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  • Guaranteed window seats
  • Doors on or Doors Off option (at no extra cost)
  • Free Waikiki pickup/dropoff

Oahu is the third largest and most populated Hawaiian Island. It is the home of Hawaii’s capital city of Honolulu. From towering waterfalls to mountains and beautiful coastline, Oahu offers incredible unique sights. From our base of operations located close to the Honolulu Airport, we offer you a variety of adventure options.

All adventures are available doors-on and doors-off.

Oahu Experience - 60 minute VIP Private Tour

Experience Oahu's ultimate helicopter tour in VIP luxury. Depart Honolulu airport and begin your helicopter adventure by flying over Waikiki's shoreline, where the modern metropolis of Honolulu meets the white sands of Waikiki's iconic beaches. Your tour will continue down the leeward coast to Diamond Head, Koko Head and the historic Makapu'u Point Lighthouse. Continuing north up the windward coast, you will pass over Kailua Beach, the famous landmark Chinaman's Hat and the pristine reef and waters of Kaneohe Bay. The tour will continue north to Jurassic Valley and Sacred Falls. Breathtaking views of Oahu's famous North Shore will follow. Views of Banzai Pipeline and Waimea Bay, home of Oahu's legendary monster waves, are spectacular. Your tour will close with a slow flyover of Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona. Experience all of Oahu’s major sites in 60 minutes of VIP Luxury.

The Oahu Magnum P.I. Experience:

Fly Doors Off Around Oahu, Just Like Magnum P.I.!

This is our 50-minute tour of Oahu, taking in some of the iconic sites on this amazing island. This is similar to our VIP private tour but is open seating (not private), and we make sure we get you around the island as efficiently as we can.

Strap in and get ready for 50 minutes of breathtaking beauty! Fly doors off (or on) around Oahu just like the TV show Magnum P.I.! Departing from Honolulu airport, begin your helicopter adventure by flying over Waikiki’s shoreline, where the modern metropolis of Honolulu meets the white sands of Waikiki’s iconic beaches.

Your tour continues down the leeward coast to Diamond Head, Koko Head, and the historic Makapuu Point Lighthouse. Continuing north up the windward coast, you pass over Kailua Beach, the famous landmark Chinaman’s Hat, and the pristine waters of Kaneohe Bay.

The flight continues north to Kaaawa (Jurassic) Valley and Sacred Falls. Next are breathtaking views of Oahu’s famous North Shore. Take in spectacular views of Banzai Pipeline and Waimea Bay, home of Oahu’s legendary monster waves. Your tour ends with a slow flyover of Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona.

Experience the ultimate Magnum P.I. helicopter tour!

