Best Maui Air Activities

We have been drawn to the skies for as long as human thought has been documented. Whether one should take flight if given a chance while visiting a world-renowned island paradise is, suffice it to say, an easy question to answer. Yes!

Thanks to the extraordinary modern age we’re living in together, the tough question is not if but when and where - given the plethora of options. Maui is a land of flying. Numerous routes exist for those looking to get a bird's eye view of the island, and it can be hard to know what to pick.

Should you board a helicopter and enjoy the quintessential aerial experience? Or should you dare to be different and strap into something more like a go-kart with wings? Are you seeking exhilaration or serenity? What about romance?

By definition, flight is a simple concept; but the reasons for flying and what enthusiasts hope to get out of it all can vary as much, if not more, than the tropical landscape below them. Which aerial activity to choose under which circumstances can be surprisingly unclear, and the stakes are pretty high considering how vastly these experiences can vary from peaceful to heart-pounding.

What follows is an introductory guide to some of the best aerial activities you can do while on the island of Maui. The list below is Maui air activities and adventures located on or around the island of Maui. Check out the great rates, locations, and value these Maui aerial tours offer.

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Maui Helicopter Adventures

Maui’s breathtaking waterfalls, fascinating Haleakala, lush landscapes, and much more await you on a Valley Isle helicopter adventure. Not only is a helicopter one of the best ways to tour the island, but it’s also one of the most fun.

One of the main reasons helicopter tours are so popular here is because of their agility. Helicopters can fly fast, high, and hover - you can see things from every angle and many things while you are at it. Waterfalls, volcanoes, cliffs, coastlines - for truly immersive panoramic views, helicopters are hard (but as we’ll see, not impossible) to beat. 

Of course, with that agility naturally comes intensity. Helicopter rides are statistically very safe, but they aren’t exactly for the faint of heart. This is another reason they are so popular - if you’ve got the right thrill-seeking attitude. However, it can also be a reason to shy away from the helicopter option if you’re not looking for something so high-octane.

Being the “classic” aerial activity, the helicopter tour industry on Maui is a deep and well-established field with numerous types of tours on offer. Tours vary in intensity - for example, some will put you in a chopper with no doors. Tours also vary in theme - some are geared towards romantic sunset viewing while others are geared towards exploration and education. 

Whatever your preference, if it involves boarding a helicopter and exploring the island from above, you’ll be able to find it on Maui - and there’s a reason why this has long been and continues to be the go-to when it comes to aerial activities.


Maui Airplane Tours

See the most beautiful Maui and Big island sights on a scenic airplane tour! Hit the best of Maui before touring the Big Island’s Kohala Cliffs, waterfalls, volcanoes, Hilo, and so much more. Best of all, variations in weather and volcanic activity make each flight a one-of-a-kind adventure. This is the perfect adventure for nearly everyone. Remember, seats are limited, so book as soon as possible for guaranteed availability.


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