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Rainbow’s best helicopter pilots — reviews from our guests.

HONOLULU HELICOPTER TOURS  •  OAHU, HAWAII

Rainbow’s awesome helicopter pilots are well versed in Hawaiian culture, history and geography and deliver an unforgettable experience that customers love.

Rainbow Helicopters exceptional pilots are seasoned professionals with years of flight experience, dedicated to providing a safe, informative and fun helicopter tour while viewing the natural beauty of the Hawaiian landscape. Rainbow’s helicopter pilots fly our colorful helicopters within viewing distance of the most iconic sights, like lush rainforests and majestic waterfalls. They are dedicated to sharing the natural beauty, culture and scenery while sharing personal insights into Hawaii’s diverse culture.

Come with us above the clouds and enjoy awe-inspiring views of the Oahu’s spectacular Hawaiian landscape. Experience a once in a lifetime helicopter tour of Oahu, narrated by a highly-trained pilot and guide that will show you the breathtaking views of world famous waterfalls, lush green valleys and so much more! Rainbow’s helicopter pilots are dedicated to giving you a comfortable and engaging experience while providing guests with an informative story of Hawaii’s rich history.

Awesome experience doors off! Riley our pilot was fantastic!”

KABREN  •  DEC 2021

Amazing pilots
  1. "It was a spectacular trip, highly recommend anyone who is thinking about taking a helicopter ride. Josh our pilot for this trip was amazing, very knowledgeable, courteous and professional. Definitely would recommend using rainbow helicopter for an amazing experience."
    Noel T • Jun 2022
  2. "Our tour and our pilot, Harley, were absolutely amazing! It was so beautiful. Harley was so friendly and knowledgeable. It couldn’t have been any better! Mahalo!"
    Karen and Ashley • Jun 2022
  3. "Cory (Pilot) was great! Engaging and answered all questions. Awesome views! Office crew was friendly, responsive to our needs and very helpful."
    Rebecca Cull • Jun 2022
  4. "An overall brilliant experience. Oliver, our pilot, was very informative on all things scenic Ouha has to offer. A must if visiting this amazing island to get a true reflection of it's natural beauty. Thanks you very much Guys!"
    Paul Bartley • Jun 2022
  5. "SUPERB, EXCELLENT, AMAZING - our pilot was Harley, he was so knowledgeable about the island. He took us over the beautiful blue seas & mountains, finishing with a flight over Pearl Harbour, really a must for anyone’s trip to Honolulu. Thank you Rainbow Helicopters (Harley) & the staff for a special trip that we will remember always"
    Fiona • Jun 2022
  6. "We had an amazing experience! In fact, we’re totally doing it again whenever we get free time. Shout out to our pilot Kyle, who did a tremendous job throughout our flight!! Rainbow helicopters got a great system going: parking, checkin, boarding process and very friendly staff!! We 100 percent recommend Rainbow Helicopters!!"
    Chandradat Dhanraj • Jun 2022
  7. "Simply outstanding! The entire group had a ball and the pilot was as smooth as peanut butter on velvet. We’ll be talking about our tour for years to come. Thanks for an outstanding experience!"
    Elliott Stokes • Jun 2022
  8. "After searching numerous helicopter companies, this was one of the highly rated companies that could accommodate a group of four. The only frustrating aspect I dealt with was after using the companies online booking. As I completed all of the information and paid for the booking. Then I received a text that the timeslot that I just paid for was not available. After some back and forth texting and phone calls, they were able to accommodate us one hour earlier than desired. This was okay but caused some rushing around on our part to ensure that we got to the facility in enough time. Once there, all of the staff was pleasant and helpful. Our pilot, Joey, is the only native Hawaiian pilot. I thought that Joey did a fantastic job flying us around and provided great information about the island and all of the landmarks. This was truly a once in a lifetime experience. As someone who does not typically splurge on purchases, I am glad that I chose the 60-minute flight. I believe it was well worth it."
    Derrick • Jun 2022
  9. "Amazing tour. Highly recommend. All the staff were very pleasant and professional. Our pilot, Harley, was great."
    Amanda Alcanter • Jun 2022
  10. "We had a great flight and enjoyed the scenery! The Pilot was extremely knowledgeable regarding the sites! It was spectacular!"
    Mike Daley • Jun 2022
  11. "Amazing! Oliver was super friendly and great pilot."
    Asmira • Jun 2022
  12. "Magnificent! Glad we did a full hour. Been in a lot of helicopters. Pilot was excellent. Views were terrific. Safety measures were professional."
    Gary Hanson • Jun 2022
  13. "Absolutely amazing tour around most of the island, with interesting factoids along the way. Our pilot was an absolute pro and made us feel very comfortable. 100% recommended and would do again!"
    Christian • Jun 2022
