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Helicopter Tour - Oceanside to Cardiff-By-The-Sea and back!

Helicopter Tour - Oceanside to Cardiff-By-The-Sea and back!

By Waverider Helicopter Tours
You will see the beautiful coastline from Oceanside to Cardiff-By-The-Sea on this amazing helicopter tour! Waverider Helicopter Tours is Veteran-owned and we provide an exciting and unforgettable experience for all who are looking to view the beautiful beaches and captivating backcountry of San Diego County, coastal Orange County, and Temecula Wine Country from a unique perspective. Your experience will be sure to last a lifetime as you take an amazing ride in a helicopter! Our tours range from 10 minutes to over one hour! The helicopter has four leather seats (three passengers and your pilot), heat, and air conditioning to have you riding in comfort and luxury! Each passenger will have their own seat, seat belt, and Bose noise-canceling headset to listen and talk as we cruise along on your pilot-guided tour. Climb in, buckle-up, and enjoy your flight! *Max weight limit per seat is 280 pounds and max weight limit between all passengers is 500 pounds.*

Ages 0-120
Duration: 23m
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English

  • Bose noise-canceling headsets
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private transportation
  • All Fees and Taxes
What's not included
  • Gratuities for your pilot

  • 480 Airport Rd, Oceanside, CA 92058, USA
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 128608P3

