Known for its white-sand beaches and surfing meccas, the North Shore of Oahu is arguably one of the most beautiful regions in Hawaii. And on top of sea, surf, and sand, the island’s North Shore is home to ancient temples, diverse wildlife habitats, historic plantations, and much more. In this guide, we introduce you to six of the most fascinating attractions near the North Shore of Oahu. If you want to see everything this incredible region has to offer, you might be interested in a helicopter tour.

At Honolulu Helicopter Tours, we love nothing more than introducing visitors to this beautiful island that we call home. Over the years, we’ve grown to become one of Hawaii’s top-rated helicopter tour operators thanks to our highly experienced pilots, 100% safety rating, in-depth local expertise, and genuine for passion adventure. If you want to take in the view of the attractions detailed in this article from the sky, don’t hesitate to learn more about our flights.

Check out These Attractions along the North Shore of Oahu

During your dream trip to Hawaii, you simply need to make time to visit at least some of these amazing destinations near the North Shore of Oahu:

1. Waimea Valley

Waimea Valley near the North Shore of Oahu

You can take in some of the most breath-taking views of the Waimea Valley while flying above it in a helicopter. The valley is home to one of Hawaii’s most diverse and colorful botanical gardens. While you’re here, it’s well worth hiking to the serene Waimea Falls.

2. Banzai Pipeline

Banzai Pipeline, North Shore, Oahu

The Banzai Pipeline is described by surfers as the ‘perfect wave’. Located just off Ehukai Beach Park, this incredible reef break engulfs surfers in a hollow, barreling wave that resembles a pipe. While it’s a mecca for professional surfers, the Banzai Pipeline is famously dangerous, best avoided if you’re a beginner. Still, you should definitely make time to visit this spectacle while exploring the North Shore of Oahu.

3. Laniakea Beach

Laniakea Beach, North Shore, Oahu

If you enjoy wildlife watching, you can admire the Hawaiian green sea turtles that often bask on the shores of Laniakea Beach. In addition to being a popular feeding and sunbathing spot for turtles, the beach is a favorite with local swimmers and surfers.

4. Haleiwa

Haleiwa, North Shore, Oahu

Haleiwa is one of the most vibrant towns in which to embrace the famous Aloha Spirit of Hawaii. To immerse yourself in the local culture, you can explore the area’s multitude of surf shops, art galleries, and locally owned boutiques. There are also plenty of restaurants and cafes serving traditional and contemporary Hawaiian fare.

5. Dole Plantation

Dole Plantation near the North Shore, Oahu

Next up on our list of highlights near the North Shore of Oahu is the Dole Plantation, which was once the largest pineapple plantation in the world. Today, you can learn all about Hawaii’s agricultural legacy while exploring the farms and gardens. You can also get lost while navigating one of the world’s largest mazes.

6. Pu’u o Mahuka Heiau

Pu'u o Mahuka Heiau temple near the North Shore, Oahu

Spread across an area of over two acres, the Pu’u o Mahuka Heiau offers panoramic views of the North Shore of Oahu from its hilltop location. Dating back to the 17th century, the Pu’u o Mahuka Heiau is Oahu’s largest ancient Hawaiian temple, making it a must-visit site for those interested in Hawaii’s spiritual and cultural heritage.

Book a Helicopter Tour to the North Shore of Oahu and Beyond

The North Shore of Oahu is home to some of the island’s best cultural hotspots and scenic vistas. Just some of the region’s most famous attraction include Waimea Valley, the Banzai Pipeline, Laniakea Beach, and the Dole Plantation, but there are so many more places to see. If you want to soak up views of all Oahu’s highlights in under an hour, you should book one of our helicopter tours. Don’t hesitate to contact our experienced pilots to find out what you’ll see during a flight over the North Shore of Oahu.

