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Outer Banks Helicopter Tours

The Outer Banks draws thousands of vacationers every year, but most people only see it from their beach chairs and car seats. If you want to experience the Outer Banks in the most unforgettable way, then an Outer Banks helicopter tour is exactly what you need! See the beaches, lighthouses, and landscape of North Carolina’s famous Atlantic Ocean coastline when you take an OBX helicopter tour. With room on the helicopter for three passengers, every seat is a window seat!  

Call or email today to start your adventure.

252-475-HELI (4354)

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Helicopter Rides (please scroll down for pricing)


When you tour the Outer Banks by air on an OBX helicopter ride, you’ll have the option of seeing the Corolla Lighthouse, or the Hatteras and Bodie Island lighthouses. If you’ve vacationed on the Outer Banks, you’ve probably visited at least one of these famous lights, but seeing them from the air will give you a whole new perspective.

Dolphins, sea turtles, wild horses, and an abundance of birds all call the Outer Banks home... our Robinson helicopter gives you great views along the ocean with the chance to see shipwrecks and sea life (and of course the Wright Brothers’ Monument) creating an unforgettable experience!

Helicopter Charters

We offer charters to and from the Outer Banks and beyond.  The hourly rate is $669/HR and we can take three passengers.  Please call 252-475-4354 or email for a quote.

We also have a landing spot in Corolla, and do transfers from Norfolk International Airport


OBX Helicopters Tour Packages and Pricing

All tour prices are per trip, not per person, we can take up to three passengers per tour.

Discovery Tour: $159 approximately 10-12 minutes

($53 per person with three people).

This introductory tour takes you out to Jennette's Pier on the oceanfront for a glimpse of the beach before heading back to Roanoke Island.

Please note: This tour is offered during summer season and is based on availability.


Beach Tour: $269 Approximately 20 minutes ($89 per person with three people)

With this tour, we give you a choice of heading south towards Wanchese Fishing Village, Bodie Island Lighthouse and Oregon Inlet OR go north to Jockey's Ridge and the Wright Brothers First Flight Monument with the chance to see shipwrecks. Both routes include a stretch along the ocean with the chance to see marine life including dolphins, turtles and schools of fish!

Deluxe Tour: $369 Approximately 30 minutes ($123 per person with three people)

This approx. 50 mile tour includes both the northern and southern routes of the Beach Tour above with an extended cruise along the oceanfront - more opportunities to spot marine life and shipwrecks along the way.


Wild Horse and Lighthouse Tours: $725 Approximately 1.1 hours ($241 per person with three people)

This premium deluxe tour offers you a choice of heading north to Corolla to see the wild horses and the Corolla Lighthouse including the four wheel drive villages of Swan Isle and Carova OR head south to view two lighthouses (Bodie Island and Hatteras), beautiful Hatteras Island beaches, several shipwrecks (the Oriental and Richmond) and the chance to see plenty of sea life.


Ocracoke Island Tour: Approx. $1137 approximately 1.7 hours

($379  per person with three people).

This premium deluxe tour heads further south past Hatteras, and includes a third lighthouse and a view of the wild ponies of Ocracoke! See where Blackbeard the pirate was captured! Continue a bit farther and check out the ghost village of Portsmouth Island, an abandoned fishing village if you like.

The above rates are not per person, but per trip for one to three passengers...bring a couple of friends and share the trip cost! Total combined weight cannot exceed 550 pounds (excluding pilot) and must be within weight and balance/CG limits. The maximum individual seat weight cannot exceed 300 pounds; we must do a weight and balance calculation in our office for each trip which requires each passenger to step on a scale so please be accurate when stating your weight.

All flights are subject to weather conditions. If the weather doesn't allow us to fly, we will work with you to reschedule at your convenience. Our flights are based on route, all flight times are approximate.


Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or special requests you may have.

To make a reservation, please call 252-475-4354 or email us at



We offer videos of your flight using a high definition GoPro camera.

Videos are edited with captions and music. We post the video on YouTube, and email you a link so you can share the joy of your flight with friends and family! We also mail you a thumbdrive video of your flight. Click to view Videos.

  • How many people can travel per trip?
    The front cockpit accommodates two average size passengers (approx. weight limit is 400 lbs. for two people). Extra large folks may be surprised to find plenty of room and a comfortable ride when flying alone in the front seat. It does require some dexterity to climb into the cockpit, so if you think that might be an issue, please discuss with our staff BEFORE showing up for the flight. We reserve the right to charge full trip price if the actual weights are over the stated weights and for this reason we are not able to take the flight.
  • Is there an age limit or a weight limit?
    We've taken as young as 3 years old and as old as 89. We do ask that those under age 12 are accompanied by an adult. The biplane accomodates two passengers, and we do have weight and balance restrictions. To ensure a safe and comfortable ride, we keep the weight limit for the two passengers to a combined total of approx. 415 lbs depending upon fuel load.
  • What should I wear for the flight?
    In general, we suggest that you wear what you normally would for the time of year, it's the same temperature up on the flight as it is on the ground. We do recommend sunglasses - scarves are optional!
  • What is your cancellation policy?
    We're pretty flexible, but please call us as soon as possible if you need to cancel your flight. We do reserve the right to charge the full trip charge as a 'No Show' fee if you don't call to cancel your reservation.
  • Where do you take us?
    We have great tour route choices that we offer to show you the largest number of local attractions in the area for your flight time. However, if you'd like to see a specific spot (for example your cottage or property, etc.) just let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate that in your time frame.
  • Where are you located?
    We fly out of Dare County Regional Airport in Manteo, NC, which is located just past the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. For directions, please click HERE.
  • Can I get a last minute gift certificate?
    Sure.... just give us a call at 252-216-7777 or email us at and we'd be happy to email you a custom gift certificate. They make great gifts for graduations, birthdays, anniversaries or any special occasion. An OBX Biplanes flight over the beach is one of the best things to do on the Outer Banks, and if you're lucky, they'll ask YOU to go along!
  • Is it hard to get in and out of the front cockpit?
    Passengers climb up onto the wing and step into the front cockpit of the biplane. It does require some dexterity, so please give us a call to discuss if there are any mobility issues.


We offer the perfect platform for all of your videography and photography needs. For professional photographers (if arranged ahead of time) we can take any passenger door off, offering glare-free views. The helicopter also offers the flexibility of getting up close and personal to the subject or area being photographed, with the ability to slow down, circle, or hover - offering a great opportunity to capture the shot


We are also very experienced with timber cruising, aerial wildlife surveying and real estate photography.


Please call or email for more details and quotes at 252-475-4354.


Coastal Helicopters provides you with safe, reliable, cost effective on-demand charter services to and from the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the mid-Atlantic region, and beyond. You name the time and place and we will get you there. Why deal with the hassles of traffic or commercial air travel security lines when you can sit back and relax in our air conditioned four seat Robinson R-44 and enjoy a beautiful ride along the way? We land at all airports, and also have the capability to land at heliports and remote off-airport landing sites, getting you closer to your destination and saving you time.

Offering helicopter charter service to and from Norfolk, VA airport, with a landing spot in Corolla!

This trip is $1150 for up to three passengers, please call for more details or reservations. 

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