Visit USS Arizona Memorial and Historic Honolulu
A great value tour that allows you to see Pearl Harbor’s most important site, the USS Arizona Memorial. After a short video and a boat ride to the memorial, you can pay your respects to those who sacrificed their lives during World War II. This area is aptly named the Pearl Harbor National Monument, and it honors not only that sacrifice but the bravery and courage the sailors, marines and citizens showed during these dark moments in history.
You’ll be moved to tears and see why the memory of this place should be held dear to our hearts and never forgotten. Tour the Visitor Center Museums to gain even more insight about the tragic events that led up to and followed this great conflict in the Pacific. Please keep in mind that gift shop proceeds directly benefit our Pacific National Parks so we encourage our guests to purchase items in support of the parks.
After Pearl Harbor, our guide takes you on a tour through the city. You’ll drive by Honolulu’s most historic and sacred sites including the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.
Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
Your USS Arizona Memorial experience will start at the visitor center. Our tours to Pearl Harbor include a narrated (in 9 languages) audio tour with headsets. Experience an informative film documenting the attack on Pearl Harbor which includes actual footage of that day. Spend time browsing the informative displays along the waters edge and learn more about the events that propelled the US into WWII. There are food vendors and snack areas where you can grab a bite to eat and relax.
USS Arizona Memorial
After a short film about the Japanese attack and events that led up to it take the brief boat ride to the memorial itself aboard a U.S. Navy launch. The memorial was built over the remains of the USS Arizona Battleship itself in 1962 to honor the lives lost on that “Day of Infamy" in 1941. You can read the names of all 1,177 sailors and marines who died on the battleship, most of whom are interned in the sunken hull. It is a solemn tribute to America's horrific entry into WW2 and the sacrifices made by what we call today "the Greatest Generation".
City & Punchbowl National Cemetery
Next experience a scenic and narrated driving tour of downtown Honolulu. This fun, fact filled tour includes a drive through Punchbowl National Cemetery. Here you'll see the cemetery’s beautifully landscaped acres within this volcanic crater. Enjoy the beauty and scenic views of Honolulu from this serene area as you drive through to observe the Courts of the Missing, the chapel and the finely detailed mosaic maps of the Pacific Theaters of Operation during World War II.
Honolulu’s Historic & Sacred Sites
You will also get to visit other popular historic Hawaiian sites on this tour, including the impressive Iolani Palace, the only royal palace on American soil. You’ll also see Kawaiahao Church (the church of Hawaiian monarchs) which is one of the oldest standing christian churches in Hawaii. At the State Library see the 18 foot tall statue of King Kamehameha as well as other historic structures of the Hawaiian monarchy, all while your expert guide shares the historic importance of these Honolulu landmarks.
Half Day Pearl Harbor & Honolulu Tour Details
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Round trip narrated tour on air-conditioned motor coach from Waikiki
Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, Arizona Memorial
22-minute documentary movie
20-minute round-trip boat ride
National Cemetery of the Pacific and Courts of the Missing at Punchbowl*
Iolani Palace, the only Royal Palace in the U.S*
Kawaiaha'o Church and Mission Houses*
The statue of King Kamehameha the Great*
Drive by or through historic sites *
Our half day Pearl Harbor tours includes hotel pickup at Waikiki at about 11:00am. From there our journey takes you to the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument where the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and the USS Arizona Memorial await you.
Skip the lines and have a guaranteed visit to the Arizona Memorial by purchasing a tour with us. Access to the memorial requires a boat ride so a ticket is required. This popular destination is busy all year long and throughout the day so it is best book early.
After paying your respects at the USS Arizona and learning all about the ship, spend a few moments exploring the Visitor Center Museums before we take you on a tour of historic Honolulu.
Across the city various important events and figures resided in the historic districts which we tour through after visiting the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.
Your 5-6 hour tour returns you back to your Waikiki hotel / condo or the airport for your flight to Maui, Kauai or the Big Island.
We recommend booking your Pearl Harbor tours in advance of your arrival to Hawaii. Pearl Harbor is our #1 visitor destination and will sell out on certain days of the week. Book your tour for the 1st or 2nd full day after your arrival.
*Safety is our #1 priority. Sites & features of our tours can change due to adverse weather and other unforeseen circumstances.
No host lunch available at Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.
Dress comfortably but please remember that shirts and shoes required on the USS Arizona Memorial; swimsuits not permitted. Bags not allowed in Pearl Harbor but if needed may be checked and stored at the Visitor Center for $3.00 per item.
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.
Any request for a refund prior to 48 hours is honored with a full refund, minus a 10% cancellation fee. No refunds issued for any tours within the 48 hour period, prior to the start of your tour.
A government-issued ID is required to enter Pearl Harbor.
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.
The bag storage facility can store your belongings for a fee of $6.00 per bag or $7.50 per bag for more oversized luggage.
*Note: Due to unforeseeable circumstances, the Navy may need to suspend boat operations to the USS Arizona Memorial at any time, or they may impose a capacity restriction on the boat. As a result, you may be placed in a standby line. Unfortunately, in these cases, there will be no refunds. You are still free to enjoy the Visitor’s Center, exhibits, and park monuments. Please accept our apologies in advance.