Outer Banks Helicopter Tours

by Coastal Helicopters, Inc.

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


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.  Please call 252-475-4354 or email obxhelicopters@gmail.com for a quote.


OBX Helicopters Tour Packages

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

Discovery Tour: $139 approximately 10-12 minutes

($46 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: $249 Approximately 20 minutes ($83 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: $349 Approximately 30 minutes ($116 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: $579 Approximately 1 hour ($193 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. $984 approximately 1.7 hours

($328 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). 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 obxhelicopters@gmail.com.

Please click HERE for driving directions to our office at Dare County Regional Airport in Manteo.



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 DVD disc of your flight. Click to view Videos.

Outer Banks Helicopter Tour FAQs

Is there an age limit?

No! We've taken everyone from age 8 months to age 98. Please call to discuss if there is a passenger under two years old.

Is there a weight limit?

Yes. We can take three passengers, totaling approx. 550 lbs depending on fuel load. We also have a per seat weight limit of 300 lbs. We do a weight and balance in the office before each trip - we weigh every passenger when they arrive for the trip so please don’t be shy on the phone, it is extremely important to get accurate weights!

Is it bumpy, scary, or will I get motion sickness?

No. We often tell people when they ask, “it's like riding on a magic carpet, or sitting on a porch swing and gently lifting off”. Helicopters are much smoother than airplanes; since we don't have wings, we cut right through the air for an ultra-smooth ride.

Do we need reservations?

Reservations are not required, but we do encourage them so that you won't have a wait once you get to the airport. We do welcome walk ins, but on busy days you run the risk of having to wait a while for a flight.

Where are you located?

We are based at Dare County Airport, 410 Airport Rd. in Manteo (if you are using GPS, please use 374 Airport Rd.) on Roanoke Island: our office is in the main terminal building. We are approx. 25 minutes from Nags Head. Manteo is a great place to visit, offering the NC Aquarium, a downtown harbor front area with lots of shops and restaurants, the Elizabethan Gardens, and much more.

Is it a good view, and can I bring my camera?

Yes and yes! Every seat is a window seat, and the visibility is unparalleled. Cameras are encouraged, and we also offer custom flight videos of your trip using a high definition GoPro camera.

Can people with disabilities fly?

You bet they can. We take pride in trying to accommodate all passengers. Depending upon the specifics, we can usually make it happen. Please call to discuss, as it is a case by case basis.

Can we customize our tour?

Sure. We'd be happy to take you anywhere you'd like to go - for any tours over 30 minutes, we switch to our cheaper hourly rate of $549/hr. and pro-rate the trip by the tenth of an hour.

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.


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. obxhelicopters@gmail.com


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!

Please call for details and pricing.