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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.

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

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

Experience the legacy of Pearl Harbor with a guided tour in Honolulu. Enter Pearl Harbor to explore the Battleship Missouri and listen to an audio-guided tour of the USS Arizona Memorial. Pass by iconic sites in Honolulu including the King Kamehameha Statue and City Hall. 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.

Honolulu: Pearl Harbor Tour with Arizona Memorial

3. Honolulu: Pearl Harbor 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.

Oahu: Official USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Audio Tour

4. 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 translate the National Park Services' 23-minute movie documentary into your chosen language. 

Honolulu: USS Arizona Memorial & Battleship Missouri Visit

5. Honolulu: USS Arizona Memorial & Battleship Missouri Visit

Visit Pearl Harbor and discover what really happened on that fateful day in 1941. Benefit from guaranteed access to the USS Arizona Memorial and board the Battleship Missouri on Ford Island. Start with a convenient pickup from Waikiki and travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle to reach Pearl Harbor. Once there, your guide will escort you into the Pearl Harbor Visitor's Center and give you specific instructions on how to make the best of your visit. Explore the visitor center and the accompanying “Road to War” and “Attack” exhibit galleries that display pictures and recovered items from the events which transpired at Pearl Harbor and WWII. Then, watch a short film explaining the fateful day and its significance. Followed by a boat ride to the USS Arizona Memorial, the final resting place of the ship's 1,177 crewmen. Take a short break for lunch and grab some refreshments from the snack shop or food truck, then set out to discover the USS Battleship Missouri. Visit the battleship lovingly known as "Mighty Mo". After fighting in the last year of the war with Japan, Mighty Mo served as the location where Japan would sign the official surrender documents. It also offers a glimpse into what life at sea was like aboard a battleship. On the way back to Waikiki, enjoy a quick drive through the city to check out the National Cemetery of the Pacific and Historic Honolulu City.

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

6. 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

7. 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.

Full Day Tour to USS Missouri, Arizona, & Punchbowl Cemetery

8. Full Day Tour to USS Missouri, Arizona, & Punchbowl Cemetery

Explore the dramatic events of Pearl Harbor on a full-day tour of Oahu, and visit the USS Arizona Memorial, and the scene of the eventual Japanese surrender. The intuitive Visitor Center at Pearl Harbor displays an intriguing collection of artifacts that survived the attack. Cruise by navy launch across the harbor to pay respects at the memorial dedicated to the sunken USS Arizona and the 1,000 sailors who perished there. Continue the wartime theme with a guided tour and commentary on board the historic battleship USS Missouri. This was the site of the Japanese surrender to the Allies in 1945 and there’s a wealth of historic naval artifacts and personal effects on view. History buffs can journey even further back in time, exploring the many historic landmarks of downtown Honolulu. The main attraction is the unmistakable ‘Iolani Palace, the only “royal” residence in the USA. Not-to-be-missed photo opportunities include the prominent statue of King Kamehameha the Great and Kawaiahao Church. Then, drive through the Punchbowl National Cemetery before returning to your hotel.

Oahu: Pearl Harbor Premium Tour

9. 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.

Oahu: Salute to Pearl Harbor

10. 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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What people are saying about Oahu

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The Navy and Rangers were wonderful! Some of the people visiting were being disrespectful and the Ranger explained to them that it's a grave site. The Ranger was very nice about explaining. I wouldn't have been. This is a lot of walking but we'll worth it.

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,