Pearl Harbor & Honolulu City Tour

Oahu

Pearl Harbor & Honolulu City Tour

Pickup: 9-9:45 am

Duration: 5-6 hours

12 max (shared tour)

Fitness: Easy

Highlights
  • Pearl Harbor & Arizona Memorial, Hawaii’s most popular attraction
  • Historical Honolulu sites, including Iolani Palace
  • Mt. Tantalus Lookout for scenic views of the city and Diamond Head Crater
  • Small group or private tour
  • Includes expert local guide, Arizona Memorial tickets, and door-to-door transport

Overview

Experience the best of Honolulu on this intimate Oahu tour. After pickup from your accommodation, start your journey with a scenic drive up Mount Tantalus for breathtaking panoramic views of Honolulu, including the iconic Diamond Head volcano crater framed by the high-rises and turquoise waters of Waikiki.

Next, visit the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl Crater, a solemn tribute to over 53,000 veterans.

Immerse yourself in Hawaii’s rich history as you explore downtown Honolulu, once the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the Territory of Hawaii, and now the state capital. Explore the grounds of Iolani Palace, the only royal palace in the United States, and admire the statues of legendary figures like King Kamehameha I and Queen Lili'uokalani. Other landmarks include the Capitol Building, Supreme Court Building, and the historic Kawaiaha’o Church, known as Hawaii’s Westminster Abbey and the former national church of the Hawaiian Kingdom.

Finally, visit Pearl Harbor, Hawaii’s most popular attraction and the site of the devastating surprise attack that propelled the U.S. into World War II, forever altering the course of world history. Watch a moving 20-minute film, and travel by boat to the Arizona Memorial where you’ll disembark to pay your respects at this hallowed site, the final resting place for over a thousand U.S. service members. This tour includes pre-secured tickets to the Arizona Memorial, which are limited and highly sought after, ensuring a stress-free and efficient experience. There is also time to explore the visitor center’s many exhibits and gift shop.

Led by a knowledgeable local guide, this tour will leave you with a profound appreciation for Hawaii's complex and unique past and its enduring impact on the 50th state.

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. Compare the two tours here, as well as with our combo Pearl Harbor - Circle Island Tour.

TravelShack's Choice

Why this tour is recommended over others
  • For the shared tour, the smaller group (4-12 people, whereas others are often more than 20) means more personalized attention from the guide, better group camaraderie, less time waiting around for everyone, and more time at stops
  • Learn from and ask questions to your local expert guide, not just get one-dimensional recorded commentary
  • Don't just drive through downtown but get out of the van and see many of the sights outside the vehicle
  • Arizona Memorial tickets are secured in advance and guaranteed
  • You can bring day bags/items on tour (but at Pearl Harbor you may need to leave some on the van)

May 2024 Tour Launch
Based on popular demand, we are excited to launch this new tour! Since it's new, reviews for this specific tour will take some time to accumulate. However, since this tour is just a variation of our other Pearl Harbor tours with the same operator, those tour reviews are relevant. If you're looking for a variation of this tour that we don't yet offer, we'd appreciate your feedback as we may continue to tweak this new tour or add another one.

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Guidebook Reviews

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.

Iolani Palace: Top Choice in Honolulu. No other place evokes a more poignant sense of Hawaii’s history.

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.

Mt. Tantalus: Beautiful drive. You'll gain an appreciation of Honolulu's beauty you never really expected. Some of the most stunning views of Honolulu and beyond. The rewards of a hike without actually having to hike anywhere.

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.

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