hawaii helicopter tours

Discover the Beauty of Hawaii from Above with Helicopter Tours

A Sky Adventure Awaits

Ready for a breathtaking adventure? Hawaii helicopter tours offer a thrilling and unique way to explore the islands' beauty. From the moment you lift off, you'll be captivated by incredible views that showcase the true natural wonders of Hawaii.

With a variety of Hawaiian helicopter tours available, each catering to different interests and showcasing the unique beauty of every island, you can choose the one that suits you best, making sure to consider factors like accommodation and transportation to and from your hotel.

Hawai'i – The Big Island

Volcanoes National Park Safari by Safari Helicopters: Beginning at Hilo Airport, this big island helicopter tour is by the longest-running company on the island and if you’re after Hawaii volcano helicopter tours, this one’s for you. With the captain as your guide, you will be able to experience the picturesque sights of volcanoes, lava flows, rainbows, orchid farms, lush forests, waterfalls and much more, learning interesting facts about the scenery as you fly.

Cost: From $319.00 per adult.
Ages: 2–99, max 6 per group.
Duration: 55 minutes.
Book: Here.

Experience Hawai’i Big Island Helicopter Flight from Kona by Paradise Helicopters: Passengers view must-see attractions on this longer-than-normal guided tour, like Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the active volcano of Kilauea. You will fly between the volcanic peaks of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea – standing at more than 33,000 feet, it’s the tallest sea mountain in the world. Waipi’o Valley and the cascading seaside cliffs, tropical rainforests, mountain waterfalls and valleys of the Hamakua Coast finish this picturesque tour.

Cost: From $802.83 per adult.
Ages: 0–120, max 6 per group.
Duration: 2 hours.
Book: Here.


Molokai and Maui Helicopter Tour by Maverick Helicopters: From Maui Airport, this guided, historical tour takes you over some of Hawaii’s most remote locations. Experience Kahiwa Falls, 4,000 ft seaside cliffs, the North Shore, Halawa Valley, the Molokai fish ponds and Pailolo Channel. Soar over Lao Valley State Park, Honokohau Falls, and the West Maui Mountains, with panoramic views of the tropical rainforests, deep valleys and hidden waterfalls of Maui, which are inaccessible by land, an unforgettable experience.

Cost: $425.99 per adult.
Ages: 0–99, max 7 per group.
Duration: 55 minutes.
Book: Here.

Doors-OFF West Maui and Molokai Helicopter Tour by Air Maui Helicopter Tours: If you want a more up-close-and-personal experience, choose between a morning or afternoon departure on this scenic tour with live commentary from your pilot. Experience unobstructed views, perfect for photography – cellphone only – of mountains, deep ravines, isolated beaches and remote waterfalls of the lush landscape of Maui and Molokai.

Cost: From $386.67 per adult.
Ages: 10–100, max 6 per group.
Duration: 45 minutes.
Book: Here.


Kauai ECO Adventure Helicopter Tour by Blue Hawaiian Helicopters: From Lihue heliport, this tour spans the entire island, with visitors able to see the Hanapepe Valley, the Manawaiopuna Falls that are featured in Jurassic Park, the red ravines of Olokele and Waimea Canyons, No Pali Coast, Poipu Beaches and, if weather permits, you dip into the stunning Mt. Waialeale Crater. Experience 50 percent less overhead noise and travel comfortably with the business class-style seats.

Cost: From $379.00 per adult.
Ages: 0–99, max 6 per group.
Duration: 55 minutes.
Book: Here.

Hughes 500 Helicopter by Airborne Aviation Tours: This doors-off helicopter adventure mixes thrill with safety due to the years of experience providing rescue services for the Kauai Fire Department. Even better, this means the helicopter has no middle back seats, providing all passengers with stunning aerial views over Manawaiopuna Falls, Waimea Canyon State Park filled with multiple waterfalls, Na Pali Coast, the crown jewel of Kauai, Hanalei Valley and Mt. Waialeale, the wettest place on Earth.

Cost: From $345.00 per adult.
Ages: 10–99, max 4 per group.
Duration: 50 minutes.
Book: Here.


Open-Door Helicopter Tour over Oahu by Magnum Helicopters: Experience unobstructed views of Oahu’s beaches, waterfalls and locations like Magic Island, Keehi Lagoon, the Aloha Tower, Ala Moana Beach Park, Pearl Harbor and the Halona Blowhole. The pilot will provide live commentary as you fly, providing interesting information as you take in the magnificent natural sights and landmarks. Be awestruck by waterfalls, mountains, valleys, coral reefs, volcanic craters and even a lighthouse.

Cost: From $350.00 per adult.
Ages: 3–99, max 4 per group.
Duration: 50 minutes.
Book: Here.

Royal Crown of Oahu by Rainbow Helicopters: Adventure lovers will love this helicopter tour over Oahu, where passengers can choose either door on or off to up the thrill. Beginning at Honolulu International Airport, expect to see some of Hawaii’s best-known locations, like Banzai Pipeline, Waimea Bay, an up-close experience of Sacred Falls, the volcanic cliffs and white-sand beaches of Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, Makapu’u Lighthouse, Ko’olau Range, Lanikai Beach, Kane’ohe Bay, Mokooli’I and Ka’o’awa Valley.

Cost: From $395.00 per adult.
Ages: 0–99, max 15 per group.
Duration: 1 hour.
Book: Here.

Are Hawaii Helicopter Tours Safe?

Tour operators use well-maintained, modern helicopters with advanced safety features. The highly experienced pilots undergo rigorous training to ensure your safety and the operators follow strict safety protocols set by aviation authorities, including regular inspections, maintenance checks and adherence to flight regulations.

What to Know Before You Go

  • Helicopter tours are available year-round.
  • Morning tours offer clear skies and soft lighting, while afternoon tours capture vibrant sunset colors.
  • Age and weight restrictions may apply, and some tours may require young children to sit on a parent's lap during the flight.
  • Tours may be rescheduled or canceled if weather conditions are unfavorable.
  • Dress comfortably and in layers.
  • Bring a camera with a zoom lens for close-up shots (only phone cameras may be allowed on some tours).
  • Take precautions for motion sickness.
  • Follow pilot and crew instructions for a smooth experience.

What Are You Waiting For?

Helicopter rides in Hawaii offer an unforgettable and thrilling way to witness the breathtaking beauty of the islands. So, why wait? Take to the skies and let the magic of Hawaiian helicopter tours create enduring memories that will stay with you long after your return home.

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