About a year ago, I found myself with a brilliant, bird’s-eye view of the lush Hawaiian landscape, simmering volcanoes and emerald-green waters. It was my first helicopter tour in the area, and I’m hooked. For unrivaled vistas and incredible photo opportunities of Hawaii’s stunning scenery, this is really the way to go. And with plenty of private and even customized options available, we can find the “just right” flight for you, no matter which island or, better yet, islands you’re visiting.
To whet your appetite, consider soaring above paradise on one of these popular Hawaii helicopter flights:
The “Garden Isle” begs to be explored from all angles, including above. Prepare to have your breath taken away as you glide above the rugged Na Pali Coast, colorful Waimea Canyon and the spectacular Manawaiopuna (“Jurassic”) Falls. Have your camera at the ready as you fly, weather-permitting, over Mt. Waiale’ale Crater, known as the “wettest place on Earth,” and the site of Kauai’s last volcanic eruption.
Set off on a private, chartered helicopter tour over Oahu, including Honolulu, Waikiki and the renowned North Shore. Fly with the doors on or off (your choice!) over iconic white-sand beaches, Diamond Head, Koko Head, the historic Makapuu Point Lighthouse, Kailua Beach, the Chinaman’s Hat landmark and pristine Kaneohe Bay. Continue into the Kaaawa Valley and Sacred Falls and look for surfers in Waimea Bay before flying slowly over Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona.
The Big Island
With 11 of the world’s 13 climate zones contained within one relatively small geographic area, The Big Island offers adventures for days. Capture it all from the air, including steaming volcanos, black-sand beaches and gushing waterfalls. Speaking of waterfalls, you can choose a tour that takes you up into the Kohala Mountains, along the coastline of Waipio Valley and into the Waimanu Valley, home to 1,500-foot-tall cascades. Zoom over Honopue, Honokea, Honokane Iki, the historic Big Valley and Pololu Valley. Excitement mounts as you climb and fly over the Kohala summit, the oldest of the five volcanoes that make up the Big Island.
In Maui, fly over Hawaii’s tallest waterfall, then continue to Molokai to see the world’s highest sea cliffs, at 3,000 feet. This sublime experience whisks you over the West Maui Mountains en route to Molokai’s north shore of the pristine island, showing off both islands’ natural treasures. Or focus more on Molokai itself, traveling across the Pailolo Channel to this mostly undeveloped island.
No matter where you’re staying, a Hawaii helicopter tour can elevate your sunset-viewing experience. Why watch from the beach or your balcony when you’ll have the best seat in the house as your aircraft soars along the coast during the golden hour. Wait for the famous Green Flash as the sun sinks behind the horizon, lighting up the sky with reds, golds, oranges and purples like you've never seen before.
There are countless flight options available whether you’d like to join other travelers or create your own private tour. Let’s chat about the right fit for you.