The open door trip is the only way to go. you can see everything so clearly, and views of the island you could never see from land. We got some slsom shots of Pearl Harbor and the Arizona that you could never get from a land based tour! The pilot was informative and skilled at his job! This is not a waste of money.
The most awesome tour of the island you can get! You and #39;ll be well taken care of from the moment Pete picks you up! Margot, our pilot REALLY did an excellent work of narrating our guided tour though everything from dino-land to the militarybases! And dont miss out on her tips
Cant recommend it ENOUGH!!
This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for us! We are so glad we decided to invest in this helicopter tour. It was so fun, beautiful, and exciting! One piece of advice that I wish I had been given beforehand... if you're planning on taking photos and/or videos with your cell phone... make sure you bring a phone case that has a STRONG hold with a wrist or lanyard strap. I purchased a case especially for this purpose, but was denied from using it because the case's corner would come off of the phone when tugged on. In reality, it would have been FINE, but because safety is one of their top priorities, I wasn't allowed to use it. Big bummerit was a waste of money. They do have cases available to purchase for 5, but it's more like a plastic bag where you can only take photos from one side...AKA no selfies unless you're taking them blindly from the backside of your phone. Overall, it was a great experience a little nauseating, at the same time haha, but we would definitely recommend it if you're on the fence.
I gave the doors off helicopter tour for my boyfriend for his birthday and am so glad I did. We got picked up in Waikiki promptly when they said they would be there, during the short ride there we watched the safety video. We decided to do the early tour since it get so bright out we figured it would be easier to see everything early on. We also sprung for the front two seats, which I am so happy we did!
We had Pilot Jim and he was wonderful and very funny too, he made everyone very comfortable with the flight and was very knowledgeable! He showed us this really cool circle rainbow and we got to fly though it. We also saw so sacred falls which was great since you can't get there by foot legally there anymore. It was breathtaking!
I was surprised how smooth the flight was, it wasn't even that windy up there, or scary, having the doors off was amazing, we really got to see EVERYTHING. I also liked how he pointed out some of the celebrities mansions as we were flying. I had asked if we were going to see the Crouching Lion and he made sure to show me where that was. I was excited to see it in the air since we had climbed it two days before. We also saw sea turtles swimming which I thought was pretty cool!
I think the price was fair for what we got, and I would certainly do it again. It was truly a highlight of our trip!
Great tour and massive adrenalin rush! Nathan our pilot was awesome. Highly recommend for the adrenalin junkies. Great views
Every thing Washington OK, also the shuttle was on time
Open door helicopter rides are the only way to tour the island. Great Pilot with all of the information we could ask for. Friendly, courteous and very down to earth though-out the whole experience. From the very time that we were picked up at our hotel to the return trip after the flight was terrific. I recommend this experience to all that visit the island as a must. This was are second open door experience and it was just as great the second as it was the first. Thanks.
One of the highlights of our honeymoon. The whole experience was excellent, the pilot brilliant and the feeling of being open that high up exhilarating. One tip - if you have long hair tie it up tight my wife's was whipping me in the face throughout :o
The flight was a big highlight of our trip Excellent !!!!
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.
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!!
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. :
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
Because there were no doors photos came out amazing! I would definitely recommend it.
a really great experience with the doors off, can be a little scary when the pilot leans the helicopter over so you can get a better look at something, but you don't fall out
Oustanding, an exhilirating ride covering so many beautiful and historic Hawaiian sites. A definite must!