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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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.
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"Fantastic Views"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 20, 2018 NEW
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!!
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London, United Kingdom
"Doors Off - don’t even give it second thought!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 19, 2018 NEW
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!
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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!!!
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"Will recommend to all our friends"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 24, 2017
What an amazing experience! Pilot Jim and all the staff at Makani were so friendly and helpful. The 45 closed door tour was great and made all the better by our hilarious and hospitable pilot Jim. This is a must do experience.
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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.