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Honolulu: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, and City Tour

1. Honolulu: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, and City Tour

Spend the day visiting the most important historical sites and landmarks of Honolulu, Hawaii. Visit Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial, Iolani Palace, Kawaiahao Church, the Hawaii State Capitol, Honolulu City Hall, and more. The tour begins with a visit to Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, the largest visitor attraction on Oahu. Enjoy the many exhibits, galleries, and displays the center has to offer. Then, board a Navy boat shuttle for a tour of the harbor along “Battleship Row.” Upon arrival at the USS Arizona Memorial, step off the boat to explore the memorial. The journey continues to the historic National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl Crater, a historical landmark offering a backdrop of scenic rolling green hills and lush foliage where the many men and women who served in the Armed Forces are honored. Wrap up your experience with a narrated tour of downtown Honolulu. Spot the impressive state buildings and learn about the Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaii’s last reigning monarch and the only royal palace in the United States. Make your way to the Hawaii State Capitol grounds which includes the Eternal Flame, Korean and Vietnam War Memorials, Liberty Bell, and more. Then, visit the majestic statue of King Kamehameha, the Hawaiian warrior-king who united the islands, and see Kawaiahao Church, known as “the Westminster Abbey of the Pacific.”

Honolulu: Pearl Habor Tour with Arizona Memorial

2. Honolulu: Pearl Habor Tour with Arizona Memorial

Hear fascinating stories on this tour of Pearl Harbor and downtown Honolulu. Witness the key sites and memorials to the 1941 attack, and experience the island's wartime history. Begin this tour with pickup in Waikiki. Travel first to Pearl Harbor and ride the navy launch to the USS Arizona Memorial. Visit the sombre monument above a sunken battleship from the day of the attack. Explore the memorials to the many groups who lost their lives, and pause to reflect at the wall of remembrance. Return to your waiting van for a historic tour of downtown Honolulu. Your expert guide will explain what it was like to live on the island during wartime. See sights including Iolani Palace, the State Capitol, King Kamehameha Statue and Aloha Tower as you learn about the fascinating history of this historic place.

Oahu: USS Arizona Memorial Deluxe Tour

3. Oahu: USS Arizona Memorial Deluxe Tour

For the first time ever, you can experience a tour of the USS Arizona Memorial from the National Park Service. This narrated tour is an immersive self-guided tour of the visitor center's two museums, the Pearl Harbor Survivor section aboard the USS Arizona Memorial and the fascinating "Path of Attack" tour available along the shoreline of Pearl Harbor. Get digital access to the National Park Service's archives at each narrated tour stop and experience the National Park Service's new Virtual Reality Center to view the new experience: Air Raid Pearl Harbor.

Honolulu: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, Might Mo, and City Tour

4. Honolulu: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, Might Mo, and City Tour

Be picked up from a select number of locations in Honolulu and spend the day exploring a part of US history in Honolulu. See Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona, Battleship Missouri, and Honolulu. Arrive at Pearl Harbor and be transported back in time with an audio guide tour of the USS Arizona Memorial. See footage and memorabilia from the attack on Pearl Harbor as you admire the final resting place of the sunken ship. See Mighty Mo, the Battleship Missouri, up close, and walk the decks while you listen to its storied history from your guide. Visit the Battleship Missouri, also known as Mighty Mo, and walk the decks of the battleship. Learn about the history of the ship and its role in ending WWII. From Pearl Harbor, head to Honolulu. Pass Hawaii icons like the King Kamehameha Statue, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific Punchbowl, the Hawaii State Capitol, City Hall, and Kawaiahao Church.

Honolulu: Pearl Harbor and Honolulu City Tour

5. Honolulu: Pearl Harbor and Honolulu City Tour

This tour offers the complete Pearl Harbor Visitor Center experience and also includes a historic Honolulu tour. On the tour visit Chinatown, ’Iolani Palace, Washington Place, and the State Capitol Building. Make a stop for a photo opportunity at the popular statue of King Kamehameha, the king of the Hawaiian Islands. Afterward, the tour continues to the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Punchbowl Crater. Your tour guide will share special insider knowledge about living in Hawaii and Hawaiian history, along the way.

Oahu: USS Arizona Memorial and City Highlights Tour

6. Oahu: USS Arizona Memorial and City Highlights Tour

Meet your guide then travel to 1 of Oahu’s must-see locations, Pearl Harbor. Immerse yourself in history and learn about the events that took place here which propelled the United States into World War 2. Take a boat ride to the USS Arizona Memorial at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, and watch a fascinating documentary film about the event. There’s also time to explore the 2 onsite museums and shop for souvenirs at the gift shop. Afterwards, enjoy a panoramic tour of Honolulu and see some of the city’s most iconic landmarks.

