The 6 Best Maui Helicopter Tours

Combine sightseeing with a breathtaking adventure on one of these flights.

U.S. News & World Report

The 6 Best Maui Helicopter Tours

Best Maui Helicopter Tours

Experience Maui's majestic beauty in the air with a tour from Pacific Helicopter Tours.(Courtesy of Pacific Helicopter Tours)

Maui's lush green rainforests, colorful beaches and impressive Haleakala Crater are breathtaking from land, but just imagine how awe-inspiring the views are from the air. Relying on expert opinion and traveler input, U.S. News selected six of Maui's best helicopter tours. Admire dramatic and panoramic scenery as you enjoy the thrill of a lifetime.

Pacific Helicopter Tours – 3 Island Tour

Thrill-seekers will appreciate Pacific Helicopter's exciting doors-off helicopter tour. This 90-minute tour features the best attractions of Maui, Molokai and the remote coast of Lanai. During the flight, travelers will fly over the impressive West Maui Mountains, Molokai's waterfalls and sea cliffs, and the famed Shipwreck Beach on Lanai. Flights start at $489 per person. For even more adventure, travelers can add a 20-minute cliffside landing in the West Maui Mountains for an additional $175. Reviewers say this tour was their best experience on Maui and the highlight of their trip. They also say the pilots are very informative and make safety a priority. Pacific Helicopter Tours also offers flights over Hana and west Maui, among other options.

Air Maui Helicopter Tours – Hana & Haleakala

Soar high above the most notable attractions in east Maui with Air Maui's Hana & Haleakala tour. This 45-minute flight features panoramic views of one of the world's largest dormant volcanoes, Haleakala Crater. Flying over the lush Hana rainforest, with its wide and spectacular waterfalls that flow into the sea, is another highlight. Along the way, your pilot provides narration of the sights. Reviewers say this trip is one of the best ways to see the stunning landscape of Maui and describe it as a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Tours depart daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets start at $275 per person. West Maui and Molokai flights are also available, among other options.

Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tours – West Maui & Molokai

On this roughly 50-minute tour, you'll fly over the world's tallest sea cliffs along 88 miles of pristine coastline and waterfalls on Molokai's north shore. Listen to the pilots describe Maui's rich culture as you soar above rainforests and valleys and the dramatic peaks of the cloud-shrouded West Maui Mountains. Reviewers say this an experience not-to-be-missed while in Maui. They also praise the pilot's professionalism and attention to safety. Tours are offered several times a day starting at 10:30 a.m. Tickets start at $289 per person. Blue Hawaiian also offers helicopter tours of Hana and Haleakala, as well as 90-minute tours of the whole island.

Maverick Tours – Maui Dream

Ideal for travelers who want to see the entire island, this 70-minute flight makes a complete circle around Maui and is one of the best ways to see the dramatic contrast in the island's landscape. In the interior, soar over lush green forests and mountains. Then along the coastline, take in the scenery of the colorful beaches and jagged cliffs set against the brilliant blue waters, and watch as rushing waterfalls crash into the Pacific Ocean. The route covers almost every locale on Maui, including top attractions like Haleakala Crater and Iao Valley State Park. Reviewers say this is an incredible experience, even the highlight of their trip and that the pilots are very knowledgeable. Tours, which start at $389 per person, are offered twice a day at 8:30 and 10 a.m. Tours focusing on Hana and Molokai are also available.

Sunshine Helicopters – Molokai Deluxe Tour

The Molokai Deluxe Tour is a 55- to 65-minute flight that heads out over west Maui before crossing the Pailolo Channel en route to Molokai's remote north shore, which is home to some of Hawaii's tallest waterfalls. During the return journey, the helicopter flies over Maui's ancient Hawaiian fishponds as well as the longest fringing coral reefs in the United States. Travelers mostly offer praise for the flight, but some express disappointment with the limited commentary from the pilot. Others cite poor audio quality. Tours are offered four times daily beginning at 7:30 a.m. Tickets start at $320 per person. Tours that fly over the Haleakala Crater are also available, among other options.

Hawaii Helicopters – Maui Island Complete

See why Maui is called the "Valley Isle" as you ascend over the rainforest surrounding the mist-covered jagged peaks of the West Maui Mountains. Other sights on this approximately 60-minute tour include the rugged coastline of northeast Maui, the Haleakala Crater, Hana Town, the Hana rainforest and Oheo Gulch. During the tour, learn about Maui's history and culture with your pilot, who is a state certified guide. Pilots, in particular, are a highlight for reviewers who applaud their engaging commentary. Others recommend the tour for its ability to access sights not reachable by car or boat. Rates start at $359 per person; flights leave at 9:45 a.m. daily. Hawaii Helicopters also offers shorter 45-minute flights over Molokai and Haleakala.

Gwen Pratesi, Contributor

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