Hughes 500 4-passenger Doors-Off Helicopters

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Hughes 500 Helicopter Adventure

From $339.00

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 50 minutes
  • Flight time: 50 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Get those drone views of Hawaii’s “Garden Isle”—but get them yourself, in an open-door helicopter. With no rear middle seats, you and your crew will take to the skies for nearly an hour, flying above lush canyons, wild cliffs, and the wettest spot on Earth. Led by a trained firefighting pilot, you’ll get a fast-paced-yet-awe-inducing adventure, and you’ll nab some of the most gorgeous views on the planet.
  • Fly above Kauai with a trained pilot at the helm
  • See waterfalls from Jurassic Park, the Na Pali Coast, and more exquisite sights
  • Get open-door access to the island's best views
  • Limited to 4 guests, you'll get an intimate flight experience

What's Included

  • 4 Passenger Doors-Off Helicopters
  • Two-way communication headsets
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Use of a smart phone tether.

    Meeting and Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Airborne Aviation
      3651 Ahukini Rd, Lihue, HI 96766, USA

      CHECK-IN 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO FLIGHT TIME! At the MAIN ENTRANCE of the Lihue Airport stay in the left lane at the second stop sign turn left to continue on Ahukini Rd. In 0.3 miles turn right onto Waikai, St., parking area is to your right.

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Join your pilot, along with an intimate group of three other guests, and jump into your open-door helicopter. Buckle up, put on your communication headset, and get settled in your window seat.

    As you take to the skies, begin by viewing lush canyons, cliffs, and flowing water from above. Then, as you fly above Kauai, get the chance to see the Manawaiopuna Falls from Jurassic Park, as well as the Na Pali Coast.

    And, as you fly past Waimea Canyon State Park, watch movement of multiple cascading waterfalls. Once your open-door adventure comes to an end, touch down back at your departure point.

    Manawaiopuna Falls (Jurassic Park Falls) (Pass By)

    Waimea Canyon State Park (Pass By)

    Na Pali Coast (Pass By)

    Hanalei (Pass By)

    Mt. Waialeale (Pass By)

    Additional Info

    • Total weight per passenger: 240 lbs
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • *Every seat is a window seat! Actual assignment for Open Seating will be determined at checkin and only after completing a proper weight & balance: The pilot sits on the [Left-Front]. Passenger 1 [Front-Center window seat], Passenger 2 [Front-Right window seat], Passenger 3 [Left-Rear window seat], Passenger 4 [Right-Rear window seat].
    • The following Weight Restrictions require purchasing (1) additional seat: Single Passengers that exceed 240 lbs. or parties of two (2) with a combined weight that exceed 400 lbs. For parties of 4 the maximum combined weight allowed onboard is 745 lbs.
    • Checkin 30 minutes prior to flight time.
    • Camera devices are welcomed but must be tethered.
    • Minimum 10 years of age.
    • This is a shared tour up to 4 guests, for private tours select 4 seats upon booking.
    • No scuba diving within 24 hours of departure.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    Featured review
    We had beautiful weather and a stunning flight over Kauai. This views were absolutely epic. I would bring a sweater though, it gets kinda chilly in certain areas in the ride. This is my 3rd time seeing the Napali Coast and this was by far my favorite way of seeing it! Highly recommend.


