Part of the Hawaiian island chain in the Central Pacific, the US island of Oahu is awash with both natural and man-made attractions. Among the former are dozens of beautiful beaches, while the latter includes a buzzing Chinatown district, plenty of drinking and dining venues, and multiple historic landmarks including Pearl Harbor, site of the famous World War II bombing attack. Oahu is also home to the vibrant state capital of Honolulu.
Whether it’s natural wonders or man-made places of interest that float your boat, there’ll be plenty to keep you entertained on Oahu. And if you’d like to see the island from up high, you could even book yourself into a thrilling helicopter ride. There are numerous helicopter tours on offer across the island, and here are three of the best.
From $258 per person
Experience a unique blend of coast, city and forest landscapes during this 45-minute helicopter tour over Maui. Your adventure begins by flying over the Honolulu Harbor, where you’ll see the Aloha Tower. Next you’ll soar down the coast, past the Waikiki beaches before looping around Diamond Head. Before long, Maunalua Bay will open in front of your eyes, revealing the island’s world-renowned reefs. Next, Makapu’u Lighthouse will greet you before you travel up Windward Coast, passing Lanikai Beach and the appropriately named Chinaman’s Hat monument. The helicopter doors can be kept on or offer depending on your preference.
From $249 per person
A helicopter tour is one of the best ways to see the island. Aerial views simply cannot be matched from the ground, and if you’re a photographer there’s simply no better way to capture great images than by shooting without doors or windows in the way. Without the doors, your tour comes alive with a unique perspective, the wind in your face, and the adventure of it all. Fans of Magnum PI will be thrilled to ride in the same aircraft used in the iconic TV series. Check out their great reviews on TripAdvisor and then reserve your tour.
From $299 per person
Experience the ultimate doors-off helicopter tour in VIP luxury on this exhilarating journey over the island, inspired by the iconic TV show Mangum P.I. Departing from Honolulu Airport, you’ll begin your adventure by flying over Waikiki’s pristine shoreline and continue down the leeward coast to Diamond Head, Koko Head and the historic Makapuu Point Lighthouse, before moving north up the windward coast, passing over Kailua Beach, Chinamans Hat and Kaneohe Bay. Next, heading north to Jurassic Valley and Sacred Falls, you’ll witness jaw-dropping views of famous North Shore, Banzai Pipeline and Waimea Bay. The tour closes with a slow flyover of Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona before returning to Honolulu.