Air Maui Helicopter Tours
Trying to decide if it’s worth the money to do a heli tour of Maui? Hopefully this weeks blog will aid you in that final decision.
Why I choose Air Maui. First off they had 4.5 star customer review, which is pretty good. Second, and more importantly, Air Maui is the only helicopter tour with a perfect safety record. Yep, you got that right, the other lines have had fatal crashes. Air Maui helicopters are smaller with 4 people in the back and 2 in front besides the pilot. Other larger helicopters carriers boast more windows but, a lot more people are crammed in. Some of the online reviews complained about limited visibility in the third row and middle seat.
The customer service at Air Maui was excellent. When I called to ask about Kamaaina discount the staff was super friendly. I was informed that the cheapest place to buy tickets was Costco for 199 p.p. The 45 minute West Maui Molokini tour normally runs for 253.
There is a 250 lb weight limit p.p. If you are over the limit they charge you for an extra ticket. My brother is super tall. When I called about his weight they were accommodating and said since I was under the limit he could have my extra pounds for no extra charge.
Another Air Maui plus was that they upgraded us from the 45 minute West Maui & Molokai tour to the 60 minute flight (retail 322.00) for no extra charge, since they had two unfilled seats on their early morning flight. This was 122.00 savings x 2.
There are multiple Maui tours to choose from including Hana & Haleakala, complete island tour, and West Maui & Molokai. I picked West Maui & Molokai because many parts of West Maui’s deep valleys and craggy ridges are almost inaccessible otherwise . The frequent rainfall produces dramatic waterfalls. Molokai’s renowned sea cliffs are some of the highest in the world.
The helicopter lifts off to the soundtrack from Hawaii Five-O. It was cheesy, but I couldn’t stop smiling. We headed to a valley by Waiehu, where the Jurassic Park theme song kicked on. After gawking at the many cascading falls we glided along the West Maui coast. It was awesome to see from the air places I often hike. We crossed the Pailolo Channel then went on to Molokai’s cliffs and one of the world’s highest waterfalls. We saw the famous leper colony from afar. Molokai boasts a fantastic reef that flashes Caribbean colors. From there we headed back across the channel and over Lahaina to see an isolated area of West Maui and Iao Valley before returning to the airport. Good views of sugarcane fields and Haleakala can be spotted during landing.
Janette our pilot was both informative and personable. She even remembered our names.
The Air Maui Helicopter tour was by far the best thing I’ve done on Maui so far. If you have the money I would highly recommend it. The only think that might top, it is a whale watch tour if you’ve never done one before. For animal lovers that’s a must.
My only complaint was the yellow life jackets they make you wear about your waist. It reflected in the window of the helicopter and marred some of my photos. Make sure to wear dark colors that don’t reflect on helicopter windows. Also I wouldn’t recommend eating a big breakfast if you easily suffer from motion sickness.
Tip: Air Maui advertises single seat specials for only 100.00