The Hawaiian Islands have so much to offer travelers seeking to come to an exotic, tropical destination. It’s arguably one of the most beautiful states in the United States and Hawaii is home to some of the best beaches in the world. However given the geography and terrain of the islands, they often can be difficult to fully explore. That’s not the case when you are in a helicopter or a small prop plane, for example. There are a host of different Hawaiian companies that offer luxury flying experiences to tourists, and some are more premium than others. We are going to take a look at five of the most incredible luxury flying trips that Hawaii has to offer.
5. The Private Kauai Air Tour
AirVentures Hawaii offers a special package where you and your friends will embark on a private tour of Kauai on board a C-182 prop plane. The plane can accommodate three passengers in total so it’s perfect for couples seeking an intimate flying experience. The tour is 60 to 70 minutes long and it will run you about $152 dollars per person. But the real draw here is that it’s just you and your friends onboard the airplane; you don’t have to deal with other tourists.
4. The Big Island Spectacular
Fully experience the entire Big Island via a luxury tour offered from Blue Hawaiian Helicopters. The tour is about 1 hour and 45 minutes long and pretty much covers the entire island. You’ll shoot up the coast line, fly over the jungles, and even get to check out Kilauea Volcano and the lava flows. Rates range from $400 to $500 dollars per person, which is expensive, but it is one of the longest tours on our list.
3. North Shore Skydiving
For the thrill seekers out there, Pacific Skydiving Center offers one of the highest jumps in all of Hawaii. You’ll take off from Oahu where the plane will climb anywhere between 7,000 to 14,000 feet. From there you’ll jump out and you’ll get the fastest sky tour of Hawaii as you will reach speeds of 120 mph. It’s only for the bold, and it’ll run you about $140 per person.
2. The Sunset Tour
Big Island Air offers an immersive flying experience on board a large Cessna 208 jet-prop plane. The tour takes off right before the sunset so you will get some pretty amazing vistas and sights. It costs around $450 dollars per person, but all seats on board are window seats and the tour lasts for two hours in total.
1. The Road to Hana and Haleakala Tour Combo
For a truly amazing experience in Maui, check out the “Road to Hana and Haleakala Tour Combo”. It’s two incredible tours for the price of one! The tour starts out in a luxury van where you will embark on a 68-mile journey across the most beautiful road in Hawaii. Along the way you will stop at local towns, swim at waterfalls, enjoy a gourmet lunch, and explore a state park. At the end of the tour you will then fly in a helicopter where you will be given a tour of the Haleakala Crater and other beautiful scenes in Maui. Depending on the rates, the tour ranges between $400 to $700 dollars. While that’s the most expensive tour on our list, it is also the longest as the tour typically lasts six and a half hours.
Photo from poipubeach.org/Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tours