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 Kauai 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 other islands 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.”

We also offer a less-expensive Fly-drive package where you are completely on your own when you arrive on Oahu … with this option you get airfare and a rental car, but no advanced reservations for any of the Pearl Harbor sites. This option is OK for those who won’t be devestated if tickets to the Arizona Memorial are already gone for the day by the time they arrive. There ARE other things to see and do at Pearl Harbor, including the USS Missouri, the Bowfin Submarine, the USS Oklahoma Memorial, and the Pacific Aviation Museum.

All three of these package options depart from the main airport  in Lihue which is the only one services by regulary-scheduled commercial passenger flights on Kauai. The flights are done on 117 seat Boeing 717′s and take about 30 minutes each way. 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.
March 2019 Update: The Arizona Memorial’s dock is currently undergoing repairs  expected to take a few more months. Until dock repairs are complete, the boat ride will be a narrated harbor tour around the Memorial and it will not actually land at the Memorial. All other aspects of the Arizona Tour, including the Visitor’s Center, Museum, and documentary film are all operating normally.

A Day at Pearl Harbor from Kauai: $479.99 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 Lihue 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, and the Hawaii State Capitol. 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 to purchase during free time in Waikiki or at the Honolulu airport while waiting for your return flight to Lihue.

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 approximately 6:15am and arrival back to Kauai approximately 8pm

Check In: Lihue Airport 1-hour prior to departure

GPS: 3901 Mokulele Loop, Lihue, HI 96766 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 Kauai: $459.99 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 approximately 6:15am and arrival back to Kauai approximately 8pm

Check In: Lihue Airport 1-hour prior to departure

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

Meals: Lunch is included with your tour! Choose from our list of locally prepared dishes, and each lunch choice comes with chips, Chef Teresa’s Chocolate Cookie, and bottled water. Dinner is available to purchase during your free time in Waikiki or at the Honolulu Airport while you wait for your return flight to Lihue.

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.

Kauai to Oahu Fly-Drive: $279 per person

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The Kauai to Oahu Fly-Drive is a completely self-guided option … it allows you to be on your own schedule. You can spend as little or as much of the day as you like at Pearl Harbor, and have the freedom to visit Waikiki, downtown Honolulu, shopping at Ala Moana or the Aloha Stadium flea market, drive up to the Pali Lookout, famous North Shore surfing beaches … go wherever you’d like to go on Oahu.

If you plan to visit the Arizona Memorial, it is best to reserve the earliest flight time possible; it is not uncommon to have ALL available tickets distributed by 9am or earlier. If you don’t want to take the risk of arriving at Pearl Harbor only to find out that all the tickets for the day have been handed out, then you should select one of the guided tour options … A Day At Pearl Harbor from Maui or the Oahu Circle Island Tour with Pearl Harbor from Maui instead.

Schedule: Daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. We also recommend that you avoid Pearl Harbor 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. It is also a good idea to avoid Fridays; this is the day of the week that most Pride of America cruise ship passengers visit Pearl Harbor.

Flights: Departure from Lihue Airport is typically 6:29am or 7:07am (no Sunday) with return 5:27pm, 5:50pm, 7:36pm, 9:52pm. We highly recommend the 6:29am flight as it enables you to get to Pearl Harbor shortly after they open at 7am. This can save you hours of waiting … if you arrive later you’ll end up stuck in line behind hundreds of tour bus passengers from Waikiki.

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

Billing 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.

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

What to Bring & Wear: Comfortable clothes sand walking shoes.

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. The price is based upon a minimum of 2 people sharing the cost of the car. Solo travelers will pay $20 more.

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 Kauai, 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.

If you are going on your own and not on our guided “A Day At Pearl Harbor” or “Oahu Circle Island with Pearl Harbor” tours, don’t forget about the USS Missouri … tickets to tour this battleship are available for purchase right next door to the Arizona Memorial. 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. There is much to see and do at Pearl Harbor.

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.

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! A major credit card is required at the time you pick up your rental car (damage deposit). Most people don’t take out the option 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!

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 Lihue 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 Kauai. 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.”