When it comes to destination weddings, the Hawaiian Islands are typically at the top of the list. Maybe it’s the dramatic landscapes, the surrounding ocean, the wafting smell of nature’s general wonderfulness, or all of the above, but Maui is no stranger to the wedding industry.
While there are several stylish ways to arrive at your tropical wedding locale on Maui (including via Porsche Speedster, limo, shuttle bus, boat, or even surfboard, if you so desire), one particularly unique form of wedding transportation is a helicopter with the pros at Blue Hawaiian.
Maui Wedding Locations by Helicopter
Located on the slopes of Haleakala Volcano in Upcountry Maui, Ulupalakua Ranch offers spectacular panoramic views of Maui as well as the neighbor islands of Lana’i, Molokai and Kaho’olawe. Thanks to its higher elevation, this is also one of the coolest places, temperature-wise, to say your ‘I Do’s’ on Maui. Blue Hawaiian offers custom helicopter wedding transportation to and from the Upcountry wedding site, where lucky couples are welcomed to a beautiful ceremony on the side of an actual volcano.
Molokini Crater, a volcanic atoll located approximately 2.5 miles off of Maui’s southern shore, is one of the most frequently visited tourist destinations in the Hawaiian Islands. While people aren’t allowed atop the crater itself, views from Molokini Lookout, located on the Wailea Golf Course, offers the perfect scenic alternative. Although this is a noise-sensitive area, Blue Hawaiian has been able to gain community backing for its use as a special wedding locale.
While no waterfalls on Maui are accessible by helicopter, Blue Hawaiian offers a quick flight to the Big Island for those who wish to get married by a waterfall. The gorgeous, secluded location is the perfect getaway for a Hawaiian wedding, and the views are unbeatable.
Helicopter Transportation Specifics
Although each wedding is customized to the needs and wants of the couple, Blue Hawaiian notes that the wedding officiant, photographer, planner, bride and groom typically ride in the helicopter to the landing site, where everyone except for the couple and pilot hop out to arrange the final details, allowing the bride and groom a short, scenic ride around the area before arriving back at the wedding location, ready to begin the ceremony.
Flower petals, for example, can be dropped from the helicopter for a romantic and unique touch, and a champagne toast can also be arranged.
The cost is $2,312.50 per hour for flight time, and ground time is offered at exactly half the rate, or $1,156.25 per hour. Typical flight time is one hour for all wedding sites.
For more information about Maui wedding transportation, please visit Blue Hawaiian Helicopters or call toll free at (800) 745-2583.