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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No trip to Hawaii would be complete without seeing the state’s most popular and historically important attraction … the USS Arizona Memorial. The documentary film that is shown at the Visitor’s Center sets a somber and reflective tone which this sacred place deserves. People walk out to the ferry boat in hushed silence for the short ride out to the Memorial. If you have never visited Pearl Harbor, you really should go.

Visiting Pearl Harbor from Maui requires an inter-island flight to Honolulu and MUST be arranged in advance. The Arizona Memorial is the most popular visitor destination in the state of Hawaii, and space on the ferry ride out to the Arizona Memorial is limited. It is not uncommon for all available tickets for the day to be handed out by 9am or earlier during busy travel periods. This puts guests flying in from the Big Island are at a disadvantage. For this reason we HIGHLY recommend one of the two guided-tour options; either “A Day at Pearl Harbor” or “Oahu Circle Island with Pearl Harbor.” With either of these packages the Arizona Memorial tickets and airlines reservations and transportation from the Honolulu airport to Pearl Harbor and back are handled for you to make the day “hassle-free.”

All of these package options normally depart from Kona Airport on the west coast of the Big Island.  Prices listed are the normal rate available on most dates with reservations made well in advance of your arrival. Last minute seats or holiday dates can increase the rate for these tours so RESERVE NOW!!!

High winds or structural or mechanical issues may affect operation of the Navy’s shuttle boat ride out to the Arizona Memorial … it may not be able to operate, or it may operate but view the memorial without actually landing. On days when this occurs there are no tour price adjustments made as such disruptions are beyond the control of the tour companies and when they do occur there is typically very little advanced notice. The Arizona Memorial visitor’s center, museum, and documentary film are still part of the tour on these affected days.
September 2, 2019 Update: The Arizona Memorial’s dock repairs have been completed and the Navy’s shuttle boats are once again able to land at the Memorial so that guests may visit!

A Day at Pearl Harbor from Big Island: $459.99 per person

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If you want to immerse yourself in the Hawaii’s historic and pivotal role in World War II, this tour is your chance to experience everything you could possibly do in a single day. You get yourself to the Kona airport … and meet up with your tour guide in Honolulu. The rest of your day is guided, with all admissions to all the Pearl Harbor sites prearranged. There is nothing else for you to do but enjoy your time at Pearl Harbor worry and hassle-free. Your day will include the museums and memorials of Pearl Harbor, including the USS Arizona Memorial, USS Missouri Battleship, USS Bowfin Submarine, and the Pacific Aviation Museum. Drive through historic Honolulu including Punchbowl Memorial. Other sites on the tour include downtown Honolulu City, Iolani Palace, Kawaiahao Church, King Kamehameha the Great Statue, Ali’Iolani Hale & Hawaii State Capitol, and some time in the late afternoon to take in the sights and sounds of Waikiki.  If you are a history enthusiast, this tour is perfect for you. At the conclusion of the guided tour, guests are given free time in Waikiki for shopping or to enjoy an early dinner prior to the transfer back to the airport. The exact length of free time can vary depending on the tour length and timing of your return flight.

Meals: There will be a No-Host Lunch Stop at Laniakea Cafe Inside Pacific Aviation Museum, and additional meal opportunities at Visitor Center and USS Missouri Entrance. Dinner is available for purchase during free time in Waikiki or at the Honolulu Airport while you wait for your return flight to Kona.

Schedule: Available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Closed on Holidays & December 7. Punchbowl National Cemetery closed on all Federal Holidays, except Memorial Day; tours are unable to enter cemetery on those days.

Billing Policy: Tours involving interisland airfare are charged in full at the time the reservation is finalized, are not cancellable, and are completely 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.

Tour Times: Departure flight approx. 6:15am & arrival back into Kona approx. 8:45pm.

