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City-by-the-Sea - 20 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On

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City-by-the-Sea - 20 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On

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This 20-minute helicopter tour gives you views of Waikiki and the Honolulu skyline. Choose the doors-off option to get the best possible photos from your guaranteed window seat.
  • 20-minute helicopter flight over Oahu
  • Aerial views of Honolulu city skyline, Waikiki, Diamond Head, Punch Bowl Crater, and Pearl Harbor
  • Opt to fly with doors on or off
  • Guaranteed window seat
  • Choice of departure times
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Departure Point

155 Kapalulu Pl #197, Honolulu, HI 96819, USA

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

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Select a convenient departure time when booking, and begin your tour at Rainbow Helicopters located in Honolulu International Airport.

Get a brief orientation from your pilot and choose whether you'd like to fly with the helicopter doors on or off. Fasten your seat belt and take off, flying over Honolulu Harbor and the South Shore of Oahu. Watch the people milling around in Honolulu's commercial district, far below, and see people relaxing on Magic Island and the white sand of Waikiki. 

Get a bird's eye view (and stunning photo ops) of Diamond Head, the Punchbowl Crater, and the U.S. National Military Cemetery of the Pacific. Head for Pearl Harbor, where you'll get aerial views of the Battleship Missouri and the USS Arizona Memorial. 

After the excitement of soaring above the island, your helicopter circles back to the Honolulu International Airport
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Rainbow Helicopters
Fly high above the world famous city of Honolulu on our City-By-The-Sea helicopter tour. Your helicopter takes off from Honolulu International Airport and takes you over Honolulu Harbor and Oahu’s beautiful South Shore.
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Flying past Honolulu's skyline, you can see the busy shops of the Ala Moana Center and the popular picnic grounds of Magic Island.
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Waikiki Beach
As you near the white-sand beaches of Waikiki marvel at the multitude of surfers, beachgoers, sailboats, and swimmers savoring the beauty and joy of the island affectionately known as The Gathering Place.
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Diamond Head State Monument
Rising from Waikiki's beaches is mighty Diamond Head. Your bird's eye view will let you peer directly into the crater and wave to the hikers on the ridge beneath you.
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Pearl Harbor National Memorial
After flying over Punchbowl Crater and the U.S. National Military Cemetery of the Pacific, you head for Pearl Harbor.
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USS Arizona Memorial
At the famous port, you will pass over the USS Arizona memorial and the famous Battleship Missouri. At the end of your tour, you will understand why so many people fall in love with this city-by-the-sea.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Safety of flight is our primary concern. The operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or appear to be intoxicated. Intoxicated passengers will not fly and they will be charged in full.
  • For doors off tours, jackets and/or sweatshirts, closed toe shoes, and hair ties are required. Long pants are recommended.
  • When booking the doors off experience, your seat may or may not be directly adjacent to an open door.
  • Only passengers weighing 80 lbs or more may fly with the door off in our Robinson R44 helicopter. Only passengers weighing 100 lbs or more may fly with the door off in our Airbus Astar helicopter.
  • All passengers 24 months and older must purchase a full fare seat.
  • For each guest weighing 260 pounds or more, a weight and balance fee is required to safely balance the aircraft. For guests weighing between 260-279 lbs, a fee in the amount of 50% of the seat price will be assessed after booking. For guests weighing 280 lbs or higher, an additional seat purchase will be assessed after booking.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Rainbow Helicopters

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during City-by-the-Sea - 20 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by City-by-the-Sea - 20 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On.
What is the policy on sanitization during City-by-the-Sea - 20 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by City-by-the-Sea - 20 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On.
What is the social distancing policy during City-by-the-Sea - 20 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by City-by-the-Sea - 20 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during City-by-the-Sea - 20 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by City-by-the-Sea - 20 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On.

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, Jun 2021
this tour is highly recommended . You can see the beauty of the island .the pilot also narrates some Hawaii history while flying that makes it more interesting.
Cool having the door off
, Jun 2021
Great way to view Waikiki, Pearl Harbor, and Diamond Head crater. Having the door off added to the fun and made it clearer to view everything and added to the adventure. Highly recommend
Great Experience love the view
, Mar 2021
Awesome experience had a lot of fun my first helicopter ride and first time In Hawaii on my birthday!!
20 min w/ door off
, Dec 2020
I’ve never been in a helicopter before so the thought of one and without doors was both scary and exciting. Very nice staff and the pilot was great also and the views too. It was a great first time experience
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We got to fly though a rainbow
, Mar 2020
What a great tour got to see a lot of different things you can't see from the ground . Got to fly over Pearl Harbor seeing Pearl Harbor from 2000 feet up was amazing
Amazing Views & Friendly Service
, Oct 2019
Been to Waikiki 5 times and this is the only excursion we had never done before. It was absolutely amazing & the views were incredible. Staff and pilot service was outstanding. My only regret is we should have done the 45 minute or 1-hour ride instead, 20 minutes just seemed so short. I would definitely do it again next time we are in Honolulu.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
We are so happy you decided to take a helicopter ride this time and chose us! We look forward to seeing you next time! Mahalo!
Doors off tour
, Jul 2018
All personnel were professional and knowledgeable. Our pilot Joanna was especially impressive in her skills. I would highly recommend this tour for everyone, it was a fantastic experience.
Incredible experience with breath...
Amanda b
, Dec 2017
Incredible experience with breath taking views. Staff was friendly and professional.
Great tour. Professional staff...
, Apr 2017
Great tour. Professional staff, efficient so the wait time wasn't long to get loaded. 20 minute flight is a nice introduction to people that haven't been in a helicopter ride before. Saw great, unique views of Diamondhead and Pearl Harbor. Highlight of our trip.
Very very cool tour, I also had an...
, Feb 2017
Very very cool tour, I also had an awesome pilot Fred was a really cool experience. Thanks again

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