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Air Tours and Airplane Activities

Where do the tour airplanes fly on Maui?

  • Fixed-wing aircraft fly to the Big Island from Maui to take a Hawaii Volcano Tour.

  • There are also airplane flights that will take you from Maui to Father Damien's Leper Colony where you are given a land tour of the Kalaupapa Peninsula on Molokai.

  • There are airplane flights that give flightseeing tours of the island of Maui.

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Air Tours departing from Maui do not pick up at the cruise ship but may be reached via a short taxi ride from Kahului Harbor to the Kahului Airport the Monday morning of your Maui visit. View the 'restrictions' area after you click on each of the Air Tour companies listed below for specifics regarding the cruise ship itinerary.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Makani Kai Air Charters

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Reserve a trip with Makani Kai Air Charters

Makani Kai Air Charters provides air transportation from Oahu, Maui from the Kahului or Kapalua airports and Molokai for the Kalaupapa Father Damien tour they fly a Turbo-prop Cessna Grand Caravan or a Piper Chieftain, twin engine aircraft, that can accommodate up to 9 passengers. They also offer private air tours.
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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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When we say air tours, at least when we say it here at Tom Barefoot's Tours, we're referring to fixed-wing aircraft. We have a completely separate section that deals with Helicopters, so we'd like to keep them separate because they are somewhat different. We generally go through descriptions of how they differ from one another, but here on Maui, it really is not an issue that we need to get into because the air tours that happen on fixed-wing aircraft like this are not available by Helicopter. This is your choice for the tours that do fixed-wing.

What do they do? What are the air tours that we have available for you here on Maui by fixed-wing aircraft? Basically two. One are the trips that we have that go to Molokai from Maui to see and visit Father Damien's Leper Colony, and then the second place that we go is all the way across the channel to the big island to visit the volcanoes, and all the lava and magma and all of the exciting things that happening over there on the big island. Those are the two things we have with the exception, because we always throw this into air tours, of the paragliding. Paragliding is completely different, but it is an air tour. Let me give you an idea of what we're talking about. That is an example of paragliding. We do that off Haleakal? here on Maui.

Let's leave that for last. Let's go to these others first. Let's go to a map so we can see where these things go. This, you might recall, is a map of the islands of Maui County, and one of the main, probably most popular of the trips that we offer in terms of an air tour are tours that go from Maui directly over to the island of Molokai and along this northern coastline to a peninsula that we have up here that's called Kalaupapa. Kalaupapa is a very isolated peninsula on this beautiful north shore, which really this entire area through here is about 2,000-foot cliffs that go straight down into the sea. They're highly jungled and forested with lots and lots of foliage on them and giant waterfalls that go down into the water, actually the highest free-falling waterfalls into the ocean anywhere on the planet. That's along this coastline.

And then there's this one peninsula here at Kalaupapa which also has the backdrop of these 2,000-foot cliffs behind it. What they serve to do is to isolate this peninsula, to where you can really only get in there by water, in the old days anyway, by the ocean or by walking this really steep switchback with cliffs and so on. Today, of course, we can get in there by air to a landing strip that we have on the peninsula. This is the home of Father Damien's Leper Colony. This was thought, in the 1800s, to be a perfect place in Hawaii to take the people who had Hansen's disease and isolate them in a place that they wouldn't be contagious to other people, and they could have a community of their own. Father Damien, the Catholic priest, was the one that organized this and became very famous for doing so. It was a very sad kind of a situation because of all of the extreme sickness and so on that was there, but it was also very heartwarming. The place that they were staying, this Kalaupapa Peninsula, is one of the most beautiful places you could ever imagine.

Today, we really don't have ... I think that there are a few people that are still there that have Hansen's disease. It's no longer communicable, but once you're deformed, that doesn't change. People may prefer to live there, a few of them that are still around. This was mainly something that happened during the late 1800s. Father Damien's church is there. So many museums and such are happening that document the times. There is a tour that you can take on Kalaupapa Peninsula that takes you all around and shows you all the different things. Where the air tour part comes in is that we have air tours that leave from Maui at various times. They go from either Kapalua or from the main airport in Kahului, and they also come from Oahu and come down for the day.

You fly over from Maui, in particular. You get to see West Maui and then the channel, and then all these beautiful cliffs and so on from the air. Then you land at the Peninsula. You're there for four hours. You get off there and then you walk through and see ... usually take a little van. They actually have a school bus that they use as a touring bus there. You get really kind of a down-home view of this incredible place on earth. Not many people actually, in comparison to all the tourists that come to Hawaii, get a chance to do that. In fact most of the people that live in Hawaii have not been down there. It is an incredible tour. That is probably the number one tour that we have that you can see by air, taking you there, but also seeing the islands from the air, the portions of the islands that you're going to be overflying on the way to get there. That's number one.

