Soar through the skies of Oahu by helicopter and see the beauty of the North Shore from above. Choose a scenic landing or go "doors off" for added thrills.
Embark on what is easily one of Oahu's most popular helicopter tours; a scenic flight through the valleys of the towering Ko'olau Mountains, past several famous cascades, including the 1,000-foot Sacred Falls (Kaliuwa'a). Experience iconic sights from above, such as the spreading coral of Kaneohe Bay, stretches of breathtaking coastline and Pearl Harbor. You can even book a landing at Kualoa Ranch, a place made famous as a film set for blockbuster productions like "Jurassic Park."
Everyone has to do this. I couldn't imagine going to Hawaii and not getting a tour of the beautiful island. We also did the Ranch landing which brought us down this this beautiful valley where they filmed lost, godzilla, and jurassic park. I for sure recommend the landing it was so beautiful :) The operation is a family run business and they are all so friendly and the pilot was very informative and quite funny. He told us all about the island and made sure every side of the helicopter got a chance to see each sight. It is somethign you should do right at the beginning of the trip to get familiar with the island. It is worth the money!!! I booked it as a surprise for my finance and he couldn't stop talking about it :) I recommend surprising your travel partner with the tour, it was incredible. If you don't book this every time you see a helicopter flying around the isalnd you will regret not doing this so just do it :) Best part of the trip.
LillyRead our 36 review(s)
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.
Price & Options
All guests weighing between 265lbs (120kg) and 315lbs (142kg) will be assessed a Capacity Surcharge (CS). This fee is already reflected in the pricing section. Guests will be guaranteed a window seat.
All guests weighing between 316lbs (143kg) and above will be assessed a Capacity Surcharge of extra seat. This fee is already reflected in the pricing section. Guests will be guaranteed a window seat.
In compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, Paradise Helicopters will weigh each individual when checking in at the airport for safety and weight balance of the aircraft. Please provide accurate body weights for all passengers. Misrepresentation of body weight could result in denial of service without refund.
Wheelchair Accessibility: Guests can participate in the helicopter flight if they are able to board the aircraft on their own or have members of their party available to offer assistance. Additional assistance from the crew may be available. The airport facilities are wheelchair accessible.
This activity is wheelchair accessible.
Children of all ages can participate in this activity.
Guests should not have serious fear of heights (acrophobia).
When flying with the doors off, only one child will be allowed on the helicopter at a time. For safety reasons, children must be seated in the center of the helicopter, away from the open doors.
A valid government-issued photo ID
The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
The activity provider does not assume any responsibility for your valuables and/or personal belongings.
Gratuity is not included in the price.
You can book a minimum of 1 and maximum of 4.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be a safe place to store my belongings during the tour?
Yes, there are lockers available free of charge that are large enough to hold a few handbags. The key is kept by the staff at the base while you enjoy your flight.
Is giving a tip (gratuity) required?
Gratuity is never required, but if you enjoyed your experience a tip is always greatly appreciated!
How far in advance should I book this activity?
We recommend booking at least 1-2 weeks in advance. If you have very specific schedule requirements and are not flexible, please book sooner. Last-minute bookings are often possible, but availability is limited.
What kind of helicopter will be used?
The Hughes 500 is a 4-passenger aircraft offering a more personalized flight. Because there are only four seats, all passengers are able to sit near a window. Known as the "Magnum P.I." helicopter, its quick maneuverability and smooth ride produces an exciting helicopter experience.
