This is a great tour for guests who want to take it all in and relax or those with young children. Visiting Arizona Memorial is a must-do while on Oahu and everyone enjoys the short boat ride across the harbor. The submarine museum is perfect for children and has a number of relaxing areas to enjoy a snack or full meal too.
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Arizona & Submarine Tour Features
Visit Arizona Memorial
Your time at Pearl Harbor includes a solemn visit to this war memorial. Over 1100 souls are interred in the ship, most of them since the ship blew up during the Japanese attack in 1941. Access is by boat operated by the US Navy who take guests across the harbor about 150 people at a time. You will be at the memorial for about 15 to 30 minutes.
Enjoy The Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum
The newly upgraded and fully renovated submarine museum is a great place to spend your tour time. The exhibits are well thought out and there is plenty for young children to do. The position right on the harbor provides beautiful views from the covered areas. This makes for an ideal location for families to hang out and relax a little.
Explore Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center has world-class museums & outdoor exhibits with views of Battleship Missouri, Arizona Memorial & Bowfin Submarine along many active Navy ships.
Historic Honolulu City Tour
See the beauty, culture, and history of Honolulu during a guided drive through the city. Buildings, views, craters, memorials, gardens, and statues are spread throughout the city, your guide will show you all the popular sites plus make a stop in the downtown area. See the King Kamehameha Statue, Iolani Palace, and the Supreme Court Building you may recognize from popular Hawaii-based TV shows!
Pearl Harbor Memorial & Bowfin Tour Details
Waikiki Accommodations Pickup & Return
Small Group Expert Tour Guide
Board The Arizona Memorial
Go Into Bowfin Submarine & Museum
Drive Through Memorials & Significant Areas
Stop In Historic Downtown Honolulu
Explore The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
Follow The Audio Guide For Greater Detail
We start the day with pickup at your Waikiki accommodation or nearby location. Your guide will have already contacted you with an estimated time and meeting location. You may have even gotten a text showing your guide’s exact location. A friendly smile and aloha will greet you. Ask all the questions you need throughout the tour.
On our small group tour, we will head through the city and make our way directly to Pearl Harbor. Your guide will provide you with your tickets, an audio guide (if so desired), and instructions about getting the most out of the Arizona Memorial Program. You will be free to explore until the time to board the boat.
Your time on Arizona Memorial is special and as the final resting place of many, it is a war grave. We treat our time here with respect and limit our conversation. You can listen to your audio guide to learn all about the memorial.
Upon returning to shore, we will stroll up the coast, along pathways filled with various historical items or exhibits. Take time for pictures and learn all about World War II while making your way to the Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum and the USS Bowfin.
View historical items from our nation's submarine fleet while reading stories of heroism and triumph as well as a few misadventures. Outside of the museum is a covered courtyard with seating and food offering a nice view of the harbor. The outdoor exhibits around this museum are very kid-friendly and children are encouraged to play on them.
6:30 AM - Pickup At Your Waikiki Hotel
7:15 AM - Explore The Visitor Center Museums
8:30 AM - Take A Boat Ride Out To Arizona Memorial
10:00 AM - Go Below Deck Of The Bowfin Submarine
12:30 PM - Drive through the National Cemetery of the Pacific at the Punchbowl Crater
1:30 PM - Return To Your Waikiki Hotel
*Please note that your pick-up location may differ from your hotel but is within a 5-minute walking distance.
There are two options for meals on this tour and they are purchased on your own. At the visitor center, there is a convenience store with sandwiches and wraps. Hot food is available at a food truck at the Submarine Museum.
Attire & Bag Policy
While there is no official dress code to visit the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, we ask visitors to dress appropriately and respectfully. Swimsuits are not acceptable. High heels, skirts, and dresses are also not recommended. Flip-flops and sandals are permitted; however, we encourage you to wear closed-toe shoes as there is a lot of walking when visiting the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites.
For security reasons, no bags are allowed. Additionally, no iPad cases or clutch wallets are permitted. A wallet must be no larger than a regular-sized cell phone.
Bags are not allowed in Pearl Harbor Visitor Center but if needed may be checked and stored for $7.00 per small bag or $10.00 per large bag. It is recommended only essential items such as phones, wallets, and a water bottle or any needed medicines be brought on tour.
Bags that are allowed must be a clear bag approved by the US Navy, like the ones pictured below:
In the event of cancellation or request change to your reservation, please note the following. Tours originating from Oahu, there is no charge for date change or tour change based on tour availability but must be made 72 hours prior to the original tour day. No refunds issued for any tours within the 72-hour period, 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The exhibits at the Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum are great for children compared to the other museums at Pearl Harbor. The grass and covered areas are great for children to run around a little on. This tour also gives our guests more time at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, Arizona Memorial, and the Bowfin Submarine Museum compared to our other tours. A more relaxed schedule.
You should visit Pearl Harbor because it’s an important part of the history of our nation. Along with the great care that is going on to preserve the military history, conservation efforts are supported through your visit as well. Hawaiian cultural practitioners, biologists, and their teams help clean, provide blessings, and support efforts that bring wildlife back to the harbor. You may even see some turtles while on the memorial!
Each of the museums gets renovated every few years. The Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum underwent major updates that were completed last year. The improvements have made this one of the more desirable stops on our tours. This tour has come out of that feedback. We hope you enjoy it too!