sites will imprint your imagination with such power and impact as the view of the phenomenal power of Mother Nature as can be seen on one of these miraculous Hawaii helicopter rides.


A number of different types of helicopters make up the fleet of Hawaii helicopter tour companies.


Of all the different types of aircraft the most prevalent is the A-Star helicopter.


The A-Star can perhaps be considered the "gold-standard" for Hawaii helicopters in that it has some of the best visibility of all aircraft flown yet is not the most pricy.


That distinction would belong to the Whisper-Star aircraft which is a more deluxe version of the A-Star and is also the only helicopter in Hawaii which allows for the pre-purchase of guaranteed front seat viewing.


As you might surmise, the cost is more but may well be worth it.


One of the most maneuverable and intimate of the types of helicopters in use is the Hughes 500.


These Aircraft are a favorite of photographers as they offer the capability of having the doors removed.


This provides an unencumbered, if not somewhat uncanny view of the landscape below that allows them to take photos from heights thousands of feet in the heavens.


Though less used than in previous years some Hawaii helicopter companies make use of the Bell Jet Rangers and have a seating of one passenger in the front with the pilot along with three passengers in the rear of the craft.


One company on Kauai even uses the Robinson 44 that also has a doors-off option and specializes in just carrying two passengers at a time.

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

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Maverick Aviation

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Maverick Aviation

Maverick Helicopters is clearly an 'upscale' helicopter company. Maverick is not a 'discount' helicopter service. Their purpose has always been to find a way to provide the best tours without cutting costs. Their fleet of aircraft is entirely based upon what is arguably the most luxurious helicopter touring aircraft available anywhere, the Eco Star or EC-130. In its past decades in operation, with approximately 200,000 passengers flown in recent calendar years, Maverick has maintained the highest level of flight security for any tour based helicopter company in the world.
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Magnum Helicopters

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Scenic Magnum Doors Off Helicopter Adventure on Oahu

Magnum Helicopters offers the Doors Off Adventure 50 Minutes Tour in the helicopter used in the Magnum P.I. television series.
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Pacific Helicopter Tours Inc.

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Reserve a Private Helicopter Flight With Pacific Helicopter Tours Inc.

Pacific Helicopter Tours offers doors off and private helicopters tours on the island of Maui. They've been in business since the early seventies however they only got into the tour business relatively recently. Their team of pilots and aircraft are top notch. When they're not flying tours it's not uncommon to find the Pacific Helicopters fleet out on special assignment doing things like Medevacs, aerial construction or filming Hollywood movies.
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Jack Harter Helicopters

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Jack Harter Helicopter Tours

If we go back to the beginning, we have to start with Jack Harter Helicopters. Jack Harter Helicopters was the very first touring helicopter company in the state of Hawaii, and surprise of surprises, Jack Harter Helicopter is still here on Kauai operating its helicopters with all the efficiency and class of days gone by.
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Safari Helicopters

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Helicopter Tours, ASTAR Helicopters Tours

Operating on Kauai and exclusively out of Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii, Safari Helicopters specializes in air tours of the entire island of Kauai and specifically the Hawaii Volcanoes area of the Big Island. Safari is a family owned and operated business that began on the island of Kauai and then expanded to the Big Island. They fly the popular A-Star helicopters that offer great visibility and communication systems for pilot-passenger conversations.
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(9 Reviews, 4.9 Stars)

Mauna Loa Helicopters

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Book a flight with Mauna Loa Helicopters

Mauna Loa Helicopters flies the Robinson R44 Helicopters. These machines have a smaller capacity than their competitors which enables them to offer more customized tours.
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Air Maui

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A-Star Helicopter Tours

Air Maui Helicopters is a long-standing member of the Maui helicopter community and over the years has flown tens of thousands of passenger to the far reaches of the island. Known widely for its congenial staff and 'laid back' company culture Air Maui has provided a faultless customer security profile in all its years of service on island. Air Maui exclusively uses the A-Star touring helicopters.


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Temptation Tours

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Sightseeing Tour and Hana Sky Trek Tour

Temptation Tours offers a variety of tours of Maui including tours to Hana, Haleakala, Upcountry and a special half helicopter/half land tour 'Sky Trek' to visit Hana from the sky above and the land below. Their personalized vans are the most comfortable in the industry and seat a maximum of 8 passengers who each have special 'captain's chairs' located next to giant cut out picture windows for amazing views.
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Paradise Helicopters

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Scenic Helicopter Tours of Oahu, Pearl Harbor Flights, Door's Off Adventure Tours

Paradise Helicopters is one of the premier helicopter touring companies that services both the Big Island and Oahu. One of the biggest differences between this company and many others is the fact that they will offer you the opportunity to take a flight with the doors off. As nerve racking as that may sound, you are completely strapped in an just a secure as you would be in an enclosed helicopter. The big difference is that your view from this perspective will be absolutely amazing.
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Sunshine Helicopter

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Helicopter Tours, FX-Star and Whisper Star, Helicopter Tours

Sunshine Helicopters has been operating in Hawaii for over 25 years and has a large fleet of FX-Star and Whisper Star helicopters. You'll experience the ultimate in comfort and with more visibility on these state-of- the-art helicopters. The owners, Ross and Anna Scott, are respected helicopter tour operators and offer spectacular flights of Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island of Hawaii.
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Discover Hidden Hawaii Tours

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Oahu Circle Isle, Polynesian Cultural Center or WWII Begin to End, Hana Tour, Volcano Tour,

If you are staying on one Hawaiian Island but would like to visit the highlights of another island in the chain then the one-day inter-island flights and tours offered by Discover Hidden Hawaii Tours are just what you're looking for. These inclusive tours simplify your itinerary and make your touring experience 'care free'.
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Hawaii Forest and Trail

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Merriman's Farm Visit and Dinner, Hiking, Nature Trails, Land Tours, Bird Watching Hawaii

Hawaii Forest and Trail is one of the premier hiking and eco-adventure tour companies on the Big Island. They offer a variety of hiking tours which visit vastly different areas of the island and concentrate on the geology, biology, botany and history of each region. Small groups are led by naturalist guides. Their international reputation has made them a requested and popular touring option on the Big Island.
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Mendes Ranch and Trail Rides

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ATV Ranch Tours and Horseback Rides, Waihee Maui

Mendes Ranch is one of the most popular horseback riding venues offered on the island of Maui. Located on the eastern slopes of the West Maui Mountains in the Kahakuloa region, this ranch sweeps down all the way to the water making for breathtaking views. This working cattle ranch has been in the Mendes' family for generations and you'll have a chance to see and learn a bit about the culture of the Hawaiian Paniolo Cowboys.
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Piiholo Ranch

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Zipline Piiholo, Horseback Adventures Upcountry, Zipline Tours and Adventures

Found of the slopes of Haleakala at about the 2500' level just a couple of miles above the 'cowboy' town of Makawao is found the Piiholo Ranch. This working cattle ranch is the home of the most beautiful meadowland horseback riding area on the island as well as the home of two of the most popular zipline courses to be found on Maui. The extreme beauty of the green rolling hills, the fresh mountain air and the scent of the mountain forests in themselves are enough of a reason to come for a visit.
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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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Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

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Astar and luxury Ecostar Helicopters both provide spectacular Group and Private charter tours

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters offers spectacular Group or Private Charter helicopter tours on Kauai, Oahu, Maui and Big Island of Hawaii. Eco-Star and A-Star Helicopters are available for privates from all locations and the Maui and Hilo tours.
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