This Honolulu and Pearl Harbor tour is perfect for guests disembarking from their cruise, as you can take your luggage with you. Departing from the cruise ship, you will tour Honolulu's most famous sites and learn the history of this wonderful city during your driving orientation. Highlights you will see/pass on this excursion include the Iolani Palace, the pride of the Hawaiian Monarchy and the site of its overthrow in 1893. You will also marvel at the gold-sheathed statue of King Kamehameha, one of Hawaii's most well-known heroes famous for uniting the island nation.
You will also have a drive-through visit to The Punchbowl National Cemetery, located in the Pu'owaina Crater, an extinct volcano locally referred to as the "Punchbowl." Officially dedicated on September 2, 1949 on the fourth anniversary of V-J Day, The Punchbowl Cemetery has been described as the most beautiful and moving of all national cemeteries.
Your last stop is the legendary USS Arizona Memorial, the final resting place for many of the battleship's 1,177 crew members who lost their lives in the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. More than one million people visit the Memorial, dedicated in 1962, annually. Arriving at the Arizona Memorial, your guide will turn you over to the National Park Rangers, who will show you a 23-minute historical film with authentic footage of the Pearl Harbor attack. From the theater you will be taken to the Arizona Memorial aboard a Navy shuttle. At the Arizona Memorial, visit the Shrine Room and reflect on the names of the 1,177 men resting aboard the sunken battleship below. And be sure to peer down at the actual battleship wreckage along with the "black tears of the Arizona," oil that still leaks from the vessel more than 70 years after its sinking. Back at the Visitor's Center, you will meet up with your guide and take time to browse through the fascinating Museum exhibits and explore the gift shop where you can find Pearl Harbor books, memorabilia and souvenirs. From the grounds of the Visitor's Center, you can look across to Battleship Row and also see the USS Bowfin submarine, which is tied up not far from the Visitor's Center. The USS Missouri, located on Pearl Harbor's Ford Island, is also easy to view from here.
Shore Excursions Group and its partners have no control over Pearl Harbor, the National park or the Navy shuttle boats at the Arizona Memorial. Please be aware that there are long lines and delays which occur frequently at the National Park as the Arizona Memorial is operated on a first come first served basis each day. We are not able to offer any refunds if guests do not gain entry to the Arizona Memorial, movie or other sights due to a large number of visitors on a given day. We thank you for your understanding.
Please Note: The US Department of the Interior has instituted a ''no bags'' policy at the Arizona Memorial and Visitor Center. A photo ID is required of all guests 16 years of age or older to enter Pearl Harbor. Guests under 16 should have a copy of their birth certificate. Pearl Harbor is still an active military installation, and as such there are strict security measures prohibiting large cameras, purses, handbags, fanny packs, backpacks, camera bags, diaper bags, luggage, shopping bags, and/or other items that offer concealment. No bags of any size are allowed. A small camera is permitted. The camera lens cannot exceed 6 inches. Wheelchairs, walkers, and canes may be used. Strollers are allowed, but with limited access to the site. Crowds and waiting are to be expected. Please bring vital items in a manner that they can be placed in your pockets. For customers departing the ship at the end of their cruise for the airport or a hotel, luggage can be brought on this tour. The tour usually stops at the airport around 3:30 PM. We do not recommend this tour for guests with flights departing before 6:00 PM. The tour then stops at several of the major hotels in the Waikiki Beach area. The driver will tell you which stop is closest to your hotel.
Reviewer: Ron Harrison
If you ever visit Honolulu these tours are a must see. Seeing Pearl Harbour is a very surreal tour and the amount of history was unbelievable. The tour of the city was excellent. With our tour guide being from the local area again made the tour that much more enjoyable. Being able to see the sites in Honolulu that we only see on television is something that I'll remember for years to come. Again, I would strongly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Allen Perry
Very informative and moving. Enjoyed through time we had to visit museum. I have studied this period of history a lot and I learned a lot more. Learning about the history of the Hiwiian monarchy Was also wonderful. Definitely worth the money.
Reviewer: Charles & Shirley Kinnick
Great tour-- great driver gave us a lot of history. Enjoyed it very much. All was well but no refund on the two tours that we could not take because of my wife.
Reviewer: carl taylor
We enjoyed It very much and the Bus Driver did an excellent job.
Reviewer: Melissa Dannelet
This is such an important site, the tour and guide were excellent; enough time there to see most of it.