Pearl Harbor has a resonance for all Americans. The site is accessible, evocative, and moving. It’s the top site for visitors to Hawaii.
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 and taken on 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. Next 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. You’ll then skip the lines for the public shuttle and be escorted via your tour van across the Ford Island Bridge to visit 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. 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 from your lodging, local expert guide throughout the tour, all admission fees, a cooked-to-order hot lunch & beverage, and bottled water
ARIZONA MEMORIAL STATUS: Since early May 2018, there is no public access onto the Arizona Memorial while a dock there undergoes repair. As of March 2019, the repairs are forecast to be initiated and "completed as quickly as possible," but there currently is no timeline. In the meantime, there is instead an informative narrated harbor tour by boat of the Arizona Memorial and Battleship Row, which is part of your Pearl Harbor Experience.