We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Makani Kai Helicopters

#16 of 321 Tours in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 130 Iolana Pl, Honolulu International Airport, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96819-1840
Phone Number:
+1 877-255-8532
Website
This attraction is at Honolulu Intl Airport
Today
08:00 - 17:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Description:

Don’t settle for second best. Makani Kai Helicopters is Oahu’s oldest,...

Don’t settle for second best. Makani Kai Helicopters is Oahu’s oldest, largest and best aerial tour company. Our pilots are the most experienced flying these skies, period. They’ll show you the very best sights and help create memories to last a lifetime.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
US$234.99*
and up
Open-Door Helicopter Tour over Oahu
More Info
US$246.88*
and up
Oahu Sky and Sea Combo: Helicopter Tour with Sunset Dinner Cruise or Atlantis...
More Info
US$234.99*
and up
45-minute Oahu Helicopter Tour: Hidden Oahu

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 586 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 500
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Much fun and incredible views

Very much enjoyed our 45 minute tour with the pilot, Jim, who was great and enthusiastic even though he'd obviously done this many, many times before. Yes, the seats are snug and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
jsas4
,
Poughkeepsie, New York
Add Photo Write a Review

586 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 559: English reviews
Poughkeepsie, New York
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very much enjoyed our 45 minute tour with the pilot, Jim, who was great and enthusiastic even though he'd obviously done this many, many times before. Yes, the seats are snug and not everyone gets the outside due to weight balancing. If an issue, book a smaller one. Next time I want open doors! A unique experience not soon forgotten.... More 

Helpful?
Thank jsas4
Holt
Level Contributor
39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Absolutely loved this ride! Beautiful, even seen a circle rainbow! Learned some interesting facts, and Jim was a great pilot!

Helpful?
Thank Sherry N
PJ O, Manager at Makani Kai Helicopters, responded to this review

Aloha, Sherry. So glad you loved your tour...and that you're now a member of the tres exclusive Circle Rainbow Club. Thank you for flying with us. More 

Level Contributor
88 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We did the one hour trip which was truly amazing in the doors off helicopter! The best experience ever and not to be missed. We had already driven around Oahu but this is seeing things on a completely different level. Our pilot was Jeff who was so knowledgeable and entertaining. The best money spent.

Helpful?
Thank ERZ60
PJ O, Manager at Makani Kai Helicopters, responded to this review

We often recommend that folks drive or take a bus around the island in addition to their aerial tour. Both are great ways to see Oahu but flying sure beats road traffic. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My first trip in a helicopter.I found it exciting.Quite a buzz on take off going up and not forward. Pilot was good - a smooth ride, showing all participants an equal chance to see highlights below. He was informative too so made it interesting.Staff that fetched us from the nearest hotel,Michael,was friendly and efficient and they were organized and friendly... More 

Helpful?
Thank elainew123
PJ O, Manager at Makani Kai Helicopters, responded to this review

Thanks for stating that we were "organized and friendly." And I'll make sure Micah, your driver, sees this review. Thank you very much for flying with us. More 

portsmouth
Level Contributor
17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went on the 30 minute tour today and whole thing from start to finish was superb. Started with a hotel pick up bang on time and a drive to airfield. Full safety run down and me my wife and son were made to feel at ease. Then onto the flight Jim our pilot was witty and informative and never once... More 

Helpful?
Thank dave2711
PJ O, Manager at Makani Kai Helicopters, responded to this review

Thanks, Dave, for your over-the-top review. I'm glad you and your family had such a good time. Jim's a gem, eh? More 

Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I did this the other day and loved every minute of it. Our pilot was Jim and he was great, he spoke to us nearly the whole time and told us a lot of information about everything we flew over. Thanks for a memorable trip Jim :)

Helpful?
Thank Rachel P
PJ O, Manager at Makani Kai Helicopters, responded to this review

Aloha, Rachel. I'm glad you found Jim's rap to your liking and your tour memorable. Do plan to return to our islands and maybe next time check out Kauai. More 

1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did the 30-minute ride, and if was fantastic! These guys are professional and polite, and they provide a great service. Jim, our pilot, was informative and funny. Even the driver who picked us up at our hotel was polite, professional and helpful. Highly recommended!!

Helpful?
Thank Terry S
PJ O, Manager at Makani Kai Helicopters, responded to this review

Thanks, Terry, for your observations. Polite, professional and helpful...AND you enjoyed your tour. 'Can't ask for more than that. More 

Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked the Magnum P.I. Tour with the Doors OFF!! Pilot Jim took us around the Island, never felt more safe in my life! Thnx Bob, eh Jim ;) After a week on Oahu this was the perfect ending of our vacation seeing all we visited from above! Doors off is awsome , cool and all the above!

Helpful?
Thank wendystiphout
PJ O, Manager at Makani Kai Helicopters, responded to this review

Loved, loved, loved your review Wendy. Jim/Bob/The Janitor/Pilot gives quite the tour, eh? Glad we gave the perfect ending to your vacation. Do return, please. More 

Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I did the open door tour, and had an awesome time from pickup at the hotel to being dropped back off. The views were obviously incredible, but our awesome pilot & tour guide Margot made it that much more special. This is a must-do while visiting Oahu!

Helpful?
Thank pjdotcom
PJ O, Manager at Makani Kai Helicopters, responded to this review

Cool, Prisilla. I;m happy you got some great views and that you enjoyed Margot's flying and narration. Come visit us again some time. More 

South Portland, Maine
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our pilot was very skilled and knowledgeable. Even when it got a little bumpy over the mountains he navigated it smoothly. However, we were sitting on the back right side and the tour goes around the island to the left! So the entire time we were looking over shoulders and through people to see anything let alone get any pictures.... More 

Helpful?
Thank KDakers
PJ O, Manager at Makani Kai Helicopters, responded to this review

I'm sorry that you were unable to fully enjoy your tour. It's true: except in the case of Kona winds, all tour aircraft on Oahu follow a counter clockwise route. We make three turns: one over Waikiki, one over Sacred Falls and one over Pearl Harbor. Most guests seem okay with this but I understand your disappointment. More 

Travellers who viewed Makani Kai Helicopters also viewed

 

Been to Makani Kai Helicopters? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Makani Kai Helicopters and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Makani Kai Helicopters staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?