In the Air

By , June 19, 2010 2:58 am
Iao Valley, in Maui. Photo by LDC, released to...
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Fly In A Helicopter

Imagine that you are a great bird and could soar over the entire island completely unfettered by gravity. Well one way for that dream to come true is on a helicopter ride. Maui helicopters companies offer a safe way to get a birds-eye view of Maui and see the many sights withheld from earth bound creatures. Since there are so few roads, many beautiful areas are accessible only from the air. So that you don’t have to rely on your memory of your flight, many companies offer a video of your flight. The cost is well worth the experience. Some companies offer a variety of services from drop-offs and pick-ups in remote areas such as very private beaches (champagne lunch anyone? ), to limited seating, long range flights. Some of the more popular tours combine gr ound and air components. A ground tour or one way to Hana/Haleakala with the other leg by air. This adventure takes 1/2 a day and includes Haleakala Crater, Oheo Gulch (the seven sacred pools), Hana, rainforests, waterfalls by air and a guided luxury van tour of Hana and East Maui. Typical extended tour sights might include: the West Maui mountains, Iao Valley, Lahaina, Kapalua, and Molokai including Kalaupapa on the north (windward) shore. You will see the worlds largest sea cliffs. Returning to Kahului, a video is available. So you won’t have to rely purely on your memories and can share your trip with your friends when you return home. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the valley island from above.

Soar Over The Island
Fixed wing is the technical term meaning regular plane. Many find that these joy rides are the highlight of their visit to Maui. These small planes literally allow you to “spread your wings” and cover a lot of ground in a short time. In one day you could see an active volcano (Kilauea on the Big Island of Hawaii), spectacular beaches, rain forests, the worlds largest dormant volcano (Haleakala), and the mysterious, remote secrets of the west Maui mountains. Flights go over or around Mauna Kea down to Kila uea’s inaccessible south east Rift Zone. You get to see first hand the active volcano, “up close and personal”. During the trip you will soar over scenic waterfalls and majestic mountains. All companies also offer charter service and leave from the commut er terminal at Kahului Airport.

Parasail In The Clouds
Thrill-seekers will delight in this exciting adventure high above the water. Hanging on a tow line with a parachute strapped to your back and being pulled behind a speedboat, make this a thrill of a lifetime ride. The best parasailing activity occurs on t he westside, off the coast of Lahaina to Kapalua. We feel as if we are an eagle, soaring and taking in the scenic beauty that is West Maui, Molokai and Lanai. Most operators use tethers longer than 700 feet. Dry landings are the norm and safety is emphasi zed. People of all ages can enjoy parasailing, from 2 to 92! It is very safe. Go ahead…you will enjoy the ride! Out of respect for our largest winter visitors, the Humpback whales, Parasailing is only done from May 15 to December 15.

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