Want to learn more about our Cliffside Landing Tour?
The Cliffside Landing Tour is approximately 75 minutes long. You will take off from Kahului to the southeast rim of the Haleakala crater to see the summit of our dormant volcano crater, descend over Manawainui valley and then on to our private landing location in Kaupo. Enjoy the expansive views of Southeast Maui at the landing location for about 20 minutes where you can often see the Big Island of Hawaii in the distance on a clear day. Load back onto the helicopter and take off over lush Hana rainforest, Waihi’umalu Falls, over Hana town, the Koolau forest reserve along the north shore, Ho’okipa beach and back to the heliport.
Haleakala Crater is one of the most beautiful locations on Maui. Its surreal, moon-like landscape is amazing to behold, especially when seen from the air. The brilliant colors of the sand and the unique cinder cone formations formed from more recent eruptions are an awe-inspiring sight not to be missed!
Hana is a small town separated from the rest of Maui by over 50 miles of winding coastal roads. The unspoiled beauty of Hana includes dense, lush rainforests with many waterfalls and some of the most beautiful beaches on Maui including red sands beach, black sands beach, and Hamoa beach.
Waihi’umalu Falls is a beautiful 400-foot overfall waterfall located in east Maui. It’s distance from the Road to Hana can make it difficult to see on foot but it is a sight to see from the air!
While Ho’okipa Beach is not great for swimming, it is a dream for windsurfers! There are professional windsurfing competitions held here and visitors can enjoy watching pros with good conditions for windsurfing most days.
Interested in joining us for this amazing helicopter tour and Cliffside Landing? It is one of our most popular tours! Here is what some guests have to say about the experience:
“I have been on many Alaskan helicopter tours having worked in Shore Excursions on cruise ships. The Air Maui tour absolutely exceeded my expectations. We did the Haleakala tour with cliffside landing. Amazing to fly up and above the crater and get to see the moon scape without having to hike in! Very cool descent and island fly over with a great landing by the ocean. Was super surprised when we continued around the Hana side and up an amazing narrow canyon. Cameron our pilot was super. Very informative and Kim who handled our reservation was also great. Thanks so much.” - SNORKELALASKA
“Haleakala with a cliffside landing and Hana with waterfalls. An absolutely spectacular flight. This is a must do early in the morning tour, as the clouds build very quickly on Haleakala. We had magnificent views of the crater itself, and then off to the south side for a landing were you get to explore some of the sea cliffs. The way back is along the coast past Hana, with incredible views of hidden waterfalls. Highly recommend! Air Maui is the best. Pilots and staff are all wonderful.” - mtfl2018
“I highly recommend the cliffside landing option through Air Maui. We had Cameron as our guide and he was outstanding! We were able to see incredible parts of Maui that you cannot see through traditional tours. This was the favorite part of our family vacation trip.” - Aron S