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The most popular day trip to another island is for visitors to fly to Oahu and visit Pearl Harbor to 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!
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 airline seats are already booked. Rates quoted are for 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. 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.
While they are hard to find, occasionally there are more expensive tours that fly you from Kauai 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 Kauai is to do a fly-drive package. You get round-trip airfare from the Lihue airport on Kauai to Honolulu and the use of a rental car for the day. Pearl Harbor is very close to the Honolulu 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, due to the popularity of this historic place, you’ll never get it all done in a day. The two major attractions at Pearl Harbor are the Arizona Memorial and the 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 a 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 touring other sites at Pearl Harbor including the USS Missouri, the USS Bowfin Submarine and the Pacific Aviation Museum.