    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 128608P3

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    • You'll start at
      480 Airport Rd
      480 Airport Rd, Oceanside, CA 92058, USA
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    • Pass by
      San Luis Rey River Trail
      Oceanside Pier
      Carlsbad Village
      The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch
      Oceanside Harbor Village
      Moonlight State Beach
      Swami's Beach
      San Elijo State Beach
      Batiquitos Lagoon
      San Luis Rey River Trail
      San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve
    • You'll return to the starting point
    About the operator
    Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator:
    • Waverider Helicopter Tours
      Oceanside, California
      Joined in October 2016
    • KFelk
      0 contributions
      Outstanding Experience With Waverider
      Did a sunset flight out of Oceanside, and even though the weather wasn't ideal, we still have a fun, safe, and informative journey. The pilot was nice and professional, and flying up and down the coast watching the sunset in the clouds, watching surfers and beach goers wave to us, and just the overall experience was fantatsic
      Written February 19, 2020
    • Doingstuff52
      0 contributions
      We LOVED It!!!!
      We had a fantastic time! It was a very smooth flight over a beautiful and interesting area with, Kurt, our very knowledgeable pilot. The sunset flight ended with an incredibly soft landing! We're looking forward to returning for future flights!
      Written November 2, 2019
    • ogonder
      0 contributions
      Cruise the coast!
      Fantastic experience for these first-time helicopter passengers! I was super nervous prior to liftoff and thought the heights and motion might be too much. Curt, our pilot, quickly put us at ease and took us on a beautiful trip to La Jolla and back. Can’t wait to go again!
      Written August 2, 2019
    • babyRN19
      0 contributions
      Best birthday EVER!!!
      An amazing fantastic unforgettable day for my 60th birthday celebration! It was a true VIP experience! The helicopter ride was absolutely perfect as was the tour of the wineries! SO surpassed my expectations! I couldn’t recommend Waverider Helicopter Tours more, Can’t wait to do it again! Thank you Kurt!!!
      Written July 8, 2019
    • Casherry
      0 contributions
      The very best Mothers Day 2019
      We just did this with the owner Kurt. It was wonderful, he is wonderful. The whole experience was beautiful. The scenery, the service was safe and relaxing, Kurt thoughtful and so kind. He pointed out some interesting history about the area and served us champagne as soon as we arrived at the winery, Kurt made sure we had a wonderful reservation and a perfect table. My mom (who is 88) and I felt like VIPs. What a perfect day. Also Kurt handles the helicopter so well. Landing with him feels like floating down from a cloud. Very soft..Thank you so very much Kurt.
      Written May 14, 2019
    • paragkolte
      0 contributions
      My first and best Helicopter ride
      This was my First helicopter ride. There nothing in this ride which I say I didn't like it. Everything was so perfect. The way staff treated, great. Pilot was so friendly and giving all information about pier and other spots during ride. This was my mother's day gift to my mother and must say due to this guys it become my best gift. I would recommend this ride to everyone. Thank you Guys.
      Written May 12, 2019
      0 contributions
      California Poppy Super Bloom Lake Elsinore Tour.
      70 minutes of Mother Nature at her finest! Incredible helicopter tour for up to 3 people plus pilot, Kirk. Tour begins at Oceanside airport with flight path taking off west out over the Oceanside Harbor then turning south over Carlsbad Flower Fields then inland with us flying over Fallbrook until we reached the inland area of Lake Elsinore with the spectacular blazing orange of the poppies in the distance. The poppies are visible as far as the eyes can see as we flew up and down and all around the hilly area. Also got an extra treat of watching skydivers jump from the plane over Lake Elsinore. We then flew back towards the coast coming out south of Dana Point and continuing out over the ocean about 1/2 mile to enter the clear space for flying past Camp Pendleton. While we didn't see any whales migrating we did observe some Marine military maneuvers with an amphibious ship. Too soon landing again at the Oceanside Airport. It was a fantastic trip that met all of our expectations!
      Written April 3, 2019
    • Chief90Dyess
      0 contributions
      Absolutely Incredible, worth every penny!
      If you are planning a visit to the San Diego area and looking for things to do, look no more and add this item to your list now. Waverider Helicopter Tours is awesome, Kurt was great in every aspect, taking pictures, getting us settled in the helicopter, explaining things during the flight and he is an excellent pilot. They have one of the best web sites I have seen, you can see each of the flights they offer, details of the flight, cost and time limit of the flight. They have set up their flights to be affordable to almost everyone, a 10-minute basic flight can be used just to see if you like it or take a 1 hour 5-minute flight to downtown San Diego/Coronado. If you are nervous of flying, helicopters and airplane don’t compare, very smooth and there is nothing like flying at an altitude of 500 feet right up the coastline watching the surf or whales if you are lucky. For us, the time did not start when they picked you up at the main office, time started and stopped when the skids of the helicopter lifted off the ground, 45 minutes mean 45 minutes of flying, not transporting, safety briefings, and warm up. We took the 45 minute La Jolla Cove and Inland flight, the flight was great and a must do bucket list item. Do take the time to view the video, it will give you a good idea on how the flight will look. We often visit the San Diego area and we are already talking about what flight we want to take next. If you are still in doubt, go to Tripadvisor, 26 reviews and all “Excellent” ratings, they say you can’t please everyone, Waverider Helicopter Tours has. Don’t talk about it, just do it, you will never regret it, it will be memories for a lifetime.
      Written February 19, 2019
    • sjpotter77
      0 contributions
      Incredible Birthday Afternoon with Winery tour!
      I booked with Waverider for my husband's 50th birthday a ride to Thorton Winery in Temecula. Incredible experience that started off a bit hesitant as my husband saw it was a single engine aircraft and I was afraid he would not board. However, after a short talk with the pilot, my husband felt at ease and a fellow military man he then wanted to sit in the front. The pilot was incredibly knowledgable and skilled. We took a ride out over the ocean before heading to Temecula. We then had an incredible lunch at Thorton Winery followed by a return flight back to Oceanside. He now raves about the experience and how secure he felt in the flight.
      Written February 3, 2019
    • kathleen s
      0 contributions
      Amazing Family Time!
      We had an AMAZING time! My three boys, my husband, and myself enjoyed our trip with Waverider Helicopter Tours! I can't wait to go back! The staff was extremely friendly, informative, and welcoming. I have told others about our wonderful experience and I highly recommend Waverider Helicopter Tours to anyone and everyone!
      Written August 27, 2018
    • Cathy C
      0 contributions
      Christmas Lights
      Took my 93 year old mother on a Christmas Lights Tour. She uses a walker and has mobility issues so I wasn't sure how she would get into the helicopter. It was no problem. They had a step stool and guided her in. During the trip Christmas music played in our noise-cancelling head phones. We could talk with each other and enjoy the sights without engine noise. It was a smooth flight. Everything was great from being shuttled in a decorated golf cart to the tarmac area to landing easily and safely. My mom cried after the experience because it made her so happy. Thanks to Waverider! It was a great!
      Written February 7, 2018
    • Christina F
      0 contributions
      Fantastic experience, lovely owners!
      I booked the 45-minute Waverider's Quiver tour for my husband's birthday (super easy to book online; website is informative; the owners responded almost immediately to questions by email; also, I feel their fees are more than reasonable for the level of service received along with the great experience!) Curt and Danielle are friendly, knowledgable hosts! While we were there, Curt said that they will be offering a charter service by the end of the year. We are going back to the San Diego area in May and if the service is available at that time, we plan on booking a charter to Catalina Island through them. We enjoyed our flight and highly recommend this company to all :)
      Written February 7, 2018
    • _kristina24escobar
      0 contributions
      I am so glad I found Waverider Helicopter Tours. I booked a ride for my dad's 85th birthday, and it made his day. Kurt and Danielle were so friendly and made everyone feel comfortable. Everything about the experience was a positive: it was easy to book, we were met in the parking lot and taken care of, and best of all the ride was amazing, smooth and so much fun. Don't miss out on this incredible experience! We will recommend Waverider to everyone we know!
      Written February 4, 2018
    • Libertystewart
      0 contributions
      Breathtaking experience
      What a wonderful experience. Kurt was amazing pilot and host for our tour. Easy booking process online and the views were outstanding at sunset. Worth every penny. Definitely would recommend him for anyone looking to experience the beauty of the coast from a different perspective.
      Written January 20, 2018
    • scotty h
      0 contributions
      Best experience of my life
      I have done a lot in my lifetime. I've hiked some of the roughest terrain, climbed some of the highest mountains and even swam with sharks. I can honestly say my experience in their helicopter tops all that I listed. We booked the 45 minute Waverider Quiver tour. I saw all of the beauty of southern California in this one trip. Even saw some whales swimming around the coast. The thrill of flying in their helicopter was indescribable. We were punctually greeted by Danielle when we arrived at the airport in a snazzy blue golf cart. Then transported to their hanger to meet the pilot and see the aircraft. The pilot (Kurt) was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. He instantly made my girlfriend feel comfortable and safe. She even commented on how cute he was. I encourage anyone and everyone to book a flight immediately. Five stars!!!!!!!
      Written January 19, 2018
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    4 reviews
    Very good

