Pali Makani Helicopter Tour in Honolulu, HI

Makani Kai Helicopters130 Iolana PlaceHonolulu, HI 96819
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Offered by Makani Kai Helicopters, the Pali Makani Tour is a 30-minute adventure ideal for couples seeking picturesque views of Hawaii’s Keehi Lagoon, Waikiki Beach, Hanauma Bay, Mount Olomana, Makapu’u Lighthouse, Pearl Harbor, Arizona Memorial, and more. The tour also offers incredible views of Aloha Tower, downtown Honolulu, Diamond Head crater, Sea Life Park, and many other exciting landmarks.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Honolulu Travel Experts
  • Tour duration: approx. 30 minutes.
  • Complimentary hotel transportation provided.
  • Weight limits apply and extra charges may incur for exceeding the maximum weight capacity.
  • Bring your camera for extraordinary photo opportunities.
  • Guests should wear dark clothing to improve photo opportunities and visibility.
  • Children under 24 months fly free if seated on the lap of a parent.


from Pali Makani 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, and miles of white sand beach. You’ll be treated to a stunning view of Mount Olomana and, later, the Nuuanu Pali where King Kamehameha’s warriors won a decisive battle to unite the islands.

On your return to the airport, you’ll be treated to stunning views of Pearl Harbor, the Battleship Missouri, and the USS Arizona Memorial.

Tour Duration: 30 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 Pali Makani Tour

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.