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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific: Our most recommended tours and activities

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. Begin your tour with a visit to Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Enjoy the exhibits, galleries, and displays before boarding a Navy boat shuttle for a tour of the harbor along “Battleship Row.” Step off the boat to explore the USS Arizona Memorial, then continue to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl Crater. See the historical landmark against a backdrop of rolling hills and lush foliage. 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. See the Eternal Flame, Korean and Vietnam War Memorials, Liberty Bell, the majestic statue of King Kamehameha, and Kawaiahao Church.

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

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

Experience the legacy of Pearl Harbor with a guided tour in Honolulu. Enter Pearl Harbor to explore the Battleship Missouri and listen to an audio-guided tour of the USS Arizona Memorial. Pass by iconic sites in Honolulu including the King Kamehameha Statue and City Hall. 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: USS Arizona Memorial & Battleship Missouri Visit

3. Honolulu: USS Arizona Memorial & Battleship Missouri Visit

Visit Pearl Harbor and discover what really happened on that fateful day in 1941. Benefit from guaranteed access to the USS Arizona Memorial and board the Battleship Missouri on Ford Island. Start with a convenient pickup from Waikiki and travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle to reach Pearl Harbor. Once there, your guide will escort you into the Pearl Harbor Visitor's Center and give you specific instructions on how to make the best of your visit. Explore the visitor center and the accompanying “Road to War” and “Attack” exhibit galleries that display pictures and recovered items from the events which transpired at Pearl Harbor and WWII. Then, watch a short film explaining the fateful day and its significance. Followed by a boat ride to the USS Arizona Memorial, the final resting place of the ship's 1,177 crewmen. Take a short break for lunch and grab some refreshments from the snack shop or food truck, then set out to discover the USS Battleship Missouri. Visit the battleship lovingly known as "Mighty Mo". After fighting in the last year of the war with Japan, Mighty Mo served as the location where Japan would sign the official surrender documents. It also offers a glimpse into what life at sea was like aboard a battleship. On the way back to Waikiki, enjoy a quick drive through the city to check out the National Cemetery of the Pacific and Historic Honolulu City.

Full Day Tour to USS Missouri, Arizona, & Punchbowl Cemetery

4. Full Day Tour to USS Missouri, Arizona, & Punchbowl Cemetery

Explore the dramatic events of Pearl Harbor on a full-day tour of Oahu, and visit the USS Arizona Memorial, and the scene of the eventual Japanese surrender. The intuitive Visitor Center at Pearl Harbor displays an intriguing collection of artifacts that survived the attack. Cruise by navy launch across the harbor to pay respects at the memorial dedicated to the sunken USS Arizona and the 1,000 sailors who perished there. Continue the wartime theme with a guided tour and commentary on board the historic battleship USS Missouri. This was the site of the Japanese surrender to the Allies in 1945 and there’s a wealth of historic naval artifacts and personal effects on view. History buffs can journey even further back in time, exploring the many historic landmarks of downtown Honolulu. The main attraction is the unmistakable ‘Iolani Palace, the only “royal” residence in the USA. Not-to-be-missed photo opportunities include the prominent statue of King Kamehameha the Great and Kawaiahao Church. Then, drive through the Punchbowl National Cemetery before returning to your hotel.

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.

From Waikiki: Pearl Harbor Tour with USS Arizona Memorial

7. From Waikiki: Pearl Harbor Tour with USS Arizona Memorial

Learn about Pearl Harbor and the events of December 7, 1941 on this day trip from Waikiki. Take a boat ride to visit the Arizona Memorial, see exhibits related to the attack, and take a tour of the Battleship Missouri. After pickup in Waikiki, explore World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. See museum exhibits, footage from the attack, and other park monuments. Experience a boat ride to visit the USS Arizona Memorial over the sunken battleship. Head over the Admiral Clarey Bridge and drive by the USS Oklahoma Memorial on your way to the Battleship Missouri. Enjoy a guided tour of the ship, led by an expert docent.  You’ll be dropped off back in downtown Waikiki at the end of the tour.

Pearl Harbor USS Arizona & Historic Honolulu Limousine Tour

8. Pearl Harbor USS Arizona & Historic Honolulu Limousine Tour

Head off on a unique private tour of Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona onboard a luxury limousine. Discover Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona Memorial, and other Honolulu historic sites. Take a walking tour of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Get picked up from any address in Oahu and hop aboard a chauffered 10-passenger luxury limousine. Cruise in style to the Pearl Harbour Visitor Center where you'll take a guided walking tour of the area. Discover the Submarine USS Bowfin and the accompanying grounds and exhibits. Head then to two USS Arizona Memorial Museums and watch a documentary film on the Pearl Harbor Attack. If CUA tickets are available, go aboard the USS Arizona Memorial. Next, enjoy free time to have lunch (at your own expense) at the harbor. Take a luxurious drive through historic Honolulu, hearing about the sites passed. Stop for photos of the King Kamehameha Statue and the impressive Iolani Palace. Look out at the Mission Homes Museums and drive through the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in the Punchbowl Crater. End the tour with drop-off at any address in Oahu.

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What people are saying about National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 662 reviews

The Navy and Rangers were wonderful! Some of the people visiting were being disrespectful and the Ranger explained to them that it's a grave site. The Ranger was very nice about explaining. I wouldn't have been. This is a lot of walking but we'll worth it.

Tour guide was very knowledgeable and did a good job of giving us information. We had plenty of time at the USS Arizona memorial. The city tour was good, but a little hard to see everything from the bus.

Great tour of Honolulu and guaranteed visit of the USS Arizona. Total of 5 hours. Our tour guide/driver Johnny was awesome. Very informative, highly recommend

It was a very nice tour. Tour bus was on-time, and bus driver was friendly and funny,

Very moving, everything was very organized and clean