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Beyond the Call to Duty Pearl Harbor Luxury Tour from Ko'Olina

This full-day tour is custom-made for visitors staying in Ko Olina and includes admission to all the major attractions at Pearl Harbor.

Overview

Your day begins when your guide picks you up bright and early in a luxury mini-coach. A narration during the drive to Pearl Harbor helps you brush up on those history lessons and gives you a chance to ask questions. The first stop of the day is the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, where you're given a thorough orientation and where multiple exhibits and museums provide all the information you need to know about Pearl Harbor, its history, and and the devastating attack that occurred on December 7, 1941. Make your way through the exhibits and take in new and old information, view artifacts and other memorabilia, and hear the stories of people who lived through that day.

Highlights:

  • All Admissions Included
  • Luxury Round trip transportation
  • Live historical narration by an expert guide on your drive to Pearl Harbor
  • Watch a film with dramatic footage of the actual attack
  • Board Navy shuttle boat to the Arizona Memorial
  • See the U.S. Pacific Fleet Headquarters building
  • See the "Black Tears of the Arizona"
  • Visit Hangers on Luke Airfield that were attacked by the Japanese
  • Learn about Hawaiis history and culture

Activity Times:

5:50 AM

Activity Duration:

10.67 Hours


Upgrade Options:

No upsells available

What’s Included?

  • Visit the Arizona Memorial WWII museum
  • Experience the "Mighty Mo" - USS Missouri Battleship with Deck Tour
  • Honor the sailors at the USS Oklahoma Memorial
  • Visit the Pacific Aviation Museum with an expert historical guide
  • Drive inside Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific
  • See Iolani Palace and Hawaii State Capitol Building
  • Stop at the King Kamehameha Statue
  • Tour inside the USS Bowfin Submarine
  • Lunch Buffet (protein changes weekly; 2 options provided), Kalua pork, BBQ chicken or mahimahi, house tossed salad, steamed white rice, and assorted cookies.

Videos


Pearl Harbor Video


Description

One of the highlights at the Visitor Center is a short film that includes actual footage of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Exiting the Pearl Harbor Memorial Theater, you board a US Navy shuttle boat for a tour of the harbor. See the USS Arizona Memorial: a serene structure anchored directly above the sunken wreck of the enormous battleship. Take a moment to pay your respects to the 1,177 men who lost their lives when their ship exploded and sank. When you gaze into the water, look out for rainbow patterns. Even today, droplets of oil called the "Black Tears of the Arizona" escape from the ship’s hull, creating kaleidoscopic images on the surface.

Back on land, the tour continues to the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park. The submarine is open for visitors over the age of 4 to explore. Enter the cramped space and get a first-hand idea of what life and work on these vessels was like. The adjacent museum provides additional facts about the vessel, as well as housing a huge collection of submarine memorabilia. 

Another awe-inspiring ship included on the tour is the Battleship Missouri, affectionately known as “Mighty Mo”. Board this battleship to see the very deck on which World War II officially ended when the surrender documents were signed by the Japanese. As you make your way through the different areas of the ship, look out for the massive gun turrets and the dent in the hull left by a kamikaze attack.

The last museum on the tour is the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. After seeing the harbor and the battleships it’s easy to forget that some of the most crucial action during the War in the Pacific happened high up in the air. This museum displays aircraft from nearly a century of aviation history, and provides insight into aerial warfare from its earliest days up to the present. As you walk through the hangars you can see bullet holes in the windows that have been there since the Japanese attack in 1941.

Before heading back to Ko Olina, your guide takes you on a drive through historic downtown Honolulu. See reminders of Hawaii's royal past such as ‘Iolani Palace and the statue of King Kamehameha the Great. The Hawaii State Capitol and ancient Kawaiaha’o Church are also part of the tour, as is a drive through the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Punchbowl Crater.

Know before you book:

  • We encourage visitors to not bring bags to Pearl Harbor. There is often a line to put your bag in storage and to retrieve it. Standing in this long line may prevent you from getting your tickets for the Arizona Memorial. That is a mistake that you do not want to make.
  • The fee for baggage storage at Pearl Harbor is $5.00.
  • Tour buses do not permit guests to leave bags in the vehicle.
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