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: 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.
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: Sharie Knights
This shore excusion was more than I expected. It was about u hrs long and the experience was moving/emotional and information. Being on the Missouri ship was the best part for me. We did find we did not have enough time at the museums to watch the videos. My husband and I both had family members in the war so it made us think about them and be thankful for what they and all the other men and women did for us.
I’m so happy we did this excursion, it was one of the highlights of our trip. The tour was very through and guide was very knowledable and friendly. The smaller group was nice too. Bus was very comfortable.
Reviewer: Susan Mitchell
Our group of 4 knew prior to booking the Arizona was closed for repairs, yet all of us thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our tour. Our guide was incredible! The historical details he constantly provided was simply amazing and added so much color to our trip. The tour was more than we expected yet we realized afterwards we could spend so much more time viewing all the area has to offer.
Reviewer: Ian Dunn
Brilliant tour content and very knowledgeable driver/guide.
Reviewer: Colleen & Jack, Ottawa, Canada
This was such an incredible tour ! It was so powerful emotionally !! There aren't enough words to fully describe everything we saw and experienced in Honolulu !! Our tour bus guide, Kanoe (pronounced Can-oy), was so funny! She was beyond knowledgeable about her native homeland, customs, history, and folklore! She took such pride in sharing of her people, even teaching us some Hawaiian words. This tour was simply fabulous !!