I took the West Maui Mountains Helicopter Tour in excess of twenty a long time ago. It was my very first helicopter journey at any time and to this day it is nevertheless one particular of the most memorable routines I have at any time done.

I grew up in Lahaina. Our household experienced a taro farm and lifted pigs in a valley towards the back again of Lahainaluna Large Faculty named Kanaha. I have hiked a lot of of the valleys in the West Maui Mountains as a child, but I in no way observed any waterfalls, so in a natural way I assumed there weren’t any. Cusco to Rainbow Mountain Boy was I mistaken!

My original perception of the West Maui Mountains Helicopter Tour was problem about visibility, because we departed in weather conditions situations that most guidebooks would think about to be significantly less than ideal – it was in the afternoon on a rainy (drizzling) overcast day.

The Wall of Tears

The West Maui Mountains Helicopter Tour took me into Waihee Valley to see the jaw-dropping “Wall of Tears” with more than a dozen segmented waterfalls streaming down the confront of this majestic valley. I was practically in awe by the sheer quantity of waterfalls concentrated in this one particular valley. The rainforest flooring was also plentiful with sparkling-blue swimming pools fed by scaled-down cascading waterfalls. I wished to land and jump in for a swim!

Honokohau Falls

My West Maui Mountains Helicopter Tour continued to the tallest waterfall on Maui, the magnificent Honokohau Falls plunging in 2 tiers at 1100 feet. For a prolonged time several tour operators referred to it as “Jurassic Falls” as it was highlighted in a scene of the movie Jurassic Park. Blue Hawaiian Helicopters flew the aerial images.

I am happy to see that numerous operators, like Blue Hawaiian, are using the correct Hawaiian area names for the duration of the West Maui Mountains Helicopter Tour. The presented names incorporate the wealthy attractiveness and heritage of the region, and it is needless to substitute them with flamboyant or less complicated to pronounce names.

Weather conditions and Rainbows

I was in no hurry to go away the lush valleys and waterfalls, but when our West Maui Mountains Helicopter Tour sooner or later acquired all around to the leeward (Lahaina side) of the mountains, the sunshine strike the gentle misty rain coming over the Mountains in just the right angle to take care of us to the most amazing entire-circle rainbows! I might never seen a single from the floor. Guess it really is only seen when you’re in the air. So will not let a tiny rain scare you from the ride of your existence!

Iao Valley

The West Maui Mountains Helicopter Tour concluded with a pay a visit to to Iao Valley Condition Park where an epic struggle was fought in between the armies of Kamehameha and Kalanikupule to unite the Hawaiian Islands underneath 1 Kingdom.

In my humble impression, subsequent to the West Maui Molokai Helicopter Tour this is one particular of the greatest. So, if you like waterfalls, waterfalls, and a lot more waterfalls… and possibly a rainbow or two, or are on a tight budget or have a large loved ones (limited budget), then I would very advise the West Maui Mountains Helicopter Tour.