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Honolulu: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, and City Tour

1. Honolulu: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, and City Tour

Spend the day visiting the most important historical sites and landmarks of Honolulu, Hawaii. Visit Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial, Iolani Palace, Kawaiahao Church, the Hawaii State Capitol, Honolulu City Hall, and more. The tour begins with a visit to Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, the largest visitor attraction on Oahu. Enjoy the many exhibits, galleries, and displays the center has to offer. Then, board a Navy boat shuttle for a tour of the harbor along “Battleship Row.” Upon arrival at the USS Arizona Memorial, step off the boat to explore the memorial. The journey continues to the historic National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl Crater, a historical landmark offering a backdrop of scenic rolling green hills and lush foliage where the many men and women who served in the Armed Forces are honored. Wrap up your experience with a narrated tour of downtown Honolulu. Spot the impressive state buildings and learn about the Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaii’s last reigning monarch and the only royal palace in the United States. Make your way to the Hawaii State Capitol grounds which includes the Eternal Flame, Korean and Vietnam War Memorials, Liberty Bell, and more. Then, visit the majestic statue of King Kamehameha, the Hawaiian warrior-king who united the islands, and see Kawaiahao Church, known as “the Westminster Abbey of the Pacific.”

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Honolulu: Pearl Habor Tour with Arizona Memorial

2. Honolulu: Pearl Habor Tour with Arizona Memorial

Hear fascinating stories on this tour of Pearl Harbor and downtown Honolulu. Witness the key sites and memorials to the 1941 attack, and experience the island's wartime history. Begin this tour with pickup in Waikiki. Travel first to Pearl Harbor and ride the navy launch to the USS Arizona Memorial. Visit the sombre monument above a sunken battleship from the day of the attack. Explore the memorials to the many groups who lost their lives, and pause to reflect at the wall of remembrance. Return to your waiting van for a historic tour of downtown Honolulu. Your expert guide will explain what it was like to live on the island during wartime. See sights including Iolani Palace, the State Capitol, King Kamehameha Statue and Aloha Tower as you learn about the fascinating history of this historic place.

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Oahu: Official USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Audio Tour

3. Oahu: Official USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Audio Tour

Experience the powerful sensations of the largest visitor destination in Hawaii on a fully-narrated audio tour to the USS Arizona Memorial and Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Follow in the footsteps of the millions of people who come to see for themselves where World War II began for the United States on December 7, 1941. Approved by the National Park Service, the USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Tour is an award-winning, 2.5-hour audio tour that will take you through 2 world-class museums at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, including the amazing "Attack" and "Road to War" chronicling events leading up to the attack on Oahu and its aftermath. Imagine you have your own Park Ranger to guide you as you look at dramatic photographs, personal memorabilia and much more.   Listen to an informative commentary (available in English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin) as you journey through the facility. It will even automatically translate the National Park Services' 23-minute movie documentary into your chosen language. 

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From Waikiki: Pearl Harbor Tour with USS Arizona Memorial

4. From Waikiki: Pearl Harbor Tour with USS Arizona Memorial

Learn about Pearl Harbor and the events of December 7, 1941 on this day trip from Waikiki. Take a boat ride to visit the Arizona Memorial, see exhibits related to the attack, and take a tour of the Battleship Missouri. After pickup in Waikiki, explore World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. See museum exhibits, footage from the attack, and other park monuments. Experience a boat ride to visit the USS Arizona Memorial over the sunken battleship. Head over the Admiral Clarey Bridge and drive by the USS Oklahoma Memorial on your way to the Battleship Missouri. Enjoy a guided tour of the ship, led by an expert docent.  You’ll be dropped off back in downtown Waikiki at the end of the tour.

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Waikiki Trolley Hop-on Hop-off 1, 4 or 7-Day All-Line Pass

5. Waikiki Trolley Hop-on Hop-off 1, 4 or 7-Day All-Line Pass

Experience Hawaii from Waikiki Trolley. Cruise the streets, see the cliffs of Oahu’s east shoreline from the top of a double-decker or take an air-conditioned minibus up the Pali Highway to the Nu’uanu Pali Lookout. The Waikiki Trolley also takes you to some of the best sightseeing and scenic spots around the southeast part of Oahu. Hike up Diamond Head via the Green Line, or have an unforgettable dolphin experience at Sea Life Park via the Blue Line. And with the Waikiki Trolley’s unique hop-on, hop-off system, the possibilities for planning your stay in Honolulu are limitless. The Waikiki Trolley is a fun way to discover the highlights of Honolulu. Choose which attractions to explore with five different routes and 43 stops that allow you to experience the unique history and beauty of Oahu. Schedules and timetables can be found on WaikikiTrolley.com Blue Line highlights: Scenic drive around Diamond Head State Monument and the beautiful East Oahu shoreline. Red Line highlights: Drive through historic downtown Honolulu and make time to visit the museums, eat local favorites in Chinatown, and get lost wandering around the wall art district.

