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Helicopter tours are one of the best ways to get a new perspective and truly appreciate your surroundings. In Hawaii, it's particularly lovely to see the island(s) from above due to the many hidden spots that aren't accessible by foot or roadway.
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters is now in its 30th year of business, and are only ramping up their efforts on each of their four current Hawaiian Islands, including Maui, Big Island, Kauai and Oahu. During each tour, guests will learn about Hawaii's history, geology, culture, flora and fauna, and be treated to stunning views that are best appreciated from a helicopter.
West Maui Mountains:
Outside of Iao Valley, much of Maui's West Mountains are unreachable due to steep terrain and rugged landscape. On a Blue Hawaiian Helicopter tour, you'll be able to see some of the tallest and most stunning waterfalls on Maui that lie hidden within the mountains.
West Maui & Molokai:
In addition to the hidden sites of the West Maui Mountains, you'll fly to Maui's neighbor island of Molokai, the location of the steepest sea cliffs in the world, Hawaii's tallest waterfall and Kalaupapa Peninsula, the former quarantine site of Hawaii's leprosy colony.
Hana & Haleakala:
Most people don't know that the crater at the top of Haleakala, the world's largest dormant volcano on Maui, is large enough to fit Manhattan. While visitors to Maui can choose to hike through the crater, an excellent (and much less exhausting) way to see the crater is to view it from above. Guests on this tour are also treated to views of Maui's rainforest, sites along the Road to Hana and rugged ocean cliffs that line the border of this less visited side of Maui.
Why see some when you can see it all, right? As you may have guessed, this tour covers the entire Valley Isle, where you'll learn interesting facts about Maui's geological history from the pilot, who is also a Hawaii Certified Tour Guide.
In addition to a helicopter tour of the entire island, Maui Spectacular also includes a brief landing on the slopes of Haleakala in Upcountry Maui, where you're encouraged to take in the panoramic views of the island while enjoying refreshments before finishing the remainder of the tour.
Circle of Fire + Waterfalls:
The name pretty much says it all, but this Blue Hawaiian tour offers an aerial tour of the Big Island's most popular locations, including lava flows from the constantly-erupting Kilauea Volcano, tropical rainforest and waterfalls than span the island's western edge. Departing from Hilo, this is a great way to see several of Hawaii's most beautiful landscapes.
Kohala Coast Adventure:
Departing from Waikoloa, this tour provides a historical look inside the Big Island's most dramatic scenery, including towering sea cliffs of the Kohala Coast, cascading waterfalls and ancient Hawaiian settlements of the northern area of the island.
Big Island Spectacular:
Covering the north, central and eastern areas of the island, this tour offers views of lava flows, black sand beaches, Madame Pele's lava and volcanic badlands, Hamakua Coast rainforest, steep sea cliffs, cascading waterfalls, ancient Hawaiian settlements and more. Voted the 'World's Best Helicopter Tour' by the Travel Channel, this tour is clearly the way to go if you're looking forward to spending some quality time in the air during your Hawaii vacation.
Blue Skies of Oahu:
This Oahu tour pretty much has it all - Waikiki's scenic coral reefs, Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, Waimanalo Beach, Kaneohe Bay's coral formations, Chinaman's Hat, Nuuanu Valley rainforest, Sacred Falls, the Dole Pineapple Plantation, Pearl Harbor, Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri. If you're in search of an easy way to see the best sights on Oahu, this is it!
Kauai Eco Adventure:
Ride in style and comfort in one of Blue Hawaiian's most advanced helicopters while seeing the beautiful island of Kauai. Enjoy an aerial tour of The Garden Isle's many jaw-dropping sites, including Hanapepe Valley, Mana Waiapuna (aka Jurassic Falls), Olokele Canyon, hidden waterfalls in the gorgeous Waimea Canyon, Na Pali Coastline, Bali Hai Cliffs, Hanalei Bay and the Princeville resort area. When the weather allows, they'll even take you to Mt Waialeale, the wettest spot on Earth!