Check In: Kona Airport 1-hour prior to departure

GPS: 73-200 Kupipi St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 Click to view map

Tour includes: Includes all admissions and round-trip airfare, expert World War II tour guide, a driving tour of Honolulu’s historic sites & preferred ticketing to the USS Arizona Memorial!

What to Bring & Wear: Wear comfortable clothes & shoes, and dress appropriately and respectfully for the Arizona Memorial (no beachwear permitted there). Bring sunscreen and a Government Photo Identification (Required for Ford Island Access and airline boarding). No bags of any type allowed at Pearl Harbor. Bags must be checked at Pearl Harbor entrance for $3.00 per bag

Tickets: All admissions are included in the tour price and tickets are prearranged for you.

Airfare Cost: This tour includes airfare and rate quoted is the advanced booking price valid on most dates. Last minute bookings and holiday dates may have more expensive airfare. If there is a premium cost for airfare on your date we will contact you prior to charging your credit card.

Sites and attractions listed for this tour are those visited on a typical day on the vast majority of tours. Partial refunds are not given in cases where flight delays, weather conditions, or unscheduled closure prevents the tour from visiting a listed attraction. If the airline delays your flight to Oahu by more than two hours (extremely rare) the tour operator will cancel the tour and you will receive a full refund.

Oahu Circle Island Tour with Pearl Harbor from Big Island: $443.99 per person

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For those who want to visit Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial but don’t want to spend the entire day there, this option gives you the opportunity to circle around Oahu hitting some of the major destinations and attractions of this island that is known as “the Gathering Place.” It is one fun-filled day of sightseeing, history, and beautiful landscapes. Your first stop is historic Pearl Harbor, highlighted by the USS Arizona Memorial and the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Learn the history of Pearl Harbor from your expert tour guide. You will travel from the perfect beaches of Oahu’s North Shore to the lush rainforests of the Ko`olau Mountains, and visit the rocky South Shore of the island. Other wonderful sites include Dole Pineapple Pavilion, La’ie Point, Waimea Bay, Sunset Beach, Waimanalo Beach Park, Nu’uanu Pali Lookout, Halona Blowhole Lookout, Hanauma Bay Lookout (Closed Tuesdays), Rabbit Island from Makapu’u Lookout, and Kahala Estates Homes & Mansions. At the conclusion of the guided tour, guests are given free time in Waikiki for shopping or to enjoy an early dinner prior to the transfer back to the airport. The exact length of free time can vary depending on the tour length and timing of your return flight.

Schedule: Available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Closed on Holidays & December 7.

Billing Policy: Tours involving interisland airfare are charged in full at the time the reservation is finalized, are not cancellable, and are completely 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.

Tour Times: Departure flight approx. 6:15 am & arrival back into Kona approx. 8:45pm.

Check In: Kona Airport 1-hour prior to departure

GPS: 73-200 Kupipi St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 Click to view map

Meals: Lunch is included with your Circle Island tour!  Dinner is available for purchase during free time in Waikiki, or at the Honolulu Airport as you wait for your return flight to Kona.

What to Bring & Wear: Wear comfortable clothes & shoes, and dress appropriately and respectfully for the Arizona Memorial (no beachwear permitted there). Bring sunscreen and a Government Photo Identification (Required for Ford Island Access and airline boarding). No bags of any type allowed at Pearl Harbor. Bags must be checked at Pearl Harbor entrance for $3.00 per bag

Tickets: All admissions are included in the tour price and tickets are prearranged for you.

Airfare Cost: This tour includes airfare and rate quoted is the advanced booking price valid on most dates. Last minute bookings and holiday dates may have more expensive airfare. If there is a premium cost for airfare on your date we will contact you prior to charging your credit card.

Sites and attractions listed for this tour are those visited on a typical day on the vast majority of tours. Partial refunds are not given in cases where flight delays, weather conditions, or unscheduled closure prevents the tour from visiting a listed attraction. If the airline delays your flight to Oahu by more than two hours (extremely rare) the tour operator will cancel the tour and you will receive a full refund.

