Waking up prior to the sun is under no circumstances effortless, but in my knowledge, it is often worth it–and this rule unquestionably held correct on the morning of my West Maui and Molokai helicopter tour with Air Maui.
And this was no ordinary Maui helicopter tour–this was a doors-off tour.
And I awoke that morning to some of the clearest skies I’ve ever noticed because moving to Maui.
Yeah, from the moment I rolled out of bed and rubbed the sleep out of my eyes–in spite of the reality that it was five:45 am–I knew I was in for an remarkable day.
I got in my car or truck and produced the swift drive down the mountain to the Air Maui hangar, conveniently positioned close to the Kahului Airport and only 10 minutes or so from exactly where I reside in Pukalani.
It was a vibrant and sunny day, but I’d left my shades at home–during a doors-off helicopter tour, you are not permitted to bring ANY loose products. You are not permitted to retain Something in your pockets. And you Need to be wearing closed-toed footwear or sandals with straps on the back.
Even cameras are not permitted on this tour, only cell phones–which are strapped into lanyards supplied by Air Maui and hung about your neck exactly where they will have to stay for the complete trip, simply because as we have been informed upon verify-in: “Air Maui is not accountable if your telephone goes swimming.”
I had also been informed that it would be rather windy (which tends to make sense) and Air Maui would be giving windbreakers and security goggles to all passengers.
I’ll admit that I hate getting cold SO considerably, that I wore yoga pants rather of shorts just in case it was chilly up in the air.
Due to the fact it is May well and currently feeling a lot like summer season, shorts would have been fine in hindsight, but it is unquestionably worth maintaining in thoughts throughout the winter months if you have a tendency to get cold quickly like I do.
So, at the hangar we received our short security demo (presented on printed cards and a video, just like you’d see on an airplane) and place on our jackets and life vests (the latter worn strapped about our waists, practically nothing at all like on an airplane).
I believed it was funny that they had to inform us exactly where the exits have been on the helicopter with no doors, but just covering all their bases, I guess.
The ground crew lined us up to get prepared to head out to the chopper (side note: do men and women say ‘chopper’ in genuine life?).
We have been arranged in order of seat preference and weight distribution, so not every person gets a window seat on this unique tour but I can say getting been seated in the middle myself, I nevertheless had an amazing knowledge and was in a position to take in the views just fine.
Not to mention it tends to make this tour appropriate for bigger groups who all want to ride collectively (there are six seats for passengers in total).
They snapped swift pictures of us in front of the helicopter (you are provided the selection to obtain it as a souvenir as effectively as a video of the flight) and then we climbed aboard.
As soon as strapped in, goggles and headsets on, we produced our acquaintance with Richard, our pilot with more than 40 years of knowledge flying helicopters. He felt warm from the start out, had type smile and a soothing voice, and produced me really feel like I was in extremely excellent hands.
Then prior to I knew it, we have been in the air! It was like magic.
We zipped off heading northwest, providing us spectacular views of the West Maui Mountains appropriate from the start out.
The complete flight by way of, Richard pointed out locations of interest on the island, commonly accompanied by some small-recognized reality or a funny anecdote.
Other instances accompanied by his most effective dad jokes.
The tour was taking us more than West Maui prior to crossing the channel among Maui and neighboring Molokai, exactly where we’d be checking out the WORLD’S TALLEST SEA CLIFFS from a bird’s eye view.
STOKED didn’t even start to describe how I was feeling.
But of course, we had several beautiful views of Maui prior to we left, such as this quite remarkable appear at Haleakala (my apartment is beneath that hazy bit someplace!).
The giggles poured out of me the complete time, I felt so light and no cost up in the air!
Amongst the sights we saw from our vantage point have been the Nakalele Blowhole, a rock that appears like a turtle from 1 viewpoint and an elephant from an additional, mountain goats frolicking on the impossibly steep cliffs of Molokai, and some of Hawaii’s tallest, most dramatic waterfalls.
I’m telling you, my jaw was on the floor from the start out of this tour til the extremely finish.
What produced it all the a lot more enjoyable was Richard’s soundtrack, piped into our headsets among his commentary and adding an element of whimsy to the complete knowledge.
I do not want to give as well considerably away, but let’s just say he’s got this complete issue down to a science and I couldn’t have loved it a lot more.
Air Maui helicopter tours enable guests to see the absolute most effective Maui has to offer–you can take a tour more than Haleakala and Hana, take a look at Molokai with an oceanfront landing, or even see the complete island in a single tour.
Custom charters and private tours are also amongst their offerings!
All in all, you cannot go incorrect booking a Maui helicopter tour with Air Maui.
Getting traveled to Maui tons in the previous and even following living right here for eight months, I can say without having a doubt THIS IS A single OF THE Greatest Issues I’VE EVER Accomplished ON MAUI!
If you are hunting for adventure and want to see the island from a special viewpoint, I cannot advocate a tour with Air Maui sufficient.
This is 1 knowledge you will under no circumstances overlook.
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Several mahalos to Air Maui for hosting me for this spectacular knowledge! All opinions are these of The Sweetest Way.