The best way to see things at Pearl Harbor in one day is to go with a guide. They will lead you to their favorite spots within these great attractions, memorials, and museums so you can see more in less time. An exciting 45-minute helicopter ride where you will see all of this from above is included in your tour day. A truly awe-inspiring experience and an action-packed day. Book the ultimate tour now.
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Ultimate Pearl Harbor Tour Features
45-Minute Helicopter Ride
There is nothing like the feeling of flying low over the ocean, up next to mountain cliffs and over iconic locations. You will absolutely love your time flying over the island of Oahu and especially the portion where you can view Pearl Harbor. It’s truly breathtaking to see the USS Arizona’s outline just below the waterline.
Arizona Memorial Visit
A ride on a boat out to the Arizona Memorial is a highlight of many visitor’s holiday to Hawaii. The striking white marble against the blue harbor waters will fill you with emotion. Make sure to watch the films and listen to your audio headset for a more immersive experience.
The “Mighty Mo” is one of the most popular museums at Pearl Harbor. Located not far from Arizona and accessible only by restricted access to Ford Island. Our tour guides have clearance to bring you around the base. This huge battleship has large accessible areas to explore on your own. A short deck tour is provided.
Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum
Planes, helicopters and other flying machines can be observed in the many historic hangers and sites that make up the Pacific Aviation Museum. Walk over to see historic planes being restored and learn the stories of the brave men who piloted them. There is even a flight simulator (for small fee).
Bowfin Submarine & Fleet Museum
This museum has some great exhibits for all ages related to the “Silent Service”. Submarines have played an important part in military campaigns since the beginning of the nation. Families with children will enjoy getting into playing as a submariner outdoors. The courtyard is a great place to enjoy the harbor views and relax in the shade.
Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
The world-class museums at Pearl Harbor deserve to be seen. Great items from our history and records of our actions can be seen. Official audio guides are available to our guests so you can truly enjoy all the exhibits inside and all around the grounds. We encourage you to take time to try the VR as well. Choose one of the experiences as part of the tour.
Ultimate Pearl Harbor Tour Details
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- Cancellation Policy
Pickup & Return To Your Waikiki Accommodation
45-Minute Helicopter Ride Around Oahu
Small Group Tour With Local Expert Guide
Take A Boat Ride Out To Arizona Memorial
Explore The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Museums
Watch Movies, Listen To Audio Guides & Try A VR Experience
Visit Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum - Enter USS Bowfin Sub
Board The Mighty Battleship - USS Missouri
Enter The Historic Hangers At Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum
Enjoy A Historic Honolulu City Tour
This is the fullest day of exploring the wonders of Pearl Harbor and Oahu you can have. This itinerary includes visiting all the sites at Pearl Harbor and taking a helicopter ride to get an amazing final view of the whole island to top it all off.
We start with pickup at your Waikiki accommodation by your small group tour guide. They will guide you around the island and Pearl Harbor. Making sure you get to see everything on your list and also be sure to get to your helicopter check-in on-time.
The first stop is in historic downtown Honolulu. We can see the Kamehameha The Great Statue, The Supreme Courthouse (used in many famous TV shows) and Iolani Palace from one spot. Your guide will tell you legends, stories and entertain you with information about the places you see and visit.
Once at Pearl Harbor, we begin with a historic video about World War II and the significance of Battleship Arizona before you take the boat ride out to visit it. This is a solemn occasion as it’s the final resting place for over 1100 souls.
After a solemn visit to the Arizona Memorial, use your audio guide and make your way to the Submarine museum. Your guide will provide some tips and make sure you have everything you need to enjoy this stop.
Go into the Bowfin Submarine that is parked in the harbor and get up close to the torpedoes, sleeping quarters and galley. It’s a great spot to take pictures. Back topside, the museum exhibits are great for everyone in the family, encouraging guests to have fun. You will love the courtyard and the kids will enjoy the outdoor exhibits. A good spot to relax and take in everything so far.
Next we will head back to the vehicle and drive over the bridge to Ford Island, an active military base. Our drive takes us first to Battleship Missouri where we will be able to explore large sections of the ship. We start with a deck tour, pointing out the interesting areas and historical settings. We then have some time to explore the rest of the ship on your own, or take time to shop or snack back on the pier.
