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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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.

General Information
Schedule: Daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. (While technically open on December 7th, there are always so many ceremonial events going on that makes it difficult to have a normal experience)

Flights: Departure from Lihue Airport is typically at 6:29am or 7:06am, with return flights at 5:26pm, 6:36pm, 7:36pm or 9:50pm.

GPS: 3901 Mokulele Loop, Lihue, HI 96766 Click to view map

Tour includes: Round trip airfare and rental car for the day

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. Tickets to the Pearl Harbor attractions are the responsibility of the guest to arrange prior to or upon their arrival. We will include a link to the National Park Service and the USS Missouri Association in your email confirmation.

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 with additional charge but you need to give us a call and let us know.

What to Bring & Wear: Comfortable clothing and walking shoes.

Note: Fly-drive reservations must be charged at the time of 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 cost in the airfare, if any.

Tickets: 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 only for dates with a minimum of three weeks in advance and a maximum of three months in advance. Tickets are still free, but they do charge a $1.50 per seat  “convenience fee” for this service. Your best bet is still to book an early flight 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: Due to government cutbacks forced by “sequestration” in the spring of 2013, the number of available daily tickets to the Arizona Memorial the park service has reduced (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 bring an end to 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 always so many ceremonial events going on, that it makes it difficult to have a “normal” experience at Pearl Harbor.

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 for charging a fee to visit what is effectively the grave of those servicemen who died there. But cutting back on public access and turning away people who have  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 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 to 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 a WWII era submarine. 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 memorable, dramatic photo.

One question I often get asked about the fly-drive … “If there are four of us, shouldn’t the price be 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 personal auto insurance 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! If you didn’t go anywhere except Pearl Harbor, the needle on the gas gauge probably hasn’t moved. In any case, there is a gas station located in the same block where you return the car – so you can quickly top off the tank!

Interisland airlines have discontinued the use of “flight coupons.” In the past, it was possible to get discount airfare by buying these coupons from a travel agent. Unfortunately, they aren’t available anymore.