Flying high above Oahu’s North Shore with Paradise Helicopters


Flying in a helicopter over Oahu’s North Shore with Paradise Helicopters isn’t an everyday event for most people. You don’t wake up one morning and say, “today I will get in a helicopter. I hope I don’t plummet to my death while I see the world from above.” No, most of us, especially those visiting the islands of Hawaii, think about the warm sand squashing between our toes; water lapping over our ankles as we wade slowly in, testing the temperature and trying not to scare the fish.

If you aren’t seeing Hawaii from above, you really are missing out.

While touring the newly renovated Turtle Bay Resort, I got the chance to fly over the North Shore of Oahu with  Paradise Helicopters. I was testing out their North Shore tour along with a new feature they have added to their Best of Oahu tour- a landing at Kualoa Ranch. The landing strip is high above the beach on a small patch of mountain. The grass has been mowed so the helicopter can land safely.

My pilot was incredible. He didn’t miss the landing spot at all and there was still room to walk around the helicopter to get to the table filled with mimosas to celebrate our arrival. It was an incredible moment to stand in a spot so far removed from the usual tourist and surfing crowds, but it wasn’t my favorite part.

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The most epic experience of the adventure was flying over (what I believe was) Kaliuwa‘a (Sacred Falls). This water fall was so tall I could barely fit it into one shot. It was the highlight and the saddest moment of my entire trip. The highlight is obvious. Just look at that view. The sadness came when I realized the video I thought I was taking with my Kodak PixPro 360 didn’t actually happen. I’d turned it off instead of hitting record! I begged the pilot to take us back over the waterfall before heading to the landing pad back at the hotel. I even tried to bribe him with $20. Alas, a storm system was rolling in and the waterfall was covered in a thick, dark cloud. It just wasn’t meant to be.

Have you flown in a helicopter? Where? 


Many thanks to Paradise Helicopters for providing a complimentary flight while I was on Oahu. As always, my opinions are my own; when they aren’t you will be the first to know. 


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  • Michele {Malaysian Meanders}

    That is an impressive landing job. I have done the Turn Off instead of Record mistake many times, usually during a child’s performance. At least the vision of the waterfall lives on in your memory and the still shot. What an exciting way to see Hawaii.

  • Eileen @ familiesgo

    I haven’t done a helicopter. I have done a scenic plane ride. I think the helicopter would take some nerve on my part. But it looks worth it…

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