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If you haven't taken a helicopter tour on Maui....... you haven't seen Maui.
When I first came to Maui many decades ago I hiked and traveled just about every place possible...
When I took my first of many Maui helicopter tours I was in the air no more than 10 minutes before realizing I had no clue what the island really looked like. Isolated valleys, hidden waterfalls, secluded ridges, triple-canopy rainforests, and mountain summits. Some areas are so dense and rugged they are impossible to traverse on foot. Some species of animal and plant life are so isolated in their Maui habitat they exist only in their own little valley and nowhere else in the world.
Hana and Haleakala Crater Maui Helicopter Tours...
There are many different Helicopter Rides on Maui that can be taken but the main two are the 45 minute Hana/Crater tour and the 60 minute full Circle Island. The very least amount of time I would recommend to take would be the 45 minute Hana/Crater flight because shorter tours are just not long enough to enjoy what Maui has to offer. The Hana Crater tour departs, as do all flights, from the heliport at the Kahului Airport. It winds its way up to the top of the crater at 10,000 ft. Here you'll be looking down at the crater which descends 3000 ft and is 21 miles in circumference. It is so large in fact that the analogy is often used that you can take the entire island of Manhattan and fit it within the boundaries of Haleakala Crater. The landscape there is strikingly stark in its beauty and looks almost like the surface of the moon. From there you'll move onward to some of the most remote valleys on the island with huge waterfalls and steep drop-offs and finally wind your way into the region of the Oheo Gulch and Hana. From this vantage point you'll be looking down upon triple-canopy rainforests with enormous brilliantly colored African Tulip trees, waterfalls, pools, streams and rugged forest. The Hana Coastline from the air is one of the most beautiful to be found anywhere on the planet, in fact this was the backdrop for much of the footage that was seen on the movie Jurassic Park.
Circle Island Maui Helicopter Tours include Haleakala Crater, the Hana area and the West Maui Mountains...
The second major flight of the island is the Circle Island flight which encompasses the exact same flight as the 45 min Crater/Hana tour but also includes the spectacular West Maui Mountains as well. The West Maui Mountains are a completely different animal then is Haleakala. While Haleakala is considered a dormant volcano that is just at the apex of its growth stage the West Maui's have been extinct for over a million years. They are also the home of the second wettest spot on Earth. The peak of Puu Kukui. The rainfall here is about 370 inches a year and the combination of so much rainfall falling upon such an old lava surface has carved huge valleys and cliffs in the interior. From the top at Puu Kukui there are razor sharp ridges that sculpt their way to the coast. On either side of the upper ridges the sheer walls that have been carved descend literally thousands of feet down to the valleys below. And there are waterfalls everywhere. One particular area we call the "wall of tears" has perhaps 15 to 35 waterfalls all happening at once depending on the rainfall from the previous hours. Though this area is only about 4 miles as a crow flies to the towns of Lahaina, Kaanapali or Wailuku it is so remote that you will not see a road, a town or a person in sight. In fact it is so primordial that the only thing you might expect to see would be a dinosaur. If this is one of your first trips to Maui, this might be the best Maui helicopter ride for you to go on since you'll really have a good understanding of the lay of the land and you'll be able to go back and visit the places you were most attracted to.
West Maui and Molokai flights fly across the channel and visit the eastern half of Molokai as well as seeing West Maui...
The West Maui and Molokai helicopter tours are considered by some Maui helicopter pilots to be the very best of all, although there are both positives and negatives regarding these 60 minute flights. Positives include the fact that the regions to be seen on Molokai are spectacular. The northern coastline of Molokai is famous for having the largest waterfalls descending from cliffs into the sea of anyplace in the world. It is also the home of the historic and extremely picturesque Kalaupapa Peninsula which is the home the famous Father Damien's Leper Colony. The views to be seen on Molokai are considered by many as "payback" for what could be considered the one negative on this tour which is the fact that you need to travel about eight minutes or so across the channel from Maui to Molokai each way in order to get there and back. Although the waters can be beautiful during the winter months and can offer spectacular views of the Humpback Whales, it is generally more interesting to spend your time flying over the beautiful scenery to be seen on the islands themselves rather than ocean.
West Maui Helicopter Rides include only West Maui...
