The Pearl Harbor Experience

Keawe Adventures
Honolulu
Transportation Included
Lunch Included
USS MIssouri

USS Missouri

Highlights

  • Visit Pearl Harbor and all its major sites: Arizona Memorial, Bowfin submarine, and Missouri battleship
  • VIP Tour: Personal guide is with you to maximize your day and provide more meaning
  • Guides are military veterans and local historians
  • Skip the lines and experience famous site most fully and efficiently
  • Includes transport, all admission fees, and hot lunch
From
$169 per adult
  • Pickup 8:30am - 9:00am
  • Duration 5 - 7.5 hours

Pricing & Availability

Overview

Fully experience Pearl Harbor, the site of the monumental event that changed the course of history. From start to finish, you will be in excellent hands on this VIP tour, which is run by a small business owned and operated by a Hawaiian veteran. You will learn fascinating stories and facts about the infamous surprise attack on this naval base and the aftermath, including insider information from veterans actively involved in Oahu’s military community. Rather than simply being dropped off and having to fend for yourself like most of the other “tours”, you will be escorted the entire time in a small group to get the most out of your time.

After pick-up from your lodging, you’ll efficiently be ushered through the often crowded admission process. You’ll skip the lines for the public shuttle and be escorted via your tour van across the Ford Island Bridge to explore the USS Missouri ("Mighty Mo"), which was the last American battleship ever built and was the site of Japan’s official surrender to end World War II.

After lunch in the shadow of this ship, you'll return via van to the main entrance for a moving video about the Pearl Harbor attack in an air conditioned theater, followed by a boat ride to the USS Arizona Memorial at the site of the sunken battleship (still visible) where over 1,100 sailors lost their lives. Lastly is a visit aboard the USS Bowfin, where you will get a firsthand feel for what it was like to live and fight underwater during WWII on this legendary submarine.

Total tour duration is approximately 6-7.5 hours (including transport), with about 5 hours at the Pearl Harbor sites.

INCLUDED: Door-to-door transport, local expert guide throughout the tour, all admission fees, a cooked-to-order hot lunch & beverage, and bottled water

ARIZONA MEMORIAL UPDATE (SEPT 2019): Since early May 2018, there had been no disembarking at the Arizona Memorial (only reachable by boat) while a dock there underwent repair. The repairs were recently completed with the memorial reopening on September 1, 2019! Therefore, those on this tour will once again be able to visit and walk around the memorial. 

Booking Tips

  • Looking for a shorter Pearl Harbor tour that also includes many other highlights around the island? Check out our Circle Island with Pearl Harbor Tour (and compare both tours here).
  • If you have more than one day to spare, we recommend complimenting this tour with a full day Circle Island Tour. It's a similar premium small group tour (but don't worry, you'll get a different guide).
  • You will need to choose between the Waikiki/Honolulu option or Ko Olina option ($10 more per person), based on your lodging. These are separate tours, so the van does not pickup from both locations on the same tour. Airport pickups/dropoffs and meeting at Pearl Harbor can also be done with either tour. See FAQ for more details.
  • Not able to do an available day? Please contact us with the number of people, the dates that would work for you, and your lodging, and we may be able to open up a tour for you, even possibly for tomorrow. Or please consider our Pearl Harbor combo tour.

TravelShack's Choice

Why we recommend this option over others
  • Unlike most other “tours”, this is not an overpriced taxi service; you will not just be dropped off at Pearl Harbor and then picked up at the end. These other services often lead to not pacing oneself properly, resulting in either killing hours waiting for pick-up or missing key sites due to time being up. This is a VIP tour to maximize your experience across the multiple sites.
  • Guides are military veterans
  • Smaller group (usually 4-10; 12 max); other “tours” can be 20-30+
  • The efficiency of this VIP tour, along with it running only once a day and that tickets have already been secured in advance, means it doesn’t start so early and there is no risk of being turned away due to Pearl Harbor admission being sold out

Traveler Reviews
TravelShack Customer rating:

4.9 out of 5 stars
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Guidebook Reviews

Lonely Planet guidebook:

Pearl Harbor has a resonance for all Americans. The site is accessible, evocative, and moving. It’s the top site for visitors to Hawaii.

The USS Arizona doesn't tell the only story. With the nearby USS Bowfin and USS Missouri, together they represent the beginning, middle, and end of the war. Dedicate at least a day.

Fodor's guidebook:

Pearl Harbor: Top Reasons to Go to Oahu. A sobering, don’t miss sight.

Same-day tickets can disappear within an hour [if not part of tour].

Moon guidebook:

The Pearl Harbor Historic Sites are a must-see to grasp.

On a busy day, be prepared to wait several hours [if not part of tour].

Oahu Revealed guidebook:

The USS Arizona Memorial is the single most popular visitor attraction on Oahu and a must-do for good reason, but all three Navy vessels are worth your time. The Arizona is the most somber, the Missouri the most impressive in its scale, and the Bowfin the most interesting for observing what it must have been like to live in a submerged vessel.

Parking can be difficult at peak times.

Location

  • Honolulu
  • Ko Olina, Waikiki, Honolulu
Distance from Main Areas to Pearl Harbor
30 min from Waikiki
30 min from Ko Olina

Free pick-ups in Waikiki, Honolulu, or Ko Olina (see FAQ for more details)

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Support a small family business run by a Native Hawaiian and veteran. Company started in 2008 by Hawaii born & raised Makani Christensen, whose family goes back generations on the Island. After graduating from the Naval Academy, he served in Iraq and Afghanistan for 5 years as a Marine Officer (and earned a Joint Service Commendation Medal). His goal has been to provide a local perspective to the tourism industry with real stories from the people who live it and the knowledge passed down from their families. He also employs many local veterans as guides.
Terms and Conditions
Cancellation Policy
  • No refunds within 48 hours of tour time (1 week for parties of 7+)
  • Any exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis. If members of your party get sick, an Oahu-based doctor's note will be requested.
  • If there is a weather cancellation, you will be contacted to reschedule or receive a full refund
Taxes added at checkout
  • 4.712% Hawaii/Oahu sales tax (GET)
Restrictions
  • Only collapsible wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers are permitted. Non-collapsible or unusually large versions are not.
  • Maximum weight of 400 lbs / 180 kg per person