Pearl Harbor Memorial Tour

Rated 4.45 out of 5 based on 22 customer ratings
(24 customer reviews)

From: $159.99

Adults: $159.99
Children: $134.99

Visit all of the Pearl Harbor Memorials on our most complete tour.

Location: Pick-up in Waikiki 
Tour Duration: 10.5 hours (approx.)

Tour Description

This tour offers you the complete Pearl Harbor experience. A full day of history that leaves you informed, impressed, and with a healthy respect for the men and women who served and are still serving in the US military. Let us worry about transportation, tickets, and guides while you just jump into this trip to the past. All of the memorial sites and museums at Pearl Harbor—plus some special Honolulu sights—are included in this complete Pearl Harbor Memorial Tour. Round-trip transportation, live expert narration by your guide, and admission to all exhibits are included.

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For a small additional charge, you can add a delicious lunch including a drink and dessert at Laniakea Museum at the Pacific Aviation Museum!

Optional Lunch Upgrade:

  • For just $19.99, you can add an ono (tasty) lunch at the Pacific Aviation Museum’s Laniakea Café!
  • Choose from a classic deli or tuna salad sandwich with chips. For something lighter, you also have the option of a Caesar or Asian chicken salad. The Caesar salad is also vegetarian and, if you request no croutons, gluten-free!
  • All options include a medium drink.
  • Finish off with Chef’s choice of dessert.

After your driver picks you up from your hotel (or ship), it’s just a quick drive to Pearl Harbor. Start your day at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Walk through the exhibits and watch a 23-minute introductory video including actual footage of the attacks of December 7th, 1941. You guide helps you brush up on your history lessons and makes sure you’re well-prepared for this journey back in time.

After watching the documentary in the Pearl Harbor Memorial Theater, you board a small Navy vessel to take you over the lagoon to the world-famous USS Arizona Memorial. Anchored right above the sunken battleship, it is made up of three rooms that honor the men who lost their lives aboard the USS Arizona. Take a moment to pay your respects, gaze into the depths of the lagoon and witness the “Black Tears of the Arizona,” droplets of oil that still float up from the wreckage.

Exactly a year after the attack, the submarine USS Bowfin was launched to join the fight. Known as the "Pearl Harbor Avenger," this historic vessel is open for you to explore. Walk through narrow passages and get an idea of the way men lived and worked in this cramped atmosphere.

USS Bowfin Submarine in the Morning

Another giant of Pearl Harbor is the Battleship Missouri. This is the ship that became the scene for the signing of the surrender papers that ended World War II. Make sure you catch a glimpse of the big dent that a kamikaze strike left on the hull of the ship.

USS Battleship Missouri

Just near the Missouri is the USS Oklahoma Memorial. This memorial honors the 429 men who died on board the Oklahoma when she capsized.

Most of the attention at Pearl Harbor is focused on the ships, but the truth is, some of the most crucial fighting happened high in the air. On Ford Island, in addition to the Battleship Missouri and the USS Oklahoma Memorial, your Pearl Harbor tour visits the Pacific Aviation Museum. With two hangars full of military aircraft, flight simulators, and fascinating exhibits, it’s a major attraction for history and aviation enthusiasts. This museum won’t let you forget where you are. Even today, the glass windows in the hangars are marked with bullet holes, reminding us of what happened in this very spot so many years ago.

Ford Island with USS Arizona Memorial

After visiting all the memorials and exhibits, relax in your air-conditioned vehicle on the way back to your hotel. The tour takes a small detour to take you through Punchbowl National Cemetery. This military cemetery is located in the ancient crater of an extinct volcano. Pay respects to the thousands of Americans killed or missing in action.

As your last station on this full day, we take you a little further back in history, as we pass through historic downtown Honolulu. See the Hawaii State Capitol Building and ‘Iolani Palace, the ceremonial residence of the Hawaiian royal family until 1893. Near the palace, King Kamehameha I stands 18 feet tall in bronze. He was a legendary ruler who united all the Hawaiian Islands into one beautiful kingdom in the early nineteenth century.