  14. "Helicopter flight was amazing and the pilot was very knowledgeable about the island. The staff made everyone feel welcomed from the moment you stepped inside the doors and the wait really did go by fast, and the helicopter went by even faster"
    Steven Kyle • May 2022
  15. "A must do event and this made our visit to Oahu the best ever!! The entire staff and crew were amazing and professional from beginning to end. The pilots are seasoned professionals and this is the most experienced team on the islands. First rate and wait till you see the views. Gets no better if you want to make your island visit a memorable experience."
    Jerry Barakos • May 2022
  16. "Great flight all around and great customer service. Our flight started with a greeting by the Crew at the reception desk and a quick and simple safety video. Then a quick ride out to the aircraft where our pilot Riley already had the aircraft running and waiting for us to load. The flight was awesome to say the least. Being an old Army Aviation mechanic and door gunner from Afghanistan it brought back some great memories to fly with doors open and feel the wind filling the aircraft! Riley kept us at a nice smooth level flight climbing to about 2500ft for one portion as we went around the whole island. He called out the sites and even circled around so people on the outside got a first hand view of the major sites. That was the fun part as the aircraft banked about 30 degrees in a very controlled 360 degree turn. Any tighter than that and my fiancé woulda crushed my hand!!! Everyone gets a headset with mic and they worked fine but only me and my fiancé talked during the flight. This was her first helicopter flight so she was a bit nervous but the jitters wore off toward the end when she talked to the pilot. Riley was very confident, managing the aircraft, talking to other aircraft and us as well. He knows his stuff for sure. Overall it was a great time and worth every penny. I’d definitely do it again and highly recommend their service. Thanks for making the whole experience a great time."
    D. Parmer • May 2022
  17. "It was more than we had hoped for! Oliver was not only an excellent pilot but was very personable and knowledgeable about island history."
    Robert Pagett • May 2022
  18. "The ride was incredible and the staff are so friendly. Pilot Corey was excellent and really gave us a phenomenal experience. It was safe and we saw so many sites. Everything was beautiful and ran smoothly. I would highly recommend the Royal Crown of Oahu tour to everyone. You won’t be disappointed."
    Chrystal • May 2022
  19. "Our group of 4 had an excellent time on the 60-minute tour around the island. Oliver was a great pilot and tour guide. I highly recommend this tour, a must do!"
    M. CARTER • May 2022
  20. "Rainbow helicopters was an awesome experience! The staff was very informative and made the process so simple and fun! Our pilot Riley did such a good job pointing out landmarks and explaining the history of the island. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone! Thank you to the Rainbow Helicopter team. 12/10 experience!"
    Mark • May 2022
Smooth helicopter rides
  1. "Simply outstanding! The entire group had a ball and the pilot was as smooth as peanut butter on velvet. We’ll be talking about our tour for years to come. Thanks for an outstanding experience!"
    Elliott Stokes • Jun 2022
  2. "Fabulous! We had doors off. Rainbows followed us the whole way around. We got lucky and had a small helicopter so we were the only passengers, and I got to sit in the front! Smooth ride, partner gets motion sickness but wasn’t affected by it for this. I’m a nervous flyer and I was fine. Wore a long sleeve tee, it was only a little chilly up there, apparently about 5 degrees colder than on the ground (they said). Highly recommend."
    Jennifer Chapman • Jun 2022
  3. "tour was great. harley did a great job explaining the sites we were seeing. the ride was smooth and fun."
    heidi • Jun 2022
  4. "Great flight all around and great customer service. Our flight started with a greeting by the Crew at the reception desk and a quick and simple safety video. Then a quick ride out to the aircraft where our pilot Riley already had the aircraft running and waiting for us to load. The flight was awesome to say the least. Being an old Army Aviation mechanic and door gunner from Afghanistan it brought back some great memories to fly with doors open and feel the wind filling the aircraft! Riley kept us at a nice smooth level flight climbing to about 2500ft for one portion as we went around the whole island. He called out the sites and even circled around so people on the outside got a first hand view of the major sites. That was the fun part as the aircraft banked about 30 degrees in a very controlled 360 degree turn. Any tighter than that and my fiancé woulda crushed my hand!!! Everyone gets a headset with mic and they worked fine but only me and my fiancé talked during the flight. This was her first helicopter flight so she was a bit nervous but the jitters wore off toward the end when she talked to the pilot. Riley was very confident, managing the aircraft, talking to other aircraft and us as well. He knows his stuff for sure. Overall it was a great time and worth every penny. I’d definitely do it again and highly recommend their service. Thanks for making the whole experience a great time."
