Makani Kai Helicopters at the Honolulu Airport

NEW! Doors Off Magnum P.I. Helicopter Tour

Makani Kai Helicopters at the Honolulu Airport

A thrilling doors off adventure where you can experience the elements!

Makani Kai Helicopters Waikiki and Diamond Head view

All tours see Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head from the air

Makani Kai Helicopters Hanauma Bay view

Beautiful Hanauma Bay is also seen on all tours

Makani Kai Helicopters Makapu'u lighthouse

The Makapu'u lighthouse and Sea Life Park in the background

Makani Kai Helicopters Kaneohe Bay view

Colorful Kaneohe Bay is seen on the 45 & 60 minute tours

Makani Kai Helicopters Chinaman's Hat

Chinaman's Hat is an unmistakable landmark

Makani Kai Helicopters valley view filmed Jurassic Park

This valley is featured in many films including Jurassic Park

Makani Kai Helicopters Sacred Falls

Sacred Falls can now only be seen from the air

Makani Kai Helicopters Pearl Harbor view

An aerial view of Pearl Harbor is offered on all tours

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Oahu Helicopter tours offers a unique way to experience the island.  Combining stunning ocean vistas, lush emerald green valleys and waterfalls, as well as vistas of the historic city of Honolulu and dramatic views of Pearl Harbor. Magnum Helicopters invites you to see the “hidden faces of paradise” in a way that you will never forget.

Magnum Helicopters feature Bose noise-cancelling headsets, two-way communication with the pilot, 180 degree visibity. A video of your actual flight is available for purchase.

“First Class” Seating is available for an additional charge. This guarantees the front seats (2 per flight) on the helicopter. Only 2 first class seats are available per flight and in order to request up front seating you must purchase both seats as they must be sold together. Front seats have a combined weight limit of 345 pounds; if guests request up front seating and they are too heavy to ensure safe weight and balance of the aircraft, they will be booked for open seating instead. If you have more than two people in your party and you request first class seating for everyone in your party, you will not be flying in the same helicopter.

Doors Off Magnum P.I. Helicopter – 50 minutes

Experience the element with the incredible Doors Off helicopter adventure!  You will ride In the iconic MD-500 helicopter from Magnum PI television series.  Everyone will have a spectacular view, and it is the perfect platform for photography.  You will see all the most scenic places on Oahu in this 50 minute tour including the serene Keehi Lagoon and historic Honolulu Harbor, to Aloha Tower, Ala Moana Beach Park, Magic Island and world famous Waikiki Beach.  On the eastern end of the island is Hanauma Bay, the remnants of a volcanic crater that is now a marine sanctuary and popular snorkel spot. Up next comes the Halona Blowhole, Sandy Beach, Makapuu Point and Lighthouse and colorful Sea Life Park.

After cruising above the powdery white sands of Waimanalo Beach, the tour continues over the gorgeous coral formations of Kaneohe Bay, the distinctive island of Chinaman’s Hat, and then up into “Jurassic Park” valley, where a dozen major motion pictures have been filmed. The highlight of the tour is Sacred Falls, a shear and splendid 1,000-foot cascade. On your way over Oahu’s Central Plain, you’ll see the world’s largest agricultural maze at the Dole Pineapple Plantation and the “birthing stones” of Hawaiian royalty. Your tour concludes with a panoramic vista of Pearl Harbor.

This tour is a thrill ride combined with a scenic tour, but the Doors Off adventure is not for everyone.  Your hair may get wind blow, and you may get wet from the rain.

General Information
Schedule: Daily starting at 8am to 4pm

Aircraft:  MD-500 – These helicopters are equipped with a quick release safety harness that is required by the FAA for all doors off flights.

Tour includes: Complimentary pick up and delivery to and from Waikiki.

Restrictions: The doors-off helicopter has a minimum age of 13.  Please read the notes regarding passenger weights found in the activity tips section below if anyone in your party weighs over 250 pounds, or if the combined weight of any two passengers exceeds 430 pounds.

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

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours before the start of the event.

Note: A DVD of your actual flight narrated by your pilot is available for $40.

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Aerial View of Kaneohe Bay

COahu Helicopter Toursruise Ship Passengers

Magnum Helicopters provides complimentary transportation from the cruise ship dock. We also recommend that you consider a helicopter tour of Kauai if your cruise ship includes Kauai in its ports of call. See the following link for more information on Kauai Helicopter Tours.

Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

It never ceases to amaze us that people spend thousands of dollars to come to Hawaii, but think it is too expensive to spend another $200 to REALLY see the islands from a helicopter. There is so much beauty that you cannot see any other way. Do yourself a favor and SPLURGE! You will thank us.

Best time of day to fly? Mid-morning provides the best lighting and least cloud cover. These times are the most popular and sell out in advance; you have an advantage over most people if you are reading these words before you come to Hawaii. Get your reservation made now so that you can get the best flight time available.
A word about body weights … almost all helicopter companies in Hawaii charge extra for passengers who weigh over 250 pounds, and Makani Kai is no exception. They charge 50% of the cost of a second seat for passengers who weigh over 250 pounds, and they charge 100% of the cost of a second seat for passengers who weigh over 300 pounds.In addition, if any two passengers have a combined weight over 430 pounds they must pay 50% of the cost of a third seat. PLEASE be VERY ACCURATE when you state your body weight … this information is required by the FAA for the weight and for the safe balance of the aircraft. Understating one’s body weight can cause real problems at flight time, and in extreme cases can cause someone to be bumped from the flight without a refund.

The exact seating in the aircraft is determined at the flight time based upon safely balancing the aircraft. While it is a bonus to sit up front, visibility in A-star helicopters is excellent and you’ll have a great flight no matter where you sit in the aircraft. For those who REALLY want to sit up front and don’t mind paying extra to guarantee it, FIRST CLASS seating is now offered by Magnum Helicopters. Because of the weight and balance issues with the aircraft, not everyone can be accommodated in first class seating. When making a reservation using the form on the right side of this page, include a note in the form field where the passenger weights are listed that says “first class seating please.” If you are a party of three or four, indicate which two people would like the first class seats. If you are a party of five or six, you shouldn’t request first class seating since some people in your party will sit up front anyway … without having to pay the extra charge. If you are a party of more than two and request first class seating for everyone, you will be split up between multiple flights. In our opinion the upgraded seating isn’t worth it. It’s a lot more fun to fly together!

A word about the relatively new, doors-off “Magnum PI” flight … this is a great option for the truly adventurous. It doesn’t offer the climate control, but if you don’t mind a little wind blowing and you don’t mind looking out a window that isn’t there … and straight down to the ground a thousand feet below (or more) … it is a great experience. The doors aren’t really doing much for you since everyone wears a seat belt and double shoulder harness on all helicopter flights anyway. No glass between you and the scenery improves pictures you take.