Popular Pearl Harbor Tours for 2019
June 14, 2019
Knowing which Pearl Harbor tours are the most popular isn’t about following the herd. There’s a reason some tours attract more guests than others. There are many great tours of Pearl Harbor, and knowing which ones people tend to flock to can help you decide which is right for you.
When you’re ready to book your experience, consider the following offerings, which we have found to be among the most popular Pearl Harbor tours. They each offer a different combination of attractions, but they’re all wonderful ways to get a true feel for the events that unfolded on December 7, 1941.
For Guests with Limited Time
Looking to get a taste of Pearl Harbor without eating up too much of your day? A couple of terrific tours fit the bill.
The Pearl Harbor & Honolulu City Tour lets you experience what for many people is the crown jewel of Pearl Harbor—the USS Arizona Memorial and Pearl Harbor Visitor Center—and adds a narrated drive through historic Downtown Honolulu.
After a comfortable ride to Pearl Harbor, during which your expert guide provides a wealth of information about Pearl Harbor and other historical facts, you have a chance to explore the exhibits and galleries of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Next, you see a 23-minute long documentary film about the attack before boarding a US Navy shuttle boat for a tour of the harbor and time aboard the USS Arizona Memorial (conditions permitting).
After your time at Pearl Harbor, hop back on your comfortable tour vehicle and head to historic Downtown Honolulu. On the way, there’s a drive through the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Punchbowl Crater. Once downtown, you see Iolani Palace and the Hawaii State Capitol Building. Traffic permitting, there’s also a photo-op at the famous King Kamehameha Statue, a monument to the first king of unified Hawaii.
For guests who are only interested in seeing Pearl Harbor, there is an even shorter tour option, the Pearl Harbor Excursion, that omits the Honolulu city tour.
For Guests Who Want More
The Remember Pearl Harbor Tour takes visitors to the two monuments that symbolize the beginning and the end of World War II in the Pacific: the USS Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri.
On December 7, 1941, Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbor and caused massive damage to many of the ships that were in port. The greatest loss of life occurred on the USS Arizona, which exploded and sank early in the attack, taking the lives of 1,177 of her men. The Pearl Harbor attack was the event that finally drew the United States into active participation in World War II.
Today, visitors explore the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, the Memorial Theater, and the USS Arizona Memorial as part of a tour of the Pearl Harbor National Monument.
After four long years of bloody fighting, the war finally ended with the signing by representatives of the Empire of Japan of the Instruments of Surrender aboard the USS Missouri. Take a walk around this massive battleship, including the sailors’ tight living quarters, the mighty guns, and the actual Surrender Deck.
For Pearl Harbor History Buffs
As its name suggests, no historic stone is left unturned with the Complete Pearl Harbor Experience. From the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center to the museums and memorials on Ford Island, experience all that the Pearl Harbor National Monument and the other Pearl Harbor Historic Sites have to offer on this full-day excursion.
After exploring the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and USS Arizona Memorial, the tour visits the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park. See the inside of the submarine called the Pearl Harbor Avenger—launched one year to the day after the attack—and take a tour through the museum filled with artifacts and displays about submarine warfare through history. The park includes a beautiful memorial to the submariners and their ships lost in World War II.
Next, the tour takes you across the Admiral Clarey Bridge to Ford Island, where you climb aboard the Battleship Missouri. Afterward, experience the USS Oklahoma Memorial,dedicated to the 429 men who perished when their ship capsized and sank during the Pearl Harbor attack. Before departing Ford Island, take a tour through the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. Set inside two historic hangars—which still bear the scars of machine gun fire during the attack, the museum is home to a collection of warplanes dating back to the earliest days of military aviation. See how aeronautical technology has evolved as you compare World War II-era planes to the most modern craft in the skies.
For Guests Who Want a More Luxurious Experience
Some visitors like to feel extra pampered while touring historic sites. For them, we offer the Beyond the Call to Duty Luxury Tour.
This extensive full-day tour visits all of the same sites as the Complete Pearl Harbor Tour, but includes transportation in a smaller, luxury tour vehicle. The tour also includes lunch and cold drinks.
There are so many popular Pearl Harbor tours, there’s sure to be one that’s perfect for you!