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 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 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

FALL 2018 UPDATE: Since early May 2018, there is no public access onto the Arizona Memorial 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 part of your Pearl Harbor Experience.

Booking Tips

  • Looking for a shorter Pearl Harbor tour that instead includes many other highlights around the island? Check out our Circle Island Tour (and compare both tours here).
  • PRIVATE GROUP TOUR SPECIAL: For a limited time, if you are booking for 7 or more, then you get a private tour at no extra cost! Normally, it requires all 14 spots (the tour max). See FAQ for more details.
  • Staying in Ko Olina? At this time, this tour only operates from Ko Olina with a minimum of 4 people. If you are less than 4, official confirmation will be contingent upon other sign-ups (unless you pay for 4 seats). You could also meet at Pearl Harbor. 
  • 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.
  • TravelShack is the exclusive booking agent for this specific excursion. You will not find it bookable elsewhere, and contacting the tour operator directly will just result in being referred back to us to book.
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  • 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 (see FAQ for more details)
  • Smaller group (usually 6 or less; 14 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


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)

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.

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 (4 days for parties of 7+, 7 days for parties of 14+ or 2 entire vans)
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