Hughes 500 Helicopter - 4 guests max with no middle rear seats!

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Hughes 500 Helicopter Adventure
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From $325.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 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
  • NO MIDDLE back row seats
  • 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 entrance of the Lihue Airport stay in the left lane and continue to the T intersection and 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

    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
    • 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.
    • No scuba diving within 24 hours of departure.
    • 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.
    • 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
    It was a very memorable worthwhile experience! I did have a middle seat but it was up front… while I would have liked a window seat.. the doors were off so I still got to see everything! Our pilot was amazing and took us all around the island showing us the different terrain and climate areas. The waterfalls are plentiful on this tour! I would 100% recommend this even though it’s an expensive experience. It’s a once in a lifetime kind of thing!


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    Amazing experience.
    Joseph_S, Oct 2023
    The entire experience, from start to finish was amazing. Our pilot Kate was excellent, the scenery and 'doors off' feel was great.
    Totally worth it!! Will never forget. However no-doors: Definitely not for the faint of heart!
    Thomas_W, Oct 2023
    Five stars. Brian was an excellent pilot and the ground crew was also great, including pre-flight briefing. We’ll never forget this experience. Of course our favorite was the Nā Pali coast, and especially hovering at the weeping wall falls; simply stunning. Our only issue was that we were both a bit frightened of engaging the seatbelt buckle by accident. Ultimately no problem, of course! Brian our pilot did a great job telling us about the island, especially during turbulence events, as if to keep us calm!
    Gorgeous views!
    Michael_L, Sep 2023
    Wayne was wonderful as was the rest of the “ground” staff. Such beautiful scenery. However, we definitely learned why they suggest warm clothes
    Amazing experience!
    Kimberly_M, Sep 2023
    This was an amazing experience! The views were breathtaking! The greeters were friendly and informative,the ride was smooth and our pilot made us feel completely safe! Highly recommend!
    Pat_H, Sep 2023
    Max took us on the flight of our life. The view was amazing! Max was great with explaining what all we were seeing. We are so happy with the experience.
    DOROTHY_T, Sep 2023
    Just wonderful!! Recommend highly. Can’t wait to come back and do it again! Our pilot was great. Everyone was very helpful
    Amazing experience
    Linda_B, Sep 2023
    Amazing sights but somewhat limited if you are in the front middle seat as pilot controls are in front of you (though I felt more secure so it was a balance)
    The No doors is an...
    Beth_A, Sep 2023
    The No doors is an experience in itself. I found it hard to hear the pilot at times and the music could be better. The music really didn’t go with the views. Need more tropical island theme. The staff was very friendly and informative.
    Glad we went with this tour
    Marc_K, Sep 2023
    Excellent staff Excellent experience Excellent pilot USE THIS SERVICE WHILE IN KAUAI Perfect for our trip
    Ride of a lifetime!
    Dan_B, Sep 2023
    We had the time of our lives! The ride and views were spectacular. So glad we went for the open doors … thrilling and unobstructed views. Our pilot was awesome. Would do this again.
    Epic Flight of a Lifetime
    Kathleen_N, Sep 2023
    The sheer beauty of Kauai, it's wilderness with lack of roads or even trails, the thrill of hanging on for dear life as we looked out into the sky beneath us, the skill of our pilot and his commentary, the kindness of the staff before and after our flight; the whole experience was unforgettable and we all want to thank you for it.
    Simply stunning
    Maxim_B, Sep 2023
    Simply stunning. And no doors make it very different. Highly recommend the experience and the company. Flawless service.
    Absolutely stunning!
    Richard_S, Sep 2023
    The entire flight was incredible. Max was an excellent pilot and tour guide. Seeing the canyons from above is breath taking. I really appreciated how Max turned the helicopter so people on both sides got great looks at everything. I seriously can't recommend this strongly enough!
    Sooooo worth the money! Must do!
    Paige_S, Sep 2023
    My husband and I have described that hour as “the most fun 60 minutes we’ve ever had”. And doors off is a huge part of why! Wayne was our guide and he was great!
    Flying high
    Roberta_F, Sep 2023
    This trip was fabulous! Tianna was our pilot. She was very personable and informative. This is a must do experience!
    Would highly recommend !!
    Anthony_G, Sep 2023
    Absolutely amazing and breathtaking. This team is solid. 💯 Percent know what they are doing. The ground crew, the pilots, everyone. Mike kept everyone entertained while briefing, Max has nerves of steel and the best job in the world. Would def. Recommend and we'd love to do this again. Thank you all.
    Best part of our vacation.
    Debbie_M, Sep 2023
    Our helicopter tour of Kuaui on sept 15 was the best part of our trip to the Hawaiian islands. Our pilot Kate was amazing. The route of the tour took us over breathtaking views that we will never forget. The tour was excellent from when we arrived to when we left. The office staff were friendly and informative. I’d highly recommend Airborne Aviation.
    MeryemVanessa_S, Sep 2023
    It was sooo nice from the Start till the End. Good organisation, Great Young Pilot named tianna , Great weather . Has to be on every bucketlist.
    Excursion of a lifetime!
    Tammy_N, Sep 2023
    This was an excursion of a lifetime! The staff was very informative and all about safety. Very accommodating. We showed up early and was able to take the no show group’s spot. Kate was an excellent pilot and guide. The music played through the headphones added to the experience. Highly recommend!
    Breathtaking views
    Mike_W, Sep 2023
    You got to see parts of the island that you could never see without a helicopter. The landscapes were diversified and absolutely breathtaking. The staff and crew were wonderful. The safety instructor was a hoot.

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