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Oahu: Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

1. Oahu: Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

Take a scenic helicopter flight over Oahu and marvel at the island's highlights from the air. Choose between a shared or private tour option to best suit you. See Waikiki Beach, Makapu’u Lighthouse, the Chinaman's Hat, and much more. Begin the helicopter adventure with a flight over Honolulu Harbor. See the Aloha Tower, which has been welcoming ships into the harbor for nearly a century. As you soar down the coast, go past the Waikiki beaches, looping around Diamond Head. Shortly, witness Maunalua Bay open in front of your eyes, revealing the island's world-renowned reefs. Be greeted by Makapu’u Lighthouse after the rocky cliffs before you travel up Windward Coast. Pass Lanikai Beach and then see the appropriately named Chinaman’s Hat, the island’s iconic monument. But it’s not all beach and coastline on your tour. Get a chance to experience the lush tropical landscapes of the Ka’a’awa Valley and see the beautiful Sacred Falls. On your homeward journey, catch sight of the Dole Pineapple Plantation. Get an emotional flyover of Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. The top sights include Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, Makapu’u Lighthouse, Lanikai Beach, Chinaman’s Hat, Ka’a’awa Valley, Sacred Falls, and Dole Pineapple Plantation.

Oahu: Path to Pali 30-Minute Doors On or Off Helicopter Tour

2. Oahu: Path to Pali 30-Minute Doors On or Off Helicopter Tour

Take in the beautiful island of Oahu from thrilling heights on this 30-minute helicopter tour. Select between private or shared tour options. Your tour begins on the island's South Shore where you can see the Waikiki skyline and beaches from a new perspective. After taking in the iconic Diamond Head, approach the magnificent Hanauma Bay and its glorious waters and cliffs. Makapu’u Point and its lighthouse will appear before you as you head down the Windward Coast, one of the world’s most scenic coastlines. Admire the island's crystal-clear waters and white sandy beaches before you turn inland for a jaw-dropping glimpse of Mt. Olomana. Next, see the Nu’uanu Pali cliffs, carved from the volcanic fires of the island, now lined with lush rainforest. Last, but most certainly not least, come home to the famous Pearl Harbor, home to the USS Arizona Memorial.

Kauai: Private Luxury Full Island Sightseeing Flight

3. Kauai: Private Luxury Full Island Sightseeing Flight

Get a bird’s eye view of all the most iconic sights of Kaui on this exclusive 1 hour and 10-minute flight. Soar over rugged landscapes, sandy beaches, cascading waterfalls, and lush valleys. Your expert pilot will entertain you with personalized narration about the geography, history, legends, and culture of this tropical paradise. The aircraft comfortably accommodates 3 passengers, so it’s perfect for a small group or couple. First, fly up to the sunny and secluded coastline, Kipu Kai, nicknamed the baby Napali Coast. Your knowledgable pilot will point out notable sights including the sandy Poipu Beach, the Spouting Horn, Hawaii’s largest coffee plantation, and the lush Hanapepe Valley, where you will have a great view of Jurassic Falls. Gain an entirely new perspective on the Garden Island’s diverse landscape as you cruise over dramatic cliffs, pristine beaches, red lava fields, and cascading waterfalls from above.  Feel a rush of excitement as you make a big u-turn inside the Waimea Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Marvel at the beauty of this multicolored expanse speckled with lush greenery and foliage. Soar gracefully over the 21-mile long Napali Coast consisting of ancient valleys, waterfalls, sweeping cliffs, and bright blue ocean waters. Your pilot will make sure to give you the best view of the Kilauea River with its mesmerizing waterfall as you continue up the lush Hanalei Valley and see its jagged 4,000-foot cliffs. Continue your sightseeing tour flying down the Wailua River to catch sights of Fern Grotto. Conclude your magical journey by passing by Coco Palms where Elvis made the romantic film “Blue Hawaii”.

Oahu: Doors-Off Valleys and Waterfalls Helicopter Tour

4. Oahu: Doors-Off Valleys and Waterfalls Helicopter Tour

Explore the Oahu's valleys and waterfalls on this scenic flight tour. Discover aerial views of the 1000-foot Kaliuwa‘a waterfall, better known as "Sacred Falls", which is only accessible by air. Here, you will fly over incredible cliffs, powerful streams and waterfalls which have been closed to the public since 1999. Take in the dramatic ridgelines of the Ko‘olau Mountains, and see the views of places completely inaccessible by car. In addition, your aerial expedition will take you above Kāne‘ohe Bay known for miles of sandbars and crystal clear waters. End your tour at the fabled North Shore to catch the surf breaks. Here, you will see world-famous beaches and maybe even see surfers gliding across the tops of waves.