    D. Parmer • May 2022
  5. "The ride was incredible and the staff are so friendly. Pilot Corey was excellent and really gave us a phenomenal experience. It was safe and we saw so many sites. Everything was beautiful and ran smoothly. I would highly recommend the Royal Crown of Oahu tour to everyone. You won’t be disappointed."
    Chrystal • May 2022
  6. "Cory did a great job of showing us the sites of Oahu. The ride was smooth, the chopper was well equipped, and importantly safety was first rate. Well done guys. Worth the dollars."
    Dirk • Apr 2022
  7. "The tour was beautiful. Our pilot, Josh, was amazing; especially with take off and landing, it was smooth. The only reason why I didn’t give 5 stars because they did not give us any opportunity to take any picture in front of the helicopter. We literally had to beg for ONE picture. Yeah we got pictures of the island from top but what about our pictures in front of the chopper itself?? That itself is a memory!!"
    Janet • Mar 2022
  8. "Went with rainbow cause you guys had the newest looking helicopters, you guys did not disappoint. My family had an incredible time and this has been our favorite helicopter tour so far. Our pilot was fantastic and it was a smooth flight around the island. Thank you!"
    Jason Tepes • Mar 2022
  9. "Love Rainbow, they are like a well oiled machine! Easy and convenient online booking. Ground staff is professional and friendly. Corey, our pilot is super knowledgeable and friendly. The ride was smooth and comfortable and he pointed out landmarks. Airfield easy to find and plenty of free/safe parking. We did the doors on because this was our first time, next time doors off!!"
    Julie Nix Quevedo • Mar 2022
  10. "An amazing ride. Saw so much of Oahu. Sarah is a wonderful pilot and did a great job explaining what was coming into view and why it was important. It was the smoothest helicopter ride I have ever been on. Thank you"
    John Mc • Jan 2022
  11. "Great time and the pilot did a great job of keeping the helicopter ride smooth. Would highly recommend."
    Scott Schumacher • Dec 2021
  12. "Excellent tour. Toby was great, the ride was really smooth and comfortable. Not a rating on the tour, but if you have a larger group and going up with the larger helicopter you might not get to see everything from the center seats. To rectify this you should take the doors off to have unobstructed views. But the tour and everything itself was fantastic."
    Phil Silvio • Nov 2021
  13. "The employees and flight was all spectacular. Very smooth flight and knowledgeable pilot. Thank you for the wonderful experience."
    James • Oct 2021
  14. "We travel a lot worldwide. And I have to say that this was one of the most fantastic experiences we’ve ever had. We booked the full hour tour, doors off. The ground crew was great in preflight. The helo was great and comfortable and the pilot, Sarah, she was great. Pointed to all the important sites and gave us a very comfortable ride. And I should know. I’m a pilot and I know she had to deal with some winds, but she knows her route very well and we had a very smooth ride. The route was well planned and we got to see everything. The views were amazing. The videos and pictures we took are incredible. And Sarah made it a point that both sides of the helo could get good shots. It was our most memorable experience of our Hawaiian trip. I definitely recommend Rainbow Helicopters. 100%. Thank you for making this part of our trip very memorable. I highly recommend them."
    Roberto/Lourdes Gutiérrez • Aug 2021
  15. "We had an amazing 60 min flight around Oahu. They were efficient and made the whole process so easy. Our pilot, Josh, did a great job, and the flight was smooth and beautiful. Would highly recommend Rainbow!"
    Troy • Aug 2021
  16. "This was absolutely beautiful! Joey our guide was amazing. Such a cool view. I thought I was gonna get sick, but it was actually smooth. Well worth it."
    Shannan • Jul 2021
  17. "Our tour was incredible! Our pilot was Karsen, who did a wonderful job pointing out sites. I have a fear of heights but couldn't turn up the chance to do the one hour tour. We flew doors off, and I felt so safe and the helicopter was so smooth that I was able to really enjoy the flight. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience!!"
    Renee • Jul 2021
  18. "The OPEN DOOR option is a Thrilling ride! **NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART** there’s literally a seat belt holding you from falling of the A-Star Helicopter. I had to use one had to hold on to the top of the cabin and use my other one to record video from my iPhone. Got a bit tiresome. That being said it is as advertised, a thrill. The staff was very efficient and polite. Our pilot Sarah was informative and kept the helicopter at a smooth ride. The scenery is amazing up there. The turquoise water and the Jurassic mountains are worth the price. I recommend with and without doors."