Everyone has to do this. I couldn't imagine going to Hawaii and not getting a tour of the beautiful island. We also did the... Ranch landing which brought us down this this beautiful valley where they filmed lost, godzilla, and jurassic park. I for sure recommend the landing it was so beautiful :) The operation is a family run business and they are all so friendly and the pilot was very informative and quite funny. He told us all about the island and made sure every side of the helicopter got a chance to see each sight. It is somethign you should do right at the beginning of the trip to get familiar with the island. It is worth the money!!! I booked it as a surprise for my finance and he couldn't stop talking about it :) I recommend surprising your travel partner with the tour, it was incredible. If you don't book this every time you see a helicopter flying around the isalnd you will regret not doing this so just do it :) Best part of the trip. more
Not only was this my first time on the beautiful island of Hawaii it was also the first time I had ever been on a helicopter. I s...pent 9 nights on the island and the helicopter tour was, by far, the most enjoyable hour during my entire stay. The pilot was very knowledgeable of the areas we toured and informative. His sidekick, (Ziggy), was a hit with everyone in our group. I would highly, highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting the island. You couldn't find a better attractiion on the entire island than this tour. I am returning to the island in August and I'm hopeful we can get as good a rate then, like we did last October. Thanks again and see you in August. My real name; Larry Debo West Chester, Ohio more
This was, without question, the best thing we did on our stay. It was incredible to see the island from the air and scout places ...that we wanted to see. If you can handle flying in small aircraft, you can handle the helicopter! J.D. more
We did a circle island flight, and it was AWESOME. The pilot, Josh was very funny and friendly, as well as his co-pilot ziggy (cu...te dog). The view from the sky is a lot different for sure. I was able to see all the surfers on the northshore. The sheer vastness of the ocean surprised us. Such an beautiful place. Highly recommended! more
Professional Staff! Incredible views over the north shore & country side that you simply cannot get on ground level. This was ...my first time in a helicopter...totally recommend for anyone. more
The northshore and waterfall was very good. You get the best views from the sky. The pilot (Josh) narrated very good and was funny.... I would highly recommend this tour. You will not be disappointed. more
We took our trip on 1-15-2011 and it was incredible. What a chance to see the island like never before. I believe we took 200 pict...ures. You have to go for a hour or you may feel you got cheated on your time, because it goes by really fast. more
Our recent helicopter excursion was... just awesome. We had a great time flying with Captain Josh as our guide. The multiple... touchdowns during the flight were an added bonus of the Oahu Experince package. The guided narration and the interactive capabilites of the in-cabin radios added to the overall flight experience. For some of us, it was their inagural flight in a helicopter, and to say the least it was totally enjoyable by all. Our thanks for making the arrangements. We will be recommending Paradise Copters in the future to family and friends. more
The Contreras Family
fantastic, loveley views of the island, excellent comentary, great to travel in the "Magnum PI helicopter" Well worth t...he expense more
Paul & Anita
Our helicopter tour of oahu was the highlight of our trip! Our pilot, Josh, was always delightful as well as an exceptional craft...sman in the air. This trip was some of the best money we spent on the island we will be back to see you again. Mahalo!!!! more
Excellent flight! loved the doors off option and the route. The pilot was also considerate to those on both sides of the copter, t...urning it so all could see everything on the tour. Highly recomended! more
Did the Oahu Circle Tour and LOVED it. The pilot was awesome and informative as well as the staff. Thanks Guys!
This was an excellent short intro adventure helicopter tour. The staff was professional, friendly and accomodating from the momen...t we arrived. My wife, daughter and her friend thorougly enjoyed this and will be looking forward to doing it again when we return. more
This was for a honeymoon. The surprise? Doors off! I told her right when we were boarding the helicopter. As I get older, Honolulu... and the bustling of that city tires me out and takes away from the Aloha vibe of the Islands. I am from Chicago by the way. This helicopter ride alone will bring me back to Oahu (the island that is my least favorite). more
Choosing Paradise Helicopters was the best thing I've done while in Hawaii. The staff was courteous and very professional. Yo...u knew right away you and your family were in good hands. The ride was superb and worth the money you pay! They don't charge as much as other companies do!! more
Absolutely fantastic! Our pilot, Josh, was extremely knowledgeable about Oahu and the sites we flew over. Had the one hour tour ...and was able to get fantastic photos. Strongly recommended to anyone wanting an informed view from the skies. more
We had a great experience with Paradise Helicopter. The guide was great and we felt safe throughout the ride. We did a 10 min ride... of North Shore and that was good for us as the most fun is taking off and landing. Our 4 yr old son enjoyed it very much. Would def recommend! more
Our 5yr old and 3yr old had a great time on our helicopter tour. We recommend this as a wonderful thing to do as a family while vi...siting the island. more
The helicopter tour was wonderful. It exceeded my expectations. The fall was wonderful and better than the pictures they show. ...I loved it and was very happy I did the 40 minute flight. Wished there would have been an opening on the 60 minutes flight. more
This was our first time up in a helicopter and I was hesitant to spend the money. We did the doors off north shore and waterfall t...our on the island of Oahu. It was worth every penny! The views were spectacular and the feeling you get with the doors off is like you are just sitting there in the moment. We did the 20 minute tour but next time I guarantee you we will take a longer tour as this was one of the highlights of our Hawaiian visit. Just remember that with the doors off your camera needs to have a strap on it. The staff was great and very helpful. I did not have a strap on my camera but one of the staff recommended that I use my bag strap. It worked great and I got to take my camera up! more
Wow, we had the best time flying with Sandy and felt comfortable the entire time! The view from above is amazing and being in a he...licopter is a "must" experience... And this is coming from someone afraid of flying! Great to see the Sacred Waterfall up close, the USS Arizona under water with the oil leak drifting off was unique, and just the mountains and valleys and ocean views are all beyond beautiful! I'd do it again... more
Shannon & Bryce
From meeting Sarah in the office to touring with Bob the helicopter pilot, everything was terrific. Bob was informative during the... tour pointing out things of interest and made sure that passengers on both sides could see. My sister and I took our 86 year old mother to accomplish an item on her bucket list. She loved it! more
Did 40 min off breathtaking tour ... Pilot was fantastic ... Once in a lifetime thrill ... Just do it ...
