Oahu Doors-Off Helicopter Tour in Honolulu, HI

Makani Kai Helicopters130 Iolana PlaceHonolulu, HI 96819
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Overview

Offered by Makani Kai Helicopters, the Doors Off Tour is an exciting 50-minute flight that shows guests some of the most scenic places on Oahu. The tour takes place in a MD-500, an iconic helicopter used in the Magnum PI television series, and features picturesque views of Waikiki Beach, Hanauma Bay, Makapu’u Lighthouse, Mount Olomana, Arizona Memorial, and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Honolulu Travel Experts
  • Guests with long hair must tie it back before the tour.
  • Wear sturdy shoes and eye protection.
  • Must provide guest names and weight prior to tour.
  • Not ideal for those afraid of heights.

Description

from Doors Off Tour
Feel the wind in your face! Experience an incredible Doors Off adventure in our MD-500, the iconic helicopter from Magnum PI television series. This 50-minute tour will show you all the most scenic places on Oahu and you’ll have the advantage of being in the perfect platform for photography. Everyone has a superb view. Highly recommended.

Advisory:
Please be advised that the Doors Off adventure is not for everyone. This is a thrill ride combined with a scenic tour. Your hair will be in disarray, you may get wet from the rain, and it is very windy. Just as not everyone loves roller coasters, some people are uncomfortable without having a door between themselves and the wild blue yonder. If you are faint of heart, please choose another tour.

Other points:
- Wear shoes
- Wear eye protection
- Bring a sweater or windbreaker
- If you have long hair, bring a hair tie
- Cameras and phones must have a wrist strap
- GoPro sticks can be no longer than six inches

Tour duration: 50 minutes
Free Transportation to/from Waikiki

Requirements:
Please provide all names of passengers with their weight. Persons in excess of 250 pounds must pay an additional fee. Persons over 300 pounds are required to buy an extra seat. Children under 24 months fly free if seated on the lap of a parent.

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Jason B
"4yr old son"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 18, 2017 NEW
I took my 4yr old son in the jump seat (between pilot and myself). I think he was a little short, but since he is 4yrs old he doesn’t need much. The view and tour was spectacular and so was the service. We were pretty early but they were very accommodating since normally i look at bad reviews and decide, so i knew i shouldn’t be late. Everything was on point. I fly pretty regularly in a helicopter for work, but it was nice to get the perspective and orientation from the air 😁
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Richard A
"Ok. Pilot Jim rude in sexual overtones comments"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 14, 2017 NEW
Flight was ok. Could have been better if pilot JIM had refrained from sexual comments during tour. Offensive to women on board. Could choose a different company next time.
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Clark P
"Doors on Helicopter Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 08, 2017 NEW
Our pilot was Evan, and he was awesome!Great pilot to begin with, and an even better tour guide. He was very friendly, funny, and informative. He made sure he gave both sides of the helicopter the chance to take amazing pictures! Absolutely recommend!
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mmking35
Honolulu, Hawaii
"Great tour of the island!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 08, 2017 NEW
The Hidden O’ahu Tour from Makani Kai Helicopters was outstanding! Our Pilot and Guide, Evan, was wonderful! He was knowledgeable of the island and offered many additional tidbits you would not get from just reading a tour book; he was also pretty funny. Definitely a great experience I would do again!
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Mary R
"Hold On Tight! Breathtaking!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 07, 2017 NEW
First experience on a helicopter and my son (13yrs) and I chose the doors off adventure around Oahu. We were so scared--but determined to do this! Seated up front next to Pilot Jim, I knew within minutes we would be okay! Jim's command of the "chopper", knowledge of the island, incredibly calming demeanor, and sense of humor was excellent. The aerial views of this beautiful island were spectacular. Could not have asked for a better first ride! I say first ride, because my son and I looked at each other once back on the ground and said "let's do it again"! Definitely 50 minutes, definitely doors off, and definitely front row! Thank you Makani Kia Helicopters!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Doors Off Tour

Will I see the volcano?
The volcanoes that comprise the island of Oahu have not erupted in several hundred thousand years. Hawaii ’s active volcano, Kilauea, is located on the Big Island, which is about 250 miles from Oahu.


Will I see waterfalls?
If there has been an abundance of rainfall, you’ll see many waterfalls during your tour. Naturally, waterfalls tend to be scarce if there has been no rain.


Will I see Pearl Harbor?
Yes. Each of our tours includes a marvelous pass over Pearl Harbor, where you’ll see the Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri.


How many people can fit in the helicopter?
The A-Star carries six passengers plus the pilot. For the comfort of all passengers, Open Seating passengers weighing in excess of 250 pounds may be charged an additional fee equal to one-half the cost of one seat. Open Seating passengers weighing more than 300 pounds will be charged for an additional seat.  Any two Open Seating passengers from the same reservation whose combined weight exceeds 430 pounds may be required to purchase a comfort seat.  An individual First Class passenger’s weight must not exceed 180 pounds; the combined weight of two First Class passengers must not exceed 345 pounds.


Can I be guaranteed a front seat?
Practically everyone wants to sit up front where you will get arguably the best view.  The front seats are considered “First Class” and are available for a slight additional charge.  The combined weight for both parties seated up front cannot exceed 360 pounds.


Is there a discount for kids?
The FAA requires that every passenger over 24 months occupy his or her own seat. However, children younger than that can ride on their parents’ lap for free.


Can I take pictures?
Yes, we encourage you to take pictures and/or video. Bring extra film and you must have a strap for the doors off tour.


Do you provide a video?
Yes. The A-Star is equipped with a live camera DVD recording system that records each flight. The video also records your pilot’s narration, your own comments and questions and gentle Hawaiian music in the background. You may purchase a DVD of your actual flight following your tour.


What happens if it’s cloudy?
As a rule, we don’t fly if the weather is inclement. After all, we want you to enjoy your tour. We encourage you to book your tour early in your stay so that you have the flexibility to fly another day if the weather is poor.


Am I going to get sick?
The A-Star is an extremely stable aircraft and is used worldwide for air tours. Your tour will be a comfortable experience as we follow the Tour Operator’s Program of Safety flight guidelines which call for limited pitch and bank angles.


Is it safe to fly in a helicopter?
Absolutely. Makani Kai Helicopters enjoys a spotless safety record. We use modern equipment, employ the finest and most experienced pilots, have a highly dedicated and trained support staff and are proud members of T.O.P.S., the Tour Operator’s Program of Safety.