Beautiful sea and rich nature are one of the best attractiveness of Okinawa. Although you can enjoy the beauty with bus or rented car sightseeing, if you want a one-of-a-kind experience, we recommend you a “helicopter cruising flight”. How about a one-of-a-kind experience with the sky trip with the essence of Okinawa’s attractiveness?
Easy reservation in advance. Casual helicopter cruising flight experience from Naha Airport
You can reserve helicopter cruising flight experience by phone from 1 month before the flight date. (You can see how to reserve from here )
Payment and check-in will be at the Excel Air counter in domestic arrival terminal of Naha Airport on the day of the flight (cash and credit card accepted).
After checking in, please watch a 2 minute video regarding safety management, pass a simple security check and take the car to the airfield. (Precaution for embarkment is here )
You will arrive at the airfield after a 5 minute ride. This is the helicopter you will embark. First, let’s take a picture in front of the helicopter. After enjoying the wind and sound of the helicopter, we will get onboard.
Enjoying Kerama blue all to yourself. An overwhelming 30 minutes
You can choose the plan based on your request and your time availability, from various plans. Upon request in advance, they can handle events such as marriage proposals in the sky.
This time, we enjoyed the 30 minutes “Kerama Islands National Park Course”. It is a plan in which you can enjoy a variety of spectacular views from the sky such as “Mae Island”, a thread-like island with only 1 resident (* in January 2019), “Nagannu Island”, a deserted island with beautiful gradation of coral, and “Tokashiki Island” attracting worldwide divers with Kerama blue.
The helicopter lifted off slowly, so there was no fear of takeoff. After takeoff, the flight continues at a low altitude of 1,500 feet (500 meters) above the sea, so you can enjoy the realistic feeling of moving towards the sea while taking beautiful photos and videos.
You will feel like a bird taking off looking down the ocean, and cruising through the blue sky and ocean when looking out the glass windows in all directions. You can enjoy the private atmosphere with just your family and friends without being bothered by crowds at the sightseeing spots.
Towards the end of the flight, you can see Umikaji Terrace, a very popular sightseeing spot, below so you cannot keep your eyes off until landing.
Enjoy based on your own purpose
Even if you do not like to swim, you can enjoy the spectacular view without getting wet and take as many photos as you like. The departure point is directly connected to Naha Airport, making it perfect for those who want to make the most of their limited time.
In addition to the sightseeing plans, there is also a Heli-taxi plan that allows you to arrive at your destination without the hassle of driving and traffic jams. Why don’t you try it based on your purpose?
Posted on March 22th, 2021
Text by Yumi Miyoshi
Freelance web editor and writer, born in Kagawa and lives in Okinawa for 6 years. Writes mainly about Okinawa’s sightseeing, gourmet, and economy.
Excel Air Reception Counter, Naha Airport Domestic Terminal Building 1st Floor (North side), 150 Kagamizu Naha, Okinawa