The highlights of both East and West Maui are combined during this unique 65-minute aerial tour of the complete island of Maui. See Haleakala Crater, Oheo Gulch, Hana Town, Hana rainforest and the rugged shoreline of Northeast Maui. Explore deep, meandering valleys set in the rainforest of the ancient West Maui Mountains. Sharply edged ridges with mist-shrouded peaks separate the spectacular valleys that give Maui its nickname, "The Valley Isle." Waterfalls cascade from towering cliffs into the streams running along the rainforest floor. Learn about the history and culture of the sights from your pilot, who is also a State of Hawaii Certified Tour Guide.
|Time||Departures vary between 7:30 am and 3:30 pm.
Time selection indicates your preference. We will try to get as close to your preferred time as possible. Exact check-in and flight times will be given with confirmation.
|Duration||Approximately 65 minutes|
We require 24 hours notice in order to change or cancel your reservation. Tours cancelled with less than 24 hours affect other guests booked on the flight and don't allow enough time to resell the cancelled seats. Reservations cancelled within 24 hours will be assessed a 50% cancellation fee. No-shows will be assessed a 100% cancellation fee. If you need to change or cancel your reservation please provide us with 24 hours notice prior to your tour time and we will be happy to accommodate you.
Please be aware that these bookings are subject to confirmation. If this is a same-day or next-day booking, there is a reasonable chance this will not be confirmed. For bookings that are confirmed, there will be no cancellations or refunds.
FAA regulations require us to weigh all guests and bags at check-in. We do this discreetly for your privacy. Please be accurate as possible when providing weight information.
For each guest weighing more than 260 pounds on Eco-Star flights or more than 250 pounds on A-Star flights, an adjacent, empty seat purchase is required. The charge for an adjacent empty seat is 50% off of the regular tour price. This open seat ensures the comfort for you and all of our guests on your flight.
Credit cards are charged upon confirmation of a reservation. Full refunds will be made for any cancellation with at least 24 hours notice prior to scheduled flight time.
Any child under 24 months of age is welcome as a lap child at no charge. Children 24 months and over require an individual full-fare seat.
Tour routes and sights visited may vary according to wind and weather conditions.
Do you make a video of our actual tour? How long is it?
Every flight is captured on a high quality DVD. Each helicopter is equipped with four cameras; three external and one in the cabin. The video recording begins during the boarding process. On the video, you'll most likely first see yourself as you approach the aircraft for boarding. To orchestrate the most interesting video, the pilot chooses between the forward, side or internal camera as the flight progresses. The cabin camera, for example, usually shows you right after lift-off as it is so much fun to capture our guests expressions of amazement. The recording is continuous until landing and includes digital quality music chosen to complement the changing scenery, plus all the pilot's narration. The video is available for purchase right after you return from your flight.
What should we wear?
Our helicopters are temperature-controlled so dress comfortably but wear dark clothing to minimize any window reflections. If your flight includes a landing at higher elevations, bring a sweater in case it's chilly. Hats are not allowed to be worn around the helicopters as they can fly up into the rotors and damage the aircraft. We will be happy to hold any hats for you until you return from your tour.
Do you recommend taking anti-motion sickness medication?
If you are particularly prone to motion sickness, taking a precautionary anti-motion sickness medication is a good idea. However, our flights are very smooth and turns are slow and gentle. This is a professional scenic tour, not a thrill ride. Most people do not experience motion sickness and do not need an anti-motion sickness medication.
When is the best time to fly?
We suggest that you book your helicopter flight prior to arrival in Hawaii. This assures you of a tour time that fits into your vacation plans. It?s also wise to book your tour for the early part of your stay. That way if your pilot determines that weather conditions on a particular day are not optimal for a tour, you will have some options for re-scheduling. As far as the best time of day for a helicopter tour, you should primarily consider your personal schedule. Most of the time we are blessed with beautiful weather in Hawaii and the time of day, whether it be morning or afternoon, will make no difference. If we happen to have a rainy weather pattern the pilot will consult weather reports and other pilots who have been flying to determine if we can operate a good tour. Blue Hawaiian does not want to take our guests on a flight unless we are reasonably certain we can give you an excellent experience.
How much experience do your pilots have?
All pilots are highly experienced. In fact, we believe that this is the most experienced group of helicopter tour pilots anywhere in the world, and each of them is required to obtain certification as a State of Hawaii Tour Guide. Furthermore, Blue Hawaiian is the only helicopter tour company in Hawaii with its own state-of-the-art Flight Simulator, and the only one that puts its pilots through annual factory and FAA recurrent training.
Will we be the only ones in the helicopter? How is seating arranged?
