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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.