We head over to the Pacific Aviation Museum for lunch at the cafe which has a variety of options to choose from for all diets and needs. This is purchased on your own and not included as part of the tour price. After having some food, you can explore the museum on your own and check out a variety of the hangers. The aviation shop is filled with lots of great Pearl Harbor gifts. The last stop to buy mementos before leaving Ford Island.
From here, we head over to Honolulu Airport to check in for your 45-minute helicopter ride. This fun experience circles the island of Oahu, flying over places like Diamond Head, Haunama Bay, famous North Shore surfing beaches, Dole Pineapple Plantation maze, Koko Crater, and of course Pearl Harbor. You will glimpse the outline of the Battleship Arizona laying in the harbor, laying where it was bombed so many years ago.
Your guide will return you to your Waikiki accommodations after your helicopter flight. Concluding a full day of sightseeing all of the most popular sites on Oahu from either the ground or the sky. It’s the ultimate day for any history buff.
Price & Availability
10-Hour Complete Pearl Harbor & Helicopter Ride From Waikiki Hotels
|General PassengersAges 2 yrs+
|First Class PassengerAges 2 yrs+
- 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM - Pickup At Your Waikiki Accommodation
- 9:30 AM - Enter Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
- 10:30 AM - Board Arizona Memorial Boat Ride
- 12:00 PM - Walk Over To Submarine Museum
- 12:15 AM - Go Into Bowfin Submarine
- 1:30 PM - Arrive At Battleship Missouri
- 2:45 PM - Stop At Aviation Museum
- 3:35 PM - Explore Aviation Museum Hangers
- 4:30 PM - Drive through Punchbowl Crater for an elevated photo opportunity
- 4:45 PM - Return Honolulu Downtown
- 5:00 PM - Honolulu Airport Check-in
- 5:30 PM - Return To Waikiki Accommodations
*Please note that your pick-up location may differ from your hotel but is within a 5-minute walking distance.
- This tour includes a helicopter ride.
- Weight Restrictions on the Helicopter Ride:
- Any passengers weighing over 240 lbs will require a comfort seat to accommodate additional weight and space.
- On the day of the tour passengers are weighed at the helicopter terminal. Any weight discrepancies resulting in additional charges requested by the helicopter company will be the responsibility of the passenger at flight check in.
- Only clear bags where you can see all contents easily inside is allowed at Pearl Harbor. If you are going to bring anything, please make sure it complies to this requirement. There is bag storage available at up to $10.50 per locker for the day.
- There are water refill stations throughout Pearl Harbor.
- Please dress appropriately, no bathing suits allowed. You will need to wear clothing that will be acceptable for your helicopter ride as well. Darker clothing is better to reduce window reflections for taking pictures.
- No large lens cameras are allowed as this is an active military base.
This is a full day tour and meals are not included. Your guide will make time for stops to enjoy lunch at one of the museums. You are are able to purchase food at any time from a variety of spots that the guide will show you. Each museum location has different food options.
The small convenience store at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center has all the basic snack food and drinks. Some grab and go sandwiches or wraps
The Submarine Museum is a great spot to sit back and relax in the shade, with a light breeze a decent food truck set-up.
The Missouri Battleship Pier has a few food items like hotdogs, pizza and shave ice. There are a couple of additional food trucks but they are not always open. There is some covered seating and in non-air-conditioned buildings.
The Aviation Museum’s Cafe is full service with a larger menu but is usually quite busy. It offers indoor air-conditioned seating. It closes earlier and the tour may not arrive at this location in time.
Cancellations must be made at least 7 days in advance to receive a full refund.
For groups of 6 or more people and those taking helicopter tours, additional cancellation fees may apply, and the standard 72-hour cancellation policy may not be applicable. For more information on specific cancellation policies, please get in touch with us.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The helicopter ride taking place over 45 minutes will fly over Honolulu, around Diamond Head and Koko Crater, along the Pali towards the North Shore viewing waterfalls. It will continue down the center of the island back towards Pearl Harbor, where you will fly over the memorials and battleships before heading back to Honolulu airport.
Yes, you can explore on your own at all the museums and stops. The guide will let you know about times and when to meet back at certain locations so the group can go onto the next stop. The guides will know all the interesting spots so ask them for specific requests.
At each museum there will be an audio guide available for use. You would use these when you see a number on an exhibit you are viewing. Your guide will supply these for you at each location. There is a virtual reality experience at the Visitor Center that is included in your tour. Please stop there before or after your visit to the Arizona Memorial. There are a limited number available at a time so your guide can make arrangements.