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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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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 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.