When you start comparing the various official Pearl Harbor tours, you’re going to find that most of them originate in Waikiki. This makes sense, since the majority of hotels are concentrated there. But what if you’re among the growing number of visitors who look west for their accommodations? For them, we offer a collection of Pearl Harbor tours from Ko Olina.
By staying in Ko Olina, you trade proximity to Honolulu for the beautiful beaches and extravagant resorts of West Oahu. This is much less of a sacrifice than some might think.
When it comes to Pearl Harbor tours from Ko Olina, there are several excellent options, so you’ll have no trouble finding one that’s just right for you.
Pearl Harbor Excursion from Ko Olina
Many visitors don’t want to devote a full day to visiting Pearl Harbor, but they still want to experience the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and pay their respects at the USS Arizona Memorial. For them, the Pearl Harbor Excursion from Ko Olina is just the ticket.
This relatively brief tour provides plenty of historical information, while honoring the men and women who lost their lives on December 7, 1941. The roughly four-hour Pearl Harbor Excursion from Ko Olina includes time to explore the galleries and exhibits of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, the USS Arizona Memorial program, and the expansive knowledge that your tour guide shares along the way.
While you won’t have access to them, you’ll have great views of the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park and the Battleship Missouri.
USS Arizona Memorial & Battleship Missouri Tour from Ko Olina
For those who have a little more time to spend, the USS Arizona Memorial & Battleship Missouri Tour from Ko Olina offers a more in-depth experience, starting with time at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and the USS Arizona Memorial program. After that, you board a shuttle to cross the Admiral Clarey Bridge to Ford Island, where a guided tour of the Battleship Missouri awaits.
A tour of the Battleship Missouri takes you aboard an actual World War II-era battleship. USS Missouri (BB-63) wasn’t yet in service at the time of the December 7, 1941 attack, but she played an important part at the end of the war. The USS Missouri was chosen as the site for the signing of the surrender documents, which brought World War II to an official end. Today, you can stand on the very spot where the signing ceremony took place. You can also explore the interior of the mighty battleship, and get a feel for life in the cramped quarters of a US navy warship.
After seeing these two “Bookends of the War in the Pacific,” you’re still not done. After departing Pearl Harbor, the tour takes you to Punchbowl Crater for a drive through the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, as well as a brief tour of historic downtown Honolulu. See the stately Iolani Palace and the Hawaii State Capitol, and stop for pictures at the iconic King Kamehameha Statue.
Beyond the Call to Duty Luxury Tour from Ko Olina
For those who want to see it all—and do it in style—there’s the Beyond the Call to Duty Luxury Tour. This is an even more inclusive experience than the previous two, embarking from Ko Olina in a luxury tour vehicle.
This full-day tour takes you to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, the USS Arizona Memorial, Battleship Missouri, USS Oklahoma Memorial, Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, and the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park.
The USS Oklahoma Memorial is dedicated to the 429 men who died when the battleship USS Oklahoma (BB-37) capsized during the attack.
The Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, housed within two original hangars on Ford Island, is a collection of warplanes from throughout aviation history, from World War II to modern aircraft.
The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park includes a beautiful waterfront commemoration of the submariners who were lost during World War II. Guests over the age of 4 years old can actually tour inside Bowfin to see the inner workings of a World War II-era submarine, and everyone is welcome to learn more about submarine warfare at the adjacent museum.
In addition to the upgraded transportation, the Beyond the Call to Duty Luxury Tour from Ko Olina also includes a delicious lunch, so you won’t go hungry on this all-day tour.
After your time at Pearl Harbor, ride in luxurious comfort on a trip through downtown Honolulu and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
Many guests staying in Ko Olina opt to rent a car, and prefer to see the sights on their own. For those who want to drive themselves to Pearl Harbor, there are a few options available.
The Day of Infamy Pearl Harbor & Battleship Missouri Package includes an audio tour of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, the Pearl Harbor Virtual Reality Center, and a guided tour of the Battleship Missouri. It also comes with a delicious lunch at Sliders Grill and a Pearl Harbor souvenir bag.
The Passport to Pearl Harbor includes tickets to the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, the Battleship Missouri, and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. For a bit more, you can upgrade to the Deluxe Passport to Pearl Harbor, which adds a souvenir bag and lunch at Sliders Grill.
*Please note that these options DO NOT include tickets for the USS Arizona Memorial program. These tickets are distributed at no cost on a first come, first served basis beginning at 7:00 every morning. There is a limited number of tickets available each day, so we strongly advise arriving early. If you want to ensure your participation in the USS Arizona Memorial program, we recommend choosing one of the guided Pearl Harbor tours from Ko Olina listed above.