Start your day early, heading to Pearl Harbor to learn about the infamous moment in history that led the United States to enter World War II. Visit the USS Arizona Memorial (tickets included) and the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. Explore the exhibits at the visitors center and experience the history, tragedy, and heroism of the attack that propelled the U.S. into World War II.
After leaving Pearl Harbor, you will pass through the center of Oahu and past Wheeler Airfield. As the Japanese began their attack on December 7th, 1941, they knew they needed to prevent US military planes from getting airborne. Before they hit Pearl Harbor, Wheeler Airfield was one of their first targets. After passing there you will find yourself heading toward the fabled North Shore.
The famous Dole Plantation provides a refreshing stop. Feed the koi fish in the plantation fishpond or grab a sweet frozen pineapple DoleWhip® as you explore the gift shop.
Immediately feel the laid-back local rhythm of the North Shore as you pass through small towns. It is a perfect mix of surfing culture and island-style country living. Sunset. Pipeline. Waimea Bay. The shoreline’s famous names take on a colorful life as your guide shares fascinating local facts and tales.
As you go inland from the coast to the majestic power of the lush and rugged Koolau mountain range, you rise up to the final battlefield where King Kamehameha fought to unify the Hawaiian Islands. Standing high on the windswept Nuʻuanu Pali cliffs, you can feel its wild and tragic history, an ancient parallel to the morning’s Pearl Harbor stories of bravery in the face of aggression.
Waimanalo. Sherwood Forest. Makapu’u. Sandy Beach. These are the bodysurfing playgrounds that draw locals from all around the island. But beware, it’s not as easy as it looks! Seabirds soar above the island’s windswept coastline where ancient lava fields descend into the sea. Halona blowhole, a natural underground lava tube, funnels plumes of ocean water into the sky in syncopation with the sea. Hanauma Bay hovers on the eastern tip of the island, home to a living coral reef and safe haven for fish and marine animals.
Early afternoon will find you turning back towards Honolulu, cruising around the slopes of Diamond Head, Hawaii’s most famous landmark. You will feel caught up in the diverse history and beauty of Oahu, brought to life by your expert tour guide.
Don’t forget your camera for photo opportunities galore. The young and young-at-heart will be entertained by island folklore and history shared by your tour guide throughout the day. The Pearl Harbor and Circle Island combo is the way to check off the “must do” Oahu island experiences. This is a tour we recommend for the whole family.