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“A great way to see the volcano erupting on the Big Island of Hawaii.”
Review of Mokulele Airlines


Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The volcano tour on Mokulele airlines was a delightful tour of the island of Maui by air where a lot of the waterfalls are visible which you just can't see any other way unless you take a helicopter flight. These areas are inaccessible by road so flying is the only option to see them, either by plane or by helicopter. Since we were staying on Maui the best way to see the eruption is by taking a plane trip. You not only see Maui but you then fly across the channel to the Big Island to see the volcano. I'm not sure if you can fly a helicopter all the way to the Big Island anyway but you can check. As one who is terrified of helicopters this plane trip was my only option. Airspace is restricted with helicopters flying lower and the planes flying higher. In a plane you get to see the entire lava flow all the way to the ocean and the devastation it has created for those who live in the area. On the TV news you just don't get the full picture of the miles and miles of destruction by fissure 8 that has been erupting for 6 weeks now. Our pilot told us some of the history of the island of Maui, famous people who live on the island and pointed out their homes. Then we flew across the channel and the pilot explained how if you try to navigate the channel in a boat you may end up in Tahiti due to the currents! We flew over the volcano around and around so that passengers on both sides of the plane could see. It is a small plane holding 9 passengers and 2 flight crew. It is a very expensive flight but we certainly enjoyed it and felt it was worth the price because how often in your life are you going to see an actual volcanic eruption unless you are a geologist or scientist that studies volcanoes? It is important to note that only a small portion of the Big Island is affected by the eruption, maybe 5% and there is 95% of the island that is unaffected so don't let a volcano erupting deter you from visiting the Big Island as well. Kona is completely unaffected by the eruption and is several hundred miles from Volcanoes National Park. Also, there is no actual flight number issued as we don't stop at an airport but I just listed the Hilo airport to satisfy the silly Trip advisor. The 1230 listed as flight number is actually the time of the flight as there are 2 options: 9AM and 12:30 PM. As I mentioned, it is a smaller plane so much bumpier and if you are prone to motion sickness (as I am) take the appropriate precautions. The flight lasts approximately 2 hours. We took the flight on Friday June 15th. Aloha and enjoy!

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Thank Carolyn J
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

when you take this flight from Maui to Molokai it is like having a helicopter ride over the islands, this plane flies low and you can see a lot and also clearly, I flew round trip so got 2 different views of both Maui and Molokai and Koolawe!! The plane holds about 10 people!!!

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Thank Diane H
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

We took this flight the evening of May 4, 2018 because we were booked in Hana and I didn't think I would be able to make the 3 hour drive after 16 hours of travel from Indiana. I am so glad we did! The flight was awesome. Small plane, no frills, but the view!!!!!

Unfortunately we couldn't make the return flight due to weather, so we had a driver on the way back. While the drive was good. The flight was so so so worth it!

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Thank Greg L
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Reviewed 24 May 2018

Small airplane (Cessna 206 Grand Caravan), only 9 passengers, almost everybody has a window seat. The staff is super friendly and there are no TSA checks. The plane flies lower than the big ones, you see a lot more of the scenery. The flight was smooth and a lot of fun, would do it again.
Sorry, no movies, no snacks or beverages

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Thank Anja-R1962
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Reviewed 21 May 2018

I LOVE flying Mokulele. The planes are small. perhaps 8 people.. No big security checks.. can park the car right out front.. Takes maybe 15 minutes longer but the intmacy of the pilot the lower flying.. better scenery.. my pick always over a big plane!!

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Thank loveothula
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