Oahu Doors-Off Helicopter Tour in Honolulu, HI

Makani Kai Helicopters130 Iolana PlaceHonolulu, HI 96819
View on Map


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.


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.

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

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.

Reserve Hawaii Customer Reviews

Have you been to Doors Off Tour? Share your knowledge and be the first to review this.
TripAdvisor Reviews
TripAdvisor user image
Winnipeg, Canada
"Terrific Company!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2018 NEW
My friend booked the open door helicopter ride for my birthday not realizing I had a paralyzing fear of heights. Makani Kai has a stellar safety rating so I thought I'd suck it up and go. Well, I was terrified the entire time but Evan our pilot was fantastic. He made sure he told me whenever the copter would turn, if there were air bumps ahead, and kept us engaged with details about the areas we were flying over. When we landed I broke down crying due to an outpouring of fear and emotion and the fellow who was unharnessing me was so sensitive and calming. A staff member met me on the tarmac after I had disembarked with a glass of water and some comforting. How nice is that? I was unable to take any photos while in the air and so the staff gave me one of their books with photos and descriptions of the trip we had just taken. Fantastic customer service! ps. My friend found the trip thrilling :)
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Randy S
"Highly recommended tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 29, 2018 NEW
I took the first flight of the day on our second day in Oahu, and it was fantastic. Our pilot did an excellent job of making sure everyone got a chance to see and photograph everything, stopping and rotating around for everyone to get a good camera shot or view. Later in the week when we were visiting the USS Arizona memorial and the USS Missouri, I watched the other helicopter companies and not a one of them offered the views like our pilot did. I took the one hour trip and it was great for getting an excellent overview of the island. It helped me to have an idea of where my wife and I should drive and visit the rest of our stay on the island. I am a big Hawaii Five-0 fan, so to fly in the chopper from their show was an added bonus.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
"Fantastic Views"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 20, 2018
My husband, daughter, son-in-law and I recently had the Magnum PI open door ride with Pilot Jim at Makani Kai Helicopters on Oahu. Pilot Jim did a fantastic job of overcoming some fears about the open door and showing us the island. One of the best things we did on our trip! Thanks Makani Kai and Pilot Jim!!
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
London, United Kingdom
"Doors Off - don’t even give it second thought!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 19, 2018
There have been enough reviews of the doors off service, so read through them. But I just wanted to say EVERYTHING YOU READ IS TRUE! I am a nervous flyer, claustrophobia and scared of heights.... but from the moment I arrived I felt, safe, secure and very excited. Pilot Jim, as everyone has said was professional, funny and fascinating. The views were spectacular and the sensation of floating over the cliffs, mountains and sea was something I will never forget.... until next time!
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Ronnie L
Tulsa, Oklahoma
"Great Trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 31, 2017
Great views and friendly service. Request Pilot Jim, he was great. He found a 360 degree rainbow for us. He provided great stories of our views (celebrity houses, beaches, dolphins, Pearl Harbor...). He also has a great sense of humor. He will keep you laughing and informed. If we return we'll do the longer flight. Great Trip!!!
Read More

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.