Part of the Hawaiian archipelago, the island of Maui is a sight to behold whatever your vantage point. With the sprawling Haleakala National Park encompassing the island’s highest peak, the volcanic Haleakala, plus the pools and waterfalls of Ohe’o Gulch, the island is truly a place of wonder.
With 75 per cent of Maui’s stark volcanic terrain and lush subtropical rainforest inaccessible by land, a helicopter ride is the perfect way to see the mountain ridges and deep valleys that extend all the way to the coast. We’ve picked out three of the best Maui helicopter tours, based on price, journey, and previous customer reviews.
FROM $385.95 PER PERSON
A luxury experience from start to finish, this exclusive small-group sightseeing tour starts with a plush limo-van roadtrip to the tiny unspoilt town of Hana and ends with a jaw-dropping helicopter flight back. In between, you’ll stop for a gourmet beachside lunch, recline in the emerald waters, and enjoy a visit to Hana Tropical Gardens. Accompanied by a professional guide, you’ll be festooned with fascinating facts about the history of the naïve Hawaiians during the whole six-hour tour. Your return trip will be made in style aboard a 6-passenger, air-conditioned ‘A-Star’ jet helicopter, propelling you on a 36-minute trip above the amazing scenery of Maui, taking in such famous sights as Haleakala Crater (one of the world’s biggest dormant volcanoes) along with gorgeous hidden waterfalls and the rugged coastline. Stereo music and live narration help add to the fun.
FROM $325 PER PERSON
On this 1-hour island Maui helicopter tour, visitors will soar above valleys and waterfalls that are otherwise inaccessible. Fly deep inside the West Maui Mountains where there aren’t even any trails, and gaze upon the colourful cinder cones of Haleakala Crater. Off the coast of Hana, watch as waterfalls tumble their way directly into the sea, and see hidden coves and white sand beaches you never even knew were there. The tour begins at Kahului Heliport, where you’ll board a luxurious, air-conditioned helicopter with comfortable leather seats. Your professional tour guide and expert pilot will lift you off and within minutes you’ll be soaring over fields of waving green sugar. Over the course of the trip, many of Maui’s most jaw-dropping spectacles will emerge in front of the window, from the verdant valleys of the West Maui Mountains to inside Haleakala Crater. Back on land at Kahului Heliport, you can purchase a souvenir DVD of the entire Maui helicopter tour, complete with the pilot’s expert narration and a Hawaiian music background.
FROM $1,710 PER PERSON
If you’re seeking a memorable spot for popping the big question to a loved one, or a unique family adventure, then this thrilling 70-minute helicopter charter tour will be hard to beat. You’ll fly over Southern Maui, soaking in the unbeatable views, all the way up to the impressive dormant volcano Haleakela with a landing at our private cliffside location, where you can disembark and enjoy the sensational unobstructed 180-degree views of lush rain forests, sea cliffs and cascading waterfalls down below. The flight will then continue on over the Hana rain forest, remote valleys and waterfalls following the famous Hana coastline as you head back to Kahului.