Blue Hawaiian Helicopters – Eco-Star Hana and Haleakala – 45 Minutes
As you view Haleakala Crater from above the south rim with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, you can’t help but wonder the thoughts of the first men that step foot on the moon. With its lunar-like landscape, it is no wonder this flight is the most popular helicopter tour on Maui. The new visitor restrictions for Sunrise viewing at Haleakala National Park will only enhance the popularity of this flight. The eastern slope of Haleakala is dotted with waterfalls. Like thin slivers threading its way down the mountain, tumbling into deep canyons forgotten and untouched by time. As this Maui helicopter tour winds its way north back to the heliport the sights are a memory in the making. To get a true understanding of this portion of Maui, you need to experience a helicopter tour with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters. It will not only open your eyes to the real beauty of Maui but also your awareness of the challenges Maui faces on a daily basis regarding climate change and the fragile state of our national resources.
Tip of the Day:
Dark colored clothing is recommended. Light colored clothing will reflect in the curvature of the windows by putting a glare in your picture.
A live action video of your helicopter tour of Maui is available after the flight. You can purchase it and take it home with you. It would make a great memory of your Maui vacation and most certainly a topic of conversation.
The Eco-Star Helicopter:
Like all Maui touring helicopters, the Eco-Star seats six passengers and the pilot. The seating arrangement with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters is two in the front and four across the back. All seats are buckets that provide the feeling of your very own seat. The back seats rise higher than the front row of seats for a better viewing experience. The Eco-Star features the following amenities that enhance your experience.
An extra 60 square feet of glass windows for better viewing.
A 4 camera digital DVD system with a cockpit camera that puts you in the video.
Two-way communication between you and the pilot.
Bose aviation grade noise canceling headsets.
First class seats with 23% more cabin area for more personal space.
The most advanced 21st-century helicopter technology that provides an ultra-quiet, smooth and fuel-efficient ride.
Maui helicopter flights routes may change due to weather conditions. Extensive cloud cover can alter the routes as outlined by the FAA ruling that all flights must maintain a distance of 500 feet between the clouds and the ground. Flight route changes are at the sole discretion of the helicopter company and for your safety. They are not grounds for a refund.
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters pilots are some of the most experienced pilots in Hawaii. For the most part, they are ex-military helicopter pilots.
Blue Hawaiian Eco Star Hana and Haleakala
- E-Ticket Delivery
- Free Cancellation
- No Booking or Credit Card Fees
GPS: 1 Lelepio Place, Kahului Hawaii 96732
Max weight per guest 250lb.
Routes could change due to weather.
Comfort seats are half the list price.
48-hour cancellation policy
Weather-related cancellations are 100% refundable
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm
Check-in 30 minutes prior to event time.
My wife, myself and our 4 year old son went on the tour that goes towards Hana and lands halfway through at their pad in the rainforest. We had Felix as our captain, and he was absolutely wonderful. He was very informative and did a great job flying us there and back while providing very detailed information along the way. At the landing spot he was great walking us around and sharing information about the surrounding plants and scenery. This has been the highlight of our trip, and I definitely recommend you making this a part of your trip. Prices were competitive and staff was friendly.
We had an incredible flight with Blue Hawaiian and did the complete island tour. Despite the rainy weather, our pilot made sure we saw as many breathtaking sights as possible. We did the road to Hana loop the day before and seeing it from the sky now was even more incredible. All the staff was friendly, polite, and so welcoming. If you think you've seen Maui by land, you haven't seen the half of this remarkable island. Thanks Blue Hawaiian for giving us this wonderful memory.
We did the Maui spectacular which covers the whole island with a 20 min stop and it was an amazing experience. Staff and pilot were very friendly and covered some spectacular sights and water falls. The stop in the middle of a ranch was very nice too - with great views.
The pricing is a little steep (~380 a person) - but i wanted the Eco star copters - which are more comfortable, and less noisy than the A-star (which is cheaper).
After an hour into the trip, i started feeling a little queasy (but Your Equilibrium May Vary), so it was tad bit too long for me (may do a shorter one next time).
And we took a 3 year old with us - which was not worth it - kids invariable fall asleep or feel very sleepy on copter rides like these (didn't know that) and don't really enjoy as much. And we had to purchase a full seat (anyone over 2). Something to keep in mind if you are coming with toddlers.
Otherwise it was a great experience!
Read the reviews ahead of time and decided to give the folks at Blue Hawaiian a try. Was concerned about window time based on some reviewers but this experience was friendly (Marc), well organized (ground crew), on time (every spectate), and very informative (pilot). The pilot Rick was easy going, had a great voice, clearly enunciated everything, and was very knowledgeable. I tossed him some fairly difficult geology and biology questions and he did very well giving great answers without overthinking it. I would highly recommend this operator. Yes, paying to park seems silly but it has to be some airport property issue as there are multiple operations using the heliport at the Maui airport.
Their customer service will even lie to make you buy their tickets. Seat requests are worthless as you're seated randomly as per their "computer weight and balance" program. I was promised the front row seats, then discovered it was a lie during check in. The flight was postponed 2 times due to weather, then I was promised the left seats, and to my surprise we didn't even get those. The helicopter was obviously unbalanced in weight due to the 2 bigger guys that ended up on the left, vs my petite wife and me on the right. Their eco helicopter doesn't look state of the art once inside. The right side door was rattling all the time but at least the avionics looked decent.
The pilot had a nice attitude during the flight and gave us a lot of info about the landscape and mountains we flew over. Some of the views were really nice and that kind of compensated the whole fiasco.
I'll probably try another and should have tried a different helicopter company. Some of their customer service reps were nasty, some OK, some better.