Maui Spectacular

Why We Love It -  The best way to get a full island experience like nothing on land or sea can offer. Includes Upcountry landing with champagne toast!

See Hana, Haleakala and West Maui, plus an Upcountry landing for an awesome panorama and refreshments.

90 minute tour. A combination of our West Maui and Hana/Haleakala Tours - with an exciting extra bonus! This detailed tour of the entire island begins with a flight exploration of the most magnificent West Maui valleys, rain forest, and waterfalls. Then comes the bonus: we land at our scenic and exclusive remote landing site at Ulupalakua Ranch, on the slopes of Haleakala. Refreshments are served while you enjoy the breathtaking scenery and pastoral setting for approximately 20 minutes. The flight then continues for a 45-minute exploration of East Maui, including Hana & Haleakala. 

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 rain forests and the moon-like vistas of Mt. Haleakala, the rolling Alpine-like meadows of Upcountry and the jagged cliffs and cascading waterfalls of the West Maui Mountains. 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 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 3:30pm. 
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 90 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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- Jul 2016 -


Maui Spectacular - Lived up to it's name! My family of three throughly enjoyed the Maui Spectacular tour. The trip was around 1.5 hours and included a brief landing at a remote ranch, with champagne served alongside the beautiful view. The pilot was very engaging and the scenery simply stunning, it felt like we were in the Jurasic Park movie! We travelled on the Eco helicopter and you could easily see from all seats.. There were 7 seats on our flight and we were all told where to sit, based on our weight( this is done discretely!) The company are very professional and the whole booking process very easy. You are not allowed to take any bags, including camera bags, on board and iPads and selfie sticks are also not permitted. They do have lockers, refreshments available and a vending machine. Your flight is recorded and can be purchased for around $40... Parking is chargeable at $7 and the machine does not give change but does accept cards.. Highly recommend!

- May 2016 -

Sarah M

Maui Spectacular, indeed! We chose the Maui Spectacular tour, which is 90 minutes with a stop for a couple of glasses of sparkling pineapple wine at a remote location on top of a mountain with a breathtaking view -- spectacular, to say the least. We were a little nervous, since this was our first time in a helicopter. However, Tim, our pilot who was a former search & rescue firefighter in Maui, quickly allayed our fears. He was knowledgeable about the island, and the ride was smooth. We definitely saw parts of the island that we would not have seen otherwise. Tim's awesome music playlist during the ride is also worth mentioning! We would highly recommend this trip to any first-time Hawaii visitors. Another couple was on our tour, and they had done it before but found it was worth doing again! We expect we'll be that couple during our next trip to Maui!

- Jul 2015 -

Herb E

We booked the Maui Spectacular tour and were a little disappointed that they had to over us a different route due to the weather. However, the views we got were beautiful, and the landing for a couple of glasses of Champaign on the mountain hill, had spectacular views. Would definitely recommend.

- Mar 2018 -

Ryan Gordon

Such a cool experience! The flight was smooth. We saw the island from the air and were able to see whales. The pilot, Mike, was an awesome guide. He knew all about the island and made sure that he maneuvered the helicopter so that people on all sides of the aircraft had great views and photo opportunities.

- 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.

- Feb 2018 -

Jon Ivar Einarsson

Nice pilot and obviously beautiful views, but unfortunately my side of the helicopter was almost always facing away from points of interest. I was mostly looking at the ocean during this trip. Not worth the money. The pilots should do a better job of making sure that everyone has similar opportunities to see points of interest. Its a lottery right now.

- 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. I’m happy he gets to live his dream. He made our dream come true this morning, as well ❤️🌈

- Feb 2018 -


Excellent experience. Knowledgeable friendly staff. Felt safe the entire time. Very well priced for the experience.


Teresa N.

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


Brian B.

This is the third and final time we will be using Blue Hawaiian. Three times in a row now I have called in before booking to request a front row seat for my...


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...