Industry-leader Blue Hawaiian flies the hi-tech Eco-Star, which has an enclosed tail rotor. Excellent visibility means you see everything, noise-cancelling headsets let you hear everything, and digital in-flight video brings the entire experience home. Tour prices depend on the itinerary and chopper; it also flies A-Stars, the industry workhorse. Professional staff operate like clockwork.

The signature West Maui Mountains tour by Eco-Star starts from $185 if booked online.