The second thing is going in the opposite direction, leaving from Maui and heading to the big island which is down here. You're going across this 30 mile channel and you're coming over to the big island. The Big Island, of course, is known because it is the place that we have all the live lava that is happening in Hawaii currently. Depending upon the time and the date that you're going, you're going to have more or less lava. It's been continuous, actually, since about 1975, and before that, it stopped. It was on again, off again all through the 1800s, on again, off again. Mark Twain was here, went to Halema'uma'u off K?lauea Volcano, and discussed that in a lot of his writings and so on. This is the island that is a fully aglow. This is where the live lava is coming out.

We've been fortunate in the last 30-plus years to really have good views of the lava from air tours. One of the great tours that we have is one that goes from Maui, and kind of flight-sees Maui on the way over to the big island, and then heads over. You get to see Mauna Kea. It depends on how you come in, but probably along this coastline and down over through Hilo, and then into this area which is really the Volcano Zone. You're going to see lots of Pu'u 'O'os, or vents that they are called, that the red lava is in there. You'll be able to see these tubes of lava that are carrying the lava down to the coastline. Quite often they run on the surface. They're kind of a little cave structure that usually caves in on the top. You've got this tube with a top part of the cylinder that's broken off, and you can see the lava flowing along through the tube in these rivers with this bright, bright orange/red lava, heading down toward the ocean.

Then at times we have the lava that's actually pouring in the ocean at that point, you've got maybe six or seven stories high of giant plumes of steam and all sorts of chemical reactions that are happening at that time that make these giant white clouds. That in itself is very exciting, too. You get to see all this area. Last five years or so, since 2008, let's put it that way, Halema'uma'u has been going off which is a really large volcano pit that generates a lot of lava, and a lot of excitement because it's really visible. That's happening and also some of the other vents in K?lauea are available to be seen. Each day is a little different. You don't really quite know, but these planes that we have will kind of zigzag and cross this area, and go all over the rift zone and be able to see everything that you would want to see for that period of time, take pictures and so on. It's kind of a sight that you're probably not going to see again. It's not very often that people get to see a Live Volcano. That's our second flight.

We've got the Father Damien flights by air tours. We've got the volcano flights from Maui that do the air tours, and then let's put this little third segment in here, which is the paragliding. This is totally un-similar to the other forms of aircraft, obviously. These flights are done off Haleakal?, usually maybe about the 3,000-foot level or 4,000-foot level. You're taken in a van up to that point, and then you don't do this alone. You're going with somebody, but it'd be just the pilot, essentially, and you. You're both in the same harnessing situation. You kind of do this running start and then you lift, and then you're off. You're soaring like a bird. It is one of the most amazing tours that I have ever done, certainly something that once you do you'll never forget.

You are really like a bird. I guess that's the way to say it. It's so quiet up there. There's no sound of motors. There's just kind of a gentle feel of the touch of the air on your face, and then the spectacular views. Your heart will beat a couple times extra when you first start, too. That's for sure. But then you get a little bit used to it and it is quite exciting, and quite beautiful.

There's a couple different tours that are offered. You can go up for different periods of time, but maybe 20 minutes, and then you go down the mountain. They can adjust where they're going. They can go circles, and they can keep you up quite long, should they decide to. Typically, it might be 20 minutes. It might half an hour. Then you come down to a beautiful meadowland that we have down below that you will just gently land on. Your landing is just kind of like that, and you're just right there. That is obviously not a flight for everyone, but it is definitely a flight for some people. The people that really want to do this, you can't keep them away from it. It is one of the neatest things you could possible imagine. Anyway, those are the air tours that we offer from Maui.

If you have any questions about tours or activities in Hawaii, just give us a call, or check out tombarefoot.com. We're here to help.

Hawaii air tours are fundamentally divided into two categories: Hawaii airplane tours, and helicopter tours. Because these two categories of aircraft are inexorably lumped together it is important to draw a comparison between the two because people always want a contrast to determine which might provide a better Hawaii air flight for them.

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Air tours of Kauai by fixed-wing aircraft are perhaps the most economical way to see the island from above. These air tours are often half the cost of helicopter flights but see the same areas of the island nonetheless.

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Fixed wing air tours on Oahu are fun and they take many forms. One great tour is a seaplane that takes off and lands on the water. Others are glider rides that are towed from the ground to thousands of feet in the air where you glide on the quiet and gentle currents of air viewing the beautiful sites below.

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The Big Island of Hawaii is big indeed, larger in fact than all the other islands put together. Taking an air tour on a fixed wing aircraft is a great way to see the Big Island of Hawaii in a short amount of time, and at a lesser expense than a helicopter.

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