As the third largest and most populated island in Hawaii, Oahu offers several incredible sights. Home to Hawaii’s capital city, Honolulu, and historic must-sees—including Diamond Head and Pearl Harbor—the only way to truly appreciate it all is through a helicopter tour over Oahu.
Your Hawaiian Doors Off helicopter tour begins with a beautiful view of Keehi Lagoon and continues over historic Honolulu Harbor, Aloha Tower, and the Natural Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. While flying over these beautiful landmarks, you’ll also get an incredible birds-eye view of the Koolau mountains, Ala Moana Beach Park, and Waikiki Beach. Next on the tour are some of Oahu’s most stunning vistas, including Kaawa Valley, Sacred Falls, the North Shore, and more. Finally, your tour concludes with a breathtaking view of Oahu’s most historic sights, including Pearl Harbor, the Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri.
It’s more than a tour: it’s an experience. Your Doors Off Oahu helicopter adventure begins with a beautiful view of Keehi Lagoon and continues over historic Honolulu Harbor. Aloha Tower, once the tallest structure on the island, is dwarfed by the business center highrises and you’ll note how compact the downtown area is. Above the city is Punchbowl, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, and beyond, the ridges of the Koolau mountains that describe a spine down the middle of the island. You’ll see Ala Moana Beach Park, Magic Island, the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor and Waikiki Beach. This part is fun because you’ll also see the surfers and pleasure craft off Waikiki, as well as occasional marine life such as dolphins and turtles.
Next up is Diamond Head, Kahala, and spectacular Hanauma Bay.
Rounding the east end of the island, you’ll see rugged coastline, inviting Sandy Beach and Makapuu Point and lighthouse. Your aerial tour continues over Sea Life Park. Your Doors Off helicopter tour over Oahu, Hawaii, continues above miles of white sand beach in Waimanalo. You’ll be treated to stunning views of Mount Olomana, Kailua, Kaneohe and the gorgeous coral formations of Kaneohe Bay.
The Bay itself hold several visual treats including Coconut Island, which was used for the opening shot of the TV classic Gilligan’s Island, and the serene waters of the Kaneohe Bay fishpond, initially constructed by the ancient Hawaiians. Look for the Bay’s sandbar, where boaters gather at low tide, and for distinctive Chinaman’s Hat, known as Mokoli’i. According to Hawaiian legend, the uniquely shaped island was the tip of the tail of a lizard.
One of the most dramatic vistas awaits you, storied Jurassic Park (Kaaawa) valley, where scenes from a dozen major motion pictures have been filmed. Perhaps the highlight of the tour is Sacred Falls, a delicate and splendid 1,000-foot cascade.
The tour continues along the storied North Shore, with a million-dollar view of world-renowned surfing spots including Sunset Beach, Pipeline and Waimea Bay. On your way over Oahu’s Central Plain, you’ll see the Dole Pineapple maze and the “birthing stones” of Hawaiian royalty. Your Oahu helicopter tour concludes with an all-encompassing view of Pearl Harbor, the Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri.