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Helicopter Tours

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Soar over the most beautiful places on Maui with these top-rated helicopter tours. A helicopter flight provides the perfect opportunity to see over 70% of the island, including top attractions like Road to Hana, Haleakala Volcano, and the West Maui Mountains. Some Maui helicopter tours will take you across to the neighboring island of Molokai, home to the world’s tallest sea cliffs.
Helicopter tours give you and your loved ones a memorable experience you will never forget. It creates the perfect atmosphere for romantic proposals or celebrating anniversaries. Helicopter tours also make the ideal family vacation, with spectacular views that people can enjoy doors on or doors off.

Check out our selection of Maui helicopter tours below and find the best deals and discounts for your next island getaway.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How much is a helicopter tour in Maui?

A. The cost of a helicopter tour in Maui ranges from $247-$898 per person for a 45 to 75-minute flight. The most budget-friendly tour is operated by Air Maui.

Q. How long is a helicopter tour?

A. Helicopter tours can last from 45 to 75 minutes long depending on the package you choose.

Q. How many people does a helicopter tour accommodate?

A. Up to six people can ride at the same time.

Q. Should I do a helicopter tour in Maui?

A. Absolutely! You will catch sight of places that you won’t be seeing on any land tour—remote, hard to access, can only be seen from a helicopter. Plus, if you dont have a lot time to spend on the island, a helicopter tour allows you to see the island’s top attractions in 60 minutes. A full sightseeing land tour can take 9 to 12 hours, and you’ll have to book must-see attractions like Haleakala and Road to Hana separately. On a helicopter tour, you’ll be able to see these two in one day, which saves you both time and money.

Helicopter tours also cater to both first-timers and repeaters. If you’ve already participated in a land tour, you can see the same places and more from a different vantage point. You’ll also be able to the West Maui mountains, which are difficult to access by land.

Q. What places will I see during my helicopter flight?

A. There are a variety of helicopter tours that fly roughly the same three flight paths. Some tours show you the entire island of Maui, or you can choose a tour that focuses on one section of the island. We made a list to help you choose your flight:
  • Circle Island (60 - 70 mins): Haleakala Crater, Road to Hana, Road to Hana waterfalls & Tropical Rainforest, Seven Sacred Pools, Keanae Peninsula, Lahaina, Kaanapali Beach, West Maui Mountains, Molokini Crater, Honolua Bay, Iao Valley State Park.
  • Hana & Haleakala (45 - 50 mins): Haleakala Crater, Road to Hana, Road to Hana waterfalls & Tropical Rainforest, Seven Sacred Pools, Keanae Peninsula.
  • West Maui & Molokai (45 - 60 mins): You will see the best parts of the West Maui mountains, valleys, and waterfalls as well as fly across the channel to the neighbor island of Molokai and see sacred valleys, the tallest sea cliffs of the Pacific and remote waterfalls that can only be seen from the air.

Q. Are there any doors-off helicopter flights in Maui?

A. Doors-off helicopter flights provide a more exhilarating flight experience and the most ideal conditions for photography. You can book doors-off flights in Maui with Air Maui Doors-Off Molokai Flight.

Q. Do any helicopter tours in Hawaii provide a scenic landing opportunity?

A. Yes, Air Maui, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, and Maverick Helicopters, Inc. have excellent options:

Q. How far should I book in advance?

A. Because helicopter tours sell out fast, we recommend booking 1 to 2 weeks in advance. During peak season (spring break and summer holidays), we recommend booking 3 to 4 weeks in advance.

Q. What should I wear?

A. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing. Secure items like eyeglasses, cameras, and phones with a strap. Colorful clothing can reflect on windows, so we recommend wearing dark clothing for the best photo ops.

Q. Are there any weight restrictions?

A. FAA regulations require activity providers to weigh all passengers and bags at check-in. Weight restrictions vary by tour provider.
  • Air Maui - For each passenger weighing 230 lbs (109 kg) or a combined weight of 400 lbs (191 kg) per couple, an additional seat must be purchased.
  • Blue Hawaiian - For each guest weighing more than 240 lbs., an adjacent, empty seat purchase is required.
  • Sunshine - Guests weighing over 240 lbs (109 kg) or those unable to fit into a standard airline seat belt will be required to purchase an additional seat.
  • Maverick - Guests exceeding the 300 lbs (136 kg) will be required to purchase an additional comfort seat.

Q. Can I choose my seat?

A. For the safety and comfort of all passengers, seating is arranged by the helicopter company to best distribute weight. For this reason, you will not be able to choose where you sit. Some companies, however, offer seat upgrade, which you can book as add-ons.

Local Expert Tips

Best Combo Deal

Combine your helicopter flight with a Road to Hana tour for the ultimate Maui adventure! See Maui’s top two attractions, drive the road to Hana, and fly over the summit of Haleakala in one day with the Maui Haleakala Helicopter Tour with Road to Hana Sightseeing & Beachside Lunch.

Cruise Ship Passengers

All Helicopter tours in Maui depart from Kahului Heliport. NCL Pride of America cruise ship passengers are able to fly on either day when they are at Kahului Port. The airport is located approximately 5 - 10 minutes from the harbor and cab rides are available. It is recommended to book your flight as early in advance as possible. Most tours tend to be booked up full on days when cruise ships are in port.

Tips for Photographers & Videographers

To get the best photos and videos, we recommend wearing dark clothing to minimize window reflections. Another way to go about this is to use a polarizing filter for your camera.

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Latest reviews of Helicopter Tours

West Maui & Molokai Helicopter Tour with Doors-off & Oceanfront Landing Upgrades

AMAZING!

2022/11/21 Couples Kara

Seriously a one of a kiind experience, the landing and oceanfront views are breahtaking.

West Maui & Molokai Helicopter Tour with Doors-off & Oceanfront Landing Upgrades

Awesome Experience

2022/10/19 Couples Latte

Our pilot Kurt was great, the view was tremendous.

West Maui & Molokai Helicopter Tour with Doors-off & Oceanfront Landing Upgrades

best Anniversary ever

2022/08/10 Couples Harold Horn

We are visiting Maui for our 40th wedding anniversary and the highlight of our trip was The Helicopter tour doors off. It was a once in a lifetime event for us. The pilot (Richie Olsten) was excellent at what he did, he ... more

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West Maui & Molokai Helicopter Tour with Doors-off & Oceanfront Landing Upgrades

Great trip!

2022/07/19 Couples Marshar

Our trip was a great part of our anniversary. Our pilot was knowledgeable and entertaining. We so enjoyed seeing parts of Molokai and Maui that we would otherwise not see.

West Maui & Molokai Helicopter Tour with Doors-off & Oceanfront Landing Upgrades

You must take a helicopter while in Maui!!

2022/06/01 Couples Kara

Was so fun, first time in a helicopter and the views were amazing!! Waterfalls from above are quite the beauty, and the pilot was awesome the whole way through :)

West Maui & Molokai Helicopter Tour with Doors-off & Oceanfront Landing Upgrades

Air Maui heli tour

2022/05/01 Couples J and I

This is a must do! Incredible views, service and experience. Air Maui’s team was awesome. There’s no better view than from up above.

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Soar over the most beautiful places on Maui with these top-rated helicopter tours. A helicopter flight provides the perfect opportunity to see over 70% of the island, including top attractions like Road to Hana, Haleakala Volcano, and the West Maui Mountains. Some Maui helicopter tours will take you across to the neighboring island of Molokai, home to the world’s tallest sea cliffs.