The only Pearl Harbor tour of the USS Arizona and Battleship Missouri featuring a guided tour of the National Cemetery Memorial of the Pacific at Punchbowl
This tour is moving in more ways than one. Explore and honor 2 historic sites that shaped the outcome of World War II in this, our Stars & Stripes tour.
From the moment you board the tour bus, you'll hear interesting facts about WWII, and its devastating effects. You'll visit legendary Pearl Harbor where U.S. involvement in the war in the Pacific region both began and ended.
At the Visitor Center, explore the shoreline exhibits as you await a short boat ride to the resting place of the USS Arizona.
You'll see a short documentary of the Pearl Harbor attack before arriving at the memorial cradling the sunken battleship; all of which will move you to honor and pay respects to the hundreds of Americans entombed in the battleship below.
Next, enjoy a tour of the Battleship Missouri. Knowledgeable guides provide colorful stories about the ship's history and life at sea during a 35-minute guided tour. Stand where General Douglas MacArthur stood when he accepted the Instrument of Surrender that would end WWII; discover the thrilling details of the kamikaze attack on the Missouri; stand in the shadows of the 16-inch guns that pummeled Inchon, Korea; and see where 28 Tomahawk missiles were launched during the Gulf War.
Later, honor the freedoms bestowed upon us by all those who bravely served our country since WWI at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. You'll be moved not only by the sweeping view of downtown Honolulu at the Punchbowl lookout but also by the stories told by the veteran guides of the American Legion as you walk through the memorial. Before heading back into Waikiki, you'll drive through historic Honolulu to see Hawaii State Capitol and Honolulu City Hall, Iolani Palace and King Kamehameha Statue, and Kawaiahao Church.
* USS Arizona Memorial Tour*
* Guided tour of the Battleship Missouri*
* Exclusive narrated tour at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl*
* State Capitol/City Hall
* Kamehameha Statue
* Iolani Palace - the only Royal Palace on American soil
* Kawaihao Church
* No host lunch
* denotes stops made
About the Arizona Memorial
The Memorial is located about 2 miles west of the
Honolulu Airport in Pearl Harbor on the island of
Oahu. The Memorial is managed by the National Park
Service (NPS) and consists of a shoreside visitor
center (VC), where the tours begin, and the Memorial
located in Pearl Harbor. The Memorial is accessible
only by the NPS tour from the visitor center.
The USS Arizona Memorial (USAR) is built over the remains of the sunken battleship USS Arizona, the final resting place for many of
the 1,177 crewmen killed on December 7, 1941 when their ship was bombed by the Japanese Naval Forces. This loss of life represents
over half of the Americans killed on this "Day of Infamy", the worst naval disaster in American History.
The VC is open 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, seven days a week except New Years Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Tours begin about every 15
minutes from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. The tour programs are free and new, souvenir tickets are available on a first-come, first-served
basis. Each person must obtain their own ticket. During busy summer and winter holiday periods, it is recommended that you arrive
at the VC before 12 noon. There are no age or size restrictions, but children under 5 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
Appropriate dress is required, no swim wear or bare feet.
The tour program consists of a brief introduction by a park ranger, Pearl Harbor survivor, or volunteer. A 23 minute film on the
history of the Pearl Harbor attack follows. After viewing the film, visitors board a Navy operated launch for the Memorial. The
entire program takes 75 minutes. Wait times for the tour may exceed 2 hours.
While waiting for your tour to begin, there is an excellent audio tour narrated by Academy Award winner Ernest Borgnine available.
The audio tour will guide you through the Visitor Center, museum exhibits, and backlawn exhibits. The audio tour will provide you
with interpretive information on the shuttle boats and on the Memorial. Visit the bookstore where a wide range of materials on the
Pearl Harbor attack may be purchased.
What To Know
Departs daily between 5:45am and 6:30am, and returns at approximately 3:30pm.
Due to stringent security requirements bags, purses and strollers are not allowed.
Shoes must be worn. Cameras permitted. Storage is available at the entrance to the USS Bowfin for a nominal fee.
Children under the age of 4 are free and must be seated on an adult's lap. If you require a seat for a child under 4, you must purchase a child's admission.
Above prices are subject to change due to additional transportation fee depending on your hotel pickup location.
*Waikiki.com shall not be liable to any individual utilizing these tour/activity programs for delays, injury, loss, accident or damage to persons or property beyond its control. Natural phenomena are random and out of the control of the tour provider. Prices, features and/or menu are subject to change without notice.