Maverick Helicopters has launched a new tour product over Maui that enables visitors to explore several acres of remote rain forest near Hana on foot.
The new 75-minute product features time over Maui's north coast, including views of Haleakala, a 9,000-foot dormant volcano, some of the island's stunning sea cliffs, and even a peek at Peahi, or Jaws, a legendary surf break near Haiku.
Later, folks will have about 30 minutes to explore Maverick's exclusive rainforest landing zone, which is near the small east Maui community of Hana, at a location surrounded by "towering waterfalls, natural-growing vegetation like bananas, coconuts, lemons, ginger plants and lilikoi trees; sweeping streams; [and] a revitalized taro plantation," according to a Maverick statement.
"The true magic of this new excursion is experiencing the authentic Hawaiian landscape in addition to the gorgeous views on the way there and back," Greg Rochna, the founder and owner of Maverick Helicopters, said in a statement. "We wanted to leave the area as natural as possible, so guests can get up-close-and-personal with the Hawaiian rain forest."
Maverick operates its new Hana Rainforest experience, which runs $299 a person, in its seven-passenger Airbus EC130 ECO-Star aircraft, featuring voice-activated headsets, theater-style leather seating and wraparound windows.