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Here’s a chance to see the best of Oahu from a totally different vantage point — the sky. This 50 min helicopter tour is extra special because it’s combined with a breathtaking Waikiki sunset. 


Choose between “doors off” or “doors on” for the flight. (If you’re up to it, most people agree that doors off is the most incredible.) 


Fly from Waikiki to North Shore and back, seeing Oahu’s most iconic landmarks from high above — Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, Makapu’u Lighthouse, Lanikai Beach, Chinaman’s Hat, Ka’a’awa Valley, Banzai Pipeline, Waimea Bay, the Dole Plantation, and Pearl Harbor. Your pilot will talk you through everything you’re seeing as you fly overhead. 


This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences. 


The tour is operated by Rainbow Helicopters.

Covid Specific

  • Face masks required in public areas.

  • There will be a temperature check when you arrive. 

  • They regularly sanitize high traffic areas

  • Gear and equipment is sanitized between uses. 

  • Social distancing enforced. 

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms. 

  • Regular temperature checks for staff.


Book via Viator


155 Kapalulu Pl #197

Honolulu, HI 96819, USA


They are located in the Caste and Cooke Aviation building. Please park in the lot to the left across the street.

Contact Info


  • You should arrive by 4:15pm for a flight and safety briefing. 

  • Departure: 5pm



  • From $350 / person

Time Estimate

About 50 minutes


  • Kamehameha Bakery — 11 min drive

  • Local Joe — 12 min drive

  • Ala Moana Beach — 15 min drive

  • Waikiki — 17 min drive

Fly from Waikiki to the North Shore and back. Choice of “doors on” or “doors off.” Breathtaking views of Oahu’s most iconic places. Watch the sunset over the Pacific.

Waikiki Sunset Helicopter Tour


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Good to know





  • Wear a jacket and / or sweatshirt, closed toe shoes, and have your hair pulled back in a hair tie for open door flights. Long pants are recommended too.



  • They can provide you with  a phone strap for the tour.

  • Parking available in the lot across the street. 



Here are some of the landmarks you’ll pass over...

  • Waikiki Beach and the Honolulu skyline.

  • Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is the most popular snorkeling spot on the island, formed within a volcanic cone. 

  • Makapu’u Lighthouse. a picturesque red and white lighthouse on a 600 foot sea cliff.

  • Lanikai Beach is regularly voted the most beautiful beach in the world, with the Ko’olau mountains off in the distance. 

  • Chinaman’s Hat is a small island just off Kualoa Regional Park. 

  • Ka’a’awa Valley is considered one of the most sacred places on the island. 400 Hawaiian chiefs are buried in the caves above Kualoa Ranch and at one time, this is where the children of the chiefs were trained in the arts of war. 

  • Fly close to the Sacred Falls, which can only be visited by helicopter since the park’s closure in 1999. 

  • Pass over Waimea Bay and the famous Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore. The Banzai Pipeline is the most famous surf spot in the world. 

  • Pass over the Dole Plantation on the way back to the south shore. 

  • Before reaching Waikiki, there’s a solemn pass over Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial.

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  • Wear a jacket / sweatshirt, closed toe shoes, and pull your hair back with a hair tie for closed door tours. Long pants are recommended too. 

  • When you book doors off, that’s not a guarantee that you’re sitting right next to the door. Reach out to them to request that specifically. 

  • Make sure you’ve got a camera strap if you choose a doors off flight. You don’t want to lose your camera. 

  • Flying with the doors off can make your camera a little shaky on a windy day, but we still think it’s the more memorable experience. 

  • You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund. 

  • They need good weather for this tour, so if they have to cancel due to weather, you’ll either get a full refund or a different date. 



  • Operated by Rainbow Helicopters. 

  • They won’t let you aboard if you’re intoxicated.

  • You must be 80+ pounds to fly with the doors off in a Robinson R44 or 100+ pounds in their Airbus Astar helicopter.

  • Guests weighing over 260 pounds will be charged a weight and balance fee to safely balance the aircraft. For 260 - 279 pounds you’ll be charged 50% the price of a seat. If over 280 pounds, an additional seat price will be charged. 

  • There will be a max of 15 passengers.

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  • Passengers over 24 months must purchase a full fare seat.

Last Updated 11 / 21 / 21

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