The Pearl Harbor Experience

Keawe Adventures
Honolulu
Transportation Included
USS MIssouri

USS Missouri

Highlights

  • Visit Pearl Harbor and all its major sites: Arizona Memorial, Bowfin submarine, and Missouri battleship
  • VIP Tour (private or shared) with personal guide to maximize your day
  • Guides are military veterans and local historians to provide more meaning and a richer experience
  • Don't worry about securing limited tickets in advance, and skip the lines too
  • Includes transport from most lodgings and all tickets
From
$179 per adult
  • Pickup 8:30am - 9:15am
  • Duration 6 - 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 (the guide will provide a few options, paid for by the guest), you'll return via van to the main entrance for a moving film about the Pearl Harbor attack, 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. You will disembark and spend some time on the memorial. 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 5-6 hours at the Pearl Harbor sites.

INCLUDED: Door-to-door transport, local expert guide, guaranteed Arizona Memorial tickets, all admission fees

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Standard Tour (Shared)

The standard shared tour takes up to 12 people. See available dates in the calendar above.

Private Tour

A private option is also available. For private parties picked up in Waikiki, a short tour by van of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl Crater is also included (but optional). For parties of 7 or less, the price is $1599 + tax. For parties of 8-12, it is $1,999 + tax. For parties above 12, please contact us. If you can only do a date within 48 hours, it's not currently bookable online, but feel free to contact us to see if it may still be possible. Please note that on Sundays & Mondays the guide is not guaranteed to be a military veteran.

For additional availability, check out our other Pearl Harbor Tour that includes a sightseeing tour around Oahu for the day (note: it includes the Arizona Memorial but not the Missouri or Bowfin).

Booking Tips

  • Looking for a shorter tour of Pearl Harbor, mainly focused on the Arizona Memorial, and instead combine with a full day seeing many 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).
  • Arriving or departing on a cruise ship? The tour picks up at the terminal at 9 am and drops off around 4 pm. For Pride of America passengers, if you can't do another day, Saturdays would work if you stored bags at the terminal or at your lodging; see FAQ below for more details.
  • Honolulu airport pickup (9:15 am, with dropoff 4 pm) and meeting at Pearl Harbor (9:20 am, end 3-3:30 pm, free parking) are available. You can select a specific pickup location at checkout. 
  • Staying in Ko Olina, Kapolei, Ewa Beach, or elsewhere on the West Side? You can meet at Pearl Harbor, or please book a private tour to include transportation. Or if you pay for 4+ tickets at $199/person (may be shared but likely private) we may be able to open up a date if you contact us.
  • Not able to do an available day? Check out availability for our Pearl Harbor combo tour (2 hours at Pearl Harbor focused on the Arizona Memorial, followed by full day sightseeing around the island of Oahu). Or, you can 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. 

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
  • Shared tour is small group (5-12); 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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June 2021

Mark wrote:

Our Pearl Harbor tour was wonderful. We did a tour there some years ago, but this tour went so well without so much waiting. They had everything arranged in advance which made this much more pleasant.


June 2021

Dan wrote:

Excellent. Olav was an excellent host and guide. We would highly recommend the tour.


June 2021

Nickolas wrote:

Most experienced guide we have ever had. Arrived on time. Great transportation. Fully accommodating. Can't do wrong with this package.

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 for Shared tours; 72 hours for Private tours; 1 week for parties of 10+
  • 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. Please make sure you've read the FAQ about physical exertion on this tour.
  • Maximum weight of 400 lbs / 180 kg per person