Hana and Haleakala

Why We Love It -  Experience the jungle and crater from above, like no other tour of Hana or Haleakala. Mornings recommended for the best visibility. Departs Kahului heliport.

Experience Maui's emerald rain forests, moon-like craters, jagged cliffs, and cascading waterfalls. 

50 minutes. A wonderful exploration of the most popular points of interest on the island including Haleakala National Park and Haleakala Crater, Manawainui, Oheo Gulch (Seven Pools), Hana town and the Hana Rain Forest Preserve, the largest rain forest in the United States. See hundreds of beautiful waterfalls, Keanae Valley, and the rugged shoreline of East Maui. Visit untouched places only seen by air!

Year after year, readers of the top international travel magazines vote Maui "The World's Best Island," in large part because Maui boasts sights that satisfy the most demanding adventurers. Here are emerald rainforests and the moon-like vistas of Mt. Haleakala, the rolling Alpine-like meadows of Upcountry and the jagged cliffs and cascading waterfalls of Hana-side. Yet most of Maui's magnificent hidden secrets are inaccessible except by air.

Tours include
  • Bose® aviation-grade noise-canceling headsets
  • 4-camera digital DVD in-flight recording
  • Two-way communication between you and your expert Blue Hawaiian pilot - each of whom is a State of Hawaii Certified Tour Guide
  • The most honored mechanics and customer service in the industry
  • Tour routes and sights visited may vary according to wind and weather conditions.
  • A high quality, live DVD recording is made of your actual flight and may be purchased after your tour for $25.
  • A High Definition, live Blu-Ray Disc or USB Stick recording is made of your actual flight and may be purchased after your tour for $40.
Airbus AS350 "A-Star"
  • Less personal space than the Eco-Star but with a similar open cabin design for 180º views from each seat. Somewhat less viewing glass than the Eco-Star. 
  • The AS350 is the most utilized tour helicopter in the world, and all of them look virtually the same. 
Upgrade to an Airbus EC130 "Eco-Star"
  • Featuring state-of-the-art, Eco-Star Helicopters. Our aircraft incorporate all the latest in cutting-edge technologies, materials, systems and avionics, and offer incomparable passenger comfort and fantastic sweeping views. 
  • Eco-Star's 23% increase in cabin space over the A-Star affords significantly greater personal space for guests, along with improved visibility with over 65 square feet of glass for 180 degree unobstructed views. 
  • Eco-Star features superior comfort; individual seats for every passenger afford the kind of shoulder room and personal space found in airline "First Class" seating.
  • Eco-Star features raised rear seating and wrap-around glass cockpit, for significantly improved visibility from every seat.
  • Eco-Star cost is over $2 million - approximately 30% more than a new A-Star.
Time Departures vary between 7:30am and noon
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 50 minutes
Location Kahului Heliport

Please view the cancellation policy and restrictions. You can find addition information in frequently asked questions

Cancellation Policy

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.

Last Minute Bookings

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.


Review Summary
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- Jan 2018 -

Shalini M

Awesome experience with breathtaking views of Molokai, west Maui. We spotted some Manta Rays and whales as well. The aerial views of the valleys and waterfalls were stunning especially with the accompanying music in the headphones. The tour was for 45 minutes and there was a safety video played before the trip to make us understand what to expect. For those who are unable to take the tour and are waiting, the staff were courteous and the waiting room had coffee and restrooms with some refreshments. There was a TV playing aerial views from helicopter of the various islands of Hawaii.

- Jan 2018 -

Heather McClure

Derek, the pilot was genuinely happy and a great pilot. He really wanted to give the guests a great scenic adventure. Iā€™m happy he gets to live his dream. He made our dream come true this morning, as well ā¤ļøšŸŒˆ

- Nov 2017 -

suneetha knvl

Experience is awesome . Staff are very welcoming. Got a good view of island in the morning at 8-9 in eco star helicopter and was given a free video of entire trip. Highly recommend.

- Jan 2018 -

Christopher Jensen

Wow... all levels of wow. This was my wife's birthday surprise and I was thrilled with the results. Wonderful flight, narration, super helpful and thoughtful team. Everything ran super smoothly. Loved the higher tech Ecoline chopper with active vibration damping and huge windows. We did the West Maui mountains and crossed the channel to the Molokai cliffs (where Jurassic Park 3's windsailing intro began) and where some of the tallest waterfalls in the world reside. When they started playing the Jurassic Park theme cresting the Molokai sea cliffs I think I started to tear up even... šŸ˜. Mike was a great pilot and guide and we hit it off right away. The stunning trip capped off with shots of whales from a birds eye view, flying through the West Maui cliffs to the other side, and even paralleling a 767 on the way in... always a great for an airplane buff...

- Dec 2017 -


Pricey but worth it, be sure to do the eco tour helicopter. Jack was a great guide and showed us so many waterfalls on the east side of the island by Hana. Once in a lifetime experience. Highly recommended!


Teresa N.

Mahalo Nui Hana and Haleakala for making my birthday extra special. Me and my baby did the Maui spectacular. Around the entire island of Maui....


Stephanie N.

This was an amazing experience for my son and I today to fly above Maui and Molokai!!! I live in Lahaina but to see the islands from the air in a...


Matthew L.

Excellent service. Booked after reading reviews online and getting our hotel concierge recommending. We arrived few minutes before 12 o'clock. Had our car...