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Address: 68-760 Farrington Hwy,, Dillingham Airfield, Waialua, Oahu, HI
Phone Number: 808 637-0207
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Hawaii’s oldest and largest soaring operation, Original Glider Rides has...
Hawaii’s oldest and largest soaring operation, Original Glider Rides has been operating tours at Dillingham Airfield since 1970. Soaring the skies over northwest Oahu, panoramic vistas unfold as your pilot guides you in this bubble-topped aircraft. You’ll be in awe as you fly on the wings of the wind with sights and sensations you’ve never experienced before. A 20-minute flight can attain altitudes of 3,000 ft. or more. Single passengers can kick it up a notch with specialized add-on flight services like aerobatic loop-d-loops and Eagle mini-lessons.
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We can't say enough about this place. Very knowledgeable staff and friendly. Kim was very honest with us about the weather the first time we came out and suggested we come the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Doing a trip up from Waikiki to look around the North Shore, taking in the magnificent back drop of the Mountains behind dillingham and noticed the gliders.....my wife convinced me to go see, as it was a bucket list thing .....to go up in a glider, my wife's sister &. Husband travelling with us where good with waiting while I... More 

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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We can't say enough about this place. Very knowledgeable staff and friendly. Kim was very honest with us about the weather the first time we came out and suggested we come the next day. We did and had 3 great flights. Aerobatic flight was awesome and not frightening at all. Flight was smooth, quiet and relaxing. 20 minutes was way... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Went there twice. We untethered at different locations due to the wind conditions on the day itself. The pilots (Sean, if I recall right and Michael) were super friendly. Bill was excellent with the kids. They loved their flights. The scenery was beautiful and it was such a peaceful experience. As the gliders didn't wonder far from the air field,... More 

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Grapevine, Texas
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14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Great flight with Dave, third flight for us with Honolulu Soaring. We saw whales breaching on previous flight. Unless you are already on the north shore, advise you call well in advance in case winds are not favorable so you don't make the drive for nothing. Skydiving drop zone adjacent in case you want to watch or jump. Restrooms available

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San Antonio, Texas
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

My wife and I went up separately and we were both very impressed with our pilots and the ride. Awesome adventure over one of the most beautiful parts of the island... the North Shore, and over the only part of the island (Kenai Point) that is not accessible by vehicle. Our pilots (David and Sean) were very accommodating and gave... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I took the Combo Package which included scenic flight, acrobatic ride and hands on mini lesson and I loved every second of it. The pilot Dave was absolutely great, explained everything to me, flew breathtaking loops, swirls and upside down maneuvres always asking if I'm feeling ok. It could not have been better. Thank you so much for that experience.... More 

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Irvine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I opted for the acrobatic flight and let me tell you when they mean acrobatic, they mean acrobatic: loops, rolls, more loops, etc. I did not realize a sailplane was capable of such maneuvers. It was a blast but fortunately this part of the flight lasts less than 10 minutes. The remainder of the flight was really nice with great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Last time, I have done this was 32 years ago and so much live in my Hawaiian memories, it was on top of my list of things to do this time. The Dilllingham airfield on the North shore, is a good hours' drive from Waikiki, more if there is (as there usually is, especially in the afternoon) heavy traffic. The... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I was somewhat disappointed with most of the things in and around Honolulu but the glider flight made up for everything. What a great way to experience the Island. You really get much more of a feel for the topography after viewing the big picture. Don't miss out, this is a fantastic experience. It was kind of comical how the... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California
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45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This was my second visit. This will become a regular attraction for us in Hawaii. i'm a definate soaring enthusiast, but every time I come here, everyone else I see leaves with a BIG smile! Can't wAit for my mext trip to Hawaii to go soaring with Mr. Bill again!

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