Special Feature:
Oahu VIP ExperiencePerson1 hour6+
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The Oahu Magnum PI Experience50 minutes
Frequently Asked Questions
Because of their agility and small turning radius, helicopters can fly you right into the heart of Hawaii’s geological gems, such as the many lush valleys and sprawling canyons, while fixed‐wing aircraft have to circle above. Helicopters allow you a more intimate look at the terrain. Because our pilots can slow down and turn the aircraft around some of the famous highlights, you can take a more leisurely look and are given enhanced photo opportunities. Also, when was the last time you were in a helicopter?
There is no short answer. Although Hawai’i enjoys plentiful sunshine year-round, we do experience summer and winter seasons. Precise flying weather conditions are often impossible to predict, especially in winter, because of the interplay of dynamic weather patterns and the island’s unique topography. Due to the combination of high mountainous peaks and shoreline throughout the islands, each hour of the day shows each island, literally, in a different light. Wind speeds and cloud formation also change throughout the day, resulting from variations in temperature. Ultimately, the time of day you book depends on your preference and itinerary, but we recommend choosing a tour date early on in your stay. This allows you more opportunities to find a different tour time with us should the weather not cooperate for the original flight.
No. We feel that you should not have to share your flight. Therefore, we fly exclusively private tours for parties of two, three or four. On our most popular tour for two, we purposely leave the third passenger seat vacant. This way you will not have to share the aircraft with any second party. This is your tour.
Yes. The requirement is to pay for a minimum of 2 seats on our standard adventures. You can also private charter the aircraft as well.
Both options allow for optimal viewing, as each passenger is guaranteed a window seat with wide windows extending from the top of your head to your waist. The choice to fly with or without doors depends on your priorities and comfort level. In a closed aircraft, you are shielded from wind exposure and you will hear music and narration clearly. It is a very serene way of taking in the scenery through the large windows. If you are game for a more visceral experience or photography is important to you, our doors-off adventure is for you. Floor-to-ceiling openings allow you to look straight down into waterfalls and sea caves, and glare from windows in your photos is no factor. Because the helicopter is open to the elements, you will be exposed to wind and cooler temperatures caused by airspeed and altitude. For your comfort, please follow our recommendations on how to dress appropriately for your doors-off helicopter flight. The airframe does protect you and your camera equipment well during light showers or mist. For passengers with differing door preferences, we have the option of seating one passenger upfront with the doors on, and taking just the rear doors off for the back passenger(s). However, all seating arrangements are subject to weight and balance calculations. For doors-on and doors-off tours, please abide by our recommendations on how to prepare for your flight so you can make the most of it. Also a reminder that we don't charge any more either way you choose
On these magnificent islands, there is much to be discovered by air. Certain of the countless remarkable features have, deservedly, garnered special interest and are most popular for aerial viewing. Weather permitting, our pilots will explore with you all of each islands most famous geological features as outlined in our tour descriptions. Sometimes, wind and weather conditions necessitate a deviation from the usual tour route. In these instances, our pilots will attempt to show off other spectacular scenery not normally included on the tours, as all islands offer more hidden wonder to please the eye than can possibly be covered on a single flight. We guarantee to showcase spectacular scenery and breathtaking views that are not obtainable by car or trail.
Along with ample sunshine, the islands are also blessed with abundant daily rainfall, which nourishes the lushness , and creates the erosive force that continues to shape all the fascinating geology. Most of the island’s waterfalls are sustained only by rainfall, and misty showers often delight passengers with rainbows along the tour. Usually, our typical high cumulus clouds and precipitation do not diminish the quality of your tour, but instead give it dimension and add other exciting facets to your experience. However, if the pilot determines that prevailing visibility, cloud cover or wind speeds do not allow for a good air tour, or if it is not safe to fly, we will of course cancel the flight. Because weather conditions can change dramatically day to day and hour by hour, we often cannot make a determination about your flight prior to your check‐in time.
If we cancel a flight due to weather, there is naturally no fee for you whatsoever, and you are not required to rebook your tour. We are happy to reschedule your flight based on availability.
Because we provide an exclusive private tour, we do not offer discounts. Our tours are value-priced and we maintain a policy of price integrity. However, we waive all airport fees and fuel surcharges.
Total weight per seat is restricted to 275lbs. We do not impose any weight surcharges for individual or combined passenger weights. Per FAA regulations, all passengers plus carry-on items will be weighed at check-in.
You are most welcome to fly with us through the 7th month of your pregnancy, providing you feel comfortable with the motion of the helicopter in the air, as well as wearing a regular (3-point) seatbelt across your body.
For everyone’s safety, we do not permit lap seating. Each passenger, including your child, must be secured with a regular-sized seat belt in his or her individual seat. For this reason, our minimum passenger age is 7 years. Generally, we recommend that children under 12 be seated next to an adult in the back of the helicopter.
Generally, the rear right seat is considered ideal for photography since it is closest to the pilot’s view and you are traveling clockwise around the island. However, our pilots are skillful in selecting a flight path that affords passengers on both sides of the aircraft the same amazing views.
In terms of seating arrangements, our first priority is safety, meaning we seat people in the best spot for the weight and balance of the aircraft. Our next consideration is where passengers would like to sit and what seat will be the best for their experience. We will be happy to accommodate your individual preferences, weight and balance permitting. Most couples like to sit together in the back of the helicopter so they can better share the experience, lean over and see out both sides, and point things out to one another. There is emotional value to sitting together, which for most people is higher than any added viewing value obtained from the front left seat. The open cabin design also allows rear passengers viewing ahead through the cockpit window.
Your check-in time is 45 minutes prior to your flight time. Per FAA regulations, we need to determine each passenger’s exact weight including shoes, all clothing, and personal belongings such as camera equipment and purses. It is therefore necessary that you bring to your check-in everything that you would like to wear and have with you on your tour. You do not need to actually wear your warm layers at check-in, but you do need to hold them when stepping onto our scale. On a doors-on flight, we recommend that you wear dark outer layers to minimize reflection in the windows during photography. Because you are not exposed to the elements, whatever clothing you are comfortable with at sea level is adequate for your flight. An open-door experience is exciting and fun and we want you to enjoy your flight without being distracted by wind or chill. A warm outer layer that you can zip up, such as a windproof jacket, is ideal. We strongly advise against wind-susceptible clothing such as dresses and hooded items. In winter, long pants are highly recommended. To keep you and your belongings safe, we cannot permit any loose objects on your doors-off flight. This includes hats, visors, scarves, hair clips, and strapless sandals. Eyeglasses are permissible. Hair that is long enough should be tied tightly with an elastic band. Any equipment must be secured to you via a strap.
