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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.”

Honolulu: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, Might Mo, and City Tour

2. Honolulu: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, Might Mo, and City Tour

Be picked up from a select number of locations in Honolulu and spend the day exploring a part of US history in Honolulu. See Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona, Battleship Missouri, and Honolulu. Arrive at Pearl Harbor and be transported back in time with an audio guide tour of the USS Arizona Memorial. See footage and memorabilia from the attack on Pearl Harbor as you admire the final resting place of the sunken ship. See Mighty Mo, the Battleship Missouri, up close, and walk the decks while you listen to its storied history from your guide. Visit the Battleship Missouri, also known as Mighty Mo, and walk the decks of the battleship. Learn about the history of the ship and its role in ending WWII. From Pearl Harbor, head to Honolulu. Pass Hawaii icons like the King Kamehameha Statue, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific Punchbowl, the Hawaii State Capitol, City Hall, and Kawaiahao Church.

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

3. 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.

Oahu: Honolulu Haunts Guided Ghost Tour

4. Oahu: Honolulu Haunts Guided Ghost Tour

Experience the darker side of Honolulu – if you dare. On this walking tour of the historic downtown area, your guide will take you to the most haunted sites on the island. Explore the history of each location and hear creepy legends of encounters with ghosts. Learn the tale of a postal worker who still reports for his shift from beyond the grave. Hear about an encounter with the legendary Night Marchers, and other well-researched stories. Discover the dark history of this island paradise on a chilling guided tour.

Honolulu: Pearl Harbor and Honolulu City Tour

5. Honolulu: Pearl Harbor and Honolulu City Tour

This tour offers the complete Pearl Harbor Visitor Center experience and also includes a historic Honolulu tour. On the tour visit Chinatown, ’Iolani Palace, Washington Place, and the State Capitol Building. Make a stop for a photo opportunity at the popular statue of King Kamehameha, the king of the Hawaiian Islands. Afterward, the tour continues to the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Punchbowl Crater. Your tour guide will share special insider knowledge about living in Hawaii and Hawaiian history, along the way.

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

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

The Oahu 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 and pay nothing at the gate. Save up to 60% compared to full retail admission prices. The more you do, the more you save. When you buy a 3-, 4-, 5-, or 7-day pass, you’ll also receive free admission to one premium activity. Simply check your digital guide for any instructions, including how to make advanced reservations for selected activities, then show your pass on your mobile device or in printed format at each attraction for admission. Included activities, attractions, and tours with the Oahu All-Inclusive Pass (for all pass durations): Cultural and 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 and Cruises • Makani Catamaran Sail • Secret Island Beach Activities at Kualoa Ranch (choice of 1 Kualoa Ranch activity per day) • Ocean Voyage Adventure at Kualoa Ranch (choice of 1 Kualoa Ranch activity per day) • Aloha Aina Tour at Kualoa Ranch (choice of 1 Kualoa Ranch activity per day) • Malama Experience at Kualoa Ranch (choice of 1 Kualoa Ranch activity per day) • Pearl Harbor & Honolulu City tour (including tickets to Arizona Memorial) • Guided Hike on the North Shore • North Shore Soap Factory Tour • Taste of Hawaii: two bars of delicious Manoa Chocolate Outdoors • 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 near Hanauma Bay • SUP Morning Yoga by Yoga Floats • Morning Yoga under the Palms • Shoreline Fishing Experience on the North Shore • 8-Hour Bike Rental (choice of 1 rental per day) • 3-Hour Moped Rental (choice of 1 rental per day) • 3-Hour E-Bike Rental (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 • Waikiki Surfboard Rental Premium Activities (3+ day passes only) (choose 1): • Makani Catamaran Sunset Sail with Drinks • Private Group Surf Lesson (for 2+) • Hidden Gems, Byodo-In Temple & Turtle spotting • North Shore Dole Pineapple Farm Tour • Moana Splash Luau + Sea Life Park Admission • Dolphin Aloha + Hawaiian Reef Encounter + Sea Life Park Admission Please note attractions and tours are subject to change. Check your digital guide for an up-to-date attraction line-up including instructions before you go.