Josh was an amazing pilot who made us feel so safe! Our 7 year old daughter loved every minute! We only did 20 minutes and that wa...s definitely not enough! We will be back! more
We decided to take our very first helicopter ride on the North Shore, and it was so much better than we could have asked for! Pilo...t Bob was great - super friendly, funny, and provided us with facts about everything we saw on our trip. We fell in love with the North Shore, and it was so incredible to see some of our favorite spots from an aerial view. We would totally recommend this to anyone who is staying in Oahu! more
Wish we had done the 60 min tour and had the doors off. I was being a chicken when I booked it but once we got off the ground, I w...as comfortable! The view is amazing and the kids had a blast. The front seats have the best views if you keep the doors on :) more
We did this tour with the doors off. Beyond scary but so much fun. Highly recommend for any ages. You see some beautiful waters an...d green lush mountains. A must do if your in the area. more
Really great experience. We chose the doors off option and everybody in our party loved the tour. The chopper was really comfortab...le and the pilot provided great commentary during the flight. I really recommend it if you're looking for an exciting memory! more
First timers, Wendy and I joined another couple who were also rookies. Well Kai did a fantastic job of keeping us interested all ...the way grog ha. 40 minute flight.great job Kai... That's one off the bucket list more
Awesome!! So much fun! Doors off was exciting!! The pilot Josh was fantastic!!!! Totally would recommend or do it again!!!
Rick and Kellie
We loved the Magnum tour of Oahu. Josh is an awesome pilot who clearly loves what he does. Daniel prepped us well and made us all ...feel comfortable about a doors-off ride. This is actually the only way to see the best waterfalls on Oahu. The take off (controlled dive) from the top of the mountain was spectacular. We can't wait to take this tour again. Thanks Paradise Helicopter Tours! Maybe we'll see Daniel on the North Coast of California sometime. more
My wife and I booked the magnum experience w/out a landing and doors! We absolutely loved the 60 minute flight and am very glad we... didn't book a short flight. The staff were very nice and easy to work with. The pilot (Ky....?) was amazing!! He provided great information about the island and where we were at. He honored every request we had and kept the flight interesting! My wife is terrified of flying but sat between the pilot and me. She loved the experience! This is the ONLY way to view Oahu! Fantastic job by Paradise and very thankful to be so blessed with this opportunity. We will definitely ensure ton fly with Paradise again! If you are in Oahu and reading this comment- just do it! It's just money. I promise the cost will provide a lifetime of priceless memories. Kids would also enjoy the helicopter flight. Thank you so much to Paradise for a truly unforgettable and smooth experience. more
The tour was amazing! Over Hawaii locations on a prefect Hawaii day... what more can you ask for!? The tour guide was entertaining... and well knowledge. But the fact that we had to share the tour with 10-12 year old boys kind of killed the romantic part of the tour. It's a GREAT experience! Although staying in Waikiki and driving to the North Shore was kind of a hassel and took one hour... the helicopter tour made up for part of it. I would recommend to first timers to the island. more
I loved the helicopter ride, something I've always wanted to do! I paid the extra $25 for preferred seating, I wouldn't... do that again since every seat is a window seat, that was deceiving:( The pilot did a great job explaining what we were seeing, ect. Overall it was great, I would do it again, minus the preferred seating. more
The BEST 45 minutes in Hawaii. A fantastic view, of some of the great geological and coastal highlights on Oahu. As a keen photog...rapher, you can not beat this opportunity to get some great shots of the landscape, coastline and Pearl Harbour. Being able to take shots without having to worry about focusing through windows or getting reflections from those windows is the best. Our pilot Josh, was both informative and a good judge of his passengers. He could see that one of his passengers (my wife - Wendy) was a little apprehensive about the flight and flew his craft with that in mind. As a result, she was able to enjoy the experience. At all times you felt safe and secure, from the time we got our land-based safety briefing from Shannon, to being belted into your seat, then the flight itself. Definitely worth the money for an invaluable experience. more
Ian WHITMORE (Aust)
The one-hour flight was nice. I have to be honest though, for $500 (for two) it's only worth it if you want to see Sacred Fa...lls. And for us it was worth every bit, that was the most beautiful scene I've ever witnessed in my life. The rest of the flight was good, we covered every major spot on the island and the pilot even double backed on the big ones like Diamond Head, Waikiki, USS Arizona, etc. The staff was great, the flight enjoyable, but again I wouldn't do it unless you really want to see Sacred Falls since you can no longer hike to it. The aircraft we took up was a seven seater (including the pilot) with one middle seat, I would request a window seat for the better view. more
Any cancellations made within 2 business days of your activity (after 17:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.