    Danny G. • May 2021
  19. "Unforgettable experience! We took photos that we will cherish forever. Great company, professional and knowledgeable staff. Smooth ride and breathtaking views! We even saw a full circle rainbow! Magical!"
    Amy • May 2021
  20. "First time in a helicopter and we went doors off, Sarah was our pilot, she was awesome and gave us a great tour. It was a little hard to hear and communicate, but once we got going we got the hang of it and it was nice to communicate with our pilot and ask dumb tourist questions. It was a very smooth flight for the most part, a few up and downs due to the winds, my wife is prone to motion sickness and she just took a Dramamine to help settle herself. Some things to know, you can tip your pilot after your flight once you get back in the office if you feel the need to, I did, if you have longer hair it will get tangled up pretty good and you have to leave your wallet in the office (I didn’t like this as it wasn’t locked). You can bring your cell phone, they provide a neck strap but my phone was very difficult to take pictures through the plastic, but my son had no problem so it was probably something I wasn’t doing right. I would highly recommend this once in a life time experience, as we made life long family memories."
    Jim • May 2021
Knowledgable staff
  1. "It was a spectacular trip, highly recommend anyone who is thinking about taking a helicopter ride. Josh our pilot for this trip was amazing, very knowledgeable, courteous and professional. Definitely would recommend using rainbow helicopter for an amazing experience."
    Noel T • Jun 2022
  2. "Our tour and our pilot, Harley, were absolutely amazing! It was so beautiful. Harley was so friendly and knowledgeable. It couldn’t have been any better! Mahalo!"
    Karen and Ashley • Jun 2022
  3. "SUPERB, EXCELLENT, AMAZING - our pilot was Harley, he was so knowledgeable about the island. He took us over the beautiful blue seas & mountains, finishing with a flight over Pearl Harbour, really a must for anyone’s trip to Honolulu. Thank you Rainbow Helicopters (Harley) & the staff for a special trip that we will remember always"
    Fiona • Jun 2022
  4. "What a fantastic experience, Harley took us up on our flight and was so knowledgeable and showed us so much of the island. Will be one of those memories that we will always cherish. Highly recommend to anyone. Thank you for a beautiful tour"
    Fiona Smith • Jun 2022
  5. "We had a great flight and enjoyed the scenery! The Pilot was extremely knowledgeable regarding the sites! It was spectacular!"
    Mike Daley • Jun 2022
  6. "Helicopter flight was amazing and the pilot was very knowledgeable about the island. The staff made everyone feel welcomed from the moment you stepped inside the doors and the wait really did go by fast, and the helicopter went by even faster"
    Steven Kyle • May 2022
  7. "It was more than we had hoped for! Oliver was not only an excellent pilot but was very personable and knowledgeable about island history."
    Robert Pagett • May 2022
  8. "Absolutely such an amazing way to experience O’ahu! One of the most memorable parts of our trip. Cory was calm, knowledgeable, very friendly, and flew around our wedding venue when we pointed it out. Doors off is not nearly as scary as we imagined. Rainbow Helicopters is HIGHLY recommended."
    Alexandra Moren • Apr 2022
  9. "This helicopter tour was an amazing experience. You will get to see parts of the island you are unable to see driving around the island. My pilot Riley was very knowledgeable and friendly. He made us feel safe and was a great pilot. Highly recommend doing the tour. Worth the money."
    Sarah Fahrney • Apr 2022
  10. "EPIC! Went doors off and the views were absolutely incredible, what an experience. Special mention to the staff who were friendly and professional throughout the trip. As well as the pilot, he made me feel safe as soon as I stepped onto the helicopter and so extremely knowledgeable. Great way to see this beautiful island. TOTALLY recommend this company. Liana"
    Liana • Apr 2022
  11. "The pilot and the flight itself was great. He was professional, fun, knowledgeable and entertaining. He made the tour a blast!! My husband and I absolutely loved seeing the island from a different perspective. My review isn’t to be negative about the flight, but to be transparent about what to expect. After booking the doors off flight online and being told one of us would be in the front and the other would be in the back, we checked in to find out that we were on a bigger helicopter with another group. We walked into a debriefing room where we put on safety vest packages around our waist, received goggles for those who were on the outer seats, and leave the items not allowed on the flight. We arrived at 2:00 like recommend, with about 10 minutes of brief, checking in. After an hour wait, 2:58 we left on a golf cart to meet the helicopter. It was a very tight squeeze in the back. My arms were borderline pinned to my side with a smaller indivual (seat 4) to my left and my husband (seat 6), who is a fairly big guy on my