Pearl Harbor Day Trip from Kauai

The hull of the USS Arizona submerged beneath the Memorial

Pearl Harbor Day Trip from Kauai

Watch a deeply moving documentary film at the visitors center

Pearl Harbor Day Trip from Kauai Arizona Memorial

Following the film a Navy boat takes you out to the Memorial

Pearl Harbor Day Trip from Kauai Arizona Memorial

View of the Arizona Memorial from the arrival dock

Pearl Harbor Day Trip from Kauai

USS Missouri 'Surrender Plaque' marks where WWII ended

Pearl Harbor Day Trip from Kauai Missouri

Tour the Mighty Mo (USS Missouri) - a sister ship to the USS Arizona

Pearl Harbor Day Trip from Kauai

Visiting the memorial is a profound, emotional experience

Pearl Harbor Day Trip from Kauai

Names of the USS Arizona crew members who lost their lives

Pearl Harbor Day Trip from Kauai Bowfin Submarine

Visit the USS Bowfin, a WWII era submarine docked next door

Pearl Harbor Day Trip from Kauai deck of the USS Missouri

The view of the Arizona Memorial from the deck of the USS Missouri

Pearl Harbor Day Trip from Kauai Waikiki Beach

Take time for a relaxing walk on Waikiki Beach

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Pearl Harbor from Big Island day trip is the most popular island hop for visitors, and allows them to fly to Oahu to visit Pearl Harbor and see the Arizona Memorial, the USS Missouri Battleship, the USS Bowfin Submarine and the Pacific Aviation Museum.

Round-Trip Airfare … Rental car for the day … Tour Pearl Harbor … See Waikiki Beach … Be free to plan your own day and save money compared to structured tours.

While they are hard to find, occasionally there are more expensive tours that fly you from the Big Island to Oahu, and provide bus transportation to Pearl Harbor, and take you to Waikiki for a few hours, but you give up a lot of freedom that way. The best way to visit Pearl Harbor from the Big Island is to do a fly-drive package. You get round-trip airfare from Hilo or Kona on the Big Island to Honolulu and the use of a rental car for the day. Pearl Harbor is very close to the airport and the rental car attendant will give you a map and directions to get there.

There is much to see and do at Pearl Harbor, and you’ll never get it all done in a day due to the historic popularity of this place. The two major attractions at Pearl Harbor are the Arizona Memorial, and USS Missouri battleship. It should be your goal to do one of these two attractions and if you are able to get them both done in a single day you are truly blessed!

The USS Arizona Memorial is part of the National Park Service, and there is no admission fee for the Arizona Memorial. When you arrive, you will wait in line to get a ticket which admits you to the theater at the next available show time. The documentary film prepares you well for what you are about to experience… because when the film ends and the doors open, everyone boards the Navy shuttle boat in hushed silence. While the wait to get a ticket and the wait for your turn to ride the boat can take hours, the ride to the memorial only takes a few minutes. (see note below for advisory about availability of tickets for the shuttle boat to the memorial.)

The USS Missouri Association is a non-profit group that offers tickets for purchase for touring other sites at Pearl Harbor including the Missouri, the USS Bowfin Submarine, and the Pacific Aviation Museum.

General Information
Schedule:  Departure from Kona is typically at 6:30am, with return flights at 5:20pm, 7:00pm, or 7:45pm. The vast majority of our Big Island clients are staying in the Kona area; occasionally we get requests to fly out of the Hilo airport. For Hilo flight times and prices, call us toll-free at 1-877-678-7333.

Reservations: Book as soon as you can! If you wait until a few weeks before your trip, the cost may go up if the less-expensive seats are already booked. Rates quoted are our typical package prices available in advance for most dates. If travel on your selected date is going to cost more than the posted price, we will contact you prior to finalizing your reservation just after receiving your order. In many cases we surprise people; they receive confirmation and discover the rate is actually less than we post here.

Fly-drive reservations must be charged at the time of the reservation and are non-refundable. They should also be considered non-changeable as any itinerary changes will result in significant rebooking fees plus the difference in the cost of the airfare.

The rate includes all airport taxes, fuel surcharges, and security fees. The cost of the rental car is included in the total package price and this includes all taxes and surcharges on the car as well.

Priced per person based upon minimum of 2 people sharing the cost of the car. Solo travelers are $20 higher. This package covers airfare and rental car; tickets to Pearl Harbor attractions are the responsibility of the guest to arrange upon their arrival. We also include a link to the National Park Service and the USS Missouri Association in your email confirmation.

Cancellation / Weather Policy: Air/car packages are charged in full at the time the reservation is finalized and are non-refundable. They should also be considered non-changeable as ANY itinerary changes will incur significant airline change fees plus the difference in the cost of the airfare.

Check In: Hilo Airport (2450 Kekuanaoa St, Hilo, HI 96720 Click to view map) or Kona Airport (73-200 Kupipi St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 Click to view map)

Included in the Tour: This package covers airfare and rental car; you are free to plan your own day and save money compared to structured tours. Tickets to Pearl Harbor attractions are the responsibility of the guest to either arrange in advance or upon their arrival to Pearl Harbor.

