Molokai and West Maui Waterfalls

60 Minute Flight

Our Doors Off Molokai Tour includes all of the amazing sights of our West Maui Waterfall Tour and adds the Molokai Sea Cliffs, Valleys, and Molokai Waterfalls.

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We’ll depart Kahului heliport and head North West out over Kanaha beach park. During the winter months, you’ll see surfers, windsurfers, and kiteboarders out riding the waves at this famous break. After a few short minutes over the ocean, we enter into Waihee valley, following the stream up to the first of the waterfalls. On most days, we can continue to follow the river all the way to the Wall of Tears, lava rock so wet and porous that waterfalls spontaneously flow directly from the sides of the cliffs and gather in the stream below. We will do a circle or two in the valley, making sure that everyone in the helicopter gets ample time to take pictures and compose selfies at the waterfalls and wall of tears before we head back out of the valley towards the ocean.

We then cross above the Waihee Ridge trail, often getting smiles and waves from the groups hiking up to the top of the trail for the incredible views of the waterfall, the ocean, and Haleakala. As we enter into the next valley, we will come across Jurassic Falls, from the movie Jurassic Park. Although the film’s creators cut together several different parts of the islands to make that first intro scene, this huge, two stepped waterfall is easily recognizable from the air. Here again, we take our time and make sure everyone can get a great view and amazing photographs.

    If there is any North swell, we’ll take a minute to stop by Nakalele Blowhole, a lava tube that channels ocean swells into a massive aerial eruption of seawater.  From there we start the short hop over the channel to Molokai.  This is a great time to ask any questions of the pilot, or just sit back and enjoy your favorite tunes on the headsets.  During whale season, we see humpback whales that migrate from Alaska to Hawaii to birth their young in our safe, warm waters.  You can see competition pods of males vying for the attention of a single female, new calves learning how to swim and dive, breaches and general whale frolicking.
    As we arrive at Molokai, we fly over Halawa Valley where five different streams come together to form multiple waterfalls and pools before they congregate into Halawa stream at the bottom of the valley.  At the top of the valley, we crest the Molokai Sea Cliffs, the tallest sea cliffs in the world that tower over 3,900 feet above the ocean below.  We’ll fly right by waterfalls that run straight into the ocean and amazing lush valleys before turning inland at Wailau Valley where we always wave to our friends that live there.  We deliver food and supplies to them every month at their completely off-grid home.  At the top of Wailau valley, we enter into the Molokai Forest Reserve, seemingly untouched by people for thousands of years.  As we cross the ridge and start our descent back to sea level, you will see the magnificent south shore of Molokai and its fringe reef, the largest one in the US.  As we travel up the reef towards Maui, we keep our eyes open for more whale pods, sharks, or spinner dolphins.
     We come ashore on the leeward side of Maui, on the Kaanapali coast where it is always sunny and the beaches are welcoming. We cross over historic Lahaina town and head into Olowalu or Ukumehame valleys, depending on weather and wind conditions, where we enter into the West Maui Forest Reserve and pop out of either Waikapu valley or the historic Iao valley. Both valleys are filled with rugged peaks, sheer ridges, amazing waterfalls, and streams. From there it is a short hop back to our hangars at Kahului heliport, where you can relax with a cold beverage and debrief with our staff before continuing on with your Maui vacation.
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3 reviews for Molokai and West Maui Waterfalls

  1. Dean Morris

    Amazing! Simply Amazing!! Experience of a lifetime! Brandon, Cliff and Deb were wonderful. Fantastic Service and Value. The “doors-off” experience and personal touch provided by Pacific Helicopter Tours could never be matched by any of the other tour operators in the area. Thank you for the fantastic memories.

  2. Dustin Siruno

    Highest standards of customer service! Our pilot, Brandon, was amazing! Provided a once in a lifetime experience for my family & I! My kids range from 5-13 and they all had a blast! Doors OFF is definitely the way to go and you can’t get it anywhere else, but here! Thank you Deb & Brandon! We will be booking future flights upon our next visit!

  3. Kai Evermore

    Best helicopter tour to date. Brandon is awesome. He is very informative and a fantastic pilot.

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