    901 reviews
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    Stunning adventure
    Brian_M, Apr 2024
    We saw beautiful views that you wouldn’t see by land or sea. Waterfalls, canyons, looking down on lush mountain peaks, etc. It was a trip of a lifetime.
    Amazing ride!
    Randy_V, Apr 2024
    I knew this was going to be great, but exceeded my expectations! Had great weather and a great pilot, got a great seat. Absolutely fantastic ride. Just kept getting better and better. 1000% recommend
    Breathtaking, beautiful
    Mursal_J, Apr 2024
    The experience was absolutely breathtaking… and everyone was so welcoming and friendly. I initially had it planned for a later time and due to the weather the crew contacted me and made sure I got to experience it.
    Thrilling worthwhile views of the island
    Naina_T, Apr 2024
    A once in a lifetime experience. Fantastic tour and totally worth the price. Well timed and saw all the highlights of Kauai. Would 100% recommend. If you are afraid of heights, then maybe not the doors off tour.
    Just give them your money you won't regret it!
    April_R, Apr 2024
    This was epic! Totally worth every penny and then some! Fantastic views, the pilot was top notch even in high winds from a storm coming in and knowledgeable of the entire landscape covered in the tour! I will totally do this again!
    Great staff and...
    Carmen_J, Apr 2024
    Great staff and hospitality. Informative and beautiful views of the Garden Isle. Everyone made us feel comfortable and made sure we had the best possible experience.
    Best experience in Kauai!
    shannonjones616, Apr 2024
    This out blew my expectations! For price I was worried but it was worth every penny. Stephen was awesome and very experienced. The whole staff was so kind and trained you for everything you needed to be trained in. You see the most beautiful parts of Kauai, you learn history of the spots you’re seeing and I just simply cannot say more about the experience. I am still grinning ear to ear and looking at photos and videos! Listen to them when they say dress warm!
    Wow 🤩 Amazing helicopter tour 😍
    Michelle_B, Apr 2024
    Max was our pilot. He was amazing. Showed us everything on the Island and explained it to us. It was one of our most amazing excursions. The beauty of this island we could see by helicopter. It was a gorgeous day and the waterfalls were flowing heavy. Would highly recommend this to everyone 👌 Hopefully you get Max!!!
    In the sky
    MarieFrance_B, Apr 2024
    À dream come true we saw the canyon, the falls and even a Humpback. Good pilot. He always turns around to give time to take photos. Amazing view
    High Flight!! No dancing on walls of cloud but certainly touch the clouds!
    Chandran_M, Apr 2024
    Quite pricey but well worth it. Sent both my kids on the ride. They loved the open door heli being used to growing up and being around d a top off and doors off Red Jeep Wrangler, they loved this flying Jeep! The pilot was very professional and capable. They only wished she was a bit more engaging and informative although she did answer any questions. This is one of the things where it is catch 22. Do you really want to complain about cost and pilot's chatter on a doors off helicopter??? But you guys know what I mean...just giving some feedback as requested by visitor.
    Scott_O, Apr 2024
    I agreed to this doors-off helicopter ride as a condition my husband made before he would agree to our trip to Hawaii. I was scared to death! The ground crew was great. They got us checked in, educated us on safety, buckled us into our seats, and then our pilot took us on the most breathtakingly amazing trip! I was white knuckled the entire time, but I loved every single minute! I will never forget this experience, and I would absolutely do this again!!!
    Highlight of our trip
    Kristen_K, Apr 2024
    This tour is worth the money! You’ll get views of things you can never see from anywhere else. You’ll see the whole island and get amazing pictures. My whole family loved it!
    Incredible experience!!
    Rachael_R, Apr 2024
    We had Kyle as our pilot and he was so great! So knowledgeable and very good with my kids (12 and 10). We had an incredible time! Expensive, but so worth every penny. The entire staff were wonderful and so helpful. Would recommend to everyone!
    Anurag_D, Apr 2024
    Really awesome tour company. Very professional and good quality pilots and helicopters. The tour itself is absolutely breakthrough taking. Do not miss.
    Breathtaking Helicopter Tour
    Amy_M, Apr 2024
    Helicopter experience was indescribable. The views were a once in a life time opportunity including seeing whales by the coast. Our pilot Max was lovely and made the experience all the more worthwhile,
    Best helicopter tour on kauai
    Joseph_R, Apr 2024
    The trip was awesome! Would definitely book through them again. All the staff were friendly and knowledgeable and helped out.
    Andrew_G, Apr 2024
    This is absolutely the best part of a trip to Kauai. If you're worried about it, don't be. It's an amazingly smooth and cool ride. Anything that makes you uncomfortable will immediately be solved once you get in the air.
    Breathing taking experience- worth every penny!
    Heather_U, Apr 2024
    This was an incredible experience for our family (we have two 14 year olds). Teens loved it, dad was only slightly unnerved, while mom was completely petrified, but natural with a fear of heights. Brian was our pilot, and made us feel comfortable right away, and was able to show us so many cool spots on the island you otherwise wouldn’t see. The views of the coast lines, waterfalls, canyon and so much more were breathtaking and worth every penny. The company is well organized and places an importance on safety. Like others have said, dress warmly, have an elastic for long hair as they do make you tie it up, you can wear glasses/sunglasses but no hats, and other than a camera/phone that they provide tethers for, you can’t take anything else with you, but they have lockers to store your belongings in.
    Great Experience
    Anita_S, Apr 2024
    Everything! Great experience, operators were knowledgeable and made you feel safe the whole time. The views we will remember for a lifetime
    Thrilling and beautiful!!!
    John_V, Mar 2024
    One of the absolute best experiences of our lives!!! Would 1000% recommend!!! Thrilling and beautiful!!!

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