The Complete Pearl Harbor From Kauai, Maui Or Big Island
Interisland Tour from Maui, Kauai or The Big Island
Day trips to another island are common in Hawaii. This is why we’ve developed this one day travel package to Hawaii’s most popular visitor destination – Pearl Harbor. This day trip includes roundtrip airfare from an outer island, transportation and all admission tickets to every one of Pearl Harbors attractions including the USS Arizona Memorial, The USS Bowfin Submarine and Museum, the USS Missouri Battleship and the 122,000 sq ft of aircraft exhibits at the historic Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. Our expert guides will escort you to and around this amazing facility were the course of the United States and the world were changed forever on December 7th 1941. Audio headsets with a narrated tour in 9 languages are also available for our guests at the Visitor Center. Enjoy Oahu’s top attraction on this full day adventure!
Step back in time and explore the museums, displays, memorials and photographs of life in Hawaii and the U.S. before, during and after the Japanese attack in 1941. Walk the shoreline of the Visitor Center grounds and see maps, photographs, sculptures and memorials to the fallen of the Japanese attack and the Pacific war while learning about the history of Pearl Harbor over the last 200+ years.
After a short film in the theater we’ll board a Navy shuttle boat for transport to the Arizona Memorial. See the sunken hull of the battleship from the Memorials deck. View the 1,177 names etched on the marble “Wall of Remembrance” and pause for solemn reflection upon the sacrifices of the “greatest generation”. Talk with volunteer and view the USS Missouri moored nearby on Battleship Row.
Board the USS Bowfin where guests can explore the submarine inside and out including interior control stations, torpedo rooms and crews quarters. Stand on the deck next to the 5 inch gun or admire the view from the Skipper’s tower. Continue the fascinating glimpse into a submariners life during WWII in the Submarine Museum. See photographs, posters and artifacts from the 1940’s and learn about the submarine fleet, known as the “Silent Service”, of both yesterday and today.
Born during the brutal final years of the war in the Pacific, the USS Missouri became the most famous of her kind built by the U.S. Navy in the early 1940’s. She and her crew of nearly 2700 arrived at Pearl Harbor on Christmas Eve 1944. Known as the “Mighty Mo,” the Missouri would take part in the invasion of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and see the Japanese surrender on her deck in September of 1945, officially ending WWII!
Nearly every aircraft, including fighters and bombers, of the war in the Pacific are featured here inside the 7 acre complex of hangars. Over 100,000 sq ft of space is covered with some 50 aircraft including jets and helicopter of the Korean and Vietnam wars. Flight simulators, interactive displays, a movie theater and a sit down cafe make this a wonderful place to spend the afternoon.
Before returning you to the airport we’ll enjoy a guided van tour of Honolulu’s historic buildings and attractions. We’ll see King Kamehameha’s Statue, Iolani Palace and Punchbowl National Cemetery to name a few. It’s a great way to round out your historic day on Oahu at Pearl Harbor!
Airport Pick Up and Transportation To and From Pearl Harbor
Hear Expert Narration of Historic WWII Locations From Your Guide
Explore Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Museums
See the Documentary Film of December 7th Attack
Board the USS Arizona Memorial
Board the USS Bowfin Submarine and Museum
Transportation to Ford Island Naval Base
Board the USS Missouri Battleship
Above and Below Deck Tours of the “Mighty Mo”
Enter the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum
No-Host Lunch at Laniakea Cafe
Downtown Honolulu Historic City Van Tour
See Iolani Palace and Kawaiahao Church
See King Kamehameha Statue
See Hawaii State Capitol & Ali’iolani Hale
The day starts with pick up from Honolulu airport. Your island guide brings you to Pearl Harbor to experience every site and activity.
First off we’ll explore the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center with your personal guide. They’ll secure for you, upon request, audio tour devices in 9 languages, including english. The audio device narrates a wide range of stories prepared by the park service. Stroll through several museums inside the center and walk the park grounds were dozens of displays, interpretive signage, statues, sculptures, artifacts and memorials await.
Next we’ll watch a short documentary film in the theater about the events before, during and after the Japanese attack. We’ll then board a Navy shuttle boat for a short trip across the harbor to the Arizona Memorial. Stand on the deck of this beautiful building which is suspended over the sunken battleship. See the names of all 1,177 sailors lost that fateful day. It is a solemn experience and one that will be remembered for years.