Unless you charter the complete helicopter you will be sharing the flight with other guests. We try to seat couples and families side-by-side as much as possible. We cannot guarantee particular seating as it is often dictated by our FAA approved weight and balance program. However, visibility from every seat is excellent in both our A-Stars and Eco-Stars, since there are no cabin partitions that would block part of the view as is the case on other types of helicopters.
Are we guaranteed to see all of the sights mentioned in your tour descriptions?
The points of interest mentioned in our tour descriptions are highlights of the tour, which we always do our best to show you depending on wind and weather. Each tour is unique in that we'll show you the best currently available scenery while also trying to accommodate all of your special requests within the generally allotted time.
How low do you fly?
A Federal Aviation Administration altitude restriction of 1500 feet has been in effect since 1994 with deviations to 500 ft. on each major Hawaiian Island. Virtually all helicopter operators in Hawaii share the same deviation authority from the FAA to fly as low as 500 feet in the tour areas.
While staying 3 nights in Kahului in mid-December 0f 2018 I took two separate helicopter tours(Maui and Molokai) on two seperate days. Their office is located off from the main airport in Kahului. Fortunatley, I was staying at the Maui Beach hotel which offered free shuttle within 3 miles and this was in range. I had planned it this way for this reason. Anyway, the office is well organized, comfortable, and certainly not cramp. They will not allow you to carry any bags on the helicopter. This included a large fanny pack I had at the time. They have small lockers which you can put your things in for this purpose. The locker has a key to lock it and take with you until you return. Very secure. The locker is probably one foot in height, width, and maybe two feet in depth. They will also not allow you to carry ANY hats(even baseball hats) on the helicopter. Just what you are wearing, your camera and what you can have in your pockets. The staff at the office were very cordial and professional. They ask you to come in about 45 minutes prior to your scheduled helicopter ride to take care of the payment and watch a 5-10 safety video. On my first day I was going to take the Maui complete island tour but the weather was not cooperating(very low clouds and misty). I was given the option to take another tour or reschedule for another time. I opted to take the Molokai tour and I am glad I did. Of all the Hawaiian island I think Molokai is the most geologically interesting island. It has the highest sea cliffs in the world which makes it very impressive to see. To see cliffs going as high as 4,000 feet from sea level is something to behold. There were also some impressive watersfall from such a height. We also saw some the island of Lanai that Larry Ellison almost entirely owns. I did not know he owned the island until this trip. We were very lucky to see a mother and her calf on this tour. The helicopter pilont, Rick mentioned, that not as many whales are coming to Hawaii as they used to. Overall I was very pleased with this tour and thought it was well worth the money spent and time. You can not truly take in the island of Molokai without seeing it from the air. I seriously doubt you see most of this from the road on the island. The next day I took the Maui island tour. This basically covered along the coast line around the island and some valleys. At one point we landed on an extinct volcanic rim that is part of a ranch. There was a small house used as a retreat there. We were there for 20 minutes for a drink and to take pictures of the surrounding. This was the most interesting part of the trip to land and see this. Quite a place to relax if you had access to it. I purchased the video from both flights that you can buy for about $40-45. You get audio and visual. You get audio of the entire flight while the pilot is making his commentary. You get vreaks in the visual of showing the inside of the aircraft with a wide-angle camera from the front of the aircraft. A great way to show off your flight to those who could not join you on the tour. This was professionaly done. They give you the MP4 files on a jump drive. Pretty high definition considering it was 6.4GB for one flight. It was broken into time segment files. The pilot, Rick, whom I took on both flights, was a true professional. He clearly knew the area, how to best avoid the turbulence when he could(very little and the pilot reacted well to them). He lived on the mainland but moved to Hawaii at least 10 years and married a local there on Maui. A good pilot. Overall, I was VERY pleased with this company and its staff. I would highly recommended them to anyone. At no time did I feel sick or uncomfortable on the flights. Show less
We booked the Maui spectacular to see the whole island. This was a perfect way to see the island, with a nice little stop for pictures and wine! We saw places on the island that are complete inaccessible by foot, from the dry side to the magnificent waterfalls. Our pilot was knowledgeable and skillful, making for a great trip. We booked the A-star and were upgraded to the Eco-Star at no charge without question. Highly recommended.
Top of the line experience! We originally planned for the whole family to take a helicopter ride over Maui and Molokai islands, but our 11 y/o got cold...
I am editing this review, so please read to the end. There is good news there. This was a breathtakingly disappointing experience. I booked the Molokai...
We took a tour with Blue Hawaiian as part of a Road to Hana Sky Trek excursion. The first part of our trip was provided by Temptation Tours, and then we...