Wow, my husband and I are in our mid sixties and have never been on a helicopter. I had seat next to our very experienced pilot and my husband by the door in the front seat. He loves to take photos and got some amazing shots as we soared over all major points on the Island. Every one was super nice and we definitely think this was one of the highlights of our Oahu visit. Again, I give it five stars and would say it is well worth the money. Thank you. Marsha Mann
This was not our first experience on a helicopter ride we have previously been on a tour in Las Vegas. I can tell you this was the best ride we have experience so far! OPEN DOORS FRONT SEAT BEAUTIFUL SIGHT GREAT PILOT EPIC EXPERIENCE! I should have remembered the name of the pilot, but she did say as a joke If you liked me, my name is if you dont then my name is . We all had a good laugh about that.
As a pilot she was very skilled, the ride was smooth and we had no issues with takeoff or landing. She was full of humor throughout the tour and let us know if interesting places we could visit. I almost felt as though we were in a commercial! She was also kind enough to ensure I got a chance to record from my side of things. She turned the helicopter around a few times so that I could get a better view for our recording. The best part? We didnt even have to ask her to do this. I am not sure if this is part of the training she gets, but if not great job either way!
Normally I am too lazy to write a review, but this place was just too good for me not to. I wanted to make sure the pilot and the company knew how much fun we had that day. Now that I think of it, she said If you dont like me, my name is Nichole, I cant remember the name of the good pilot but she was defiantly not Nichole that day! All in all we had a great time and would recommend anybody to this venue.
OMG you have to do this, its the only way to fly DOORS OFF, you feel everything
our Pilot JIM was the best he knowledge of the Honolulu is amazing and he took us to amazing places on our tour, and we were so close to waterfalls and mountains. Jim's flying skills are amazing... The whole experience is absolutely fabulous. Jim also showed us a circle rainbow they do exist!!! you have to do this you won't be disappointed, The staff are are really amazing from when you first get in the bus to boarding the helicopter to your return back at your hotel.... Thank you to Magnum Helicopters and Pilot JIM!!! I can't wait to do it again well worth the money.
This was a thrilling adventure and absolutely worth doing. The pilot was very informative and kept us all entertained and safe.
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This had to be the first and most awesome thing you can do in Hawaii. Our pilot Jim is the best and most informed person I could have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He has the ability to help a girl, who is scared to death of heights, go on a no doors helicoptor and enjoy the hell out of it. This made mine and my husbands 25th anniversary the best it could have ever been. Our flight covered the island in the best, and in my opinion, the only way to see it. Thank you Jim for making our vacation the BEST EVER. You are the man sir.
Eric was a great pilot, I highly recommend upgrading to the from seats the view is spectacular and you practically sit on the pilots lap. We got an hour flight time and loved every moment of it. Seeing pearl harbor from the air was amazing!!
This doors off helicopter tour was absolutely amazing it was spectacular. The organisation of the whole trip was superb and the pilot was awesome. Would highly recommend this tour
Excellent experience from the time they picked us up to the time they dropped us back at the hotel. Doors off is the only way to do it.
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!
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