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Best Maui Aerial Videos
Maui is known for having magnificent picturesque views and landscapes ideal for shooting stunning photographs and video. With the popularity of new camera equipment such as GoPro or camera-carrying drones, we wanted to share with you some epic footage of Maui from an aerial perspective.
See some of the best Maui aerial videos that take you through the island from a different perspective.
Humpback Whales in Maui from a Drone
This drone captured a mama whale swimming with her calf near the boat. To see the significant difference in size between the mother and the baby is quite amazing. The serenity of these giants swimming gracefully makes you feel very appreciative of the whale season we get to enjoy here in Maui. You can tell that it was a perfect sunny day with minimal waves and the pristine deep blue color of the sea.
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Things just got even more interesting here at the Mill House Restaurant, and dining for lunch, dinner andMaui Chef's Table will never be the same! Drone delivery of produce will begin once FAA approval is granted for the Maui Tropical Plantation. The dedicated and talented Chef Jeff Scheer and his team of workers already are dedicated to seasonal, local ingredients, but this takes things one step further (and faster!) Once implemented, Drone to Table will allow us to eliminate the need of an off-road gas guzzling vehicle to harvest large amounts of produce. The drone is more efficient and can deliver multiple small loads, cutting down on spoilage and offering even fresher produce from our property. Get a glimpse of the Maui Tropical Plantation from above, where Chef Jeff carefully chooses many of the fresh ingredients.
And hurry before they sell out of Maui Chef's Table Tickets.
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Maui Sailing and Snorkeling at Coral Gardens with Shadowfax
This group of friends enjoyed a lovely time sailing to the Coral Gardens in their private Shadowfax Sailing yacht to explore the southwest coast of Maui. There’s neat footage of what the sailboat’s interior looks like, as well as aerial shots of coastal Maui and the sailboat. Then you are taken through a “chasing of the fish” underwater and through the corals. A great combination of aerial and under the sea footage.
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Pride of Maui captured the best footage of Molokini Crater taking you on a adventurous snorkel trip and even underwater! Meet the spinner dolphins, humpback whales, green sea turtle, and the eel. A fun video with upbeat music that truly makes you appreciate Maui and its marine life.
Get your snorkel on with Pride of Maui!
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Exploring Maui in a Porsche Speedster
Want to cruise in Maui with style with a 1957 Porsche? Awesome aerial footage capturing the Porsche Speedsters coasting past the crystal clear waters in Wailea towards the rugged lava field. You can rent these fancy cars at Maui Roadsters.
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Maui Bottom Fishing with Maui Fun Charters
Come aboard The Marjorie Ann, a 36-foot Chesapeake Bay Deadrise-style fishing boat and watch a group of people enjoy a memorable fishing experience! Equipped with the latest fishing technology and equipment, the staff of Maui Fun Charters helps their clients catch different sizes and variety of fish from several inches to several feet!
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Travaasa Hana Resort, hidden in the remote side of the island in Hana offers a place to relax and take your mind off your busy life. A camera-toting drone captures the entire property from above and you can see that the property is right next to the ocean. The video also captures some horses in a green pasture and the rough coastal waters formed by the lava rocks.
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This video takes you through picture-perfect beaches of Hawaii. Flat, turquoise water and gentle rolling waves that can be enjoyed even by a toddler. At Black Rock, the blue water is shimmering and ideal for floaties and snorkeling. A daring diver jumps off a little cliff and the camera goes underwater, following the Hawaiian state fish, humuhumunukunukuapua'a.
Just be mindful that while Black Rock is known for its pristine snorkeling location, it does have a rip current. If a red flag is posted, do not go in the water. Understand how to get back to shore if caught in a rip current.
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EpiCapture Productions beautifully captured a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle ("honu") and starts to zoom out to the crystal clear waters that overlook the coral formations. Just when you thought it couldn't zoom out more, it keeps going and going until you see a view of the West Maui Mountains. The details and high-quality imagery in this video are so well-defined that you can make out the ripples of the ocean and pinpoint the people swimming and relaxing on the beach.
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Jesse Richman Kitesurfing Jaws
Maui is known for having one of the biggest surfable waves, called Jaws, also known as Pe'ahi. When Jaws goes off, many locals take time off work to watch this spectacular event, so don't miss it if you get a chance. But be sure to have someone guide you, as it is tricky to find and often requires a 4WD vehicle.
Justin Edwards, the videographer behind Drone Above, captured renowned kitesurfer Jesse Richman tackling Jaws on October 28, 2015, and said, "The effort paid off when Jesse Richman just went nuts kitesurfing. The other guys windsurfing and kiting were really good...but Jesse is just on another level. It is like watching a super hero. Here is the footage I got of him."
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Manawainui Gulch in Maui
Manawainui Gulch is known for being the driest part of Maui. You can see in this footage that this part of Maui is bone dry to the brim with beautiful crispy landscape and dry cliffs in tones of yellow, light and dark brown. Even though right next to the ocean, this part of land does not get much rain or humidity.
Historically, Manawainui Gulch was filled with flowing fresh water, giving life to the surrounding land areas with tall Koa and Sandalwood trees. Old Hawaiian population used to thrive in this back-end of Hana when water existed. Now without the water flow, but occasionally with rare flash floods, this video captures what beauty is left.
Well, we hope you enjoyed these handpicked videos of the Best Aerial Videos of Maui and have inspired you to get creative to take your next vacation video to the next level!
Let us know below in the comments, which video you liked best!
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All photography was either taken by Mill House staff, from owners that have given us written permission, and/or purchased for use. We have all the rights necessary to use these images on our website.