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Helicopter to Molokai


Selfie of Grant and Bill on board helicopter

We would have loved to have taken a "doors off" helicopter tour like the ones we took on the Big Island and Kauai, but there were no heli companies on Maui that did "doors off" tours. So in some photos you might notice things like black bars or cut-off edges.


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Heading out from the airport still over Maui we caught this view of the northern coast during a rain shower. There is only one road through this rugged area and it's only one lane.

northwest Maui
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The channel between Maui and Molokai is quite narrow, only about 8 miles. Along the way and almost to Molokai, we flew over these small rocky islands. Our pilot said this is a major breeding area for hammerhead sharks. But we were too high to see individual sharks.
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Hammerhead shark islands
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Our first view of Molokai. Molokai has only 8,000 people living there and this photo gives you a good idea why so few. The island has very few flat areas suitable for habitation or farming. And the photo to the right shows another reason... >
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Molokai Cliffs 3
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Molokai has such a rugged coastline that there is almost no habitable land along its coast.



Molokai cliffs 2
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Flying along the steep cliffs. Very exciting! The reason for the huge cliffs? The volcano here had a catastrophic collapse.
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Molokai Cliffs 1
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Molokai has the highest sea cliffs in the world!



Molokai Waterfalls with rainbow

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With all the steep cliffs, there are lots of waterfalls. These were the prettiest, and even had a rainbow show up for us.

It would be a brutal hike to get here on foot, but imagine swimming in that pool!
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Molokai highest waterfall v
There are also some very high waterfalls. Papalaua Falls drops 1,250 feet, the height of the Empire State Building.



Heli - west Maui beaches

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Coming back over Maui. This is what the rugged west Maui coastline looks like.

We love helicopter rides! Can't wait to do another one!
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