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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. Begin your tour with a visit to Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Enjoy the exhibits, galleries, and displays before boarding a Navy boat shuttle for a tour of the harbor along “Battleship Row.” Step off the boat to explore the USS Arizona Memorial, then continue to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl Crater. See the historical landmark against a backdrop of rolling hills and lush foliage. 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. See the Eternal Flame, Korean and Vietnam War Memorials, Liberty Bell, the majestic statue of King Kamehameha, and Kawaiahao Church.

Oahu: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, and City Highlights Tour

2. Oahu: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, and City Highlights Tour

Visit the Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, and Honolulu's historic district. This tour will transport you to the morning of December 7, 1941, giving you insight into the moment that thrust America into World War II. Start with a pickup from your hotel and travel by bus to the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites Visitor Center. Afterward, browse through the historic artifacts on display. Ride the Navy launch across Pearl Harbor to board the Arizona Memorial, which marks the resting place of soldiers killed in the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Your journey continues with a visit to the Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific. You will also drive through the Courts of the Missing, a memorial that commemorates those missing in action from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The conclusion of your tour provides a relaxing drive through Honolulu's historic district including Iolani Palace, the only royal palace on American soil, Kawaiahao Church, the State Library and Archives, the statue of King Kamehameha, Honolulu Hale, and the Mission Houses Museum. This wonderful Oahu tour to Pearl Harbor is an exciting and dynamic immersion into World War II history. See important landmarks and memorials, as well as other historically significant sites on land and sea excursions.

Waikiki: Pearl Harbor and Honolulu City Tour

3. Waikiki: Pearl Harbor and Honolulu City Tour

Explore Pearl Harbor National Park, visit the USS Arizona Memorial, learn about Hawaiian history, and stroll through downtown Honolulu on this guided tour. Discover the only palace in the United States. See the headquarters for the TV show, Hawaii Five-0, and the famous King Kamehameha Statue. After pickup from your hotel, head to the Pearl Harbor Historic Site. Watch a short video about the attack on Pearl Harbor, explaining what happened prior to and during the attack in December 1941. Walk through the Hawaiian capital, learn about Father Damian, and spot the Eternal Flame. After three 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 headquarters for the Hawaii Five-0 TV show. Learn about the Hawaiian kings and queens and how Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. See the Hawaii Supreme Court Building, famous for its statue of King Kamehameha I and for being featured in Hawaii Five-0, before being dropped off back at your hotel in Waikiki.

Oahu: Pearl Harbor Premium Tour

4. Oahu: Pearl Harbor Premium Tour

This Premium tour visits Pearl Harbor and the Battleship Missouri. Board a Navy Vessel to the somber Arizona Memorial. Enjoy a drive-through tour of downtown Honolulu and view the Punchbowl National Cemetery. Ride on a mini coach with comforts like USB ports for charging tech, LED interior and exterior lighting to illuminate the way, frame-less passenger windows for unobstructed views, and a panoramic front viewing window. Retractable seat belts and smooth air-ride suspension make the ride a pleasure. A driver-guide narrates the history behind historic sites as you drive pass Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetery, Kamehameha Statue, Kawaiahao Church and more.

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.

Honolulu: Full-Day Guided Hawaiian Food and Photo Tour

6. Honolulu: Full-Day Guided Hawaiian Food and Photo Tour

Experience the flavors of Hawaii on this full-day guided food tour. Stop for incredible photos along the way while sampling authentic Hawaiian cuisine. Start your adventure in the morning and head to the coffee shop for a local dish called the musubi. Continue to the Diamond Head Lookout and enjoy the spectacular panoramic views of the ocean. From here, head to Leonard's Bakery and try the famous Portuguese malasada. Next, visit the Halona Blowhole and Makapu'u Lookout to capture the most amazing photos of Hawaii. Now it's time for the famous plate lunch. Try it with shrimp or steak or a combination of both and see why it's one of the most popular meals on the island. Then, treat yourself to a trip to the chocolate factory in Kailua. Learn about Hawaii's history of chocolate and the movement to make it a sustainable industry. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to the Ko'olau mountains, and stop at a popular poke shop. Get a sample plate of poke to try the different flavors of this local dish. If you're not interested, don't worry, your tour guide will eat it for you. After, head to a local family spot for a large selection of traditional Hawaiian dishes to sample. Here, enjoy the diverse flavors of Hawaiian food. Finish your tour at one of the most popular shave ice places near Waikiki. Pick up one of these famous treats before being dropped off at the departure point.

