Oahu Doors-Off Helicopter Tour in Honolulu, HI

Magnum Helicopters130 Iolana PlaceHonolulu, HI 96819
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Offered by Makani Kai Helicopters, the Doors Off Tour is an exciting 50-minute flight that shows guests some of the most scenic places on Oahu. The tour takes place in a MD-500, an iconic helicopter used in the Magnum PI television series, and features picturesque views of Waikiki Beach, Hanauma Bay, Makapu’u Lighthouse, Mount Olomana, Arizona Memorial, and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Honolulu Travel Experts
  • Guests with long hair must tie it back before the tour.
  • Wear sturdy shoes and eye protection.
  • Must provide guest names and weight prior to tour.
  • Not ideal for those afraid of heights.


from Doors Off Tour
Feel the wind in your face! Experience an incredible Doors Off adventure in our MD-500, the iconic helicopter from Magnum PI television series. This 50-minute tour will show you all the most scenic places on Oahu and you’ll have the advantage of being in the perfect platform for photography. Everyone has a superb view. Highly recommended.

Please be advised that the Doors Off adventure is not for everyone. This is a thrill ride combined with a scenic tour. Your hair will be in disarray, you may get wet from the rain, and it is very windy. Just as not everyone loves roller coasters, some people are uncomfortable without having a door between themselves and the wild blue yonder. If you are faint of heart, please choose another tour.

Other points:
- Wear shoes
- Wear eye protection
- Bring a sweater or windbreaker
- If you have long hair, bring a hair tie
- Cameras and phones must have a wrist strap
- GoPro sticks can be no longer than six inches

Tour duration: 50 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.

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Kempsey, Australia
"Well worth it"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 20, 2019 NEW
Although like most Helicopters tours are pricey this is a must do. We have been on several tours and this you have to see to believe. Loren the pilot was hilarious.
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Auckland, New Zealand
"Helicopter over Waikiki"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 19, 2019 NEW
We did this for my husbands 60th birthday in November 2018 with our 4x Kids who are all in their 20yrs. We Experienced the phenomenal scenery of this island's hidden rain forests, lush valley and beaches. You glide over the vivid turquoise coral reefs of Waikiki, look down into the extinct volcano of Diamond Head. View crescent-shaped Hanauma Bay, the white sand Waimanalo Beach, Chinaman's Hat and the beautiful coral formation in Kaneohe Bay. We soared over the cliffs of the Nuuanu Valley rainforest, then fly along the breathtaking coastline to Sacred Falls and the Panoramic Dole Pineapple Plantations. We also fly over Pearl Harbour, the Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri which was sad in one way thinking about the memory of what happened there but an amazing experience. Our Pilot was brilliant and the music inside the Helicopter was absolutely outstanding as it coordinated to each adventure we fly over playing the Music theme that rated to the scene at that time. Totally recommend this company and trip. Was glad it was only 45/50 mins as that was enough for me, as I started to feel a little airsick towards the last 15 mins!! The rest of my family were absolutely fine and loved it. Make sure you wear dark coloured shirts on this trip so you can take great photos. White shirts reflects back on the windows and spoils your photo shots. This company also picked us up from our Hotel and dropped us back which was great.
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Tokyo, Japan
"A couple with a parent/in-law"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 06, 2019 NEW
Trip advisor(you only have a “family with young children or family with teenagers check box on your check list. May we ask why you don’t have a check box for a family treating their elder(s)?) Incidentally, we treated our mom/M.I.L. to a wonderful 1-hour-excursion of an Oahu helicopter tour. Mom was seated next to our pilot Brandon(as she deserved to be). We were seated with another couple in the back(another lady sat upfront next to mom. Breathtaking views of the entire island including the spots where Jurassic park and other movie sets were filmed. The music footage on our earphones was tastefully played and communication from our pilot was consistent yet not over-done. The only negative was the shuttle pick up/drop off: the ride was unimaginably bumpy because of an under maintained van.
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Vonnie J
Greenville, North Carolina
"Amazing 360 View"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 18, 2019
This was my first helicopter ride. I was a bit skeptical, but after take-off and seeing outside, my fears were gone. The views were awesome! Everything was so clear. We even saw several rainbows! And the outlay of Oahu is magnificent! We flew through some rain showers, and it did not diminish the view from the helicopter. Our pilot, Julie, did an excellent job flying and providing us with excellent opportunities to see the locations we flew past. She was a very knowledgeable tour guide, also. And it was her birthday! Kudos, Julie, for making my first helicopter flight such a memorable experience. Blue Hawaiian is the way to go.
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"Awesome tour with Josh!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 12, 2019
My family and I enjoyed and absolutely breathtaking tour of Oahu with Josh as our pilot. My father and I are both commercial pilots, and we were thrilled with the flight, attention to safety, and overall tour quality here at Blue Hawaiian Helicopters. The sights are obviously amazing, but what isn’t guaranteed is tour quality. Josh narrated a wonderful tour, and he answered all of our questions on top of providing extremely interesting historical and geological facts about the island. We were fortunate enough to see a pair of humpbacks, as well as a few turtles! This trip is an absolute MUST!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Doors Off Tour

Will I see the volcano?
The volcanoes that comprise the island of Oahu have not erupted in several hundred thousand years. Hawaii ’s active volcano, Kilauea, is located on the Big Island, which is about 250 miles from Oahu.

Will I see waterfalls?
If there has been an abundance of rainfall, you’ll see many waterfalls during your tour. Naturally, waterfalls tend to be scarce if there has been no rain.

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 and you must have a strap for the doors off tour.

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.