Explore deep, meandering valleys set in the rainforest of the ancient West Maui Mountains. Knife-edged ridges with mist-shrouded peaks separate the spectacular valleys. Waterfalls cascade down from towering cliffs into the streams running along the rainforest floor. See the famous Iao valley and learn about the history and culture of the sights from your pilot, who is also a State of Hawaii Certified Tour Guide. Cross the Pailolo channel to the "Friendly Isle." Molokai has the world's highest, most spectacular sea cliffs, Hawaii's tallest waterfall, remote valleys and the famous Kalaupapa peninsula.
Tour routes and sights visited may vary according to wind and weather conditions.
- American Eurocopter EC130 "Eco-Star":
Every seat offers greater personal space, first-class individual seats, and expansive glass for exceptional visibility. This is the world's newest and most expensive model of touring helicopter, and the first specifically designed for air tours. It is utilized by only two companies in Hawaii: Blue Hawaiian and Sunshine Helicopters
The EC130 is also available in a 7-seat configuration to accommodate families.
Note that Sunshine Helicopters has renamed their EC130 "Whisper-Star." The American Eurocopter EC130 is powered by a Turbomeca Arriel 1B engine rated at 848 Shaft Horse Power.
- American Eurocopter 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. This model is utilized by the majority of air tour operators in Hawaii, including Blue Hawaiian, Sunshine, Air Maui, Alexair, Makani Kai, Jack Harter, Island Helicopters, Safari Aviation and Hawaii Helicopters.
The AS350 is the most utilized tour helicopter in the world, and all of them look virtually the same. The only significant difference is the type of engine employed. There are four variants of this model:
- AS 350B2: Used by Blue Hawaiian and Safari Aviation. This is the most powerful model A-Star and is an original manufacturer model. Employs the Ariel 1D1 engine rated at 712 Shaft Horse Power.
- AS 350BA: Used by Air Maui, Makani Kai, Jack Harter and Island Helicopters. This is an original manufacturer model. Employs the Ariel 1B engine rated at 641 Shaft Horse Power.
- AS 350FX: Used by Sunshine and Makani Kai Helicopters. This is not an original manufacturer model but utilizes an FAA approved conversion to the Honeywell LTS 101 600 engine rated at 650 Shaft Horse Power. AS 350 AllStar: Used by AlexAir. This is not an original manufacturer model but utilizes an FAA approved conversion to the Allison 250-C30M engine rated at 650 Shaft Horse Power.
The cabins in all of these AS350 models are quite similar, but Blue Hawaiian's A-Stars afford increased comfort – with BOSE® aviation-grade noise-cancelling headsets, passenger microphone, inside camera integrated to the live tour video, and more. Safety enhancements for the pilot include a state-of-the-art terrain awareness warning system and emergency pop-out floats to enable safe landing on water.
Spectacular Views and More!
Maui's tallest waterfall at over 1100 feet high is located at the very head of the deep and lush Honokohau Valley in the West Maui Mountains.
Iao valley State park is one of the highlights of Maui which can be reached by car via the road from Wailuku. Kepaniwai park lies just before reaching the main parking lot for Iao. Kepaniwai means "damning of the waters" named after all of the Maui warriors slain in the famous battle in which Kamehameha conquered Maui in 1792. It is said that the waters of Iao stream ran red with thier blood.
The surf seen is a Summer break known as "Thousand Peaks"
Ahihi-Kinau Natural Reserve: Site of the last volcanic activity on Maui which occurred little more than two hundred years ago.
Baldwin Beach is a great park for group barbeques. Follow the beach down to Baby Beach where parents enjoy the safety and tranquility of the reef protected waters for the kids.
Total fares include applicable taxes and fees. 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. For each guest weighing 250 pounds or more, an adjacent, empty seat purchase is required to safely balance the aircraft. The charge for an adjacent empty seat is reduced to 50% off of the tour price. Credit cards are charged upon confirmation of a reservation.
Please allow a minimum of 5 days prior to your requested tour date to book through our website. We will confirm your tour date and time and send you an email with your booking details within 24 hours of receipt of your request.