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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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JoleneBowyer A
"WOW what an experience!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2017 NEW
We have been in many choppers in our lives but Jim took it to a whole new level!!! he was very knowledgeable and loads of fun! he topped off our holiday in Hawaii and was by far the best birthday present ever!!! Thanks so much Jim you are a bloody legend!!! thanks so much from your Aussie tourist :)
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Belinda S
Jakarta, Indonesia
"Best experience ever!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2017 NEW
We did the 45 min doors off rock n roll ride, and it was the absolute highlight of our holiday!! Margot the pilot was amazing and her commentary about all the areas we flew over was great. Highly recommend, thank you!!!
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TW0105
Maryborough
"Doors off tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2017 NEW
While on holidays in Hawaii we decided to do a helicopter flight. There were many to choose from, however we decided on Makani Kai Helicopter as they offered the doors off and there was only 2 seated in the back. After a short delay with our 8.05am we were on our way. It was absolutely stunning. Our pilot Jim was welcoming and very informative. Thanks Jim 🤙🤙 Would definitely recommend their helicopter tours .
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K L
Los Angeles, California
""Doors off" tour is worth every penny!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 14, 2017 NEW
Absolutely the best experience. Ever. Even my family (who was hesitant to come with me) was envious after they saw the pics of Oahu I shot from the tour. My pilot for the day was Nathan, who not only was an easy going, laid back fellow but a great narrator. He, certainly is an experienced pilot; our flight was smooth with minimal chop. Not to mention he happily answered our questions and narrated in between busy ATC communications (especially around HNL airspace). I opted (without qualms or hesitation) for the "doors off" one. This isn't for everyone, but if you love the blast of wind in your face and are a photography nerd like myself, you will truly enjoy this awesome ride. Call me crazy, but getting a whiff of jet exhaust during start-up was just another added bonus for me, lol. In my honest opinion, this was an absolute blast! I genuinely enjoyed my tour and will HAPPILY take another doors-off tour with Makani Kai in the future! :)
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Amber C
Sydney, Australia
"Great views!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 13, 2017 NEW
Had an amazing time on the helicopter ride today. The staff were great and the view was even better. We went over Waikiki, diamond head and hanamau bay just to name a few spots. I went in the clised door but would deffinately suggest open door as it isn't scary at all. The only reason I give it 4 stars is because we had 7 people in the chopper which made it a very tight fit and wasn't as enjoyable for the people sat in the middle.
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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.