Oahu Circle Island Tour with Pearl Harbor (combo)

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Oahu Circle Island Tour with Pearl Harbor (combo)

Pickup: 6:30-7:15 AM

Duration: 9-11 hours

8 max (for shared tour)

Fitness: Easy

Highlights
  • Pearl Harbor - Hawaii's most popular attraction
  • Scenic circle tour through the center of the island, along the North Shore, and down the eastern coast
  • 30+ sights include pineapple & coffee farms, beaches, mountains, scenic lookouts, military cemetery
  • Small group of 8 max (often less), or private tour
  • Includes expert local guide, hot lunch, and door-to-door transport

Overview

Experience the highlights of Oahu on a full day “circle island” tour with knowledgeable local guides in a small group setting.

In newer premium vehicles, you will be picked up from your lodging and start the day learning about famous Honolulu sites and Hawaii's most visited attraction, Pearl Harbor. At Pearl Harbor, you will watch a moving 20 minute film, travel by boat to the Arizona Memorial* where you will disembark on this hallowed gravesite for over a thousand U.S. service members, and explore various exhibits about the surprise attack that shaped world history.

After a couple of hours at Pearl Harbor, you'll head up through the middle of the island, where you’ll first stop at Green World Coffee Farm (with coffee and chocolate tastings) and then at the popular Dole Plantation, the last remaining farm for pineapples which have an important history in Hawaii. After a tasty made-to-order hot lunch at a highly rated local food stand, you’ll visit the famous North Shore beaches, including possible turtle sightings on the beach.

During the afternoon, you'll head down the eastern side (“windward side”) with stunning coastal views on one side (including of Chinaman’s Hat) and scenic farms and mountains on the other, with many picture-taking stops and a chance to purchase some local fruit.

Additional afternoon highlights include a Macadamia Nut Farm (with tastings), a historical Hawaiian place of worship (Pu'u o Mahuka Heiau), Pali Lookout, and the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl Crater (over 53,000 veterans laid to rest there), before returning to your lodging in the early evening.

Looking for a more in-depth Pearl Harbor Tour? Check out our full Pearl Harbor experience which also includes the Missouri battleship and Bowfin submarine; you can then pair with one of our Circle Island Tours on a separate day.

TravelShack's Choice

WHY WE RECOMMEND THIS OPTION OVER OTHERS

  • For the shared tour, the smaller group (4-8 people, whereas others are often more than 25) means more personalized attention from the guide, better group camaraderie, less time waiting around for everyone to get on and off, and more time for stops
* Arizona Memorial Tickets

Due to challenges related to procuring limited Arizona Memorial tickets through the Park lottery system, there are now 2 options: 
1) one that has guaranteed tickets for the AZ Memorial. This is the (with AZ) option in the booking form and is $219/person. These dates are very limited, and usually only shows within 3 days of a tour date but sometimes within 2 months.
2) one where visiting the AZ Memorial is not guaranteed. This is the (AZ if possible) option and is $199/person. However, as long as the date is more than 3 days out, there is still a good chance (~90%) AZ tickets will be procured (at no extra charge). In the small chance the tour is unable to secure these tickets via the lottery system, you would still spend a similar amount of time at Pearl Harbor -- to view the historical film, see the AZ from shore with commentary from your guide, and with more time to visit multiple exhibits and memorials.

If you are only interested in this tour with AZ tickets to actually step on the memorial and no available "(with AZ)" dates work for you, then your options are:
1) Submit our form and we will contact you about any new available dates.
2) Check back within 2 months of your trip when more dates with guaranteed AZ tickets may be available. You can also check back within 3 days of a tour date for last-minute openings.
3) Make a booking and then contact us 3 days prior to the tour date to doublecheck if tickets were procured. If not, you could reschedule or cancel/refund (as long as more than 48 hours prior to the tour).
4) Book our more in-depth Pearl Harbor Tour which includes guaranteed AZ tickets for all dates. You could then book our similar Circle Island Tour (but without Pearl Harbor) for another date, since there is no overlap, and you'd get the most complete Circle Island and Pearl Harbor experiences.

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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.

Oahu in 1 Day: Best Driving is Circle Island Tour.

Fodor's guidebook:

Pearl Harbor: Top Reasons to Go to Oahu. A sobering, don’t miss sight. 

Guided tours on Oahu are convenient; you don’t have to worry about finding a parking spot or getting admission tickets.

Moon guidebook:

The Pearl Harbor Historic Sites are a must-see to grasp.

Oahu Revealed guidebook:

The USS Arizona Memorial is the single most popular visitor attraction on Oahu. One of those must-dos on Oahu and for good reason. It makes WWII real for the rest of us. Parking can be difficult at peak times.

Punchbowl Cemetery is an immensely moving place, guaranteed to put a lump in your throat.

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