5 star rating: Highly Recommended 59 Reviews

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  • Location:Waikiki, Oahu
  • Duration:45 minutes (approx.)

Open-Door Helicopter Tour over Oahu

Enjoy a thrilling flight by open-door helicopter to see the very best of Oahu! With nothing to obstruct your view, you’ll soar over Oahu on a spectacular 45-minute narrated helicopter tour for an adventure of a lifetime. Feel the wind in your hair as you admire unbeatable aerial views of must-see Oahu sights including Honolulu Harbor, Hanauma Bay, the Halona Blowhole, Sandy Beach, Dole Plantation, Pearl Harbor and the USS 'Arizona' Memorial.


  • 45-minute open-door helicopter tour over Oahu
  • Enjoy unobstructed views on an exhilarating doors-off helicopter flight
  • Soar over Waikiki Beach, beautiful Hanauma Bay, Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona Memorial and more
  • Capture amazing photos of Oahu's lush valleys, mountains and waterfalls
  • Learn about the sights you see from your expert pilot
  • Pickup and drop-off from Waikiki hotels included

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What You Can Expect

Open-Door Helicopter Tour over Oahu

Fly over the Oahu without doors!

You’ll be picked up from your Waikiki hotel at your selected departure time for your exciting 45-minute Oahu helicopter tour. Board a safe, state-of-the-art helicopter – without doors or Plexiglas windows to obstruct your vision – and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime as you take you to the skies. You'll ride in the same type of helicopter used in the Magnum PI TV series!

With the wind in your hair and your adrenaline pumping through your veins, have your camera ready as you soar over Honolulu attractions including Keehi Lagoon, historic Honolulu Harbor, Aloha Tower, Ala Moana Beach Park and Magic Island. Then, it's time to take in the beauty of Oahu's lush valleys, mountains and waterfalls.

On the east end of the island lies Hanauma Bay, the remnants of a volcano crater that's now a marine sanctuary and popular snorkel location. See the Halona Blowhole, Sandy Beach, Makapuu Point and its lighthouse, followed by Sea Life Park.

The white sands of Waimanalo Beach provide a lovely backdrop as you continue to the beautiful coral formations of Kaeohe Bay. See the Chinaman's Hat before heading to Ka'a'awa Valley, where a dozen major motion pictures have been filmed including Jurassic Park.

The island's central plain reveals the world's largest agricultural maze, housed at the Dole Plantation. The highlight of your tour is sure to be Sacred Falls, a sheer waterfall with a 1,000-foot (300-meter) drop. Finish your 45-minute Oahu helicopter tour with a panoramic view of Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial.

Your pilot has extensive knowledge of the island of Oahu, and will provide informative commentary about the sights you see throughout your flight. You’ll get unbelievable aerial views no matter what seat you’re in; choose standard open seating or opt for First Class seating for a more intimate experience with you and one other person. When you land, you’ll be taken back to your hotel in Waikiki. You'll be delighted by how sharp your photos turn out, revealing the true beauty of this amazing island!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The flight was a big highlight of our trip Excellent !!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Absolutely fantastic. The pilot Jim was brilliant and pointed out all the relevant sites. The experience was amazing and we would highly recommend this trip to anyone. Best way of seeing the island.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The open-door flight was excellent. We were a party of 4 so just us on this flight. We were picked up and transported to airport in comfort by minibus with information on flight and safety briefing given by combination of driver and video en-route. After a short wait in the departure building we were led to the aircraft and were airborne within a few minutes. Our pilot was friendly, funny and informative. He exuded confidence at the controls always giving advance warning of flight maneuvers / turbulence to put us at ease. Views from the air were spectacular - highlights for me were flying past our hotel on Waikiki Beach and circling The Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. Photo and video opportunities were excellent my tip would be not to lean out too far to take video as air speed causes too much camera-shake. After landing we had time to browse the souvenirs and clothing, all unique to Makani Kai Helicopters and at very reasonable prices.
We were given a complementary pre-recorded DVD of the route we flew which I will look forward to watching when I've found out how to get around the fact that it is made for the US market and I can't play it on my DVD in the UK. I feel that we definitely got value for our money on this activity. If you are looking for a vacation memory that lasts after the others start to fade - definitely do this flight!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great service from start to finish. They picked me up and dropped me off at my hotel. The ride itself was exhilarating and delivered more than expected. The helicopter was agile and the pilot made some stunty but safe maneuvers. The views were amazing and the pilot was well versed in the landscape of the island. I would totally recommend this tour for folks who like flying, like a thrill and don't mind feeling like you could fall out. :

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Absolutely awesome! It was the highlight of our trip! Pilot spotted two hammerhead sharks and circled overhead for great pics, and the flight over Pearl Harbor was amazing! Completely satisfied! Would highly recommend the open-door tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The best way to see the island of Oahu! Our pilot Jim was a great guide with a lot of knowledge and humour which made the whole experience even better. Definitely worth doing for the amazing views and photo opportunities!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Amazing. Beautiful views of Oahu. Great pilot. Would do it again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The absolute highlight of our trip to Hawaii. We had fantastic views and great information from our pilot. We mixed up our booking but for a small fee were able to change our booking. We were extremely greatful for your generosity. This tour was all that it promised and more. Doors off? A must for unobstructed views of a beautiful island. We felt safe at all times and the staff went out of our way to help including making sure we got a great photo in front of the helicopter at the end of the flight. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who goes to Hawaii.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

The tour was great! There was no use of a backpack or walking stick like it said in the description (which was fine) and our group was actually 23 people instead of 14, but we had a great time and our guide David was awesome. Super informative and fun!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Booking was so easy on line and confirmation was issued with all the details we needed including convenient pickup point to take us to the airfield. We were picked up promptly and on the way to the airfield in a minibus a safety video was shown and then we were given a safety briefing when we arrived. The flight itself was fantastic and our Pilot Jim gave great commentary all the time. The views were fantastic and Jim pointed out exactly where places of interest were. It was exhilarating and we were able to take photos easily in the open door helicopter so no window frames in the way. Do it....but even if it is over 30 degrees on land which it was when we were there, take a jacket or sweater because it is cold up in the air! Well recommended! When we landed we were given a klovely brochure with pictures of the island of Oahu from the air. Loved It!

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