If you’ve spent a few minutes checking out our website, I’m sure you’ve seen our “Hana Sky-Trek” page. As our most popular tour, we host thousands of people every year on our exclusive Helicopter/Limo-Van combination. As you’d expect, we get a lot of questions about it too, so I’ve compiled a list of our most frequently asked queries about our famous Hana Sky-Trek.
What are the tour start-times? What’s the difference?
We offer check-in times at the Kahului Heliport at 7:00 AM and 11:15. The 7:00 AM tour starts with the drive to Hana, continues with a Pacific Rim Cuisine picnic lunch at a black-sand beach, and concludes with a 36-minute helicopter tour of both Hana and Haleakala. It returns to the Kahului Heliport by around 1:15 PM. If you choose the 11:15 tour, it’s the same deal, but just in the reverse order. Your tour begins with soaring over mountains, cliffs, and waterfalls during your 36-minute helicopter tour. You’ll touch down in Hana, and then meet your Tour Guide for your Pacific Rim Cuisine picnic lunch at a beautiful black-sand beach. After a tour of Hana Town, you’ll make the journey on the famous Road to Hana back into Kahului. The PM tour finishes back at the Kahului Heliport by around 5:15 PM.
What stops are included on the road portion of the tour?
While each small-group, luxury tour is different, each Hana Sky-Trek will include stops at Keana’e peninsula, Kaumahina State Park, Pua’a Ka’a State Park (where you’ll enjoy a swim under a fresh, natural waterfall), an exclusive tour of a Hana tropical flower farm, and Waianapanapa State Park. Enjoy other stops during your journey as well, for photo opportunities, those famous Hana banana bread stands, and just to stretch your legs and explore East Maui’s undisturbed beauty with your Hawaii Certified Tour Guide.
How many people are on each tour?
Each Hana Sky-Trek accommodates a maximum of six guests. When you travel with us, you’ll be spending your day with not only a licensed, experienced Tour Guide, but also with other like-minded, discerning travelers who are looking to get the most out of their Maui vacation—and settle for nothing but the very best.
How long is the drive from my hotel to the Kahului Heliport?
If you’re traveling from Lahaina, Ka’anapali, or Kapalua, allow about an hour to reach the heliport. If you’re staying in Kihei, Wailea, or Makena, allow about forty-five minutes. If you’re staying somewhere else, give us a call, and we’ll let you know the best way to get there.
What should I bring?
For your Hana Sky-Trek, wear comfortable clothing and shoes that are suitable for walking on natural terrain. You won’t be doing any real “hiking,” but sand, rocks, roots, and other features of a natural environment abound, so you’ll need something more than sandals or flip-flops. Tennis shoes or sneakers are perfect. If you want to take advantage of a swim stop, bring a swimsuit and towel—there are places to change along the way. You might want to bring a light jacket or sweater as well, just in case your tour passes through some cooler weather in the rain forest. Finally, if you’re prone to motion sickness, bring some ginger candy or another natural remedy that won’t make you drowsy. Our Tour Guides do their very best to minimize any discomfort, but with 617 hairpin turns along the road, it can be unavoidable for some folks. Other than that, we take care of the rest! Your tour guide will provide ice-cold bottled water and tropical fruit juices throughout the day, and we serve a delicious Pacific Rim Cuisine picnic lunch during your tour. If it rains (and, it is the rain forest), your Tour Guide will provide a premium umbrella so you won’t miss a moment!
Is there a weight limit on the helicopter?
Yep! For safety reasons, we ask you to provide your accurate body weight when booking your tour, so the helicopter company can plan the proper weight distribution for each flight. When you’re packing your carry-on bag (with your swimsuit, towel, and jacket), keep in mind that the helicopter company asks that you limit it to three pounds per person. Your camera is weighed with you, not your bag, so it’s not included in that three-pound guideline.
What if someone in my party has special dietary needs?
We can accommodate almost any dietary considerations, including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free. We work with an extremely professional caterer who can easily adjust your meal to suit your needs. We are unable to provide certified Kosher meals at this time, so let us know if you plan to bring your own Kosher meal.
Can we get a DVD of our helicopter tour?
If you return to the heliport while the helicopter company is still open, go ahead and purchase one right there. Otherwise, we can provide you their phone number to get in touch with them afterward. It’s a great way to remember one of the highlights of your time on Maui.
My family wants to do the Hana Sky-Trek, but I’m terrified of the helicopter! What should we do?
We partner with top-notch helicopter tour providers with excellent safety records. All of the helicopter pilots are also Hawaii-Certified Tour Guides, and are just as passionate about their work and the safety of their guests as our Guides are! So, rest assured, you’re in excellent hands. If you’re still wary, just remember: you’ll be too busy being awe-struck by towering waterfalls, huge cliffs, crashing surf, and the moon-like surfaces of Haleakala Crater to even remember to be nervous. It’s a smooth, safe ride that virtually all of our nervous guests have thoroughly enjoyed.
I loved every minute of my tour! Where can I write a review?
Awesome! If you want to share your experience with other travelers, please consider leaving us a review on Yelp, TripAdvisor, or our Facebook page. We love hearing from you, and will be sure to point out your review to your Tour Guide, who will be thrilled to read it as well!
These are just some of the most common questions we hear about our Hana Sky-Trek. Got something else to ask? Email us, call us at 1-800-817-1234, or drop us a line on Facebook. We’ll be in touch, and we can’t wait to share our most popular adventure in paradise with you and your friends and family!