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“Worth every penny!”

Sunshine Helicopters
Ranked #12 of 36 Tours in Kahului
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: In an industry that demands the best Sunshine Helicopters delivers! We are the only company on Maui offering customers the ability to pre-book "First Class" front-row seating and the choice of two High-Tech helicopters: 1. Fly the New-Generation EC130 Whisper STAR, outfitted with all the latest technology and roomy cabin for 6 passengers. 2. Eco-friendly AS350 FX STAR, upgraded with the more powerful and quieter Honeywell Turbine engines, burning 10-15% less fuel than our competitors, allowing Sunshine to pass on a tremendous amount of savings to our guests. The fleet of helicopters are fully equipped with emergency pop-out floats for safety, air-conditioning, pilot-to-pax intercom and a 3-camera Sky-Cam Video system recording your actual tour.Sunshine Helicopters is a FAA Part 135 Air Carrier and Tour Operator Program of Safety (TOPS) Certified. Most of our pilots are former Flight Instructors of the top aviation schools in the nation or highly skilled military veterans. Your safety is our #1 priority!
Reviewed 30 June 2014

I've flown on other helicopter tours in Hawaii, and this was the best so far. Very professional, they don't treat you like a tourist, and our pilot, Pete, was professional, knowledgeable, and we weren't stuck listening to any corny jokes or useless banter (which I think is just an insult to anyone with basic intelligence). We just got a lot of neat info and history about what we were seeing.

Great smooth flying and an all around great experience. We spent a bit extra to sit up front - not crucial on the Whisper Class with its wrap around windows - but we think it was worth it anyway. Sunshine Helicopters is very much a class operation and I would fly with them again.

1  Thank Randy S
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

This 2 hour trip takes you over the volcanoes for a peek into the calderas and then over to the Hilo side for waterfall views. Really remarkable views of the differences in the island topography from massive lava fields to lush forrest and jungles. Pay a little extra to sit in the front seats.

Thank LodiTraveler1966
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

We flew with our pilot Ian, we had a great ride and got to see the waterfalls and parts of the island that you could only see by air. He told a lot about everything we saw. Was great to see the waterfalls that was in the movie Jurassic Park. GREAT RIDE !!!!

Thank JoyceW040461
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Sunshine was 5 star all the way. The staff was friendly and informative! We chose the West Maui molakai trip which was absolutely spectacular!!! The views, the waterfalls, the coast line, all amazing! The pilot was informative and friendly, and we had great views of everything even in the back seat. The check in and briefing was super efficient and we were on our way in no time!
i can't imagine it done any better! Thanks

Thank enlinc
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

We (me, husband, 7 year old daughter) went on a ride just after dawn in one of the larger helicopters to accommodate my tall (6'4") husband--note if someone in your party is tall or extra large in some way, you'll need to take a larger helicopter. There was some discussion of whether the fog would make us take a different tour (actually a better tour to a neighboring island) but the fog dissipated and we took the Hana / Haleakala Special tour as planned. Do not wear white as that reflects off the windows and shows in your photos. This tour is a great way to see the island at the beginning of your trip so you can plan where to go while in Maui. The pilot and all employees were very helpful and we had a great trip!

Thank DallasEGL
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