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“Tall Don is the best!”
Review of Honolulu Soaring

Honolulu Soaring
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Waialua
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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141 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Tall Don is the best!”
Reviewed November 13, 2012 via mobile

I am a powered-airplane pilot who wanted some glider time in one of the most beautiful locations for it: North Shore, Oahu. These folks are professional yet fun, organized yet casual. I flew with "Tall Don," who is indeed tall, even barefoot (he flew barefoot! :-). Fantastic ride, can't beat the views, and Don is a patient instructor (I should know: I'm an instructor too!)

Best of all, out of an already great experience: we were having so much fun playing in the thermals that Don extended my ride for about another 10-14 minutes! (Free of charge, of course) in fact, we came down only because his "office" telephoned to tell him to get back down! Someone with that many flight hours who still wants to play in the air-that's just great.

Take a glider ride. You won't be disappointed!!

5 Thank KDUB7
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Dartmouth, N.S. Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fly Like an Eagle”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

My first morning in Hawaii I got up and headed to Dillingham to soar. I'd booked a 30 minute sight seeing tour as I was over the weight limit for the acrobatic flight. For some reason they're apprehensive about flying 360 degree loops with the equivalent of a human refrigerator aboard the sailplane. Go figure.

That being said, it was an incredible experience riding thermals like a freight elevator up the side of the beautiful and ancient Waianae mountains. My pilot was Big Don who was an engaging conversationalist and he was very accommodating when I asked if we could do some minor maneuvers. Basically, we'd stall where he'd pitch the nose up and bleed off airspeed until we stopped, then slide backwards, point the nose straight down and bank on the wingtip at the bottom of the dive. At the top of the stall, negative four g's and at the bottom of the dive we'd be pulling six g's. To say it was exhilarating is to play it down. It wasn't my first experience with this maneuver so no change of underwear was required.

The scenery was stunning, overlooking the North Shore and the mountains. The staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful and the experience was well worth the money.

I did make a video of the experience and posted in on Youtube to the tune of The Neville Brothers version of Fly Like an Eagle. It's not the best quality, but you get a sense of the experience. You can find it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuCRUY78fiM

Visited September 2012
2 Thank Markzilla
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Fort Worth, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
157 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
“What an adrenalin rush!!”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

I went with David on a 15 minute [seemed alot longer] aerobatic glider ride and loved every minute of it! Smooth takeoff and landing and in between...WOW, nothing like loops and wingovers to get your heart pumping [took me 2 hours to come off my high]. David was great, talking me through every maneuver while keeping things light with jokes and pointing out sites. The flight was not in anyway violent or jolting and the loops were not as bad as most of the roller coasters I have been on, so don't let anything stop you from doing this FANTASTIC flight. My total cost was $162 and was worth every penny.

Visited October 2012
2 Thank hillbilly60
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Clearwater, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed April 5, 2012

on a cruise. coordinated over the internet with bill starr and called him the day before at 808-677-3404. was picked up at aloha tower and driven to dillingham airfield, about 45 minutes from the ship. lee was the driver who picked me up and brought me back. lots of info on the ride back and forth. really nice people. no pressure to buy anything. you decide what you want to do. price was very reasonable. if this trip was sold by the cruise line it would be double what they charged. a good value and a great way to spend 1/2 a day

Visited March 2012
6 Thank Charles G
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109 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Fun times”
Reviewed October 3, 2011

great thing to do off the beaten path.

Kinda scary but fun! The staff and employees are great and professional. Awesome views of the north shore and away from all chaos and hubbub of Honolulu.

Do it and have a blast!

Visited September 2011
1 Thank zkeeper
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