West Maui Waterfall Tour

45 Minute Flight

Our Doors Off West Maui Waterfall Tour packs all of the great sights and the most amazing waterfalls of West Maui into one 45 minute flight.

The West Maui Waterfall Tour is a 45-minute flight around the western part of the island of Maui.  We depart Kahului Heliport and generally head Southwest, flying over the central valley towards Kihei and Ma’alaea harbor.  You’ll see the now abandoned Maui Sugar Mill and the hundreds of acres of sugar cane fields as we cross the island.  As we pass over Ma’alaea harbor, keep your eyes peeled for the “Honu” (Hawaiian Sea Turtles) that feed off of the reefs in the bay.  In the winter months, the bay is often filled with the humpback whales that migrate to Hawaii.
Rounding the corner at the windmill farm, we continue up the leeward coast towards Lahaina and the Ka’anapali coast.  Out of the mauka (mountain) side of the aircraft, you can see into the valleys that run all the way into the center of the West Maui mountains and usually you can spot a rainbow or two.  Out of the makai (ocean) side, you will see the beautiful reefs just offshore of Olowalu town and the islands of Kaho’olawe and Lanai.
As we continue up the coast, you will see the resorts of Ka’anapali and Kapalua and their world-class golf courses.  You’ll see the abrupt change in the colors as we start the transition to the windward side of the island, everything is suddenly greener and there is a good chance of getting a little rain as we pass over the pineapple fields and cook pine trees.
Turning into one of the valleys, we start descending as the air gets cooler and we will cross the ridges of the West Maui mountains towards the little village of Kahakuloa and it’s pristine bay.  As we round a corner, you will see Jurassic Falls, filmed in the movie Jurassic Park in the opening scenes.  If the weather permits, we continue up the valley to Honokohau Falls, a massive two-tiered waterfall that is about 2500′ from top to bottom.  As we exit the valley, we cross over the famous Waihee Ridge hiking trail and wave to the hikers as we pass by.  Just a few ridges over, and we turn into Waihee Valley and head into the West Maui mountains.
Surrounded by steep cliffs, Waihee Valley collects water from the clouds that are constantly overhead and funnels it into multiple streams.  The lava rock is so porous, the back wall of the valley is called the Wall of Tears because waterfalls erupt from the rock, not just at the top, but from the middle of the cliff as well.  There are so many waterfalls in this valley, the air is filled with mist and 10-20 degrees cooler than just outside of the valley.  We will circle a few times so everyone gets great views and can take some amazing pictures.  With our doors off tour, the cabin is filled with fresh, clean air.
Exiting Waihee Valley, we will fly over the coastline and Kahului Harbor.  When the winds are up, windsurfers and kitesurfers can be seen riding the waves at Kanaha beach park.  If there is no wind, you’ll see canoe clubs, surfers, divers, and stand up paddlers enjoying the beautiful North Shore.  A quick few minutes and we will land back at Kahului Heliport where you can debrief at our lounge before you continue on with your day.

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