The least expensive of the regularly scheduled Maui flights are the West Maui helicopter tours. These tours range in the 20-30 minute zone and fly either into or around the West Maui Mountains. The West Maui's are unbelievably beautiful and are filled with amazing waterfalls and sheer cliffs but because of the extreme rainfall found there (about 370"/year which makes it the second wettest spot on earth) the conditions can often be too wet and cloudy to see the best that it has to offer and many of these tours end up skirting the periphery of the mountains, which not being as exciting as going into the interior is still beautiful in its own right.
Maui Helicopters consist of a number of different types and models...
Customer service, congeniality and a solid knowledge of the island of Maui have been the hallmark characteristics of this longtime operating helicopter company on island. Exclusively flying the A-Star
Enjoy the ultimate Hawaii Volcano Tour, an exclusive adventure for your Hawaiian vacation! Visit Hawaii's only active volcano on our Hawaii Volcano Eco-Adventure Tour, and fly over the volcano on an
Take a 60 minute tour to see all of Maui, including Haleakala Crater, Hana, and West Maui.
The 50-60 minute West Maui / Molokai tour will take you through the rugged West Maui Mountains as well as the "Friendly" island of Molokai. Possible sights include: the Waihee Valley, waterfalls at the
Maverick Helicopters provides one of the most 'upscale' helicopter experiences to be enjoyed anywhere in the world. The Maverick Helicopter resume comes complete with superlatives in every area: In
This excursion offers generous views of Haleakala's magnificent crater, weather permitting. You'll also travel through Maui's most remote areas with views of Hana, the Pools of 'Ohe'o,
This journey generally spends most of the time on Molokai. View the ridges of West Maui, before you cross the Pailolo Channel on your way to view the magnificent sea cliffs and waterfalls of Molokai's
Explore the lush West Maui Mountains and the remote villge of Kahakuloa. Weather permitting, soar above West Maui's tallest waterfall, Honokohau Falls, over 1,100 feet. Then pass by Nakalele Point "blow
Based upon reputation in the industry, Sunshine Helicopters has certainly earned the respect of all helicopter tour companies in the State. The owner and founder of Sunshine Helicopters is Ross Scott
The widely respected helicopter company, Sunshine Helicopters offers flights on the islands of Maui, Kauai and the Big Island. The roots of Sunshine Helicopters hearken back to the Vietnam War, where
See all the highlights of the West Maui Mountains, then (whale watch, in season) across the Pailolo Channel to discover Hawaii"s tallest waterfalls along Molokai"s remote and isolated North Shore. Capture
As solid a company as the A-Star Helicopters they fly, Air Maui has proven itself over the years to be one of the most enjoyable helicopter experiences on island. They strictly fly the A-Star touring
The 50-60 minute East Maui Mountains tour will take you to see the main points of interest along the slopes and summit of Mt. Haleakala. Possible sights include: Paia Bay and Hookipa Beach, "Jaws" (Maui's
One of the most well known and respected helicopter tour companies in Hawaii is Sunshine Helicopters. Ross Scott is the company's founder and owner and his days in the helicopter business have their roots
The 40-50 minute West Maui Mountains tour will take you through near vertical terrain of the west Maui Mountains where you can see the wettest place on the island of Maui. Possible sights include: the
The 40-50 minute East Maui Mountains tour will take you to see the main points of interest along the slopes of Mt. Haleakala. Possible sights include: Paia Bay and Hookipa Beach, "Jaws" (Maui's big wave
The 40-50 minute West Maui / Molokai tour will take you through the rugged West Maui Mountains as well as the "Friendly" island of Molokai. Possible sights include: the Waihee Valley, waterfalls at the
This activity covers a sunset dinner and the most requested points of interest on Maui including the West Maui Mountains, Kaanapali coastline, Lanai and over to Molokai's North shore. There will be a stop
View the West Maui Mountains and dramatic waterfalls that rush down the cliffs through the tropical rain-forest. Please note: Dark colored clothing is recommended for picture taking. Purses, bags,
This tour covers the most requested point of interest on Maui, Haleakala Crater. Please note: Dark colored clothing is recommended for picture taking. Purses, bags, camera bags, and fanny packs are
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