Iolani Palace Honolulu

The Pearl Harbor Memorial Tour Includes:

  • Live historical narration by expert guide on drive to Pearl Harbor
  • Watch a film with dramatic footage of the actual attack
  • Board Navy shuttle to the Arizona Memorial
  • Tour inside the USS Bowfin Submarine
  • See the U.S. Pacific Fleet Headquarters building
  • Visit the Arizona Memorial WWII museum
  • See the “Black Tears of the Arizona”
  • Experience the “Mighty Mo” – USS Missouri Battleship
  • Stand on the Surrender Deck of the Battleship Missouri where WWII ended
  • Visit the Pacific Aviation Museum with an expert historical guide
  • Visit Hangers on Luke Airfield that were attacked by the Japanese
  • Learn about Hawaii’s history and culture
  • Visit the Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific (drive through)
  • See Iolani Palace and Hawaii State Capitol Building
  • Stop at the King Kamehameha Statue

24 reviews for Pearl Harbor Memorial Tour

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    Yakob

    The most advanced multimedia expereinces await you at the all -new Pearl Harbor exhibits. Not only the launching point for the boats to the Arizona Memorial, the no-cost movie explaining the morning of December 7th, 1941 and what lead to that “day that will live in infamy.” Pearl Harbor is part of History and should be seen by all.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    M

    Excellent way to see the important memorials and museums around Pearl Harbor, including the USS Arizona, the USS Bowfin, and the USS Missouri. This tour is a MUST if visiting Oahu. They pick you up at your hotel and we felt like the guide knew everything! Learned some new facts about the attack. There was a lot to see, but we’re glad we did it.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    daniel

    An amazing attraction. Very moving and historical. A definite “must see”. get there early as you won’t want to waste a minute of your day in this paradise. This memorial was much more than I expected, and I do recommend that every American pays their respects to those sailors of the USS Arizona.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    randyrandom

    11 hours! Totally worth it though. I think I know everything abou the attack and can actually become a professor. lol. All joking aside I feel privileged that I got to learn about our fallen heroes. Our tour guide was hilarious and knowledgeable. If you’re coming to Oahu, don’t pass up this important moment in history.

  5. 1ivd4yctj5yao

    Does this tour visit the monument for the USS Nevada?

    • Bruce D.

      Like the USS Utah Memorial, the USS Nevada memorial requires military access. The monument for USS Nevada is located at Hospital Point and there are not any tours that visit that site.

  6. sharon

    what ages require an ID?

    • Bruce D.

      Children younger than 18 don’t need to show ID. Please note that ID’s are very rarely requested at Pearl Harbor.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Misty

    This was a very good choice for us. Picked up from our hotel as promised. Our guide was very informative. She gave a good talk on the way to Pearl Harbor. When we got there we did not have to wait in line. All of our tickets were taken care of. This alone was worth it. Very happy with this tour.

  8. Rated 4 out of 5

    GreggV

    Very moving and emotional experience. Pictures aren’t allowed outside on the way into the memorial but you can take them from inside the memorial and when you are exiting the memorial.  You will be provided with an enriching educational and patriotic experience. There are 28 locations from the Visitor Center to the USS Arizona Memorial and museums. The great way to learn about this history. This is outdoor and indoor (Museum part) activities.

  9. Rated 3 out of 5

    McClish

    Not only is it a moving memorial to a tragic day, the exhibits and interpretative displays are terrific. Somber but brilliantly designed historical monument and museum. Just don’t be the stupid tourist here,silence and respect rules and the dead. 

  10. Rated 4 out of 5

    BrandonMichael

    Well organized for a lot of visitors and it gets a lot! You can spend the day or visit specifics but the Arizona memorial film and visit is a must. It leaves a lot to the imagination as one wonders what if they did not discount the incoming planes as american how history would have changed.

  11. Rated 4 out of 5

    Sandoval

    It is very organized and there are lots of displays and information to tell you the complete history of Pearl Harbor. A few ignorant people disobeying cell phone rules and areas of silence can ruin it for others. Don’t be that person.

  12. Rated 3 out of 5

    TrechK

    The USS Arizona memorial, a white building standing on top of where the USS Arizona sank and where hundreds of the crewmen still lay.  Spending a full day out in the Pearl Harbor, visiting all the memorials and the submarine is just a wonderful experience, though it can be tiresome.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jerry2

    It’s a really eye-opening place. Didn’t make me angry at any people just made me really hate war all over again! Innocent people are always victims of war. A must see historical experience of WW11. The film shown before visiting the Arizona was extremely moving and informative..

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    PennyB

    I was surprised to find myself feeling quite emotional, even surrounded by many other visitors to this site. I think everyone felt moved by the visit. This was a very interesting place to tour and learn about the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It is amazing some of the things you learn that you have never heard before and it really is such an amazing feeling knowing what all those people went through. It really is a must to visit. 

  15. Rated 4 out of 5

    Bonilla

    The movie beforehand is a very worthwhile introduction to the site. My husband found it as emotional as the actual site. We had no connection at all with Pearl Harbour., but even so, the remembrance of those who died for us all, needs to be kept fresh. Very well laid out and much smaller area than I had originally thought. Very easy access if anyone in your party is elderly. Worth seeing as part of American history.