Oahu: Waikiki Sunset Doors On or Doors Off Helicopter Tour

5. Oahu: Waikiki Sunset Doors On or Doors Off Helicopter Tour

Would you like to experience the island’s famous skyline, but with the evening glow of the Hawaiian sun in the background? On this spectacular 20-minute helicopter tour you’ll soar through the beautiful sunset, gliding over the outstretched shadows on Diamond Head and the surrounding deep blue waters. As you make your way towards the city, you’ll witness one of the world’s most energetic sunsets fill the sky with roaring light from the retreating sun. Hints of orange, red, yellow and pink with infuse the evening skies as it turns from blue to darkness. Wrapping up the tour, you’ll make a twilight pass of Pearl Harbor and the world-famous USS Arizona Memorial, ending yet another perfect day in paradise.

Oahu: Exclusive Private Romantic Flight

6. Oahu: Exclusive Private Romantic Flight

Your private helicopter ride begins over the island’s South Shore for a chance to see the familiar Waikiki skyline and Diamond Head from a bird’s eye view.  Continue on to Hanauma Bay’s beautiful, sheltered waters, and the nearby cliffs and volcanic outcroppings. Rounding Makapu’u Point, follow the Windward Coast and its long stretches of white sand beaches and turquoise waters, leading to the three sharp peaks of Mt. Olomana, characteristic of its English translation, “divided hill.”  Halfway through the flight, you’ll descend gracefully into a stunning valley on the Windward Coast. Your 15-minute stay inside this private and lush oasis includes Wailua chocolates, a champagne toast, leis — all the making of lifelong memories, far away from the crowds at tourist attractions. Gaze across the verdant field, surrounded on all sides by misty mountains, rising towards the blue sky.  Hopping back into the helicopter, explore the forests and emerald cliffs of the awe-inspiring Ka’a’awa Valley, flying in close for a view of Oahu’s highest waterfall, Sacred Falls. The tour ends with a flyover of the Dole Pineapple Plantation and low-altitude views of Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. Propose in-flight or at the Ranch; your local partner will be sure to make it a total surprise so you get that “Yes!” you’re hoping for.

Oahu: Doors-Off Circle Island Helicopter Experience

7. Oahu: Doors-Off Circle Island Helicopter Experience

Covering the island of O‘ahu from above, this is the only full circle tour of O‘ahu by a doors-off helicopter. You'll see incredible aerial views, starting with a glimpse of history as you fly over Pearl Harbor, WWII Arizona Memorial, and Battleship Missouri. Next, soar above the bustling Honolulu harbor, beautiful Waikīkī, and the iconic Diamond Head Crater. Heading further east, you’ll overfly Koko Head Crater and Hanauma Bay before seeing Sandy Beach and Makapu‘u Lighthouse. Heading north, you will come across the fantastic coral formations of Kāne‘ohe Bay, Mokoli‘i (Chinaman’s Hat), and take a peek into “Jurassic Park” — or, as it has been known locally for hundreds of years, Ka‘a‘awa Valley. The thousand-foot cascade of Kaliuwa‘a (Sacred Falls) is a stunning view and is accessible only by air. Then you’ll see the Polynesian Cultural Center, Turtle Bay Resort, and world-famous surfing spots of the North Shore: Sunset, Pipeline, Waimea Bay, and more. As you round Ka‘ena Point you get a glimpse of the serene Wai‘anae Coast, a hidden gem of the island. Uncrowded and glorious white sand beaches such as Yokohama, Mākaha, and Pōka‘i lace the coast. Historic Mākaha Valley comes into view on the return back to Ko‘olina.

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What people are saying about Oahu

Outstanding tour from beginning to end. Kyle, our pilot/tour guide was the ultimate professional and well versed in Hawaii history, heritage, and distinguished sites. This is the best way to take a snap shot quick tour of the entire island. I highly recommend Rainbow Helicopter Tours to any one seeking a blast of a time in Hawaii. You will not be disappointed!

we had the private flight and i can only recommend it! My husband sat in the back and I sat in the front next to the pilot. he always explained something against us and we saw so much. I would do it again.

The whole experience was breathtaking! The pilot was kind and very informative.

Everyone was professional and very friendly. I always felt comfortable

Very friendly pilot, informative Great overview of the island