Christine Baldassari
Christine Baldassari
1708574301
We had a fantastic experience with our pilot, Stefan. We particularly enjoyed having a private tour on the small 3 seater helicopter. The one hour tour provided a complete island view which Stefan complimented with his thorough knowledge of the Island of Oahu. We highly recommend Honolulu Helicopter Tours!
Jerry Lindsey
Jerry Lindsey
1708545317
This tour was the highlight of our trip to Hawaii, the views were absolutely stunning!
Tanya Orr
Tanya Orr
1708436997
This tour was fantastic & the doors off experience was amazing.
Mike Nolan
Mike Nolan
1708263370
That was a lot of fun, one of the best things I've done in Hawaii! This ride should be on everyone's list. The view is stunning, absolutely beautiful. And it feels like an adventure! Do it. You'll remember the ride forever!
Douglas C.
Douglas C.
1708250524
Great views and fantastic pilot! In spite of the windy conditions, our flight (doors off) was smooth and we felt 100% confident the whole hour. Incredible...
Maria Salter
Maria Salter
1708216675
From Valerie to Stefan we were well cared for. Our helicopter tour was amazing and Stefan was a great guide. I highly recommend this tour. Breathtaking views you can only get from the airs
Sue Smith
Sue Smith
1708210734
Outstanding service and great staff!!!
Victoria Kelesheva
Victoria Kelesheva
1708154103
The flight was great and the pilot (Ryan) was very helpful! We were lucky to see the rainbow, sunset and even a whale in the ocean. The pilot explained everything thoroughly so that we were aware of the surroundings and some historical facts of Oahu. We also felt very safe even though we chose the open door option. Highly recommended!
Katie McIntyre
Katie McIntyre
1708134101
Incredible experience! This was my first time in a helicopter and I was nervous, but the pilot easily calmed my nerves and we had the best time! 10/10 recommend a helicopter tour. It was the highlight of our trip!
Chloe Hardy
Chloe Hardy
1707903879
This company was amazing!! I would definitely recommend this tour while you are on Oahu! The pilot was so nice and showed us all around the island of Oahu! It was truly one of the best experiences I’ve had on the island
Brano D.
Brano D.
1707690169
Fabulous experience for our whole family. Flew with doors off, fantastic views of the south part of the island. Even got to see dolphins and a whale. Flight was as smooth as it gets. Definitely recommend. Big thanks to Ryan and Valerie for a fantastic trip.
Jeff Puskar
Jeff Puskar
1707687437
The team reinforced safety, was always inquiring about or comfort and was very accommodating when it came to our schedule. They sent me emails preparing for the flight and sent texts the day of so I felt well informed. Stefan took us out for a 1-Hr flight around most of the island before sunset. He was a fantastic pilot and kept us informed on all the places of interest we passed over. He pointed out turtles and a family of whales, a major highlight & wouldn’t have been possible to see with the doors on. I plan on returning with some other family soon and chartering another flight.
Helene
Helene
1707542387
The 60 minute tour was the highlight of our entire Hawaii trip. Stunning views. Stefan was a great pilot.
Jimmy Hollowell
Jimmy Hollowell
1707502893
Great experience. Lots of fun. Ryan was a wonderful pilot / tour guide
Kansas Towing LLC.
Kansas Towing LLC.
1707276887
The experience of a lifetime
Mengyao Xue
Mengyao Xue
1707214107
Stefan was extremely kind and wonderful throughout the complete tour. Everything was beautiful and everything was done professionally. Will definitely book again next time!
Gray Laura
Gray Laura
1706981686
Amazing tour! We got the chance to see tortles and whales from the helicopter! The pilot was really nice! Thank you
Garry McGurkin
Garry McGurkin
1706479648
The flight was absolutely incredible! The views were insane and Stefan - our pilot and guide - did a wonderful job of entertaining and guiding. We did the one hour tour and it was worth every penny.
Sana Hassan
Sana Hassan
1706414435
Chad Burns
Chad Burns
1705625113
Very knowledgeable and helpful in every way! Had alot of fun, our pilot Stefan was great! Glad we chose them 👍
Yulia Tomilina
Yulia Tomilina
1705489466
It was an amazing unforgettable experience! The flight was 1 hour and we flew around whole the island 🏝️ thanks a lot our pilot Stephan for showing us around 🧑‍✈️
P S
P S
1705097793
The experience was amazing and the pilot was very nice and had a great time...
Александр Илларионов
Александр Илларионов
1705038764
That was awesome. Просто суперррр.
