Family Adventures: The Pearl Harbor and Circle Island Tour
May 11, 2016
A relaxed learning experience for the entire family
Enjoy a relaxing family adventure of everything that Pearl Harbor and Oahu have to offer. From Waikiki, families can check out all of the top attractions, sights, and historic locations on Oahu. Beyond having fun, families can visit historic locations that offer learning opportunities for everyone. Designed to keep every member of the family engaged, the Pearl Harbor and Circle Island Tour is an ideal way to spend a relaxing day.
Pearl Harbor and Circle Island Tour
The typical Pearl Harbor and Circle Island Tour begins in Waikiki at about 6:15 a.m. From there, you’e driven by a professional tour guide to your first destination: the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. At this spot, visitors can watch a documentary with footage from the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941. The documentary, interactive exhibits, and artifacts at the monument are the perfect way to prepare for the next stop at the USS Arizona Memorial.
Next, take a US Navy shuttle boat to the Memorial where the sunken remains of the USS Arizona still lie under the crystal blue waters of Pearl Harbor. See the oil still leaking from the mighty ship, and reflect on the names of the 1,177 crew members who died in the attack, inscribed forever on the Remembrance Wall.
From this location, the next stops take you along the headquarters of the United States Pacific Fleet and Wheeler Army Air Field. 35 Japanese bombs were dropped on American planes during the attacks of December 7, 1941..
Time for relaxation
After spending the morning at historic and educational stops, it’s time to give the kids a chance to relax and have fun. Following a drive to Wahiawa, the tour stops at the Dole Plantation county store. Children can wander the store, enjoy a frozen drink or feed the koi in the garden. If you are in the area during the winter, bring your camera to the coastline. The North Shore has swells that reach 25 feet during the winter months, which makes it a great place for photos or surfing. If you are not interested in surfing, you can always wander barefoot along the sandy beach, sunbath or relax in the sunshine.
Following this relaxing time at the beach, you will be guided up the Koolau Mountain Range for the panoramic view from the Pali Lookout. Long ago, King Kamehameha united the Hawaiin Kingdom by forcing his enemies to walk off the cliffs. Fortunately, this is no longer the custom, and Pali Lookout is a hot spot for enjoying sweeping views of the area.
After a journey through the famed beaches at South Shore, families will stop at the Halona Blowhole to check out an underground lava tube before ending the day at the Diamond Head. The spot is often used in television shows and movies, so do not be surprised if it seems strangely familiar.
A blend of education and fun
When you take a trip with your family, you want something that will inform, engage and educate your children. For the trip to be enjoyable, you also have to make it fun. With the Pearl Harbor and Circle Island Tour, children and adults can learn about one of the formative events in American history. Documentaries, memorials and historical artifacts make history come alive as the tour covers the most famous locations from the Pearl Harbor attack.
Many children (and adults!) find it harder to focus after a few hours, so the tour switches to a fun-filled adventure along Oahu’s coastline. From the Dole Plantation to tropical beaches, your family can relax and unwind in style. Air-conditioned vehicles take you along the tour without the hassle of admission fees or finding directions. You can skip the lines and the headache of finding a parking spot as your tour guide narrates the entire tour. For a relaxing, fun-filled experience, check out the Pearl Harbor and Circle Island Combo Tour.