Pearl Harbor and Honolulu City Tour
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 or 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 tour will take you to 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. You will enjoy a self-guided visit to the Arizona Memorial, including 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. 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 have 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.
We and our 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: Due to necessary repair work, the boat transport to the USS Arizona Memorial will be temporarily discontinued. US Navy boats will not land at the USS Arizona Memorial until the repairs have been completed. During this time, visitors will be taken on a harbor tour in the vicinity of USS Arizona Memorial, but will not be disembarking.
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.
Customers debarking a ship at the end of their cruise may bring luggage on this tour. Bags and valuables should not be left in the passenger part of the vehicle. Personal items should all be placed in your luggage, which is stored underneath or in the baggage compartment. Drop-offs at the end of the tour can include Waikiki hotels or the Honolulu International Airport. We do not recommend this tour for guests with flights departing before 5:30 PM. Due to road and vehicle constraints, drop-offs in Waikiki will be made at the closest and safest location to your hotel.
Guests with special dietary needs may wish to bring a small snack or power bar as there is no meal on this tour. This tour is ADA accessible with limited access at some stops. Guests must be able to step on and off the Navy shuttle boat to visit the Arizona Memorial.
Reviewer: Robert Foulds
Not the tour operator's fault and we knew the Arizona memorial was closed for maintenance but disappointing the boat tour of the harbour was also cancelled because the loading pier sank the day before our tour! But we still enjoyed the tour which was a perfect way to spend the day after leaving our ship and being dropped off at our hotel on Honolulu along with our luggage at the end of the tour.
The driver was knowledgeable and kept your attention. He took us to some extra places since no one had a pending fight to catch. That was a nice addition.
Reviewer: jennifer newman
Pearl Harbor tour was excellent . Well with it.
Reviewer: Linda Bourland
We were disappointed not to board the memorial, but the description of the tour does point this out, as it is being renovated; the video presentation aids in presenting this
Reviewer: Bob Bank
It was a great way to spend time in Honolulu. Pearl Harbor is one of the places I always wanted to see and was not disappointed. Driver/tour guide was friendly and informative. Seeing other parts of Honolulu on the way to Pearl Harbor and on the way back were also interesting and appreciated.