Our experienced pilots choose the best flight path given prevailing wind speeds and topography, avoiding areas of known turbulence and making gentle turns and altitude changes. Very few passengers experience any queasiness. However, if you are particularly prone to motion sickness, we do recommend that you prepare with oral motion‐sickness medication so you can enjoy your flight, free from worry.
Yes, you can! Except during critical flight stages, such as take‐off and landing, feel free to ask a question, share impressions or comments, and engage with the others onboard. We provide inter‐communication between all occupants of the aircraft as an added bonus.
Flight safety is our principal concern and we are proud of our impeccable safety record. We have a zero-tolerance maintenance policy, meaning any issue, regardless of its effect on airworthiness of the aircraft, is checked out promptly and thoroughly. With extensive training and flying experience, each of our pilots has acquired expert knowledge on the island’s unique weather and terrain considerations, and this knowledge is a key factor in making sound decisions and navigating the skies safely. For your added safety, we do not practice “hot-loading”. We shut down our aircraft in between all tours to allow for a thorough pre-flight inspection prior to each and every tour, and our passengers.
Click on the red "Book It" button and you will see live availability. Keep in mind availability changes constantly, so make sure to book in advance!
H Tours Hawaii is a "one stop shop" for all the best activities in the Hawaiian Islands. Since we work with many providers, reservations are necessary. WE HIGHLY recommend making reservations, as many activities are at a discount when you reserve in advance. Some providers even charge higher for those "walking in" because they know chances are you're not going to walk away. Finally, a reservation ensures you have a space on the tour. Trust us you don't want to spend so much time and money to come to Hawaii and then miss out on an activity because they were booked out!
Choose the tour you are interested in, click the red “Book It” button adjacent to the tour information, and complete the booking form.
Most companies, if not all, require you to call them if you're trying to book something 2-3 days in advance. Do you really want to be spending your valuable time in Hawaii calling around to desperately find something that is available to do? While we can usually accommodate most last-minute bookings, we highly encourage those that are checking out our website far in advance to book 2-3 weeks prior to desired date. You never know if there's a convention, special event, or an increase in overall visitors in town, and it would be a shame if the activities that you want to do are sold out because you waited until the last minute. Basically, if you know you want to do it, just book it!
Gratuity is never required but if you enjoyed your experience, a tip is always greatly appreciated!
Payment & Cancellation
Cancellation Policy: Standard Policy
  • Cancellations made 2 days before Date & Time will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
Terms & Conditions
  • See booking page for all terms & conditions
  • Total weight per seat cannot exceed 275lbs. Total passenger weight not to exceed 600lbs. Children 6 and over recommended with a weight of at least 30 lbs recommended.
  • Cancellations or delays to the flight at pilot's discretion for safety reasons which may include inclement weather.
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Was the tour accurately described on the webiste? In other words did it meet your expectations?
(5.0 of 5)
What an amazing experience. We will never forget this day. Everyone was courteous and friendly. There isn't much left to say except THANK YOU! We enjoyed every minute of it. Big thanks to Our Pilot from Ireland
Summer Holiday
We got picked up from the hotel in Waikiki Beach driven to the airport had our brief and safety instruction before boarding the Helicopter. We did a private tour and opted to have the back doors off and had the best time. Saw most of the island in the hour up in the air and it was Amazing. After we finished we were driven back to the hotel. ... more
Will definitely do it again. 
Thank you for an amazing day.
Our Doors Off tour of Waikiki
My wife and I were totally amazed with our personal tour of O'ahu, from our free courtesy hotel pick , to the meet n greet, these guys were awesome, extremely professional and extremely welcoming, I chose the doors off tour, but my wife opted to sit up front with the door on which gave her an unparalleled view, she was in awe at the view, from the beaches at Waikiki to the beautiful (secret) waterfall. ... moreOur pilot provided us with a running commentary of the area and didn't miss a beat, he was fantastic.
We can't wait to visit Oahu again and fly with these guys, I would highly recommend Mauna Loa tours of Oahu to everyone who visit's the island, the personal tour allowed my wife and I the experience of a very special trip, to be better than we could have ever imagined.
Absolutely awesome experience!!
Our whole experience was superb!! Awesome flight with absolutely incredible scenery. I loved that my husband and I were the only passengers - which was a really personal unique experience that was very special. The pilot and staff exceeded our expectations which made the flight an incredibly rewarding and memorable experience! Complementary pick-up and drop off was included and was very interesting. ... moreThis experience was truly the highlight of our holiday on Oahu! Highly recommended!
Nothing short of perfect!!
Event: My girlfriend's 30th birthday Tour: Private, doors-off This is one of the most memorable experiences we have had on our Hawai'i trip. Beautiful sights, although it was partly cloudy, and of course the exhilarating experience of flying in an open helicopter!  Booking was a breeze, and the pilot Marc Oliver made the private-tour experience complete with his professional yet down to earth attitude, ... moreopenness and subtle humor, which went very well with us!

He even drove us to the bus in his private car after the trip, while chatting with us about everything from Hawaii's energy politics to pilot training. Above and beyond!

In short we had an extraordinary experience, made perfect not only by the flight and incredible sights in themselves, but also by the great treatment by our pilot.
Fantastic Experience!
My husband & I loved our private tour of the island! Our pilot Rafael was fantastic, and we thoroughly enjoyed our doors-off experience. We were really cold because it was an extremely windy day, but that did not take away from the incredible experience. We could have taken a cheaper ride, but we both agreed it was worth the extra money to have a private tour.
Highly recommend the open door tour
I highly highly recommend this tour. I almost did not do it due to cost & some fear. I am so glad we did! It was the best thing we did on the island and it was worth every penny. Best place to do the helicopter tour and the doors off were amazing! I wanted to do it again. Enjoy
The "doors off" helicopter adventure was awesome! Very professional and our pilot Bruno was great. Had the best time and loved flying with the doors off. Highly recommend!