Helicopter Tours of Maui
What to see?
Which Helicopter Company to Use?

Maui is even more beautiful from the air than from the ground.

In a helicopter, your pilot-guide can fly you over east Maui’s rain forest and waterfalls, west Maui’s mountains, and Haleakala’s volcano crater.  Most trips are 45 to 60 minutes.  There are longer trips that take you over the nearby island of Molokai or to the Big Island of Hawaii.  Some tours include a video DVD of your actual tour for you to take home.

Helicopter tours do have some risks.  There have been fatal crashes of helicopters on Maui and the other Hawaiian islands.

When checking prices, ask about fuel surcharges, added fees, and taxes.  For reservations or prices, including some good discounts, on Maui helicopter tours see Helicopter tour choices and discounts.

The different companies offering helicopter tours on Maui use different types of helicopters.  See below for a discussion of some of the companies operating helicopters on Maui, and the differences that will help you decide which one to use.  Or click for more things to do on Maui.

Maui Helicopter tours – Details and differences to help you decide


Blue Hawaiian Helicopter
This is a first-class company whose helicopters have large windows and individual luxury seats (not bench seats).  They fly big modern Eco-Star helicopters that hold six passengers.  You can watch them take off and land live right now from the link to their webcam on the Maui webcams page of this website.
Blue Hawaiian website

Sunshine Helicopters
Possibly the second-most-luxurious Maui helicopter company, they fly both AStar and WhisperStar helicopters.  The WhisperStar is very similar to Blue Hawaiian’s Eco-Star, with six individual seats.  The AStars, which they call “Black Beauties,” are an older model with bench seats, also holding six passengers.  Unlike most companies, Sunshine will guarantee you a front-row seat for extra cost.
Sunshine details, discount prices, reservations

Air Maui
This is a smaller family-owned company that flies AStar helicopters.  Six passengers in bench seats.  They also have an excellent free map of Maui that you can pick up in the baggage claim area at Kahului Airport when you arrive on Maui.
Air Maui 45 minutes West Maui & Molokai details, discount price, reservations
Air Maui 45 minutes Hana Haleakala details, discount price, reservations
Air Maui 60 minutes circle island details, discount price, reservations

See the page of Things To Do In Maui for luaus, whale watching, snorkeling, tours, helicopters, horseback riding, ATV, dinner cruises, parasailing, fishing, zipline, biking, golf, hiking, sightseeing, aquarium, road to Hana, volcano, Lahaina, lavender farm, beaches, kids and family fun, and more.

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