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.
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
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.
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... >
Molokai has such a rugged coastline that
there is almost no habitable land along its coast.
Flying along the steep cliffs. Very exciting!
The reason for the huge cliffs? The volcano here had a catastrophic
Molokai has the highest sea cliffs in the
With all the steep cliffs, there are lots of
waterfalls. These were the prettiest, and even had a rainbow show up for
It would be a brutal hike to get here on foot, but imagine swimming
in that pool!
There are also some very high waterfalls.
Papalaua Falls drops 1,250 feet, the height of the Empire State
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!