Temptation Tours Hana Heli Van Tour Sky Trek

Hana Heli-Van Tour - scenic flight out to Hana and a comfy van ride back

Temptation Tours Hana Heli Van Tour Sky Trek limo van

This tour uses luxury 'limo-vans' with cushy interiors

Temptation Tours Hana Heli Van Tour Sky Trek Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach

Visit Hana's famous black sand beach at Waianapanapa

Temptation Tours Hana Heli Van Tour Sky Trek Three Bear Waterfalls

Stop at a triple waterfall along the spectacular "Road to Hana"

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Hana Helicopter and Van Tour is a sky trek that combines a one-way 37 minute helicopter tour of Haleakala and the Hana rain forest with a 3.5 hour luxury limo-van tour of the reknowned “Road to Hana.” This East Maui adventure includes expert narration, a delicious beach picnic lunch served on white linen and crystalline plates, tropical gardens tour, a waterfall swim, and many photo opportunities along the way. Instead of driving and worrying about the windy road, fly and ride to Hana on this ultimate adventure and concentrate on the beauty of Maui.

General Information
Schedule: Daily. 7am for morning tour (Hana van tour first, lunch, and then helicopter flight). 11:15am for afternoon tour (helicopter flight first, lunch, and then Hana van tour)

Duration: Approximately 4 hours

Check In: Kahului Heliport

GPS: 1 Kahului Airport Road, Hangar 110, Kahului, HI 96732 Click to view map

What to Bring & Wear: Comfortable clothing and walking shoes

Tour includes: Continental breakfast, picnic lunch (grilled herb marinated chicken breast and lightly blackened 7 spice seared ono. Vegetarian / Vegan / Gluten-free lunch entree available.

Equipment: American Eurocopter A-star

Capacity: 6

Restrictions: Individuals over 240 pounds or couples with a combined weight over 420 pounds may need to purchase an additional seat. Call for details at 1.877.678.7333.

Note: This tour typically uses Blue Hawaiian for the helicopter company; sometimes it is flown with Air Maui. The helicopters used for this tour are A-stars (the Eco-star is not available for this tour). The parking fee at Kahului Heliport is $10.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made at least 72 hours before the start of the event.  From December 17th – January 3rd, cancellations must be made a full 7 days prior to the tour date.

hana helicopter van tour
Scenic helicopter ride to Hana & comfy van ride back
black sand beach
Black sand beach at Waianapanapa

CHana Helicopter and Van Tourruise Ship Passengers

NCL cruise ship passengers are able to do the Hana Heli-Van Tour on the afternoon of the first day or the morning of the second day while in port in Kahului. This requires a very short cab ride of 5 minutes or less.

 

Lahaina cruise ship passengers can only do this tour on the morning of their second day in port (assuming the ship is there two days). They will need a rental car as the drive to the Kahului Airport takes an hour. Be sure to see our Kauai Helicopter Tour page also.

Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

It never ceases to amaze me that people spend thousands of dollars to come to Hawaii, but think it is too expensive to spend another $200-$250 to REALLY see the islands from a helicopter. There is so much beauty that you cannot see any other way. Do yourself a favor and SPLURGE! You will thank me.

Flying in a helicopter is like riding a magic carpet. They are much more stable than twin engine planes … motion sickness is seldom an issue for anyone. They cut through the wind like a knife. Thrill seekers may wish for a more roller coaster-like experience, but the pilots fly a very gentle pattern. Don’t expect plunging drops and steeply banked turns.

The best time for helicopter tours (as a rule) is in the morning hours, as cloud cover tends to get thicker throughout the afternoon. Don’t feel badly if it looks cloudy just before your flight though … helicopters can fly just under the cloud ceiling, which typically is around 4,000 feet. These clouds can add an element of mystery and beauty all their own. Check out some of the waterfall photos for an example.

All helicopter tours leave from the Kahului Airport. Plan on a 45 minute drive from Lahaina / Kaanapali Resorts, 60 minutes from Kapalua, 30 minutes from Kihei and 45 minutes from Wailea. Save yourself some driving … consider planning the helicopter tour for early morning on the day that you drive to Hana.

Wear dark clothing for your helicopter flight. A light colored shirt will cause a reflection on the windows … you won’t notice it during your flight, but it shows up like crazy in any pictures you take. A polarizing filter on the front of your camera will also help remove window glare (and greatly improve pictures that you take of the ocean too).

A note about weight restrictions. Almost all companies in Hawaii charge extra for heavier passengers. This is not a matter of discrimination toward larger guests … it is a business reality due to the spatial limitations of the passenger compartment. The cost and profit margins of the helicopter companies is based upon their helicopters flying with every seat occupied. If the helicopter holds 6 passengers and the size of a guest means that they can only comfortably seat 5, they are losing money. The “comfort seat” is exactly that … it really does make everyone more comfortable. It also ensures that the helicopter’s overall weight capacity is not exceeded, which makes this a SAFETY CONCERN as well. For each company’s exact “comfort seat” policy and charges, see the weight restriction link under each company’s description.

Most tour helicopters on Maui are Eurocopter A-STAR’s … the seating configuration in each is the same. Two passengers sit up front with the pilot and four sit in the second row. People often say to me, “But two people in the back seat don’t get a window seat.” True, but visibility from these helicopters is excellent … you really get a 180 degree view no matter where you sit. Yes, yes, it is cool to sit up front. But I like to describe the experience as sitting in a flying theatre. By the way, you don’t get to decide where you sit, or pay extra for a front seat. FAA requirements dictate who sits where based upon body weight. (I once had a couple that was so adamant about sitting up front that they paid for all six seats. If you are made of money, go for it!!! I’ll be glad to set you up … haha)

If you are interested in other helicopter tours, check out Air Maui.

What about the active volcano? Lots of people ask about a helicopter ride from Maui over Kilauea on the Big Island. There used to be a very expensive tour ($420) but it isn’t available any longer. It’s just too far to fly there in a helicopter. We used to book day trips where you would fly over to Hilo for the day on Hawaiian Airlines, have a rental car for the day, and then fly back later that evening. Unfortunately flight schedule cuts make this unfeasible. All flights from Maui to Hilo connect in Honolulu and you spend most of the day just flying there and back.

The best way to see Kilauea is to plan an overnight stay in Hilo. You can fly to Hilo on Hawaiian Airlines, have a rental car, do a helicopter flight, spend the night, then fly back the next day. This entire package runs around $450 per person (about $260 without the helicopter flight). The advantage of this itinerary is that when you spend the night there, you can drive to the volcano and do a little hiking and view the lava at night when it is far more spectacular!