Oahu: Pearl Harbor Heroes Full-Day Tour

7. Oahu: Pearl Harbor Heroes Full-Day Tour

Experience the authentic history of Pearl Harbor as you retrace the footsteps of the brave soldiers of World War II on a full-day tour of Oahu. Following a pick-up from your hotel (available from most Waikiki hotels), relive the days of the conflict that altered the path of world history, from the attack on Pearl Harbor to the signing of the surrender aboard the USS Missouri. See artifacts of war from the attack on Pearl Harbor, and climb aboard a Navy vessel to visit the Arizona Memorial, a lasting tribute to over 1,000 sailors killed in the 1941 attack, built above the sunken remains of the USS Arizona. Continue to the legendary USS Bowfin submarine, and learn about its pivotal role in the battle for the Pacific. Next, go to the all-new Pacific Aviation Museum, where a guided tour will take you back in time to witness some of the best pilots of a bygone age. Finally, discover how the US Navy has changed at the naval base on Ford Island.

From Honolulu: Pearl Harbor Round-Trip Shuttle with Pickup

8. From Honolulu: Pearl Harbor Round-Trip Shuttle with Pickup

Visit the Pearl Harbor National Memorial Visitor Center and all its facilities at your own pace, without the need to follow a schedule. Book this round-trip shuttle and discover this attraction departing straight from your hotel and back on the same day. Once at Pearl Harbor, take your time to explore the incredible facilities. While admission to the visitor center and the museum are free, you might choose to purchase tickets to the USS Arizona Memorial, Battleship Missouri, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum, and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. Some of these attractions require advanced reservations, so please make sure to plan your visit ahead of time. To ensure you can calmly visit all the places you wish to, shuttle departure times are flexible. Choose from three departure times from Waikiki to Pearl Harbor and two departure times back.

Honolulu: USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Multimedia Tour

9. Honolulu: USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Multimedia Tour

Take a self-guided multimedia narrated tour of the Pearl Harbor National Memorial and the USS Arizona Memorial. With your smartphone rental and guide, learn about the attack that changed the Pacific forever as you go through the Visitor Center, the boat shuttle, and the USS Arizona Memorial. Explore the Visitor Center’s 2 world-class museums and then follow the shoreline for the incredible "Path of Attack Tour.” Hosted by actress Jamie Lee Curtis, actual Pearl Harbor survivors, and the National Park Service historians, this in-depth multimedia tour offers 29 stops. Interact with over 4 hours of multimedia content at your own pace and learn about the attack on Pearl Harbor that launched the US into World War II. If you have reserved a boat ticket out to the USS Arizona Memorial, benefit from several narration stops while there. With no escorted tours allowed at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, this official guide by the National Park Service offers a more engaging and enriching Pearl Harbor experience.

Honolulu: USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Multimedia Tour

10. Honolulu: USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Multimedia Tour

Explore the USS Arizona Memorial in Honolulu with a narrated multimedia guide and see where World War II started for the United States. With your smartphone rental and guide, go through the Visitor Center’s 2 world-class museums and along the shoreline for the "Path of Attack Tour.” Watch as your guide brings to life the events that changed the Pacific forever and provides you with an experience that can not be replicated anywhere else in the world. Hosted by actress Jamie Lee Curtis, actual Pearl Harbor survivors, and the National Park Service historians, this in-depth multimedia tour offers numerous vital stops. If you have reserved a boat ticket out to the USS Arizona Memorial, benefit from several narration stops while there. Go at a pace that suits you and learn about the infamous attack that propelled the United States into World War II. With no escorted tours allowed at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, this official guide by the National Park Service offers a more engaging and enriching Pearl Harbor experience.

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Kurt was our private guide for the day and did a great job with both the food and the photo part of the tour. There were so many beautiful spots that we went to on this tour - the online description doesn't do this justice. Kurt provided us with some helpful, quick tips about taking better photos with our cellphone cameras. The food provided on this tour is delicious and plentiful - again, the online description doesn't really tell you how much value there is in this tour. We couldn't finish it all and came back to the hotel with lots of leftovers. Kurt was very kind to my partner who was not feeling well the day of our trip. Would definitely recommend this tour!

Tour guide was very knowledgeable and did a good job of giving us information. We had plenty of time at the USS Arizona memorial. The city tour was good, but a little hard to see everything from the bus.

Ernie was friendly and informative about the subject. We had such a good tour because of his attentive and professional service. We would definitely recommend him and the company.

The tour was good and the tour guide was even better! It was a bit long but overall great day.

It was a very nice tour. Tour bus was on-time, and bus driver was friendly and funny,