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Hana and Haleakala - 45 Minutes

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Sunshine Helicopters – Hana and Haleakala – 45 Minutes

Rated 4.3 out of 5
(4.3)

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Spectacular Scenery

The Sunshine Helicopters Hana and Haleakala flight will astound you with the raw beauty that Maui has to offer. The highlights of this tour include majestic views of Haleakala Crater and the East Maui rainforest along the Road to Hana. The Road to Hana is dotted with cascading waterfalls, stunning sea cliffs, and dramatic tropical scenery. Sunshine Helicopters descends into some of most beautiful waterfalls on Maui making this ride a great way to get the most out of your visit to the Aloha State. Many Maui activity experts agree that the two most popular helicopter tours on Maui are the 45 minute West Maui and Molokai tour and the 45 minute Hana and Haleakala flight.  These two trips are priced well and cover landscapes unexplorable by car. Each includes what would be a full day of sightseeing on Maui in less than an hour. 

Sunshine Helicopters  Hana and Haleakala 45 Minute Tour uncovers so many hidden valleys, waterfalls, and far gone places. This Maui helicopter tour covers 7 different climate regions, it’s totally amazing. The reason for such diversity is Haleakala. Rising over 10,000 feet above sea level, the mountain literally controls the weather of that part of Maui. From the arid dry side to the west, to the rainforests of East Maui, Haleakala controls the rain and wind to shape our island paradise.

The Route

All helicopter companies basically follow the same route for their flights. The only real difference is some of the sights they choose to reveal. By mixing up the points of interest with each tour, there is always something new and exciting to see. This Sunshine Helicopters Hana and Haleakala will cover a very wide variety of sights and ecosystems on Maui. The route flown for this flight skirts the south rim of Haleakala. You can see for hundreds of miles to beyond the horizon of the earth. The massive peaks of the Big Island looming in the distance to the south. Oahu faint to the west and an endless sea to the east as you begin your descent through the Kaupo Gap. The cliffs are as ancient as Maui, covered in a green canopy that strangles the sun. For other routes check out their West Maui and Molokai Tours.

Sunshine Helicopters Finds the Waterfalls

The towering waterfalls high on the slopes of the East side of Haleakala, our clients have always found amazing. Fed by what seems like an endless rain in the upper regions creates thundering waterfalls that tumble down the streams to the sea. There is one waterfall that literally disappears completely, almost like the island swallows the stream sending it to the boughs of the island. It’s cool. In reality, though, the stream disappears into a tunnel that harvests the water for agriculture and domestic use. It never reaches the sea. There are many other highlights that are of interest also, like the great sea arch in Hana and the thin threads of silver; waterfalls that snake down the mountain into flowing streams coursing through narrow canyons before they pour into the ocean. If you haven’t got the time to see all of Maui by land, and wish to discover some of the beauty that makes Maui so special, this Maui helicopter tour is exactly what you are looking for. So, buckle up and let the adventure begin!

Customer Service is Key

We recommend that you wear dark, solid colored shirt for this Sunshine Helicopters Hana and Haleakala flight. Brightly colored or white clothes can cause reflections on the windows that will show up in your photos and videos. Don’t forget your sunglasses! A live action video is filmed while you are boarding, the flight and when you land. The video is available for purchase. I would recommend that you purchase the video. It would make a great conversation when showing your friends and family after you return home.

The FX-Star Helicopter versus Whisper Star:
The FX-Star Helicopter features forward seating with an unobstructed 180-degree view from every seat. The back seats lift up like theatre seating to provide incredible forward viewing. The FX-Star is a smooth and comfortable ride. The FX-Star touring helicopter is equipped with air conditioning, leather seats, and a digit music system with noise reducing headsets. The FX-Star touring helicopter seats 6 guests and the pilot. The Whisper Star is the Rolls Royce of helicopters. Designed to be smoother, quieter, and with more visible area you’ll appreciate the leather seats and extra leg room, but its not neccesary to have a wonderful experience.

First Class Seating:
Sunshine Helicopters offer a unique experience with first-class seating. Other Maui helicopter companies seat their guests to balance out the weight in the helicopter. Under this guideline, there is no control over where you are seated. With Sunshine, you can guarantee front row seats for an additional fee.

First Class Seating eliminates that surprise and guarantees you the front seats in the helicopter. It does come at a price with the costs per tickets being a little higher, much like first class seating on a flight to Maui. But the experience outweighs the costs.

