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West Maui Mountains
Relatively few people, even locals, know of the grand and awesome beauty carved into the mountain that is West Maui. One can drive to the mouth of Iao valley to catch a small glimpse of the magnificent rain forest and towering valley walls which lace the entire mountain. This flight explores one hidden valley after the next and is the only possible way to come to know the real Maui. Knife-edged ridges with mist-shrouded peaks separate the spectacular valleys that give Maui its nickname, "The Valley Isle". Waterfalls cascade from towering cliffs into the streams running along the rainforest floor. If clouds and rainfall happen to be a part of your adventure, the waterfalls and rainbows can be even more spectacular. This tour is heart-thumping beauty from start to finish.
Tour narration by pilots who are State of Hawaii Certified Tour Guides.
All taxes & fees.
A high quality, live DVD recording is made of your actual flight and may be purchased after your tour for $25.
Transportation to/from the Kahului Heliport.
Parking at the Kahului Heliport.
Total fares include applicable taxes and fees. Any child under 24 months of age is welcome as a lap child at no charge. Children 24 months and over require an individual full-fare seat. For each guest weighing 250 pounds or more, an adjacent, empty seat purchase is required to safely balance the aircraft. The charge for a comfort seat is reduced to 50% off of the regular tour price. Credit cards are charged upon confirmation of a reservation. Full refunds will be made for any cancellation with at least 24 hours notice prior to scheduled flight time, (See Cancellation Policy).
We require 24 hours notice in order to change or cancel your reservation. Tours cancelled with less than 24 hours affect other guests booked on the flight and don't allow enough time to resell the cancelled seats. Reservations cancelled within 24 hours will be assessed a 50% cancellation fee. No-shows will be assessed a 100% cancellation fee. If you need to change or cancel your reservation please provide us with 24 hours notice prior to your tour time and we will be happy to accommodate you.
Please allow a minimum of 5 days prior to your requested tour date to book through our website. We will confirm your tour date and time and send you an email with your booking details within 24 hours of receipt of your request
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters was the first company in the United States to be certified under the Tour Operators Program of Safety (TOPS). The company conducts more hours of flying than any other air tour company and has implemented a Safety Systems Management Program in cooperation with the FAA. This safety system goes beyond the requirements of TOPS by incorporating safety assurance feedback loops, much like the quality control systems of ISO 9000.
In 1993, the need for safety programs specifically geared for the air tour industry became evident. Although helicopter tour operations had a good safety record, the flight-seeing industry had suffered accidents that could have been avoided. Media sensationalism portrayed it as unconcerned with public safety.
One of the leading committees of the Helicopter Association International is the Helicopter Tour Operators Committee (HTOC). Membership includes the leading air tour operators in the United States. The committee resolved that safety was the most important consideration and it would work to form a safety program desighned specifically for the helicopter air tour industry.
The tour operators, in coordination with several of the standing committees of the HAI, drafted a detailed safety program that was to become the principal guideline for TOPS. This program incorporated the expertise and experience of those who know the industry best: the air tour operators and the manufacturers of the air tour equipment.
In 1995, a draft of the prospective TOPS Program of Safety was presented to the National Transportation Board (NTSB).as well as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Those two agencies provided valuable encouragement and assistance in further development of this safety program.
TOPS was incorporated in January 1996 as an independent, non-profit organization, and the TOPS Program of Safety was implemented at that time. For the first time, there was an organization, TOPS, that was dedicated solely to further enhancing the safety of all aspects of helicopter tours.
The effectiveness of the TOPS Program of Safety is well proven by the statistics gathered since 1996. In a typical year, professional helicopter tour operators in the US fly some 100,000 tour hours, of which about 85,000 hours are flown by TOPS members. TOPS members have a cumulative safety record much better than that of general aviation at large.
TOPS members put safety as their number one priority with the mission of making helicopter sightseeing tours among the safest type of flying today. Operators who are approved by TOPS have committed to a higher standard of safety, sharing safety knowledge and to self-policing those standards. The TOPS Program covers the following areas: