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Hidden Oahu Helicopter Tour in Honolulu, HI

Makani Kai Helicopters130 Iolana PlaceHonolulu, HI 96819
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Offered by Makani Kai Helicopters, the 45-minute Hidden Oahu Tour shows guests all the must-see attractions and landmarks of Oahu, including Keehi Lagoon, Honolulu Harbor, Aloha Tower, Ala Moana Beach Park, Magic Island, and more. Guests can see the Jurassic Park valley, Chinaman’s Hat, Sacred Falls, Dole Pineapple Plantation, Pearl Harbor, Kaneohe Bay and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Honolulu Travel Experts
  • A 45-minute helicopter ride above Oahu’s iconic sites and landmarks.
  • Guests must wear comfortable, dark clothing.
  • Only cameras are allowed in the helicopter. All other items must be left on the ground.
  • Tour routes may change due to weather conditions or advisories.


from Hidden Oahu Tour
This helicopter tour begins with a beautiful view of placid Keehi Lagoon and continues over historic Honolulu Harbor. Here you will see Aloha Tower, once the tallest structure on the island, as well cruise ships from distant ports. Next is downtown Honolulu, featuring the only royal palace in the country. Above the city stands Punchbowl, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The tour continues above Ala Moana Beach Park, Magic Island, the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor and Waikiki Beach. Beyond, you’ll see Diamond Head crater from a dramatic perspective, the “Gold Coast” where millionaires make their homes, and spectacular Hanauma Bay.

Rounding the east end of the island, you’ll see the rugged coastline, inviting Sandy Beach and Makapuu Point and lighthouse. Your aerial tour continues over Sea Life Park, the estate where TV’s Magnum P.I. was filmed.

Your flight continues on above the powdery white sands of Waimanalo Beach, the gorgeous coral formations of Kaneohe Bay, distinctive Chinaman’s Hat, and then up into “Jurassic Park” valley, where scenes from a dozen major motion pictures have been filmed. The highlight of the tour is Sacred Falls, a sheer and splendid 1,000-foot cascade.

The tour continues along the storied North Shore, with a dramatic view of world-renowned surfing spots including Sunset Beach, Pipeline, and Waimea Bay. On your way over Oahu’s Central Plain, you’ll see the Dole Pineapple maze and the “birthing stones” of Hawaiian royalty. Your tour concludes with a dramatic view of Pearl Harbor, the Arizona Memorial, and the Battleship Missouri.

Tour duration: 45 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.

Guests should wear comfortable dark clothing. Please call (808) 834-5813 at least 24-hours prior to flight to confirm your reservation and pick-up time. Items allowed on the helicopter are cameras and video cameras, all other items must be left in the office.

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Alexandria, Virginia
"Expensive but worth it"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 24, 2017 NEW
Excellent staff and service. The tour was awesome, we did the open door helicopter tour. Pilot and all the support staff were great. They picked us up at our hotel, which was a bonus because I didn't realize that was part of it! We also asked to be dropped at the car rental agency since we were picking up our rental that day and the staff went out of their way to accommodate us.
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Shannon M
"Wow!! Highlight so far!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 23, 2017 NEW
My 18 year old niece and I just took a tour yesterday and it's safe to say we haven't really 'come down' yet! Right from the pick up to our pilot Doug, everyone was really nice, professional yet fun and really made the adventure what it was for us. Doug was very informative and really great with explaining everything we needed to know inside and out of the helicopter. I highly recommend this company and tours! Next time, we'll do doors off for sure!
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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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"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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Frequently Asked Questions about Hidden Oahu 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.

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.