Philip Merciez
Philip Merciez
1705030822
Stefano was a great pilot and gave us the flight of a lifetime. He had the perfect playlist with the right song for every moment. Made sure we understood what we would be doing and made sure we were both comfortable throughout the flight. Very courteous, knowledgeable, and talented. 10/10 book your tour here.
Anne Cara
Anne Cara
1705002184
It was a wonderful lifetime experience to ride a helicopter. It was our family's 1st time to ride a helicopter and our pilot went above and beyond. He's very nice and smoothly made our tour memorable. We were a little afraid about the ride, but he made sure we were riding with safe and kept on checking on how we are doing during the entire ride. Overall, great experience and excellent customer services. Highly recommended.
Klara
Klara
1704597791
Sehr schöne Erfahrung:) Pilot konnte auch deutsch und war super freundlich und unkompliziert😊 Toll; gerne wieder!
Tanja Dürst
Tanja Dürst
1704585733
Danke für den super schönen und unvergesslichen Helirundflug!
Dalen Byler
Dalen Byler
1704493762
Amazing experience!!! A totally amazing way to see the island! The pilot was excellent and very knowledgeable! Would definitely recommend!
Melanie Breedlove
Melanie Breedlove
1704479176
This was my favorite thing I did on this trip! There is no greater shots than from a fly over! Stephan was awesome. Thank you so much!!
Tammy J.
Tammy J.
1704437085
This was an amazing tour. Everyone was helpful and friendly from the time we called to book the flight, through the overview and the flight. Alex made sure...
晓玲(MGH)
晓玲(MGH)
1704328509
Very good!
Rick Jarrell
Rick Jarrell
1704244620
Outstanding helicopter tour covering all the scenic spots. Informed, courteous pilot. Great music over headset, great narration of sites, all around excellent. Great pre-flight text communication. Highly recommended.
Lynn Marie Schiebel
Lynn Marie Schiebel
1703980624
Great service, great people, and an experience of a lifetime! You only live once - live well! ❤️
Troy Daniels
Troy Daniels
1703913960
Was an awesome experience, everyone was super friendly and the flight was amazing. Worth the price. Stefan, our pilot, was great.Also no one fell out of the helecopter which was a big plus.
Lori Hollingsworth
Lori Hollingsworth
1703782211
A definite must when visiting. The most breathtaking views. Our pilot was amazing, very knowledgeable. We saw whales during our flight and parts of the island only visible by air.
Donna Kissel
Donna Kissel
1703227804
This was an awesome tour. From finding Honolulu Helicopter on the web to getting in the helicopter they made the experience easy. So friendly and we recommend the hour tour highly:)
manish patel
manish patel
1702927323
Marvin Sarmac
Marvin Sarmac
1702694275
The tour was worth every penny! It was definitely a unique way to see the islands and provided a different perspective than what you would get from the ground. The views were absolutely breathtaking, the pilot was knowledgeable and professional, and the entire experience was unforgettable. If you're visiting Hawaii, I highly recommend adding a helicopter tour with Honolulu Helicopter tours to your itinerary.
Aaron Barnard
Aaron Barnard
1702265213
Got the 60-minute tour for my wife and I's anniversary and we could not have been happier! It was an amazing experience and our pilot Alex was stellar. Seeing the island from the perspective this tour gives you is unmatched and I would do it again. Fantastic experience overall, HIGHLY recommend!
Caroline Kodama
Caroline Kodama
1702148414
Our Honolulu helicopter tour was the perfect excursion on my birthday! Booking and communication was very smooth and easy. The ride was absolutely beautiful! Such an amazing experience that I will remember forever. Thank you for the exemplary service.
David Tang
David Tang
1701754059
Ryan was a charming pilot and was very accommodating with his schedule so that our entire group could make it! The tour was professional, fun and had amazing sunset views. I would highly recommend them!
Chris Kuehnemund
Chris Kuehnemund
1701731650
We had the best time with Jim!!If you are looking for a great adventure you need to check out there helicopter 🚁 tours!!
Luke Staubitz
Luke Staubitz
1701651607
Best in class helicopter tour service. We really enjoyed every minute of it felt totally safe. Stefan was an absolute pro very knowledgeable about the island. We had a wonderful time and worth every penny.
kanthi madaka
kanthi madaka
1701033317
Hands down to the most beautiful and memorable experience I ever had in my life. I recommend Honolulu helicopters for their private tours. Our pilot Jim is very knowledgable and thank you Jim for a smooth ride.