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From Honolulu: Oahu Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

6. From Honolulu: Oahu Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

Hop aboard a helicopter and admire Oahu’s landmarks on a guided flight tour from Honolulu. See the Waikiki skyline from above, fly past Diamond Head, and round the volcanic cliffs to Makapu’u Lighthouse. Choose a private or shared tour, with your choice of an on-or-off door experience. Make your way to the local partner’s helipad to begin your experience. Ascend above the city and follow the Windward Coast, with breathtaking views of the Ko’olau Mountains in the distance. Listen to your guide's live tour commentary. Pass Lanikai Beach and see its gorgeous coral formations. Cruise over Kaneohe Bay and discover why this place is regarded as one of the most scenic locations on Earth. Glide past the “Chinaman’s Hat” off the east coast of Oahu. See the Ka’a’awa Valley—the historic home of the island’s kings. Plus, take in views of the lush rainforest surrounding the Sacred Falls. Continue onto the North Shore to spot surfers at the Banzai Pipeline and Waimea Bay. Loop back to Honolulu and get a glimpse of the pineapple-tastic Dole Plantation. Finally, pass over the iconic Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, before returning to the helipad.

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Waikiki: Pearl Harbor and Honolulu City Tour

7. Waikiki: Pearl Harbor and Honolulu City Tour

See Hawaii's most visited attraction, and immerse yourself in the sites and culture of Honolulu. Enjoy an inclusive tour that includes pickup and drop-off from your hotel. After pickup from your hotel, head to the Pearl Harbor Historic Site, Hawaii's most visited attraction. Learn about the attack on Pearl Harbor as you watch a short film that explains what happened prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Take the boat over to the USS Arizona memorial. Walk around the memorial, visitor center, and the attached museum, or perhaps take an optional tour while enjoying the Hawaiian sun. See the battleships in the harbor and the submarine USS Bowfin. After 2 hours at Pearl Harbor, drive into downtown Honolulu. See Hawaii's business district and the Iolani Palace. Stop at the Ali'iolani Hale - also known as the Hawaii Five-0 Headquarters. Learn about the Hawaiian kings, and how Hawaii became the 50th state of the USA. See the Hawaii Supreme Court Building, famous for its statue of King Kamehameha I, and featured in the TV Show Hawaii Five-0, before drop-off back at your hotel.

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Oahu: USS Arizona Memorial Deluxe Tour

8. Oahu: USS Arizona Memorial Deluxe Tour

For the first time ever, you can experience a tour of the USS Arizona Memorial from the National Park Service. This narrated tour is an immersive self-guided tour of the visitor center's two museums, the Pearl Harbor Survivor section aboard the USS Arizona Memorial and the fascinating "Path of Attack" tour available along the shoreline of Pearl Harbor. Get digital access to the National Park Service's archives at each narrated tour stop and experience the National Park Service's new Virtual Reality Center to view the new experience: Air Raid Pearl Harbor.

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Oahu: Salute to Pearl Harbor

9. Oahu: Salute to Pearl Harbor

Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and personal stories of the world-changing events of Pearl Harbor, December 1941, and gain an insight into the fascinating, historical, and cultural background, all along with the ease of transportation. Experience the emotional power of Pearl Harbor as you enter the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. Revisit the past and observe never-before-seen artifacts, replicas and media displays that explain the events and details leading up to and following the attack. Look across the Harbor’s blue waters at Ford Island, the center of the attack, and imagine the residents waking up on a sleepy Sunday morning to chaos and madness. Travel across the harbor by shuttle boat and reflect on the graceful USS Arizona Memorial. Pause in tribute to those who lost their lives that day. You may spot green sea turtles and colorful fish swimming in the active reef around the Arizona, even as it serves to memorialize those entombed below. A historical film, a journey in time across the harbor, and perhaps a chance to meet a survivor of the attack complete your morning at the Memorial.