Returning to the visitor center, your guide meets you for a short walk to the USS Bowfin Submarine. Explore the decks of the sub both inside and out, getting a feel for what it must have been like to live aboard with 70 men for months at a time. We’ll check out the nearby Submariners Museum too before boarding a shuttle bus. After a short trip across the bridge we’ll arrive at the USS Missouri Battleship moored at Ford Island. We’ll explore this massive ship both on and below decks. Join a deck tour hosted by military volunteers and learn how the USS Missouri marked the end of the war when the Japanese signed the articles of surrender on her deck. Below deck we’ll make our way through the narrow hallways past the galley, crews quarters, radio rooms and war rooms. Artifacts, displays and interpretive signage are just some of the things that will captivate your imagination.
Next we’ll take a short ride to the nearby Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. Nearly every WWII aircraft used during the Pacific war are housed here. Learn about American fighter and bomber aircraft and the roles they played in important battles. Explore the exhibits including “Mig Alley” where fighter jets from the Korean and Vietnam wars are displayed. Jump in a flight simulator for a dog fight with a Japanese Zero and have a bite to eat at Laniakea Cafe.
We’ll end the day with relaxed van tour of historic Honolulu and Waikiki sites on our way back to the airport. See King Kamehameha’s Statue and Iolani Palace, both built in the 1880’s. You’ll arrive back at the airport around 5:30 PM for your return flight. After an adventurous 10 to 11 hour day immersed in the historic events of Pearl Harbor, you can relax back at your hotel or condo knowing you’ve experienced Hawaii’s top attraction in the best way possible!
Time: 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM (approximate pick up and return. Actual times will be noted in your confirmation itinerary)
Due to the popularity of this tour we recommend that you book before arriving in the islands.Some federal holidays have limited access to sites within Pearl Harbor. The tour is not available on December 7th of each year.
7:30 AM – Pick up at Honolulu International Airport
8:00 AM – Arrive at Pearl Harbor, World War 2 Valor In The Pacific National Monument
9:00 AM – View documentary film about the day of the attack
9:30 AM – Board Navy boat fortranport to the USS Arizona Memorial
10:15 AM – Visit museums and exhibits of Pearl Harbor’s Visitor Center
11:15 AM – board the USS Bowfin Submarine and visit the museum
12:15 AM – Take a shuttle and cross the bridge onto Ford Island
1:30 AM – Arrive at the USS Missouri Battleship. Tour above and below decks.
2:00 PM – Depart to Pearl Harbor Aviation for a no-host lunch at the Laniakea Cafe
2:45 – PM Explore the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum
3:45 – PM Board shuttle to leave Ford Island
4:15 – PM Depart to Honolulu Historic Sites which are viewed from the tour vehicle including, Iolani Palace, King Kamehameha Statue, Kawahawoi Church, Historic Downtown, Waikiki, Chinatown and more
5:30 – PM Return to the airport
Tour stops may change due to weather, construction or other unavoidable circumstances for the safety of our guests.
Please dress appropriately as this is a solemn and sacred area to many people. Swimwear will not be allowed. No bags are allowed into the monument and can be checked for $5 / item at the gate. Shirts and footwear are required.
Any inter-island tour or Oahu tours originating from the Islands of Maui, Big Island, and Kauai may incur up to $100.00 per person airline change fee (if flights are included in your tour) for any changes to the original booking (this is currently being waived by airlines). Any request for a refund prior to 72 hours will result in a full credit for a future tour and the credit for airline flights is only in reserved names.
Travel Insurance: A cash refund is available on tours with flights when you purchase the travel insurance (available during the booking process) and you have an emergency or had some unforeseen issue occur prior to 72 hours to your tour start date. No refunds are issued for any tours canceled or changed (even with insurance) within the 72-hour period, prior to the start of your tour.
Lunch is not included in this tour but there are a variety of options for food and drink throughout the day. Please be sure to bring water. There are free water refill locations. Locations to sit down and eat are at the Bowfin Museum at the visitor center, the Missouri Battleship and the Laniakea Cafe at the Aviation Museum.
Please bring your government-issued ID for entry.
We ask that visitors to the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites dress appropriately and respectfully by avoiding swimsuits. While sandals and flip-flops are permitted, we encourage you to wear closed-toe shoes as there is a lot of walking when visiting the sites. In addition, we recommend visitors avoid skirts and dresses as well as high heels.
No bags are allowed for security reasons, and iPad cases or clutch wallets are not permitted either — a wallet must be no larger than a regular-sized cell phone. The bag storage facility can store your belongings for a fee of $6.00 per bag or $7.50 per bag for more oversized luggage.
Thank you for helping us maintain a respectful and secure environment for all visitors.
Infrequently, due to circumstances beyond our control, the Navy may suspend boat operations to the USS Arizona Memorial, or they may need to restrict boat capacity. In these cases, we may place you in a standby line. We cannot offer refunds in this situation and apologize in advance should this occur. You would still be able to visit the exhibits, the Visitors’ Center, and other park monuments.