Oahu: USS Arizona Memorial and City Highlights Tour

7. Oahu: USS Arizona Memorial and City Highlights Tour

Meet your guide then travel to 1 of Oahu’s must-see locations, Pearl Harbor. Immerse yourself in history and learn about the events that took place here which propelled the United States into World War 2. Take a boat ride to the USS Arizona Memorial at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, and watch a fascinating documentary film about the event. There’s also time to explore the 2 onsite museums and shop for souvenirs at the gift shop. Afterwards, enjoy a panoramic tour of Honolulu and see some of the city’s most iconic landmarks.

Oahu: Grand Circle Island Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

8. Oahu: Grand Circle Island Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

With an app that functions as your guide, audio tour, and map all in one, explore Oahu and the vibrant city of Honolulu that offers a little bit of everything, from lush greenery to the most stunning beaches in the world. Cruise around this tropical paradise, hike its best trails, and learn about its incredible conflict-strewn history, all from the comfort of your own vehicle. As an added perk, enjoy animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms, along many of the tour stops. After downloading the tour app (download instructions sent via email after booking), start your Oahu adventure at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial where you’ll begin to learn about the unexpected history of Honolulu. Next is Aloha Tower, one of the city’s most iconic attractions. Continuing on, see Iolani Palace, the extravagant former home of Hawaii’s monarchs, as well as a statue of King Kamehameha the Great. The first beach on the Oahu tour is Ala Moana Beach, a pristine stretch of sand that was once used for something else entirely. Then, visit Waikiki Beach, where surfing superstar Duke Kanahamoku got his start before he transformed the world of surfing forever. Leaving the beaches for a moment, get an up-close look at Diamond Head State Park, an enormous volcanic crater and Hawaii’s most popular park. Head toward the volcanic China Walls next, where you’ll hear the dramatic tale of Kamehameha’s rise to power and his rival, Kalanikūpule, who was willing to do the unspeakable to take control for himself. At the Hanauma Bay Lookout, find some of the most spectacular views; be sure to have your camera at the ready. For a less crowded spot, follow the route to the next lookout, which most visitors miss. After passing some seriously scenic shoreline, spot Rabbit Island just off the coast and learn about the utterly failed rabbit farm that once operated here. Then come to Waimānalo Beach, the perfect stop for anyone seeking a little seclusion. As you approach the town of Kailua, hear a dramatic account of the Battle of Nu’uanu. If you’re a kayaker, you won’t want to miss Kailua’s beach. Up next, catch a glimpse of the last remaining Heiau on Oahu. These ancient temples were deeply sacred to the Hawaiians and still hold a great deal of significance today. Find a trail to one of Oahu’s famous waterfalls. If you’re craving more nature, the Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden will be just ahead, offering a staggering 400 acres of carefully cultivated flora. You might not expect a huge Buddhist temple in Hawaii, but that’s the next stop! After checking out the Byodo-In Temple, reach the Kualoa Ranch that’s become a Hollywood favorite. Wildlife enthusiasts will love what comes next: a huge wildlife refuge and Turtle Beach, frequented by the enormous Hawaiian green sea turtles. Then, head to Sunset Beach, the perfect spot to catch the day’s final rays of light. Later, head to the historic Dole Plantation, where the tour concludes.

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What people are saying about Iolani Palace

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 469 reviews

Visiting Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial was a wonderful experience. It was great to have a timed entrance and not to have to hassle with being in the stand by line. The city tour was nice too. The driver was very informative and funny, although I semi-expected to be able to step out and visit Punch Bowl, but it was only a drive-through tour. I would recommend using GetYourGuide for the ease of transportation and arrival with guaranteed entrance to the Memorial.

This was a trip to see Pearl Harbor that turned out to be much more thanks to our tour guide who was knowledgeable about Hawaii and its history. It was well worth the cost.

Tour was great, very informative. Tour guide that took drove us was very nice. Taught us history about Hawaii. City tour was alright

It was a bucket list trip. I was in the USA AIR FORCE during the Vietnam It on my bucket list.

It was a very memorable and exciting tour with the knowledgeable driver.