All these tours depart from Kona, because most of our guests stay on that side of the island.  The Complete Pearl Harbor Experience and Oahu Circle Island Tour are not offered to depart from Hilo.
Pearl Harbor
Visit the historic Pearl Harbor
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Watch a moving documentary

Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

While it does take a little bit of effort to get there from the Big Island, if you’ve never been to Hawaii before you really should see Pearl Harbor. It is open seven days a week … every day of the year except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. And while technically open on December 7th, there are always so many ceremonial events going on that it makes it difficult to have a “normal” experience at Pearl Harbor on that date. We also recommend that you avoid Friday as this is the busiest day of the week at Pearl Harbor … this is the day that many people who are doing the weekly interisland cruise on the Pride of America visit Pearl Harbor.

The Arizona Memorial is the most popular visitor destination in Hawaii with over 1 million annual guests. It is truly a moving experience to stand on the memorial and look down at the outline of the sunken hull and realize that this ship is the final resting place for over 1,100 sailors who were killed on December 7, 1941 during the attack on Pearl Harbor. With this many visitors per year, it is not uncommon to have all of the 4500 or so tickets for the day fully allotted by 9am or earlier.

One photography tip for you while you are visiting the Arizona Memorial … when you are re-boarding the boat for the return to shore, try to get in the last row. As the boat pulls away from the Arizona you will get a dramatic photo.

Some people arrange their own airfare … taxis (or Uber) to get from the airport to Pearl Harbor, and arrange tickets on their own. Trust us … If you want to enjoy your day without the hassle of finding your way around and arranging your own tickets, then go with one of our guided tour options. The “A Day At Pearl Harbor” is going to squeeze everything possible into your day, and is best for those who want to immerse themselves in Hawaii’s historic role in WWII. If you want to visit the Arizona Memorial, but don’t want your ENTIRE day to be centered on Pearl Harbor, the “Oahu Circle Island with Pearl Harbor” tour will balance your time at Pearl Harbor with general sightseeing around the island.

With the guided tour options you still are “on your own” to get to the Kona Airport. After your flight to Oahu you will meet up with your tour guide just outside of baggage claim at the Honolulu Airport. And at the conclusion of your day your guide will drop you off at Waikiki for some free time and then a shuttle will pick you up to take you to the Honolulu Airport for your return flight to the Big Island. While airfare is included with these guided tour packages, any issues with cancellations are the responsibility of the airline and not the tour operator.

It is important to realize that with either guided tour option the list of sites and attractions that are included with the tour is the typical itinerary that is done on the vast majority of tours. Not all days are perfect. The tour operator is not able to do partial refunds if something on that list isn’t available due to circumstances beyond the tour operator’s control. If a mechanical issue with Hawaiian Airlines delays your flight to Oahu by an hour, that means that your day of sightseeing is going to be an hour shorter. Either less time will be spent at each stop, or one stop will be dropped in favor of quality time at the other sites. If a traffic accident closes the road to Sunset Beach and your Oahu Circle Island tour needs to be rerouted, you aren’t going to get compensated for not being able to see North Shore Surfing Beaches. If your morning flight to Oahu is delayed so long that the tour operator doesn’t feel they have sufficient time to give you a quality tour, they will cancel the event and you will receive a complete refund. But no partial refunds are done for tours that are less than “perfect” if those circumstances are outside of the tour operator’s control.

The two most important things you need to understand about Pearl Harbor…

1. You MUST plan it right away. The longer you wait the cost of flights can only go UP and your chances of seeing the Arizona Memorial can only go DOWN.

2. Once you have reserved your package involving interisland airfare you should consider it “set in stone.” Due to interisland flight restrictions your event cannot be cancelled or refunded (unless the airline cancels due to weather or mechanical issues, etc). And while date changes may be possible, significant airline change fees will likely make any date change “cost prohibitive.”