PEARL HARBOR, ARIZONA & MISSOURI BATTLESHIP TOUR
See The Best Of Pearl Harbor With Us
No visit to Oahu is complete without paying respects at the Arizona Memorial. Board the USS Arizona Memorial and you will feel the emotions of the solemn memory of the attacks that struck Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Peer into the hull of the sunken battleship and view the names of those lost on the Remembrance Wall. All museum admissions are included with this tour, including a guided deck tour aboard the USS Missouri! Explore the famous battleship, which served in more than 50 years of war and conflicts and is the most celebrated war vessel in United States history. Experiencing these amazing places is sure to create lasting memories and enrich your vacation.
Our tour starts at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Here you can explore multiple informative displays, exhibits and interpretive signage along an extensive walkway within the visitor center grounds. Guests can learn in detail about the Japanese attack, the U.S. battles and losses in the Pacific and even what Pearl Harbor was like in ancient times. The Visitor Center is also where you can get lunch or snacks on your own.
Next we’ll be visiting the USS Arizona Memorial. This part of the tour begins with a documentary film in the theater about the Japanese attack and the events that led up to it. It includes actual footage and photos of that fateful day where over 2,400 Navy, Marine, Army and civilian personnel lost their lives. Afterwards, you will board a Navy skip that will cross the harbor to the Arizona Memorial which is suspended over (without touching) the sunken battleship. It is a somber experience to see the marble “Wall of Remembrance” listing the 1,177 souls who died when the battleship exploded on December 7th, 1941, most of whom are interned in the sunken ship below your feet.
After returning to the Visitor Center we will board a shuttle and cross the bridge to Ford Island. This still active military base is home to Battleship Row where the USS Missouri battleship is docked. This floating museum marks the end of World War 2 in the Pacific as the Japanese Articles of Surrender was signed on the deck of the “Mighty Mo” in Tokyo Bay in September of 1945. Explore the main deck as the huge turret guns tower overhead. Stand in the spot where the Japanese surrender documents were signed, then venture below deck where you’ll get a first hand look at what life on board was like on a Navy battleship during WWII.
After experiencing Pearl Harbor, you’ll be taken on a narrated driving tour of downtown Honolulu where you’ll be able to see and learn more about Hawaii’s history. During the tour, you’ll have your curiosity piqued by:
These beautiful, historical sites come to life thanks to the expert narration and local knowledge that your driver shares with you while you enjoy your tour of Honolulu city.
No tour of Honolulu’s rich history would be complete without visiting the Punchbowl Cemetery. Also known as the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, the Punchbowl Cemetery is one of Hawaii’s most popular tourist attractions and serves as a memorial to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces who sacrificed their lives. During the scenic drive you’ll be able to view the meticulous landscaping at the cemetery while you reflect on the beauty and reverence that is felt throughout the entire area. While driving through the Punchbowl Cemetery you’ll also get to view the Courts of the Missing and the chapel.
Round-trip Transportation From Waikiki Locations (or North Shore and Ko Olina Locations too!)
Over 4 Hours to Explore the Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri
Watch Historic Film and Boat Ride Out to Arizona Memorial
Battleship Missouri Guided Tour at Ford Island
Visit The Surrender Deck Where US Involvement in World War 2 Ended With Japanese Surrender
Stops at Historic Sites in Honolulu including the King Kamehameha Statue Near Iolani Palace
Drive Through The Punchbowl National Cemetery
Official Audio Guide Available (ask your guide for it)
The Arizona Memorial is one of the most popular visitor destinations in all of Hawaii. The Japanese surprise attack in December of 1941 profoundly changed the United States and the world. The expansive visitor center exhibits pay tribute to that infamous day in when the United States entered World War 2 and shares a fascinating look back into a bygone era of 1940’s Hawaii and a country at war. The Arizona is the final resting place for many of the 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives on December 7, 1941, when their ship was bombed by the Japanese. The USS Arizona was one of eight battleships stationed at Pearl Harbor that fateful day.
The Battleship Missouri also pays tribute to those lost during World War II. On its decks, visitors can see the spot where Japan signed its formal surrender, effectively ending World War 2. You will have the opportunity to explore the inside of the “Mighty Mo” multiple decks, galleys, rooms, and guns.
Afterward, we head out from the harbor for a great view of the city from Punchbowl – the National Cemetery of the Pacific. Then, we head to our final stop in downtown Honolulu to check out the King Kamehameha Statue and other nearby historic buildings including Iolani Palace.
*Parking: Beginning April 15, 2023, Pearl Harbor National Memorial will charge a parking fee to all those arriving in personal or rented vehicles. The parking fee will be $7/day and will be paid via a virtual pay system through visitors’ mobile devices or though an onsite kiosk located within the Visitor Center complex.
It is subject to change depending on the ticket times that day. Your small group will have flexibility in what you do as well.
|7:30 AM||Pickup At Your Hotel In Waikiki Or a Nearby Location|
|8:00 AM||Drive through the National Cemetery of the Pacific at the Punchbowl Crater|
|8:30 AM||Arrive at Pearl Harbor|
|9:15 AM||Watch a historic documentary film of the attack|
|9:45 AM||Board a Navy boat for transport to the USS Arizona Memorial|
|10:05 AM||Explore the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center Museum Exhibits|
|10:25 PM||Your guide drives onto Ford Island.|
|10:45 AM||Spend some time visiting the Oklahoma Memorial|
|11:00 AM||Board and tour the USS Missouri battleship at Ford Island|
|12:00 PM||Lunch on your own. Options are available at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, or the USS Missouri.|
|12:30 PM||Honolulu Historic Sightseeing Drive
|1:30 PM||Return to Your Waikiki Pickup Location|
Tour stops may change due to weather, construction, or other unavoidable circumstances for the safety of our guests.
There is no food included on this tour. There will be time to purchase some no-host food at both the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and the Battleship Missouri Museum.
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 $7.00 per bag or $10.00 per bag for more oversized luggage.
Thank you for helping us maintain a respectful and secure environment for all visitors.
It must be a clear bag approved by the US Navy, like the ones pictured below.
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.
In the event of cancellation or request for a change to your reservation, please note the following. For tours originating from Oahu, there is no charge for date change or tour change based on tour availability, but it must be made 72 hours prior to the original tour day. No refunds are issued for any tours within the 72 hours prior to the start of your tour.
No stop is guaranteed to be operating on the day of your tour. We have no control of Navy and Army operations, which may result in the closure of Ford Island or the boats going to the Arizona Memorial without notice. In the event of this occurring, our guides will make up for it in a variety of ways, so your experience is always worthwhile.