Pearl Harbor Tour

Overview & Activity Comparison

Pearl Harbor is a must-see on a visit to Oahu. Take in the solemn and stirring site of the critical event that thrust the U.S. into World War II and changed the course of history, and further learn about the roles of Pearl Harbor and the military in Hawaii’s history. On a private or small group tour, you'll receive round-trip transportation from your lodging, extensive historical and military context from your own local guide (many of them veterans), expedited check-in without having to worry about getting there early enough to secure limited tickets yourself, and an optimized itinerary to maximize your experience in an efficient manner.
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.

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.

Parking can be difficult at peak times.

Activity Comparison

The below table outlines the key differences between our two tours. If you're interested in the full ~5 hour experience at Pearl Harbor and also circling the island with a tour, you could do the standalone Pearl Harbor Tour (Activity 1) on one day and the standalone Circle Island Tour on a separate day. All tours are with the same highly rated veteran-owned small business run by a Hawaiian family. Please visit the individual pages for all the details, to check availability, and to book.

COVID-19 UPDATE (April): Pearl Harbor is mostly open, although with some restrictions & precautions, and public tickets for the Arizona Memorial are a lot more limited (but guaranteed/included with the tours). Both tours have shared and private options. 

Activity 1
Full Experience
Activity 2
Circle Island Combo
Duration 6-7.5 hours, with 5 hours at Pearl Harbor 10 hours, with 2 hours at Pearl Harbor
Pick-up Time ~9 am ~7 am
Pearl Harbor Highlights
  • Boat ride to USS Arizona Memorial
  • Tour inside of USS Bowfin Submarine
  • Explore USS Missouri battleship
Boat ride to USS Arizona Memorial
Non-Pearl Harbor Highlights National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) (private tours only) ~25 sites including North Shore beaches, Dole Pineapple Plantation, Pali Lookout, Valley of the Temples, Punchbowl, and more
Shared Tour Price $169/age 12+
$149/age 2-11
Free age 1 & under
$179/person
Private Tour Price Parties of 7 or less: $1,450
Parties of 8-10: $1,690
$1,099* (thru May)
$1,432+ (June+)
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