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  • Location:Maui, Hawaii
  • Duration:45 minutes (approx.)

East Maui 45-minute Helicopter Tour over Haleakala Crater

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.


  • 45-minute 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

What You Can Expect

East Maui 45-minute Helicopter Tour over Haleakala Crater

East Maui Special 45-minute Helicopter Tour

Your East Maui and Haleakala helicopter tour begins at Kahului Heliport, where you’ll 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 through convenient two-way headsets, and minutes later you’ll be soaring above waterfalls as you approach the East Maui rainforest. 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, you’ll 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 DVD of the flight for a separate, additional charge, which is backed by tropical Hawaiian music and narration from on board the trip.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We were detoured due to cloud cover to the West Maui/Molokai tour, but that was no hardship! Beautiful tour, and our pilot Mike was a great guide! Highly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

I loved this trip! The pilot, Mike, was very personable and informitable. The helicopter tour was the highlight of my trip. Wish the day had been clearer and a little less windy by that's the luck of the draw...

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This was a great experience. We saw so much we would have never seen otherwise. The pilot was super nice, and had a great playlist. Worth the money for sure.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

Wonderful experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2012

It is the only way to see the magnificent coastline and waterfalls of this island. The pilots commentary and knowledge of Maui was very informative. Glad we did the trip.

4 star rating: Recommended May 2015

This was my first helicopter ride. I had a great time.

4 star rating: Recommended February 2015

The staff and our pilot, Troy, were super. Very professional and made the family feel safe and comfortable with the whole experience. It was run very efficiently and on-time. Clean offices and helicopter. Great tour for our family.

4 star rating: Recommended January 2011

Maui Air was very good about calling in a timely manner to reschedule due to the weather, etc.

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2012

Crater was clouded over so we were offered an alternate ride to Molakai to see the cliffs and waterfalls. Nice but would have liked to see 7 pools and crater instead.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this October 2014

Because of weather, the tour was changed...drastically. The pilot didn't get into interesting areas, he piloted so fast pictures couldn't be taken, not all sides of the helicopter saw the same views. There was barely any narration. I've taken this tour before, and it was great. I don't know how they dropped the ball on this day.

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