Oahu: Salute to Pearl Harbor

7. Oahu: Salute to Pearl Harbor

Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and personal stories of the world-changing events of Pearl Harbor, December 1941, and gain an insight into the fascinating, historical, and cultural background, all along with the ease of transportation. Experience the emotional power of Pearl Harbor as you enter the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. Revisit the past and observe never-before-seen artifacts, replicas and media displays that explain the events and details leading up to and following the attack. Look across the Harbor’s blue waters at Ford Island, the center of the attack, and imagine the residents waking up on a sleepy Sunday morning to chaos and madness. Travel across the harbor by shuttle boat and reflect on the graceful USS Arizona Memorial. Pause in tribute to those who lost their lives that day. You may spot green sea turtles and colorful fish swimming in the active reef around the Arizona, even as it serves to memorialize those entombed below. A historical film, a journey in time across the harbor, and perhaps a chance to meet a survivor of the attack complete your morning at the Memorial.

Oahu: Doors-Off Circle Island Helicopter Experience

8. Oahu: Doors-Off Circle Island Helicopter Experience

Covering the island of O‘ahu from above, this is the only full circle tour of O‘ahu by a doors-off helicopter. You'll see incredible aerial views, starting with a glimpse of history as you fly over Pearl Harbor, WWII Arizona Memorial, and Battleship Missouri. Next, soar above the bustling Honolulu harbor, beautiful Waikīkī, and the iconic Diamond Head Crater. Heading further east, you’ll overfly Koko Head Crater and Hanauma Bay before seeing Sandy Beach and Makapu‘u Lighthouse. Heading north, you will come across the fantastic coral formations of Kāne‘ohe Bay, Mokoli‘i (Chinaman’s Hat), and take a peek into “Jurassic Park” — or, as it has been known locally for hundreds of years, Ka‘a‘awa Valley. The thousand-foot cascade of Kaliuwa‘a (Sacred Falls) is a stunning view and is accessible only by air. Then you’ll see the Polynesian Cultural Center, Turtle Bay Resort, and world-famous surfing spots of the North Shore: Sunset, Pipeline, Waimea Bay, and more. As you round Ka‘ena Point you get a glimpse of the serene Wai‘anae Coast, a hidden gem of the island. Uncrowded and glorious white sand beaches such as Yokohama, Mākaha, and Pōka‘i lace the coast. Historic Mākaha Valley comes into view on the return back to Ko‘olina.

Pearl Harbor Virtual Reality Center Tour

9. Pearl Harbor Virtual Reality Center Tour

Admission to the Pearl Harbor Vitual Reality Center is only $4.50 ( no tax applies). Discover these 3 new National Park Service VR Tours   1. Walk the Decks of the Arizona Battleship Before the Attack Imagine being able to walk the decks of the USS Arizona, a day before the date which will live in infamy. This incredible, historically accurate virtual reality experience transports you onto two of the main decks of the USS Arizona. Meet some of the sailors that were part of her final crew, and tour one of the most powerful battleships of that era. 2. Witness the Attack on Battleship Row Offered in four segments, this unique virtual reality experience brings to life the attack sequence on Pearl Harbor’s Battleship Row on Dec. 7, 1941. You will be able to see firsthand Battleship Row in detail, witness history from a 180 degree viewpoint, and learn about the Japanese bombing that sank some of the powerful battleships in the U.S. fleet. 3. Experience the USS Arizona Memorial This experience is perfect for visitors who wanted to spend more time on the Memorial or were unable to visit. Take your own private virtual tour at your own pace and visit each solemn room at the Memorial, including areas off limits to the public. Viewable at 360 degrees, this virtual journey offers a very realistic visit to the Memorial.              

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Visiting Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial was a wonderful experience. It was great to have a timed entrance and not to have to hassle with being in the stand by line. The city tour was nice too. The driver was very informative and funny, although I semi-expected to be able to step out and visit Punch Bowl, but it was only a drive-through tour. I would recommend using GetYourGuide for the ease of transportation and arrival with guaranteed entrance to the Memorial.

The whole day was great, from pick up to drop off. Frank the driver was very knowledgeable, parting with many facts about Pearl Harbour. There was plenty of time at each of the different parts of the tou.

Great amazing ‘ mo was amazing fun and real, super sweet make sure we’re picked up ! Will do it again next ! Great great experience

It was a bucket list trip. I was in the USA AIR FORCE during the Vietnam It on my bucket list.

Nani is one of the greatest Tour Guides of all time!