brown angel
brown angel
1700710441
Captain Jim was very friendly and courteous.Was very detailed with safety.He is very happy with the company that he works with. Booking was easy and flexible. If you can’t get your desired booking online call and Valerie would gladly work you.Ike - Texas
Tracy
Tracy
1700589391
AMAZING EXPERIENCE! Ryan was a great pilot and super knowledgeable. He told stories, jokes, and a little history of on what we were looking at. I felt so safe for my first helicopter ride. We rode with no doors which I highly recommend for amazing pictures.
Mara Cappelli
Mara Cappelli
1699927404
MaryAnn Silika Faitau (Mama Silk)
MaryAnn Silika Faitau (Mama Silk)
1699829158
Phillip & I spontaneously chose to take a 30 min helicopter jaunt over southwest part of Oahu. Fortunately, the company’s pilot (Alex) was avail. Meet & greet with our pilot, golf cart travel to trailer & to helicopter. Important protocols & logistics highlighted, refreshments (snacks & beverages), restroom facilities, care of personal body while in helicopter. Boundaries noted during communication gadget issuance. Tail & too propellers explained & why/how to respect & avoid hazards. Life jacket was issued as well… plus pilot offered grip lanyards that braced cell phones securely. Anyone who truly wants to see? Take a helicopter tour… open window… no doors… only way to explore. Aloha - converted Helicopter traveler. FAITAU
Quintin E Lawrence
Quintin E Lawrence
1699326614
Professional, personable, and experienced! I wanted to make my 17th wedding anniversary one to remember. From booking until the flight's conclusion, Ryan made this tour an unforgettable experience. He played music, provided insight on locations as well as an up-close and personal on some of O'ahu's main attractions. He even picked up a lei that I pre-ordered for my wife as a surprise. Safety was an important topic as he briefed us on emergency landing, seat belts, and staying inside aircraft during flight. He has a passion for flying and it shows! I highly recommend Honolulu Helecopter tours!
Tyler Jordan
Tyler Jordan
1699293453
Among all that has been an amazing Oahu trip filled with beauty and adventure, our 60-minute Honolulu Helicopter Tour with Alex was the ultimate highlight. We had done a doors-off helicopter tour in Kauai before, but this one was so much better. Alex was the best pilot/tour guide we could ask for and all the interaction we had with the crew leading up to our flight was friendly and professional. Honolulu Helicopter Tours has a family vibe to it and we definitely loved that. Our 4:30 departure gave us amazing views filled with golden light and the doors off was ideal for photography. Alex was amazing with our 13 year-old son who wants to be a pilot and this trip couldn't have been more inspiring for him. A Honolulu Helicopter Tour will be a must-do for all future trips to Oahu. We wish there were more stars than five to give!
Tyler J.
Tyler J.
1699269603
Among all that has been an amazing Oahu trip filled with beauty and adventure, our 60-minute Honolulu Helicopter Tour with Alex was the ultimate highlight....
Stephen Viola
Stephen Viola
1699161565
Princesa C.
Princesa C.
1698178536
Our pilot Stefan was amazing! Answered all our questions and was super friendly. The ride was very smooth and the sights were beautiful! Highly recommend...
Melisa S.
Melisa S.
1688949705
10 out of 10 recommend to anyone visiting honolulu. Jim and Margo were fantastic! We had the best views and learned so much about the island. Both were...
Louis W.
Louis W.
1687723374
Our pilot Stefan was all around phenomenal!
Val C.
Val C.
1684586838
Excellent experience with Honolulu Helicopter Tours... our pilot was amazing and very knowledgeable of the island. Best affordable trip around town. Met us...
Geoffrey L.
Geoffrey L.
1681324196
Wonderful experience! Great service, knowledge and company! If you want an amazing tour...choose Honolulu Helicopter Tours!
Aimee C.
Aimee C.
1680717732
5 star helicopter tour! I would highly recommend this tour! The knowledge and info on the island provided by our pilot, Stefan, was incredibly valuable!...
Mary N.
Mary N.
1679270270
I can't say enough about our experience today with our pilot and host, Alex, from Honolulu Helicopter Tours. The tour was simply exhilarating, and he was a...
June T.
June T.
1678468119
Aloha, I want to give a 10-star rating to Stefan. My husband and I had a fantabulous ride for sure. Thank you again for adding another great Hawaiian...
Jeff H.