What to Bring & Wear: Comfortable clothes, walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, camera.

Restrictions: The driver of the rental car must be 25 or older with a major credit card in his / her name. Drivers 21-24 are possible, but you need to give us a call and let us know. Avis charges an extra $27 or so for younger drivers at the rental car counter. A major credit card is required at the time you pick up your rental car (damage deposit).

Note: Rates quoted are our typical package prices available in advance for most dates. If travel on your selected date is going to cost more than the posted price, we will contact you prior to finalizing your reservation and BEFORE your credit card is charged. P\The tour is priced per person based upon a minimum of 2 people sharing the cost of the car. Solo travelers will pay $20 more.

UPDATE 2/21/2012: While most people do not have tickets prior to arriving at the Arizona Memorial, it may be possible to reserve them in advance. Our confirmation email for your air-car package will contain a link to the National Park service website where you can check to see if advanced reservations are possible for your date. Only 20% of available tickets are currently being offered as “reserved seats in advance” for Arizona Memorial tour times and for dates a minimum of three weeks in advance and a maximum of three months in advance. Tickets are still free, but they charge $1.50 per seat “convenience fee” for this service. Your best bet is still book an early flight time so that you can make the most of your day on Oahu, and if you are able to reserve a specific tour time in advance, that helps you plan your time on Oahu more effectively.

UPDATE 6/12/2013: Due to government cutbacks forced by “sequestration” in the spring of 2013, the park service has cut back on the number of available daily tickets to the Arizona Memorial because the last shuttle boat now runs at 1pm. During peak summer and holiday dates it is not uncommon for all available tickets to be distributed shortly after they open at 7:00am. Unfortunately our agency has no control over whether tickets are still available for the Arizona Memorial when you arrive at Pearl Harbor. If there are no Arizona Memorial tickets available, we recommend guests go right next door and arrange a tour of the USS Missouri, the WWII battleship that is similar to the USS Arizona prior to its destruction. The Missouri is docked right next to the Arizona Memorial, and gives guests a fuller experience of WWII naval life. The Missouri is also famous because it was on the deck of this ship that Japan surrendered to end WWII. See our comments under “Activity Tips” below for more information.

Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

Pearl Harbor is open seven days a week … every day of the year except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. And while technically it is open on December 7th, there are so many ceremonial events going on – that it makes it difficult to have a “normal” experience at Pearl Harbor on that date.

It is a tragic shame … and it truly is shameful … that political gridlock in Washington DC is restricting the number of guests who get to experience the Arizona Memorial each day. Due to the budget cutbacks forced by “sequestration” the shuttle boats now stop running at 1pm each day (the last boat used to run at 3pm). This has resulted in a 25% drop in the number of available boat seats each day. It would be easy to add a nominal ticket fee to pay for the cost of running a full schedule, but there would be public backlash to charging a fee to visit what is effectively the grave of those who died here. But cutting back on access to the public and turning away people who traveled great distances to pay their respects is perhaps a far greater way to disrespect the fallen. We hope this situation is resolved soon.

For years, people have gone to Pearl Harbor and visited the Arizona Memorial, and that was the extent of their visit. The upside to this cutback is that far more Pearl Harbor guests are patronizing the USS Missouri, which has long been overlooked by the “main attraction” at Pearl Harbor. Walking around on the decks of the Missouri and standing in the shadows of those giant guns is in many respects a fuller experience of WWII than actually going on the Arizona Memorial, where you can only see the faint outline of the ship below the surface of the water. We also highly recommend a tour of the USS Bowfin submarine; it’s amazing to experience the tight living and working conditions aboard WWII era submarines. At long last the public is discovering that there is more to see and do and experience at Pearl Harbor than just the Arizona Memorial!

If you do get a ticket to ride the boat out to the memorial, one photography tip for you… when you are re-boarding the boat for the return, try to get in the last row. As the boat pulls away from the Arizona, you will get a powerful, dramatic photo.

One question I often get asked about the fly-drive … “If there are four of us, shouldn’t the price get a little cheaper since there are four of us sharing the cost of the car instead of two?” Good question. The answer is “no” … unless you want to squeeze four people into an economy car.  Parties of four get larger cars … and larger cars cost more. It evens out … trust me!

The driver of the rental car must be 25 or older with a major credit card in his / her name. Drivers 21-24 are possible, but you need to give us a call and let us know. Avis charges an extra $27 or so for younger drivers at the rental car counter.

A major credit card is required at the time you pick up your rental car (damage deposit). Most people don’t take out the optional insurance coverage because their auto insurance at home covers rental car damage as well (subject to your deductibles … see your policy for details). My advice on the gasoline … DON’T pre-purchase a tank of gas from Avis… tell them you will bring it back full. You won’t likely use a whole tank of gas (unless you drive the car all day long and do three circles around the island of Oahu)! There is a gasoline station close to the airport where you can fill up … conveniently located in the same block where you return the car! If you didn’t go anywhere except Pearl Harbor, the needle probably hasn’t moved on the gas gauge and in that case you don’t even need to worry about filling up.