right. However when the second customer decided to move his son last minute to the front, the cushion for seat 4 in the back was taken out so that it wouldn’t fly away in the air. Which left me, in seat 5 (Second in from the right) with way more room thankfully, but then half my butt on the cushion and the other half without a cushion, the entire flight. This, as well as the seat location, made it very challenging to photograph anything. However the pilot made sure to turn in a way that gave me a chance to see the view. Having the doors off made it exciting, however the customer to my left, his back cushion was pulling up from the wind so it pulled my left side up as well. This was very uncomfortable and left me sore the following morning. However I didn’t really mind it since our pilot was communicating back and forth about the island, and answering our questions. I would highly recommend a private flight, especially for broader men, and consider doors closed to have all the cushions on the helicopter. The windows were clean and could be photographed through, however I am not sure about having the same visibility as doors off."
    Brooke • Apr 2022
  12. "Escort that drove us to helicopter was not clear with her directions. Pilot was very knowledgeable and professional. Everyone else was great. The whole experience was unforgettable. Thank you!"
    Karla Delgado • Apr 2022
  13. "We were blown away by the incredible views and vistas. Our Pilot was very knowledgeable and friendly. We truly enjoyed the one in a lifetime opportunity. Thanks!"
    L • Apr 2022
  14. "Love Rainbow, they are like a well oiled machine! Easy and convenient online booking. Ground staff is professional and friendly. Corey, our pilot is super knowledgeable and friendly. The ride was smooth and comfortable and he pointed out landmarks. Airfield easy to find and plenty of free/safe parking. We did the doors on because this was our first time, next time doors off!!"
    Julie Nix Quevedo • Mar 2022
  15. "Picture perfect day with a knowledgeable pilot who was happy to engage in conversation. Facility was very clean and modern. Would recommend the experience to anyone who may be on the fence "
    Julia Light • Mar 2022
  16. "Awesome time! Our pilot was very friendly and knowledgeable. It was amazing to see the whole island from up above. Worth it!"
    Makenzi • Feb 2022
  17. "We had an amazing time on our helicopter tour of Oahu with Rainbow Helicopter. Our pilot, Bastian was very knowledgeable and I felt completely safe. The registration process, safety briefing and process to go out to the airfield was well organized and thorough. I will definitely be a return customer the next time we are on Oahu! Highly recommended!"
    Suzanne Clemons • Feb 2022
  18. "This doors off flight is a must do. If you think Hawaii is beautiful, you haven’t seen the real beauty until you take this flight. Worth every penny. Bastian, our pilot was awesome! Extremely skilled and knowledgeable. The entire staff were pros. Treat yourself to this!"
    Calvin and Amber Hullett • Jan 2022
  19. "Adam was an amazing guide/pilot and very knowledgeable of all the sights. There are not enough words to describe how great this experience was. The entire staff is friendly, helpful, and professional. The atmosphere while waiting was chill yet informative which greatly helps ease any anxieties you may have about flying. If you can, splurge and do the one hour tour. So worth it!"
    Randi • Jan 2022
  20. "Bucket list ✔️ I had Corey as my pilot! Very knowledgeable about the sights and was constantly checking on us the entire flight! I had such a fantastic time and I am so glad I chose this tour! Incredible!!"
    Jenna • Nov 2021

Oahu helicopter tours / specialty flights

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Royal Crown of Oahu

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Rainbow Oahu Helicopter Tours - flying above the Sacred Falls Waterfall, Oahu

Isle Sights Unseen

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Rainbow Oahu Helicopter Tours - Path to Pali Passage

Path to Pali Passage

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30 minutes. Experience breathtaking views of Oahu as your helicopter tours Waikiki and Diamond Head crater. See the best of the Windward Coast and explore the inland passages of the Nu’uanu Pali cliffs and rainforests. Experience Hawaii as you’ve never seen it before in this stunning Oahu helicopter tour.

Proposal Flight – Romantic Landing

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60 minutes. Wow your significant other with an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind romantic Oahu helicopter charter. Experience an exclusive landing tucked away above a stunning private valley.

Rainbow Oahu Helicopter Tours - Luxury Picnic

Luxury Picnic at Scenic Landing

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2 hours. Experience Hawaii on our most popular Oahu helicopter tour. This exclusive landing experience includes a fresh gourmet meal, local juices, champagne, Wailua Estate chocolates and flower leis.

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