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The Top Rated Helicopter Tours of Maui Explored

Do you want to see Maui in a totally unique way?

Are you a thrill seeker looking for a new adventure?

Want to make your friends jealous?

Then you need to consider a Maui Helicopter Tour.

Maui helicopter tours are some of the most exciting helicopter tours in the world. They will take your vacation to a whole new level of awesomeness. You’ll have the opportunity to fly across the tropical islands of Maui and Molokai to view famous sites and scenic beauty from the air. Maui helicopter tours are the best way to see Maui, Molokai, and their natural wonders. These 45 minute to 60 minute helicopter tours give you a unique and exciting look from the air at Maui’s remarkable natural landscape.


Maui is a popular tourist destination – and for good reason.

People flock from around the world to explore the 30 miles of red, white and black sand beaches, spot whales in the clear blue ocean, and explore the lush rainforest interior.

From gorgeous beaches to soaring mountains, cliffs, valleys, and rainforest, there really is an endless number of things to do and see on this 727 square mile island in the middle of the Pacific.

With so many things to do though, the options become overwhelming. How can you even begin to see everything that Maui has to offer in one vacation?

The answer is from the air on a helicopter tour.

Here’s a brief overview of how the helicopter tours compare to each other.


  • Flight Time: 55-65 mins
  • Highlight: West Maui coastline & Hawaii’s Tallest Waterfalls (Molokai)
  • Max Capacity: 6 Guests
  • Price: $$
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  • Flight Time: 40-50 mins
  • Highlight: Ascend the world’s largest dormant volcano
  • Max Capacity: 6 Guests
  • Price: $$
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  • Flight Time: 90 Mins tour time (70 mins flight time)
  • Highlight: Exclusive remote LANDING at Ulupalakua Ranch
  • Max Capacity: 6 Guests
  • Price: $$$
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If you have a busy schedule or are only visiting Maui for a short period of time, this 55 minutes tour is perfect for you!

The Molokai Deluxe Tour is one of the cheapest and shortest Maui helicopter tours on the list. That doesn’t mean that you’ll miss out on the famous sights though!

Your helicopter tour starts out with a short trip above the popular shoreline where you can wave to your friends from the air who chose to stay on the ground! You’ll see the famous beach-side hotels of Maui as well as the popular spots for tourists to hang out, all from an exhilarating and exclusive birds eye view!

After waving goodbye to the beachgoers, you will rise over the water and glimpse the grandeur of Maui. As you hover over the blue waters, you might even see some whales just below the surface!

The whales are only the start of your journey. After leaving the beaches you will move into the lush green interior of the island to explore the jagged West Maui Mountains and waterfalls, some only seen on postcards.

Explore the Waihee Valley from above, a well-known strenuous hike that leads you into the clouds.

View Kahili Golf Course from above and you won’t be disappointed on this trip!

Make your way through the famous valleys and over the towering peaks in one of two aircrafts with the West Maui Mountains tour.

The A-Star or the ECO-Star helicopter. Pricing is varied based on which helicopter you choose.

The A-Star, the industry standard in Hawaii, is the cheaper option on all flights. It features 180 degree views and a spacious interior with bench seating. Flights in this craft usually start at $359 for Open Seating.

The other option is the state-of-the-art Eco-Star, which has 23% more cabin space than the A-Star and over 65 feet of glass for unobstructed views. The Eco-Star also offers individual seats, an added bonus for personal space. As one reviewer noted, there really is a difference between the two aircrafts. The upgrade will cost you an extra $30.

“First flight in a helicopter, so was not sure what to expect but it was worth every penny!” – Nigel, United Kingdom

With pilots who are certified island helicopter tour guides and who also undergo extensive training before flying, your tour will be both safe and informative. The West Maui Mountains tour has even implemented a Safety Systems Management Program to ensure all aircraft are fit to fly during tours.

Even if you are nervous about flying in a helicopter, their experienced staff will be sure to guide you safely through your tour.

This helicopter tour is a great option if you are limited on time or have a smaller budget. Even though 30 minutes might be on the shorter side of the tours we mention, you will still have plenty of time to see the amazing sights in the West Maui Mountains!

For a quick review, here are the highlights for the West Maui Mountain helicopter tour:


Short flight time (30 – 35 minute flight time)

Raised rear seating and wrap-around glass cockpit

Two different aircrafts to choose from: Smaller A-Star or the more spacious Eco-Star

A-Star features:180 degree views, A spacious interior, Bench seating

Eco-Star features: Over 65 feet of glass for unobstructed views, 23% more cabin space than the A-Star, Individual seats

Explore beaches and mountains of West Maui


A-Star has bench seating

Eco-Star costs an upgrade of $30 per seat from the A-Star


If you have a little more time to spare and want to see more of the amazing island of Maui, this is a great choice and explores the Hana/Haleakala regions of the island.

