We have 2 different tours: 45 minutes doors on or 50 minutes doors off.
We have 2 seating options per tour: First Class or Open Seating.
ACTIVITY TYPE: 45 minute Doors On
ACTIVITY OPERATES: Daily
ACTIVITY TIMES: Any 45 minutes between 8:00AM-4:00PM
This spectacular tour continues where the half-hour Pali Makani tour leaves off. Instead of coming back to the airport through the Nuuanu Pali, 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.
ACTIVITY TYPE: 50 minute Doors Off
ACTIVITY OPERATES: Daily
ACTIVITY TIMES: Any 50 minutes between 8:00AM-4:00PM
This is more of an adventure ride than a tour, a sensory rush with the wind in your hair. Guests fly in the same helicopter used in the Magnum P.I. television series. The tour route is the same as the Hidden Oahu tour and every seat has an excellent view, unobstructed by doors. This is the preferred method of flying for serious photographers as you don’t have to shoot through Plexiglas.
During checkout, please input the name and weight of each passenger attending this activity.
Passengers in excess of 250 pounds may be charged an additional fee equal to one- half the tour cost. Passengers weighing more than 300 pounds will be charged for an additional seat. Any two passengers from the same reservation whose combined weight exceeds 430 pounds may be required to purchase a comfort seat. Limits are determined on a per flight basis. Weight restrictions are relaxed on the Doors Off tour: if your party is heavy, please inquire about the weight limits on our Doors Off tours.
A portable lifting device is available for those customers needing special assistance. Please advise us in advance of any special requirements.
Children 23 months or younger may fly at no charge and must sit on adult’s lap. Please provide the child’s weight at the time of booking. Children two years of age and older must occupy a seat with seat belt according to FAA regulations.
Routes and Flight Times
Due to variable weather, we do not fly specific routes on our tours. Flight times are estimates and may vary due to air traffic in and around the Honolulu International Airport as well as weather.
A DVD of your actual flight narrated by your pilot is available for $40 on our Eurocopter A-Star tours. International DVDs are $50. Although our DVD recording success rate is 99.9%, we cannot guarantee perfect recordings every flight due to the vagaries of modern electronics. DVDs are unavailable on our Doors Off tours.
Bring your camera with lots of disk space and wear a dark colored clothing to reduce glare on the Plexiglas windows.
If you’re flying on the Doors Off tour, please wear a sweater or light jacket as it tends to get cold at altitude. Also, wear shoes. Flip-flops are not acceptable. Sunglasses or other forms of eye protection are recommended and, if you have long hair, tie it back. Cameras must have a wrist strap; we provide pouches and lanyards for your cell phone. GoPro sticks are limited to six inches.
Tours can be narrated in Japanese. Please notify us in advance with any special requirements.
Check in: Please note that if you make your own way to this adventure customers need to check in directly on the office at Makani Kai Helicopters, 130 Iolana Place, Honolulu, HI 96819. All reservations are subject to non-refundable cancellation if guest is not checked in at least 30 minutes prior to scheduled tour.
Pickup: Please make sure that you are at the pickup point at least 15 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. Our driver may have multiple stops so please allow him 30 minutes to pick you up. All reservations are subject to non-refundable cancellation if guest is not at the scheduled pickup point at the pickup time. You are looking for a white mini-coach with ‘Makani Kai Helicopters’ written on the side.
Cancellation Policy: No cancellations or changes allowed within 48 hrs of the scheduled tour departure time.
Instructions: Please leave all large bags, purses and camera equipment at your hotel. We encourage you to bring a small camera to capture your flight. Bring a light jacket during the winter months and if you are prone to motion-sickness, please take any medications around an hour before your flight time.
Recommendation: Take something in advance as a preventative measure for motion sickness. It should be taken an hour ahead of time.