Jeff H.
1677194831
What can I say, best experience ever! This was our first time riding on a helicopter and Stefan was amazing. We did the 30 min and although it was perfect,...
Megan R.
Megan R.
1675961487
Amazing experience best money spent one hour of magnificent views and so many photo opportunities. The pilot was wonderful and Jacob who greeted us and made...
Michael A.
Michael A.
1670703386
Wow! What a great adventure this was! My wife and I were looking for a new adventure during our visit to Honolulu and found Honolulu Helicopter Tours on...
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Shukura Umartsamiya
1668933714
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Tabitha Browy
Tabitha Browy
1664851616
We recently vacationed in Honolulu and on our first morning of arrival we took this helicopter tour of the island. It was an absolutely AMAZING and UNFORGETTABLE experience. Everyone was so kind and our pilot was fantastic. What a great way to start our trip! Highly recommend!
Tabitha B.
Tabitha B.
1664826057
We recently vacationed in Honolulu and on our first morning of arrival we took this helicopter tour of the island. It was an absolutely AMAZING and...
Christina B.
Christina B.
1661711453
Amazing. Highly recommend. Alex was our pilot, he was wonderful. They have a hanger pup that was cute too. Hanger pups dad was cute as well, lol.
Jay V.
Jay V.
1660610875
Probably the most thrilling experience of my life !!!I'll definitely do it again and I hope to have the same Pilot. He's awesome, very accommodating, and...
Heidi B.
Heidi B.
1659408664
We had an amazing helicopter flight!Alex was our pilot and he did a great job flying and also explaining everything to us. I'm a realtor in Honolulu and...
Mark M.
Mark M.
1653470650
Greatest ride ever pilot was great made us feel safe
Kenny C.
Kenny C.
1653306589
Great experience, the pilot (Alex) was very knowledgeable and kind.Highly recommend
Toya Simmons
Toya Simmons
1651022473
We did a helicopter tour with Honolulu Helicopter with the doors off. The views were breathtaking, we got some really great pictures from above. It was a little scary at first with the wind but we really enjoyed our 60 minute tour with them. Alex was our pilot and was super friendly and kept us all safe. We also met the owner Ryan and the rest of the crew who were all kind. I definitely would recommend this crew for your helicopter experience. 🚁🌺🍍
Borys R.
Borys R.
1648739890
I enjoyed our flight very much! This company is very chill and down to earth. They let us take all the pictures we wanted, they show us around the hangar,...
Caio S.
Caio S.
1648738158
Stefan the pilot is super friendly. I would recommend this tour for anyone coming to Honolulu. He showed us the island explaining every corner of it.
Veronica M.
Veronica M.
1647988479
Had the best time! Stefan was an amazing pilot with an abundance of knowledge of the island and it's history. Felt completely safe and secure. Best hour...
Jeff D.
Jeff D.
1647594638
This was one of my favorite experiences while visiting the island. The views were stunning and the flight was smooth. Flew over Sacred Falls which was on of...
Alex M.
Alex M.
1643034560
Where do I start, we had such an amazing time! I took my mom to Hawaii for her bday and we took a Heli tour. We booked an hour with Alex as our pilot, he...
Vicki K.
Vicki K.
1642315315
Absolutely the tour of a lifetime! The directions for arrival were detailed and very helpful. Our pilot met us promptly at the appointed time and place with...
Rithika R.
Rithika R.
1639484369
It was an amazing experience!! The tour was awesome. It was like a private tour just with my family. The pilot was really friendly and patient to show us...
Shannon C.
Shannon C.
1638740064
This helicopter tour was absolutely amazing!!! Beautiful views you would never be able to see otherwise. The company was fun, professional and the...
Stephanie C.
Stephanie C.
1637683631
Wow-- What an awesome experience! Bryli is a total badass. She walked us through everything we needed to get comfortable and then up, up, and away we went....
Darlene Provost Ealey
Darlene Provost Ealey
1634878664
We had a great time touring Oahu on our first helicopter experience! Our pilot was great showing us the sites from the air and answering questions for us. Felt very comfortable and the owner was also very accommodating. Great experience overall. 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for sure!
Fermin Gutierrez
Fermin Gutierrez
1632782931
Pilots were Very knowledgeable, made us feel very comfortable and was able to capture some great pics!!