    1 contribution
    Jan 2020 • Friends
    This was by far, the best helicopter ride along the coast.
    Thank you Waverider and to our wonderful pilot, KIRK! It was my moms 90th birthday and she had a fantastic time!
    The photo is upside down. I can’t delete it or rotate it. Sorry.
    Written January 11, 2020
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    Chicago, IL108 contributions
    Jan 2020
    Fantastic experience! Did a 30 minute sunset ride, and even though it was cloudy Waverider made it fun and informative!
    Written February 2, 2020
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    San Diego, California30 contributions
    Jul 2019 • Couples
    We had such a great time. The helicopter was very smooth, the pilot knowledgeable, the skies clear, and lots of people out on the beach. This was a super great way to discover that yes, we really like helicopters. I highly recommend Waverider Helicopter tours.
    Written July 5, 2019
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    3 contributions
    Jun 2019 • Couples
    Fantastic flight, one that I'll never forget, the couple that operate Waverider are awesome.The flight up and down the coast was smooth and the Robinson R44 was extremely comfortable. Waverider really take care of you I'd recommend them to anyone who wants a worth while experince. Thank you for making my day great.
    Written June 3, 2019
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    Helicopter Tour - Oceanside to Cardiff-By-The-Sea and back! provided by Waverider Helicopter Tours