For persons interested in flying in a helicopter around Maui, consider the West Maui Molokai Tour. Boasting virtually picture perfect year-round travel weather, acres and acres of unspoiled natural splendor, the top beaches in any hemisphere, superb restaurants and cuisine, world-class golf courses, fashionable shopping, luxurious resort properties, art galleries that includes local artists, incredible snorkel & scuba diving locations, and more family activities than the other Hawaiian islands, it's easy to see why Maui was picked as the Best Island in the World by Conde Nast Traveler for an extraordinary 15th time!
At about 2,400 miles from the nearest continent, the Hawaiian Island archipelago is the most isolated grouping of islands on the planet. Maui is 727.3 square miles including 120 miles of coastline. Nearly 80% of the Island of Maui is hidden due to a lack of roads and hiking trails leading into the interior sections of Maui.
Many believe the Hana and Haleakala Tour to be the top helicopter tour on Maui because of the fact that it takes you to see the two main points of interest - Hana Highway and the Haleakala Crater. My favorite though, and the favorite among helicopter pilots is the West Maui Molokai Tour.
We begin with the West Maui Mountains, or as it is traditionally known by Hawaiians, Mauna Kahalawai. Its numerous peaks and ridges represent the older of two volcanoes that shape the island of Maui. Pu'u Kukui, the highest peak stands at 5,778 feet and is located in the upper regions of the mountain on the Western end. The West Maui Mountains is known as the second wettest spot on earth, second only to Mount Wai'ale'ale on Kaua'i. The profusion of water that flow from these mountains is the source of dozens of extraordinary waterfalls like the Wall of Tears that supply the streams and sparkling blue pools running along the rainforest floor. The tallest waterfall on Maui, Honokohau Falls, is also located here. A West Maui Molokai Tour expedition offers superb viewing of spectacular waterfalls!
Even more "eye-popping" scenery await you as your journey of the West Maui Molokai Tour continues to the "Friendly Isle" of Molokai.
The Sea Cliffs of Molokai, the tallest in the world, is the first thing to greet you as you cross the Pailolo channel. The shear size and magnitude of these spectacular sea cliffs will leave you in wonderment. You can truly value nature's grandeur from a helicopter excursion, specifically the West Maui Molokai Tour.
From The National Historical Landmark Kalaupapa Settlement to the treasured vistas of Halawa Valley, the West Maui Molokai Tour may afford you a view of Kahiwa Falls (tallest in Hawaii), Papalaua Falls, Wailau Valley, Ancient Hawaiian Fish Ponds, the Molokai Reef (longest fringe reef in the US) and the archeologically rich Halawa Valley with Moalua Falls and Hipuapua Falls.
Returning to Maui you will visit Lahaina, once the focal point of the worldwide Whaling industry and the residence of many of Hawaii’s Alii, or Royalty. In fact, the Capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom was once situated in Lahaina prior to its relocation to Oahu. Today, it is a active tourist getaway of shops, restaurants, and local artists.
The West Maui Molokai Tour concludes with a visit of the Historic Iao Valley where an epic battle was fought between the armies of Kamehameha I and Kalanikupule, the son of Maui’s King Kahekili II, to unify the Hawaiian Islands under one Kingdom. Control of Maui was not won until after the civil war that broke out in 1793 after the death of Kahekili II, and the battle of Nu'uanu.
If there is one activity NOT to be missed, it is the West Maui Molokai Tour by helicopter. It promises to be the most unforgettable experience of your life.
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