Maui Drones

Peʻahi Shows Her Teeth!

Clean waves, big swell, talented/experienced surfers. Can you ask for more? Just 15 minutes away from our restaurant, the north shore was thumping all day long and isn't showing signs of stopping. It's a funny thing. When you live on Maui, you can feel a change in the air when there's big swell. It's not just the salty mist in the air or the sound of thundering waves slamming the reefs.

Best Maui Aerial Photos

Best Maui Aerial Photos

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best maui aerial photos infographic

With the technology of drones, many people are able to capture their vacation from a high bird's eye perspective without having to spend money on helicopter rides.

You may have seen these drones buzzing around, but have you seen the result of the captured aerial photography of these machines? Some of these images captured of Maui are absolutely breathtaking. We have handpicked 26 beautiful photographs contributed by local drone photographers around Maui.

randy jay braun maui drone 2
randy jay braun maui drone 2

Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe

The canoe crew of the Beach Club at Andaz Maui Wailea Resort practicing in the morning. The crystal clear waters show the different shades of blue coral at Ulua Beach in Wailea.

hawaiian canoe maui
hawaiian canoe maui
Photo by Randy Jay Braun Photography.

Olowalu

Olowalu, also known as Turtle Reef, is home to one of the most magnificent coral reef systems in Maui. Located just 4 miles south of Lahaina, the strip of beach is small, but one of the best snorkeling spots in Maui. You can swim past walls and walls of endless coral reefs to view various tropical marine creatures thriving in this coral.

olowalu maui
olowalu maui
Photo by Russell Hanson of EpiCapture Productions.
olowalu maui multicopter
olowalu maui multicopter
olowalu Maui Russell Hanson
olowalu Maui Russell Hanson
Photo by Russell Hanson of EpiCapture Productions.

Maui Tropical Plantation

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maui-tropical-plantation

Maui Tropical Plantation is about to launch a project that will blow your mind! The first "Drone to Table" of Maui will provide freshly picked organic vegetables via drone directly to restaurants. A part of Maui Tropical Plantation's property is operated by Kumu Farms, which grows and produces organic seasonal fruits and vegetables. 

drone to table maui
drone to table maui

La Perouse

La Perouse is known for its great snorkeling and its rocky lava landscape. The lava rocks feature numerous small coves that offer good visibility for snorkeling. The bay itself is does not have the best visibility.

la perouse maui
la perouse maui
Photo by Russell Hanson of EpiCapture Productions.

Sugar Cane

When we think of Hawaii's landscape, we think of relaxing beaches, luscious greenery, and the crater or volcano that make up the island. But did you know that most of Maui's land is covered in sugar cane that produce raw and specialty sugar?

Photographer Randy Jay Braun captured a beautiful sunset overlooking the sugarcane field, with no structure in sight, which is representative of Maui’s natural beauty.

randy sugar cane
randy sugar cane
Photo by Randy Jay Braun Photography.

Kumu Farms

Kumu Farms grows organic vegetables on the property of Maui Tropical Plantation. The variety of  produce is sold at their Farmer's Market, open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.

The newest project that Kumu Farms will be starting is the "drone to table" delivery service. The freshly picked produce will be delivered from farm to table by a drone, ensuring your delicious lunch and dinner served with fresh vegetables picked 20 minutes prior.

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kumu farms
mill house maui
mill house maui

Baldwin Beach in Paia

With a long stretch of sandy white beach, this is a perfect spot to bring your family, and even your dog. A scenic path through a forest follows the shoreline. The best time to visit is in early mornings, before the wind picks up in the afternoon. During the winter, the water is rough, often with big waves, but you will still see local kids used to the conditions enjoying body boarding and boogie boarding. Baldwin Beach is just a 2-minute drive or 10-minute walk from the town of Paia. Ample parking and bathroom facilities.

blue hawaiian baldwin beach maui
blue hawaiian baldwin beach maui
Photo by Blue Hawaiian Helicopters.

Manawainui Gulch

Manawainui Gulch is one of the driest parts of Maui, with “crispy” landscape tones of yellow and light and dark brown. Even though it is located right next to the ocean, this part of the land does not get much rain or humidity.

Historially, Manawainui Gulch was filled with flowing fresh water, giving life to the surrounding land areas with its tall koa and sandalwood trees. Old Hawaiian families used to thrive in this back-end of Hana when water flowed freely. Even without the water flow (and only the rare flash flood), the gulch still has its charm, expertly captured in this photograph.

Manawainui Gulch maui randy j braun
Manawainui Gulch maui randy j braun
The photograph was captured by Randy Jay Braun Photography.

Old Maui High

Old Maui High was the island’s first co-educational school. It opened in 1913. By 1939, the number of students had reached over 1000, and school life was thriving with student clubs, activities, and athletic groups. After Baldwin High School and Maui High School opened, the number of students declined and Old Maui High closed its doors in 1972.

Today, a group of alumni and construction specialists all volunteer their time to preserve Old Maui High. It still stands strong, symbolizing a community's values, aspiring students' dreams from hard-working families of nearby sugarcane fields, and the many accomplishments achieved from its thousands of alumni.

old maui high
old maui high
Photo by Justin Edwards of DroneAbove.com.