Had a Great flight! We went on the 60minute tour and went by so fast!! AMAZING VIEWS!!! So worth it!!

Would definitely recommend!
Hollie Stark
Hollie Stark
1631654368
Imagine flying into the Honolulu airport, the Top Gun theme playing through your headset as the last light of day oozes like honey in golden rivers down the Wai’anae mountain range. Can this really be your life, you ask yourself with a slight pinch. Your skin is prickly with goose pimples - partly from the cooler air above and speed of the helicopter, and partly from the thrill of the ride. A thousand moments of beauty and excitement now flood your mind with what will become indelible memories to last a lifetime. This is no imagination, this is the experience that is Honolulu Heli.
Strahil Iskrov
Strahil Iskrov
1624610114
What an amazing experience!!
I have been on a few helicopter rides on the other Hawaiian islands in the past, and they were very good. But this one was so much more exciting! I have been living in Hawai’i for 15 years and I still discover how much more there is to see in Oahu. And our pilot Alex was the best.
An absolute must do! Can’t wait to actually do it again!
Colette Nikki Breaux
Colette Nikki Breaux
1621449687
Alex with Honolulu Helicopter is amazing! He was so calming and knowledgeable. He continuously reassured me I was safe and in good hands. He also offered to play my favorite music of choice. We chased rainbows and saw a few waterfalls as we circled around the entire island of Oahu. I was fortunate enough to fly straight through a 360 degree double rainbow! What an amazing sight! I have lived on Oahu for almost 12 years and saw things I cannot see from land. This helicopter ride was worth every penny! Now that I trust Alex's pilot skills, I can highly recommend him. What are you waiting for? Call and book with Alex today! Do not leave Oahu without taking this tour! I cannot wait to do it again!
Aiden Hoy
Aiden Hoy
1617397899
Ryan was awesome! Very personable and was able to go where we wanted in order to capture the shots we needed. I would chose honoluluheli over any commercial charter any day. Their flight is only 3 passenger max so you’re able to personalize. Such a different perspective from the air!
Devin T.
Devin T.
1616541317
We had an amazing flight! From takeoff to landing the trip was easy and seamless. They picked us up, brought us on the helicopter and gave us an entire trip...
Rafal S.
Rafal S.
1614785730
Someone has recommended this company to me, and I decided to give it a try. At first I was on the fence about the flight with this particular company, but...
Oleg Matskevich
Oleg Matskevich
1607807871
Excellent service, 5 stars pilot rating!
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