Pearl Harbor has a resonance for all Americans. The site is accessible, evocative, and moving. It’s the top site for visitors to Hawaii.
Experience the highlights of Oahu on a full day “circle island” tour with knowledgeable local guides in a small group setting.
In modern air-conditioned vehicles, you will be picked up from your lodging and start the day visiting famous Honolulu sites, including Pearl Harbor, Arizona Memorial, and other nearby military sites, while learning personal tales and the tragic history from your professional guide, many who are military veterans and all with deep local ties to the community. Heading up through the middle of the island, you’ll stop at the popular Dole Plantation to learn all about pineapples, which have a deep history in Hawaii. After a tasty made-to-order hot lunch at a highly rated local food stand, you’ll visit the famous North Shore beaches, including possible turtle sightings on the beach.
During the afternoon, you'll head down the eastern side (“windward side”) with stunning coastal views on one side (including of Chinaman’s Hat) and scenic farms and mountains on the other, with many picture-taking stops and a chance to purchase some local fruit. Additional afternoon highlights include a Macadamia Nut Farm (with tastings), a historical Hawaiian place of worship (Pu'u o Mahuka Heiau), Valley of the Temples, Pali Lookout, and the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl Crater (over 53,000 veterans laid to rest here), before returning to your lodging in the early evening.
INCLUDED: Door-to-door transport from Waikiki/Honolulu or Ko Olina lodgings, knowledgeable local guide, all admission fees, a continental breakfast, a cooked-to-order local lunch, fresh fruit, local snacks, and drinks
ARIZONA MEMORIAL STATUS: Since early May 2018, there is no public access onto the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor while a dock there undergoes repair. The repair is forecast to be completed by March 2019. In the meantime, there is instead a new and informative narrated harbor tour by boat of the Arizona Memorial and Battleship Row, which is included in your tour.