Shadowfax Sailing

Captain Mike sails Shadowfax Yacht for private snorkeling or whale watching excursions. This 44-foot-long yacht has all the cozy amenities inside the cabin.

The Shadowfax floats gently on the turquoise water of Maui while people enjoy snorkeling nearby.

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shadowfax-west-maui

Windsurfer at Ho'okipa

Located on the North Shore of Maui, Ho'okipa is a world-renowned windsurfing spot. During the winter when the waves are big, you are likely to see many windsurfers and if you're lucky you may run across a windsurfing competition. On many summer days when the water is calm, you can enjoy the sea turtles that nestle up on the shore, have a BBQ on the beach, or watch young surfers enjoy their time in the water.

hookipa maui drone above
hookipa maui drone above
Photo by Justin Edwards of DroneAbove.com.

Cow Bunker, Hookipa

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cow bunker hookipa above drone maui
Photo by Justin Edwards of DroneAbove.com.

Maui Fun Charters

Looks like Maui Fun Charters had a non-windy day aboard The Majorie Ann, a 36-foot-long fishing boat that offers Bottom Fishing Tours. Not a single ripple can be seen in the calm ocean, with a picturesque landscape of West Maui Mountains.

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maui-fun-charters
Photo by Hawaii Web Group.

Travaasa Hana

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travaasa-hana

You can see that Hana is truly remote from the rest of Maui—truly a quiet and secluded place. The photo captured Travaasa Hana, a tropical resort sanctuary that offers many activities such as spa & wellness treatments, plus adventure, fitness, cultural, and culinary experience.

Photo by Hawaii Web Group.

Honomanu Bay

Honomanu Bay is one of the beaches located on “The Road to Hana.” Right past mile marker 14, there is a sharp turn that goes on for half a mile and will take you to this beautiful bay surrounded by tropical valleys on both sides.

Honomanu Bay Maui Epicapture productions
Honomanu Bay Maui Epicapture productions
Photo by Russell Hanson of EpiCapture Productions.

Waihee Ridge Trail

The Waihee Ridge Trail's 4.5-mile round-trip hike takes you through the West Maui Forest Reserve to the magnificent view of the valley and of course the fun ridge-line hiking. This hike is often a “wet” hike, so be prepared to get a little wet and muddy. The waterfalls have plenty of water and the surrounding area are luscious, as you can see in the photo below.

waihee ridge trail - randy jay braun
waihee ridge trail - randy jay braun
Photo by Randy Jay Braun Photography.

Waihee Valley

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waihee valley maui byron yap
Photo by Byron Yap.

Molokini Crater

When you're in Maui, you have to take a boat ride! You can easily access Molokini Crater from a boat right off Maalaea Harbor. The most common excursions offer snorkeling at the crater. The clarity of the water is usually very clear, unless stormy weather is about. A great snorkeling destination to enjoy various tropical marine creatures.

molokini maui epicapture
molokini maui epicapture
Photo by Russell Hanson of EpiCapture Productions.

Honolua Bay

This drone captured the most northern tip of Maui, the rough cliffs of Honolua Bay, and the Kapalua Golf Course. In the distance, you can make out Molokai, a remote 38-mile-long island.

Honolua bay MulticopterMaui
Honolua bay MulticopterMaui
Photo by Dino Tassara of MulticopterMaui.com

Molokai Maui

If you don't like big cities and traffic, and really want to experience how local Hawaiians live, Molokai is a perfect place for you. This 38-mile-long island has no traffic lights and is known to have the highest sea cliffs in the world. Molokai can be enjoyed in many ways, including such outdoor adventures as snorkeling, drives into the rough with 4-wheel-drive vehicles, hiking, and relaxing on white sandy beaches.

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molokai-maui

Ukumehame Beach Park

Ukumehame Beach Park is located right between Maalaea Harbor and Lahaina. Ukumehame is known as a beginner's surf spot with gentle waves. The two girls enjoy a sunny day on their longboards, and you can see the coral beneath them. Watch out for low tide and shallow waters as you don't want to touch the coral. Learn to fall flat on the water, instead of falling feet-first.

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ukumehame beach park maui
Photo by Justin Edwards of DroneAbove.com.

Lahaina Harbor

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lahaina-town

Lahaina is one of the most bustling cities of Maui. In the 19th century, Lahaina Harbor was the center of the whaling industry. Front Street is lined with touristic shops where you can buy Hawaiian souvenirs, grab a meal, and occasionally attend outdoor concerts or shop in markets at the Banyan Tree Park.

Now that we've shared our top aerial photographs of Maui, it's time for you to try your hand at the unique photo opportunities Maui offers.

what are your favorite maui aerial photos? comment below!
what are your favorite maui aerial photos? comment below!

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.

Best Maui Aerial Videos

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.

best maui aerial videos
best maui aerial videos

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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Farm to Table Dining via Drone

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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Molokini Crater

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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Hana

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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Ka'anapali Beach

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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Palauea Beach

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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do you have any favorite aerial videos? comment below!
do you have any favorite aerial videos? comment below!

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.