Things to Do by Air

Why find things to do by air?

I believe that no trip to the island is truly complete without finding a way to do at least one of the things to do by air that allows you to see the grand and majestic beauty of the the paradise known as the "Valley Isle" in large scale.

Whether you are parasailing, flying down a zipline, or taking a tour in a Helicopter...You will discover something you cannot by either land or sea.

This is the complex nature of Maui. On the one hand, I firmly believe that it MUST be experience up close and personal.

However, I also think that Maui has undeniable beauty on a grand scale. I find things to do by air to gain the necessary perspective to appreciate that beauty!

Maui Parasailing

Have you ever wanted to fly?

Have you ever wanted to sky dive?

What if you could lift off like a kite?

You can experience all of that and so much more when you give parasailing a try.

When Monica tried it, she was worried about things to do in Maui that would be like roller coasters. Yet, afterwards, she has gained a profound appreciation for the sense of freedom it provides (she still doesn't like roller coasters, though)

Not only did she have the chance to try something new, but she got to experience Maui in a very unique way.....from ABOVE!

First, there is the lift off. Then there is the gradual climb to altitude. Once you're up there, it's an absolute buffet for the senses. These kinds of things to do tend to change the way you see things!

Of the view she said, “On the one hand, everything began to pull away and shrink, but at the same time, by climbing above it all, I got the most wonderful view of the islands. It felt like I could see forever!”

Kim and I have not had the pleasure to try parasailing because of the season we have chosen to travel. Certain activities are strictly seasonal. This is one of those activities.....and it's seasonal for a VERY good reason!

One of the things to do that replaces parasailing for 6 months out of the year has been so special to us, we haven't been able to bring ourselves to travel to Maui in any other season!

Click here if you'd like to read about our favorite seasonal activity!

Want to know who we recommend for any parasailing activities? click here.

To read about Maui Parasailing in greater detail, click here!

Maui Ziplines

Is exploring Maui by zipline one of those things to do by air OR by land? I'd like to think that it's the perfect marriage of both.

First, you have to get there. And that comes down to one thing: Hike. And if that's not a thing to do on land, I don't know what is!

By the way, don't take the hike for granted. I've seen more beauty just by having a stroll in the wilderness of Maui than I've seen just about anywhere else on the planet. And that's not just talk.

A zipline experience is all about the senses. The wind, the speed, the height, the view...they all come together in a way that makes it the one of the most unique and enjoyable ways site see. Just don't close your eyes or you'll miss so much.

I strongly recommend the experience and will be doing it again on my next trip to Maui.

To read about Maui Ziplines in greater detail, click here!

Maui Helicopter Tours

It may sound strange, but I think that one of the first things you should do when you get to Maui is to take a helicopter tour. But you've gotta take a good map with you!!


Well, between the tour and the use of the map, you gain perspective on where many of the things you will want to experience are! You literally get the lay of the land. And, let's face it...taking a helicopter tour isn't an everyday event. What a great way to start off your vacation!

You'd be surprised how seeing things in context make it a lot harder to get lost.

Another benefit of the helicopter tour is that you will likely discover things you haven't given any thought to but then decide that they are a "MUST SEE/DO" after seeing them during your flight.

It might not be the first thing you think of when you are deciding what you want to do on your trip, but I recommend it wholeheartedly!

It can set the tone for your entire vacation!

To learn more about Maui Helicopter Tours, click here!

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