Sacred Falls Helicopter Tour in Honolulu, HI

Makani Kai Helicopters130 Iolana PlaceHonolulu, HI 96819
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Offered by Makani Kai Helicopters, the Ali’i Sacred Falls Tour features 60 minutes of excitement and scenic views of Oahu. This popular tour showcases Sacred Falls, the Polynesian Cultural Center, Mormon Temple in Laie, Turtle Bay, Kahuku Point, Sunset Beach surf spots, Pipeline, Waimea Bay, the Dole Pineapple Plantation, Pearl Harbor, Chinaman Hat, Kaaawa Valley, and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Honolulu Travel Experts
  • Tour duration: 1 hour.
  • Complimentary Waikiki area transportation available.
  • Wear dark clothing for the best experience and photo opportunities.
  • Only cameras and video cameras are permitted on the helicopter.
  • Weight restrictions apply with a fee for exceeding the maximum weight limit.


from Sacred Falls Tour
This helicopter tour is our most popular tour. This grand adventure includes everything in our other tours and continues on past Sacred Falls, over the Polynesian Cultural Center, and the Mormon Temple in Laie. You’ll also see Turtle Bay, the aquaculture farms, and Kahuku Point. Don’t be surprised if you see humpback whales offshore during the winter months.

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 panoramic vista of Pearl Harbor.

Tour duration: 60 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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Winnipeg, Canada
"Terrific Company!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2018 NEW
My friend booked the open door helicopter ride for my birthday not realizing I had a paralyzing fear of heights. Makani Kai has a stellar safety rating so I thought I'd suck it up and go. Well, I was terrified the entire time but Evan our pilot was fantastic. He made sure he told me whenever the copter would turn, if there were air bumps ahead, and kept us engaged with details about the areas we were flying over. When we landed I broke down crying due to an outpouring of fear and emotion and the fellow who was unharnessing me was so sensitive and calming. A staff member met me on the tarmac after I had disembarked with a glass of water and some comforting. How nice is that? I was unable to take any photos while in the air and so the staff gave me one of their books with photos and descriptions of the trip we had just taken. Fantastic customer service! ps. My friend found the trip thrilling :)
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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
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
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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Frequently Asked Questions about Sacred Falls 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.