How Long Do Pearl Harbor Tours Last?
July 17, 2019
You’ve booked your flights to Hawaii. Got a great deal on a hotel. Now it’s time to plan your activities while you’re here. Whether it’s your first time to the islands or your tenth, one destination that’s not to be missed is Pearl Harbor. You know there’s a lot to see there, and you may be wondering, how long do Pearl Harbor tours last?
That’s a good question without a simple answer. There are many different Pearl Harbor tours, and each one takes a different amount of time. Some last just a few hours, while others will fill an entire day.
To help you decide, we’ve broken down some of the most popular tours into categories of duration. Starting with the shortest, this breakdown should help you decide which options fit better into your vacation schedule.
When there’s only a short amount of time in your day to dedicate to a Pearl Harbor experience, there a couple you can count on.
Pearl Harbor Excursion – 4.5 hours
As brief a Pearl Harbor tour can get, the Pearl Harbor Excursion is perfect for guests an a tight schedule, or for those who have made a more in-depth visit in the past and just want to return to pay their respects. This tour includes round-trip transportation from Waikiki, the USS Arizona Memorial program, and time to explore the exhibits and galleries of the Pearl Harbor National Memorial.
Pearl Harbor & Honolulu City Tour – 5.5 hours
There is more to see than the exhibits and memorials at Pearl Harbor. The Pearl Harbor & Honolulu City Tour visits the same sites at Pearl Harbor, and on the return trip to Waikiki takes a drive through the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and historic downtown Honolulu. See Iolani Palace, the Hawaii State Capitol Building, and take some pictures at the iconic King Kamehameha Statue.
If you have more of your day to spend at Pearl Harbor and want a more in-depth look, we recommend the following tours.
Remember Pearl Harbor Tour – 7.5 hours
The Remember Pearl Harbor Tour takes you to two of the most iconic sites at Pearl Harbor. Pay your respects to the men who lost their lives on December 7, 1941 with the USS Arizona Memorial program, and see where the World War II finally came to an end aboard the Battleship Missouri. Afterward, take a drive through the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl Crater, see the Hawaii State Capitol Building, Iolani Palace, and make a photo-op stop at the King Kamehameha Statue.
USS Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri Tour Luxury Edition – 8 hours
If you want to visit the two main attractions at Pearl Harbor in style, treat yourself to the USS Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri Luxury Tour. The itinerary for this tour is the same as for the Remember Pearl Harbor Tour, but you’ll enjoy round-trip transportation in a luxury tour vehicle and a delicious lunch.
For real history buffs who want to see it all.
Complete Pearl Harbor Experience — 11 hours
Want to see all of the sites at Pearl Harbor? The Complete Pearl Harbor Experience gives you exactly that. Explore the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and experience the moving USS Arizona Memorial program, including a documentary film about the attack and a narrated US Navy shuttle boat ride to Battleship Row. Visit the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park to learn about wartime life beneath the waves. Take a shuttle to Ford Island, where you board the Battleship Missouri and see the Surrender Deck – the very spot where the documents ending World War II were signed. Also on Ford Island are the USS Oklahoma Memorial, dedicated to the 429 men who perished when their ship was hit by Japanese torpedoes and capsized. Finally, tour the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, housed in two original hangars dating from before the war. The tour also takes you on a drive through Punchbowl Cemetery and downtown Honolulu.
Beyond the Call to Duty Luxury Tour – 11 hours
See everything there is to see at Pearl Harbor, and get there in luxury and comfort. Like the Complete Pearl Harbor Tour, the Beyond the Call to Duty Luxury Tour gives you access to all of the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, and even includes lunch!