Booking

Sunshine Helicopters FX-Early Bird Rates

  • E-Ticket Delivery
  • Free Cancellation
  • No Booking or Credit Card Fees
per Adult $144.95

(45.00 Fuel Surcharge Applied in Checkout)

Ages 0-2 (Lap Only)

Guarantee Front Seats

Please specify details

Name(s) and Body Weight(s) of Each Passenger

Total $0.00

Sunshine Helicopters FX-Regular Times and Rates

  • E-Ticket Delivery
  • Free Cancellation
  • No Booking or Credit Card Fees
per Adult $169.95

(45.00 Fuel Surcharge Applied in Checkout)

Ages 0-2 (Lap Only)

Guarantee Front Seats

Please specify details

Names and Body Weights of Each Passenger

Total $0.00

Sunshine Helicopters Whisper Star Deluxe Early Bird

  • E-Ticket Delivery
  • Free Cancellation
  • No Booking or Credit Card Fees
per Adult $179.95

(50.00 Fuel Surcharge Applied in Checkout)

Ages 0-2 (Lap Only)

Guarantee Front Seats

Please specify details

Name(s) and Body Weight(s) of Each Passenger

Total $0.00

Sunshine Helicopters Whisper Star Regular Times

  • E-Ticket Delivery
  • Free Cancellation
  • No Booking or Credit Card Fees
per Adult $209.95

(50.00 Fuel Surcharge Applied in Checkout)

Ages 0-2 (Lap Only)

Guarantee Front Seats

Please specify details

Name(s) and Weight(s) of Each Passenger

Total $0.00

Kahului Heliport
GPS: Kahului Heliport, Hangar 107, Kahului, Hawaii 96732

Sunshine Helicopter Policies:
Max weight 250lb
Comfort seats are half the list price & paid direct
Weight discrepancies are non-refundable
48 Hour Cancellation Policy

Weather-related cancellations by Sunshine Helicopters are 100% refundable.

Days Available:
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Times:
8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm

Check-in 30 minutes prior to event time.

 

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Reviews

Review Summary

Rated 4.3 out of 5
(4.3)
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4.3 out of 5 stars

Ken W
Ken W

3 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

It was not a bad trip. However, it was also not a good trip. Please be aware there are "First Class" seats which you pay extra money for that have the better view. More importantly, although it is unofficial, there are also "Second Class" and "Third Class" seats. Because the helicopter tour goes counterclockwise around the island, the seats behind the pilot have an inferior view of Haleakala crater and the road to Hana. There is also a window frame on the pilot's side only which blocks good camera shots from behind the pilot. I think we would have been much happier had we been in the "Second Class" seats.

Despite that, the trip was not a total failure. The pilot's (Matt) attempt to turn us around a few times so that we also had a good view was very appreciated.

Overall, from a price to value perspective, the helicopter ride was pretty expensive for not as much fun compared to other activities.

Kerry Levin
Kerry Levin

4 out of 5 stars

posted 6 days ago

Headphones didn't work very well and we were on the ocean side so had to wait for the bird to turn to see most of the sites. Pilot did a good job

A Wadum
A Wadum

4 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

This is not inexpensive- but it’s the best view of the islands and only way to see some of the island sites like the 1,000 foot waterfall.

Placement of individuals in the helicopter goes loosely by weight and how much you pay. For example. If you want to upgrade to the only 2 front seats it will cost you in addition to the cost of your ticket. And that is only an option if someone else has not already purchased the front seats. At the writing of this review the upgrade was $50 per seat.

The pilot and ground crew were very friendly and safety conscious. We felt safe at all times during the flight. Light music played in the headsets throughout the trip. They said you could talk to each other and be heard in the headsets, but I never heard my husband or myself talking, only the pilot.

Our pilot explained where we were and what we were seeing throughout the trip. But it did not distract from the pilots conversation.

For our specific trip, he pointed out a Mama whale with calf clearly seen in the waters below us. He also pointed out wild goats on the mountain side and , turtles and manta rays in the reef.

They tell you to wear black clothing so your outfit won’t reflect on the glass, and your pictures will turn out better. However my camera did have difficulty focusing sometimes when I was trying to capture a moment. It did get frustrating. For example, I never got a good photo of the mama whale with her calf. It was hard to see my screen in the bright light, and the cameras focus was frequently fooled by the reflection of the window.

However, at the end of the trip you get the option to purchase a photo of you in front of the helicopter. And you can purchase a copy on a USB of the video and commentary of your specific trip for around $60. There was no pressure to purchase anything- it was simply made available.

Overall, I recommend Sunshine Helicopter Tours, just know your option for upgrade of seats will cost you. And decide to either record what you are seeing... or just enjoy the ride and buy the video later.

Cheryl Schene
Cheryl Schene

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

Great!!!! Our pilot was very knowledgeable and very funny. We even got a very nice picture (we both look good) & CD of our flight.

Ryan J
Ryan J

5 out of 5 stars

posted 6 months ago

Such a great experience. We covered so much ground. The waterfalls alone made it worthwhile. Highly recommended.

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