Words by Dalene Heck / Photography by Pete Heck
Less than two hours after landing at the Maui airport, we took off again.
Could there be any more of a stunning introduction to a new destination than to survey it intimately from the air? We were set to fly to the interior and see the famed Haleakala crater, but weather closed in and left no visibility, so instead we were taken up to east coast and over to the nearby island of Molokai. We glided up the coast of Maui, crossed the Pailolo channel, skirted the highest sea cliffs in the world on the north side of Molokai, and swooped in for closer view of giant mantas in the longest coral reef in Hawaii.
<sarcasm> I suppose it would do. </sarcasm>
This excursion may have single-handedly ruined all other destinations for us (at least on the introduction to a place).
Our standards are now WAY high.
Some of these places are entirely not accessible and only able to be seen by the air. I needed a reminder on where the show Lost was filmed (it was on nearby Kauia, not Maui or Molokai), because some sights were so reminiscent of that colossal wilderness.
<more sarcasm> Our future destinations thank you, Maui, for raising the standards so impossibly high. </more sarcasm>
how to do it
We were well taken care of by the friendly and accommodating staff of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, and were thrilled at the stellar alternative tour offered to the original one (which our pilot even admitted to being his favourite). They even cued up the song Blue Hawaii by Elvis as we took off. How perfect is that?
where we stayed
From one spectacular introduction to the next, we headed off to the Grand Wailea for the first portion of our stay on Maui. Spoiled, again. It is Hawaii’s premiere resort, for a very good reason. For a review of our stay, please click here.
Many thanks to the Maui Visitors Bureau for having us. As always, all opinions are our own.