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East Maui 45-minute Helicopter Tour over Haleakala Crater

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Kahului, United States
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icon45 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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On this phenomenal East Maui helicopter tour, soar high above the cinder cones of Haleakala Crater, and see hidden waterfalls, valleys, and bays on the rugged East Maui coastline. Much of Maui is inaccessible and only visible by air, and from flying high above bamboo forests to buzzing the 10,000 ft. summit, this is a Maui helicopter tour you’ll definitely never forget.
  • Helicopter tour over East Maui
  • Soar above the Hana rainforest and Haleakala crater
  • Enjoy breathtaking bird's eye views of Maui
  • Excellent narration provides background to all sights
  • Learn about the fascinating history of Maui from an expert personal guide
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45 minute flight over East Maui
Hotel pickup and drop off

Departure Point

1 Keolani Pl, Kahului, HI 96732, USA

Departure Time

Afternoon Tour (1pm-4pm)
1/1/2021 - 12/31/2021
Monday - Sunday:07:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Morning Tour (8am-12pm)
1/1/2021 - 12/31/2021
Monday - Sunday:07:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your helicopter tour begins at Kahului Heliport, where you buckle up inside an A-star helicopter with six forward-facing seats. Every passenger in these air-conditioned helicopters has 180-degree views, and the leather seats make a comfortable perch for exploring the island by air.

Upon lifting off from the heliport pad, hear your pilot begin narrating the flight, and minutes later, soar above waterfalls as you approach the East Maui rain forest. Whir high above valleys and hidden pools that are only accessible by air, and get a sense for how much of the island is completely undeveloped.

After flying above bays off the Hana coastline and watching waterfalls spill towards the sea, gradually climb high up the eastern flank of Haleakala volcano. With a summit of just over 10,000 feet, this mountain is one of the world’s largest and tallest dormant volcanoes, and the colorful landscape of cinder cones and trails is stunning when viewed from the air.

Once back on the ground at Kahului heliport, you can buy a USB containing footage of the flight for a separate, additional charge, which is backed by tropical Hawaiian music and narration from onboard the trip.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Weight Restrictions: Due to FAA regulations, all passengers and bags must be weighed at check-in. For each passenger weighing 240 pounds or more, or combined weights of 420 lbs per couple, an additional seat must be purchased. This is for the safety and comfort of all passengers. It is important to provide accurate body weight at checkout.This is payable directly to the tour operator on the day of the tour. All passengers will be weighed upon check-in.
  • It is recommend that all passengers wear dark clothing to help have less reflection in the windows when flying and therefore you can get better photos during your tour
  • All passenger weights MUST be advised at time of booking. Under representation of body weight may result in cancellation at check-in with no refund.
  • Flight routes & sights may vary due to weather.
  • Service animals allowed in helicopter only under strict rules and staff must know 48hrs before their arrival to so we can cover our proper procedures (notify other travelers on flight, etc.) Please call our office to inquire so we can get more details on the animal as some sizes and types of animals might not be allowed.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Infants under 24 months must sit on an adult lap. Over 24 months must occupy their own paid seat. We follow the same FAA regulations as the airlines.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Air Maui Helicopters

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during East Maui 45-minute Helicopter Tour over Haleakala Crater?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by East Maui 45-minute Helicopter Tour over Haleakala Crater.
What is the policy on sanitization during East Maui 45-minute Helicopter Tour over Haleakala Crater?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by East Maui 45-minute Helicopter Tour over Haleakala Crater.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during East Maui 45-minute Helicopter Tour over Haleakala Crater?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by East Maui 45-minute Helicopter Tour over Haleakala Crater.
What is the maximum group size during East Maui 45-minute Helicopter Tour over Haleakala Crater?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by East Maui 45-minute Helicopter Tour over Haleakala Crater.

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Highly recommend
, Jun 2021
Excellent pilot who was very experienced. We had do direct due to weather and he couldn’t be any calmer. Especially tiff some of us who were a little anxious about the flight. Extremely helpful and accommodating staff. I highly recommend Air Maui.
Worth the $$$$$
, Apr 2021
Dylan was a very knowledgeable pilot and felt very safe the entire time. My wife is afraid of heights but this did not bother her at all.
Wonderful family adventure!
, Aug 2019
If visiting Maui, this is a must! You’ll be greeted warmly by a wonderful crew, followed by a brief video and then off to see the most spectacular views of Maui! Our pilot Dylan, was engaging, informative and professional. We landed with a family portrait waiting for us to view and video to be added, if wanted, which we gladly purchased to showcase at home. Everyone there was absolutely amazing and 5 stars wasn’t enough, for an unforgettable experience! Mahalo!
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Helicopter tour
, Jul 2019
At the last minute after they had us put on life jackets and prepare to board the craft they told us the tour has been changed because the crater is fogged in. Their excuse for the last minute notice was that the pilot just told them about the fog. The agent said I should have known it could happen because I've lived here over 40 years. When we walked out the door after changing to another day we could see the clouds over the crater right there from the parking spaces. If I should have known because this was so common why didnt'n they look out the front door while we were in the waiting room and give us an option then?
Air Maui
, Jan 2019
Amazing experience. Our pilot Jesse was great and played fitting music to the experience. Highly recommended for anyone in maui!
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Great ride
, Aug 2018
Props to Air Maui and Captain Cameron for a great flight over Molokai and West Maui. Well worth it and we’ll do it again!
Great flight!
, Aug 2018
It was my wife’s first time in a helicopter and it won’t be her last. Captain Cameron was as smooth as buttermilk with his flying and onboard commentary. They had to reroute us due to excessive cloud cover by Hana and Haleakala. Flying over to Molokai and the west side of Maui instead was well worth it!
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Must Experience
, Jul 2018
I am scared of heights and have never been on a helicopter but the pricing for two people made it impossible to pass on. The facilities on the outside are a huge contrast to the modern interior. The staff was very welcoming and always addressed my partner and I by name. After watching a painless security video we were asked if it was our first time. The staff walked us outside and took a photo of us in front of the helicopter. Once inside we were strapped in and our pilot Dylan was friendly and super calm. His tone and attitude reminded me of the sea turtle Crush from Finding Nemo. He had his own music playing throughout the flight in our headphones as he narrated at a few points. Originally I thought the soundtrack bit would have been distracting but it was perfect. The sights were breathtaking but that aside the staff and our pilot made it an easy experience. At the end our photos were on display and easy to purchase along with the whole flight which was recorded and loaded to a flash drive. I appreciated that this was mentioned and displayed at the end rather than product dumping in the beginning. The prices were very reasonable. Thank you all for making this experience one my partner and I will never forget.
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Amazing views!
, Jun 2018
We had a wonderful, smooth flight with some amazing views of Haleakala and the Maui rain forests and many waterfalls. Captain Kirk was a fun, experienced pilot who gave us a great ride, along with a lot of information on what we were seeing.
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Aloha! My husband and I are so glad...
, Nov 2017
Aloha! My husband and I are so glad that we experienced this once in a life-time opportunity. Even though I was the one who booked the trip, I was a little apprehensive when we boarded the helicopter. Troy, the pilot, immediately set my mind at ease. He played music that went along with what we were flying over. He did a great job explaining what we were seeing below. It was an awesome experience. We have no complaints. We even purchased the video of our actual flight, so we could share it with others and enjoy it for years to come. By the way, we were blessed to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary in our 50th state, Hawaii!
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