After all the safety protocols, you’ll embark on a wild adventure of some of the most popular tourist sights on Maui. You will see Haleakala National Park, the Haleakala Crater, Manawainui, Oheo Gulch, Hana Town and the Hana Rainforest Preserve, all in approximately 50 minutes!

These major tourist destinations can get crowded with people visiting, but you will have the opportunity to see them from a completely different perspective.

Watch the cascading waterfalls in Oheo Gulch’s Seven Pools in their full majesty. Observe the massive Haleakala Crater, spreading over seven miles across, in its entirety. Forge your way into the Manawainui Canyon and float effortlessly in the air above pools of water.

The focus of this Maui helicopter tour is the eastern region, so you will explore some of the most popular tourist sites of the island in the comfort of a private aircraft. If you are looking for an in-depth tour of Eastern Maui, this is definitely the tour for you!

This tour is also priced depending on which aircraft you plan on taking. The A-Star costs $314 per person for Open Seating and $409 for First Class Seating.

To review, here are the highlights of the tour:

If you want to live your life on the road less traveled, and avoid masses of tourists at popular destinations at the same time, this tour might be the right option for you.


Approximately 50-55 minutes flight time

Two different aircrafts to choose from: Smaller A-Star or the more spacious Eco-Star

Explore the beauty of East Maui

Excellent views of famous tourist attractions in East Maui including the Haleakala Crater, Oheo Gulch, Manawainui Canyon and Hana Town

Highly trained pilots who are all certified tour guides by the State of Hawaii

High quality DVD or Blu-Ray or USB stick of your experience


Live recording costs additional ($25 to $40)

Eco-Star costs an upgrade per seat from the A-Star


The Maui Spectacular is one of the most comprehensive tours offered in Maui. At 90 minutes and covering the entire island, it allows you to see all of Maui in its glory!

With the Spectacular tour, you don’t have to pick and choose which amazing sites you want to see. This tour combines the West Maui Mountain tour with the Hana/Haleakala tour, so you’ll see all of the amazing places that Maui has to offer in half a day! After exploring western Maui, you will make a brief stop at a exclusive landing site at the scenic Ulupalakua Ranch, located on the rolling slopes of the dormant Haleakala volcano. During this stop you will have about twenty minutes to take in the breathtaking views and enjoy some refreshments.

One of the highlights of this tour is the Wall of Tears, an awe-inspiring cliff-face with as many as 17 waterfalls crashing over it from heights of up to 1600 feet. This attraction is only accessible by helicopter and is truly stunning.

This 90-minute trip is the perfect way to spend a morning or afternoon taking in all the sights that you possibly can. Rather than simply a tour, this flight is more of an event that includes champagne and beautiful views. You won’t feel rushed while trying to take in the views!

This tour is priced at $319.20 per person for the A-Star and the upgrade to the Eco-Star will set you back $367.20 per person.

Here’s a review of the major highlights of the Maui Spectacular tour:

The views you will see and the memories you make mean that this tour is truly priceless!


Approximately 70-75 minutes flight time

Stop halfway for refreshments and champagne on the beautiful Ulupalakua Ranch

Two different aircrafts to choose from: Smaller A-Star or the more spacious Eco-Star

In-depth exploration of BOTH West Maui and East Maui

Highly trained pilots who are all certified tour guides by the State of Hawaii

Combination tour of West Maui and Hana/Haleakala all in one

High quality DVD or Blu-Ray or USB stick of your experience


Live recording costs additional ($25 to $40)

Eco-Star costs an upgrade per seat from the A-Star


All four helicopter tours are carried out by highly trained and reputable staff, that are guaranteed to offer an amazing scenic experience. With over 2,000 highly positive reviews on Tripadvisor, strict safety protocols, and comparable pricing for the experiences, there’s no wonder why these 3 made the list.

Ultimately, it comes down to what you want from these tours rather than which company is better.

Whether you want fly something that is more family-friendly or thrill seeking, shorter or longer, even more exploratory or leisurely, there is an option out there for you!

So what are you waiting for? Book a Maui Helicopter tour today!


  • Elizabeth L

    Aloha! I’m Elizabeth L. At LiveYourAloha, I am responsible for writing about sightseeing tours and Hawaiian culture. For the last 12 years, I’ve been working as a tour guide in Hawaii. It’s been a great way to see the world and learn about new cultures. I love nature and the outdoors, and have even climbed two of the world’s highest peaks! Making connections and showing my visitors the incredible beauty of these beautiful islands is a passion of mine. When I’m not out giving tours, you’ll likely find me on an invigorating hike or enjoying local cuisine on the beach.

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