  16. Rated 4 out of 5

    Bestie25

    The tour itself is long enough to be interesting and short enough to not get boring. You line up for your 10 minute video before getting on a ferry to head to the USS Arizona memorial. If you are on Oahu, you must go to Pearl Harbor. While it has become very commercialized, the history and facts are still there.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andersen

    Whether you are a history buff or just a tourist, do not miss visiting this national park memorial. It is sobering yet awe-inspiring to think of the courage and sacrifice of that day.  This is all about who we are as a people….we remember those that have sacrificed everything for their country.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jorge

    The visit to the memorial commences with a video which is very informative and provides a good background to the events before boarding the shuttle to the memorial. The memorial itself is a very humbling experience. Tastefully presented, beautifully maintained, a “must do”. From the Arizona Memorial to the Pacific Air Museum and the Battleship Missouri you don’t want to miss this important part of US History.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sweeny

    John Jr. was our tour bus driver and guide. He was great! He knew the history, sang to us twice and gave tips that turned out to be invaluable. A must when in Hawaii. There is so much to see that you w1ill need a day. There’s a gift shop and you can also meet some survivors from that disastrous day in December 1941.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ash

    Naturally, if you are visiting Oahu for the first time, you should visit Pearl Harbor/WW II Valor in the Pacific. However, this memorial park is so well done, you may find yourself visiting on return visits, too. Can’t say thank you to the lost souls enough..

  21. Rated 4 out of 5

    Titus

    All bags have to be checked before entry including large camera cases and purses / handbags. The history associated with the attack is well documented and very interesting. The USS Arizona Memorial was surreal, seeing the oil still floating to the water’s surface. All other attractions i.e. USS bowfin, USS Missouri were awesome.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    thomasrich

    Anyone traveling to Hawaii must visit Pearl Harbor to feel and see the US naval history at this location. Although I knew some of the details of the attack on 7 Dec 1941, the presentations and videos certainly fill in any gaps you might have. So worth the visit and you’ll be happy you got to witness it!

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    LamarshJ

    Great piece of history. Read up on this location so it can be appreciated. Do the Arizona and museums first. Then do the Missouri and the airfield. Save the Bowfin for last. The staff is very kind and knowledgeable. To me, the USS Missouri was even better than the Arizona and is led by great tour guides. I would love to return to see more of the site!

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hellen

    We visited the Pearl Harbor visitor center and the US Arizona Memorial. It was a somber experience and the memorials reflect the significance of what happened there and the tragedy that resulted. An essential location to visit, it’s a long day, but well worth it.

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Included

  • Round-Trip Transportation from Hotel to Pearl Harbor
  • Live narration by Professional Tour Guide
  • Arizona Memorial Tickets
  • Battleship Missouri Admission ($25 Value)
  • Pacific Aviation Museum Admission & Guided Tour ($35 value)
  • USS Bowfin Submarine Admission ($12 value)

Not Included

  • A no-host lunch stop will be scheduled at a Pearl Harbor restaurant. For a Deluxe tour with lunch & Snacks included see Beyond the Call to Duty Tour
  • There are snack shops and gift shops at Pearl Harbor
  • If you bring a bag, which you should not, you will pay a storage fee at Pearl Harbor. Bags cannot be left on tour vehicles.
  • Tour guide gratuity is not included & not required, but encouraged.

    What to Bring

  • Bring Government Issued ID
  • No Bags Pearl Harbor

What to Wear

  • Covered Shoes
  • Comfortable Clothes
  • No Swim Suits
  • Sunscreen
  • Shirts Required

Cancellation Policy

  • Changes and cancellations are allowed up to 17:00 local time, 3 business days prior to the activity.
  • Any cancellations made after 17:00 local time, 3 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

Disclaimer

Pearl Harbor Oahu is not responsible for and does not extend financial reimbursement for delays caused by factors such as traffic, weather, mechanical issues, or problems concerning Navy-operated shuttle boats.

Tour stops such as the Arizona Memorial, Dole, Pali Lookout, and others are not under the control of this website or the tour companies going there. Therefore, we do not guarantee admission or entrance to any sites not in our control. Refunds are not issued if access to any tour stop is denied for any reason.

However, we will request a refund or reimbursement for visitors in such cases. When reimbursements and refunds are issued by third party vendors, we always give them to our customers.

Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific is closed to commercial tours on Federal Holidays. Tours are unable to enter cemetery on those days.

As of May 2, 2011, all passengers traveling to Ford Island (including Pacific Aviation Museum and USS Missouri) must possess valid photo identification. This does not affect the Pearl Harbor Visitor’s Center.

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