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Oahu: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Experiences

10. Oahu: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Experiences

The Oahu Go City All-Inclusive Pass provides free admission to the island's top activities, attractions, and tours, offering the ultimate in convenience, savings, and flexibility. Choose between a 1- to 7-day pass at a low, pre-paid price. Save up to 55% compared to full retail admission prices. The more you do, the more you save. Go on a historic tour to Pearl Harbor, enjoy a day at Sea Life Park, take in a cultural experience at the Polynesian Cultural Center, or go snorkeling in Waikiki. When you buy a 3-, 4-, 5-, or 7-day card pass, you’ll also receive free admission to one premium activity. Included activities, attractions, and tours with the Oahu Savings Pass (for all pass durations): Cultural & Historic Sights • Polynesian Cultural Center • Battleship Missouri Memorial at Pearl Harbor • Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum at Pearl Harbor • USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Tour at Pearl Harbor • Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum • Bishop Museum • Iolani Palace • Honolulu Museum of Art • Queen Emma Summer Palace Tours & Cruises • Makani Catamaran Sail • Secret Island Beach at Kualoa Ranch (choice of 1 Kualoa Ranch activity per day) • Voyaging Catamaran Tour at Kualoa Ranch (choice of 1 Kualoa Ranch activity per day) • Taste of Kualoa (choice of 1 Kualoa Ranch activity per day) • Famous Beaches Bike Tour on the North Shore • Pearl Harbor & Honolulu City tour (including tickets to Arizona Memorial) • Guided Hike on the North Shore • North Shore Soap Factory Tour • Manoa Chocolate Factory Tour Outdoor Activities • Diamond Head Hike: Shuttle & Self-guided Hike • Rainforest, Waterfalls, and Movie Sites: Shuttle & Self-guided Hike • Makapuu Lighthouse & Halona Blowhole: Shuttle & Self-guided Hike • Waimea Valley • Wet ‘n Wild Hawaii including Da Flowrider • Sea Life Park Hawaii • 3-Hour Kayak Rental • Stand Up Paddle Board 3-Hour Rental • Full Day Snorkel Rental • SUP Morning Yoga by Yoga Floats • Morning Vinyasa under the palm trees • Shoreline Fishing Experience on the North Shore • 8-Hour Bike Rental by Hawaiian Style Rentals (choice of 1 rental per day) • 3-Hour Moped Rental by Hawaiian Style Rentals (choice of 1 rental per day) • 3-Hour E-Bike Rental by Hawaiian Style Rentals (choice of 1 rental per day) • Coconut Palm Basket Weaving on Sunset Beach • Shell Pendant Making on Sunset Beach • Hawaiian Lei Making on Sunset Beach • Lyon Arboretum Premium activities (3+ day passes only) (choose 1): • Makani Catamaran Sunset Sail with Drinks • Private Group Surf Lesson (for 2+) by Sea & Board Sports Hawaii • Full-Day Tour: Hidden Gems, Turtles & Snorkeling • Beauty and the Feast Tour • Moana Splash Luau + Sea Life Park Admission

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Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is open daily from 7:00AM to 5:00PM, except for Thanksgiving Day, December 25th, and January 1st. Expect it to be busy at any time! If travelling on a budget then arrive early to snap up one of the free walk-in tickets, otherwise it's recommended that you book in advance!

  • How to get there?

    Pearl Harbor can be accessed by City Bus and taxi, but the former is slow (up to 2 hours) and the latter expensive. Many cheap, quick transportation services don't have clearance to the tourist site itself, so the best way to reach Pearl Harbor is undoubtedly with a certified tour company.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open daily, 7:00 AM-5:00 PM
    Holiday hours may vary
  • Is it expensive?
    Walk-in tickets are free, but best to guarantee access by purchasing an all-inclusive tour package.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help.
  • How to get there
    Best to go in a private van with a tour company.
  • Additional information
    Get out your fanny pack! Backpacks and other large bags must be checked at the storage area.

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What people are saying about Pearl Harbor

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 937 reviews

This is a well organized trip to see Pearl Harbor memorial and the USS Missouri. So much history! The tour guide us great. He told us many stories related to WWII and the Hawaii history. Highly recommended.

The tour was well worth the while. We thought about doing Pearl Harbor on our own and glad we opted for the guided tour. Humu the guide made it all worth the expense!

Got to see all the Island and what it has to offer Matt the pilot was very informative and knowledgeable

Our guide was great, he provided lots of history and gave us tips on where to go to get great pictures.

Pearl Harbor is a must visit site for all visiting Hawaii.