WWII From Beginning to End
Before you arrive for your Pearl Harbor Tour, your guide will provide a brief history of the surprise attack at the U.S. Naval Base. 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 see from here, and is the next stop on your journey.
After a trip on the public shuttle, a guide from the "Mighty Mo" will take you on a 40-minute tour back through history to the deck of the USS Missouri, where the Japanese surrendered in Tokyo Bay and a peace treaty ending WWII was signed. See the dent caused by a Kamikaze plane as it nearly destroyed this famous warship.
After spending time at these two magnificent Pearl Harbor museums, you and your guide will tour downtown Honolulu. Learn and view notable attractions such as the Iolani Palace, King Kamehameha Statue, and Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific.
Please Note: A photo ID for all guests 16 years of age or older is required to enter Pearl Harbor. Guests under 16 must have a copy of their birth certificate. 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 long lines and delays 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 or due to a weather shut down by the US Navy or other government agency. We thank you for your understanding. This is not a transfer tour. The tour does not drop off at the airport, and cannot accommodate luggage. During free time at Pearl Harbor, guests will be able to redeem a voucher for a light lunch. We recommend bringing additional funds to supplement your lunch. Your guide will give you more information on dining the day of the tour.
Reviewer: Charlotte Scroggs
Great tour. Driver was prompt and knowledgeable. The whole Pearl Harbor experience was wonderful including the tour of the Missouri. The reason I gave this only 4 stars is because I would have liked a few stops to get out of the van for photo ops after leaving Pearl Harbor area. The driver seemed to be in a hurry to meet another van to drop off one of our group to go to the airport so the drive-bys were very quick and if you were on the wrong side of the van, you couldn't see anything.
Reviewer: Carol Mendoza
My husband was excited about this but I wasn't. Visiting the Arizona Memorial, watching the film of the opening of WWII in Hawaii, and visiting Mighty Mo gave me a since of sadness for the lives on all sides that were lost but also a great history lesson into the reasons it started. The visit to the Mighty Mo was the most fun. Climbing over and into the ship was an experience for the two of us since neither one served in the Navy. I had failed to explore the tour enough to find out that you can only take what will fit into your pockets with you as this is a US Military base. Bags are not even allowed on the bus. The hot dogs at the food stand are great particularly since there isn't another stop for food.
Reviewer: Judy Colavecchio
The tour provided all highlights as promised. More time on the Missouri would be my only suggestion.
Reviewer: Gregory Smith
Incredible amount of vacationing in a single day. Could have spent a whole day at the Arizona museum. Another whole day at the USS Missouri museum. Both had so much to see and learn. Saw the punchbowl and the palaces in downtown Honolulu. Guide was friendly and informative.
Reviewer: Merrill Simon
This was the tour I wanted the most. It was all I expected and more. The ground and museums where exceptional. and the Movie showing the begining to then arriving on the Arizona was beyond words. The Arizona it's is moving and emotional to all that embark. I was wonderful to see the respect given here men removing there hats. People saying prayers as I said emotional . Then to stand on the Missouri and receive it's history and stand where everything came to an end was moving. The tour to the National Cemetery was the final part. I would have like to walk among the hero's there. But we just drove in and around.