Choosing a Pearl Harbor tour may require you to look at your itinerary in Oahu. Are you a night owl who hates getting up too early? Maybe you’re an early riser, and the thought of a 6:00 AM pickup sounds perfect. Luckily, there are some Pearl Harbor tours with multiple start times, so you can sleep in—or be up with the roosters—and still enjoy a day of at this historic location.
Do you want to have some choice of when to start your Pearl Harbor tour? Then consider booking any of the following experiences. Remember, all official Pearl Harbor tours include tickets for the USS Arizona Memorial and round-trip transportation from Waikiki.
Remember Pearl Harbor: Arizona & Missouri Battleship
- 6:00 AM
- 9:00 AM
The Remember Pearl Harbor: Arizona & Missouri Battleship Tour explores the “bookends of the War in the Pacific.” The tour starts as soon as you’re picked up in Waikiki. On the way to Pearl Harbor, your knowledgeable guide provides information about the surprise attack of December 7, 1941, as well as facts about Hawaii, Oahu, and Honolulu.
Your first stop on arrival is the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. The two exhibits, Road to War and Attack! chronicle the events of that morning through interactive displays, memorabilia, and newspaper clippings.
Next up is the USS Arizona Memorial program. Lasting about 75 minutes, the program includes a documentary film, a US Navy shuttle boat ride to the USS Arizona Memorial, and time aboard the memorial itself. This moving program commemorates the 1,177 men of USS Arizona who died when their ship exploded and sank during the attack. It’s a poignant experience that will stay with you forever.
After the feelings of loss felt at the USS Arizona Memorial, the mood brightens when you board a battleship that symbolizes the Allies’ ultimate victory in World War II. The Battleship Missouri was the site of the surrender ceremony where Japan signed the documents bringing the long and brutal war to an end.
The tour of the “Mighty Mo” is your last stop at Pearl Harbor, but there’s still more sightseeing in store. On the way back to Waikiki, the tour takes you on a ride through historic downtown Honolulu. See the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Punchbowl Crater, Iolani Palace, and the Hawaii State Capitol building. Time and traffic permitting, there’s also a photo-op stop at the iconic King Kamehameha Statue.
For guests who want a little pampering on their tour, there’s a luxury version—the Beyond the Call to Duty tour—that visits the same sites and includes a lunch buffet and an upgraded tour vehicle.
Pearl Harbor Excursion
- 6:00 AM
- 8:45 AM
The Pearl Harbor Excursion, the shortest and most concise tour, lasts about 4.5 hours, leaving you with plenty of time to enjoy other activities afterward. It’s a quick glimpse into the history of December 7, 1941, starting with the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center with its many displays and exhibits.
The centerpiece of this tour is the USS Arizona Memorial program. For 75 minutes, you’re immersed in the history of the USS Arizona, from honoring the 1,177 crewmen lost to the experience of the memorial itself.
Pearl Harbor & Honolulu City Tour
- 6:00 AM
- 8:30 AM
- 10:00 AM
If you have a bit more time to spare, the Pearl Harbor & Honolulu City tour takes you to the heart of the Pearl Harbor National Memorial before setting out for a drive through historic downtown Honolulu. This tour includes time to explore the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and USS Arizona Memorial program. Be sure to take in the views of the Bowfin submarine, next to the Visitor Center, and the Battleship Missouri moored across the harbor during the US Navy shuttle boat ride to the memorial.
The second portion of this approximately 5.75-hour tour shows you some of the historic sites of Honolulu including Iolani Palace, the only royal palace on US soil.
Regardless of how you fly—early bird or night owl—Pearl Harbor tours with multiple start times make it easy to visit this historic site at your convenience.