Short driving tour of Historical Downtown Honolulu
The Island of Oahu is the busiest and most populous of any of the Hawaiian Islands. For visitors coming to this Island, that means that there is no shortage of activities to participate in and sights to see. Unfortunately, for visitors to Oahu, time is limited. Why spend that time waiting to be picked up by a tour bus with 20-60 other people? Our Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, and a short Honolulu city tour is just the tour you need. Instead of a group tour in a bus with around 20-60 people, why not ride to Pearl Harbor in a comfortable, classy, air-conditioned minivan that will privately take you directly to Pearl Harbor? Our professional, chauffeur, who speaks fluent English, will take you to Pearl Harbor. Once you have arrived at the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center, our chauffeur will take you inside and give you an orientation and provide you with the tickets for your tour. With this tour, there is no need to get up before the sun rises to stand in line with thousands of other people to see if you can get a ticket for the Arizona Memorial. We have reserved a ticket for the USS Arizona Memorial, which we have included for you in this tour (please read our disclaimer about the USS Arizona Memorial ticket). Meaning you will not need to worry about an Arizona Memorial ticket. Your vacation time is important; why waste it?
The Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, and a short Honolulu city tour is a half-day tour (about 5-6 hours). This half-day Pearl Harbor Tour operates only from Waikiki Beach hotels.
This Pearl Harbor Tour is great for those interested in WWII history and especially aviation history. The Arizona Memorial is the most visited tourist destination in Hawaii. The USS Arizona Memorial is the resting place for 1,177 American Sailors and Marines who gave their lives during the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941. This tour includes the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, America’s only aerial battlefield. Visit Hangars that were present during the attack on December 7, 1941. View the bullet holes made by attacking Japanese aircraft on that day. Take in many historic aircraft from WWII right up to today, including iconic aircraft such as the Japanese A6M2 Zero fighter, the B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, the F-14 Tomcat fighter, the SBD Dauntless dive bomber, and many more.
On the way back to Waikiki, you will be taken on a short drive-through tour of Downtown Honolulu. You get to see the famous golden statue of Hawaii’s legendary monarch, King Kamehameha the Great. View the famous Iolani Palace, the only Royal Palace on American soil. See Washington Place, the historic home of Hawaii’s Governors. View the unique architecture of the Hawaii State Capitol building. We will also take you on a drive-through of Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetery, considered the “Arlington of the Pacific”, the final resting place of many U.S. service members from WWI to the present.
1-A moderate amount of walking is involved in this tour. 2- No bags of any kind, brand, size, color, or for any reason are allowed to enter the Pearl Harbor visitor center. 3- Please absolutely bring no bags with you. 4- Bags may not be left inside our tour vehicle. 5- If you have a bag, you will need to check them into the visitor center bag storage. 6-This costs money, and you may have to wait in a long line to check in your bags. 7- You may lose a portion of your tour, or your Arizona boat ticket may expire. 8- Please do not bring any bag of any size, color, or brand with you for any purpose. (Clear see-through bags are permitted should you need to bring essential items such as diapers and formula for infants or medication such as insulin). 9- Please pay attention to the weather reports; if you feel you need to, you may bring a jacket, but we will not be able to hold on to it for you should you end up not needing it, and you will have to take it with you on the entire tour. 10- Tour and ticket times may change based on traffic, federal government regulations, or new Pearl Harbor restrictions. 11- No food or drink is allowed on the tour vehicle. While many of us enjoy a hot cup of coffee to start the day, please drink it well before the pickup time. Beverages are not allowed on the tour vehicle, and if you have any with you, you must dispose of them before boarding the vehicle. 12- (Covered water bottles containing water are permitted.) For the safety of all passengers, weapons are not allowed on the tour vehicle.
1-As a Federal facility, All current Federal COVID rules apply. 2- Please carry a government-issued photo I.D. with you (not necessary for young children) as it may be required to go to Ford Island, which is inside an active U.S. military base. 3- No food or drinks are allowed in the theater or on the Arizona Memorial. (Covered water bottles containing water are permitted.). 4- For passengers with young children, be advised that strollers are allowed in the Pear Harbor National Memorial Visitor’s Center. However, they are not permitted on the shuttle boat to the Arizona Memorial. Instead, they may be left on the side and reclaimed when you return from the Memorial. (Park staff will direct you where to leave the stroller.) 5- Clear see-through bags are permitted for diapers and infant formula. 6- Please be aware that the Pearl Harbor National Memorial does have a dress code. Casual wear is allowed, but swimwear is prohibited. 7- Covered footwear is highly recommended. 8- Sunscreen is recommended because the visitor center and other Pearl Harbor attractions are mostly open areas. 9- Cameras are allowed. However, large telephoto lenses capable of long-range photography are prohibited. 10- Please refrain from taking pictures on the shuttle bus over to Ford Island. 11- The U.S. Navy has the right to cancel the Arizona Memorial shuttle boat at any time due to public safety. However, we have no control over the U.S. navy or other organizations in charge.12- Ford Island is part of the active military base, Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam and the U.S. Government has the right to restrict access to Ford Island without notice. 13- Please be advised that no weapons are allowed at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. 14- Pearl Harbor is a smoke-free facility.
1-Rates are subject to Hawaii State tax. 2- Rates and schedules are subject to change without notice, and all confirmed reservations will be honored.3-Lunch is not included in the tours unless it is specified in the description of the tour. 4- Food is available at Pearl Harbor to purchase. 5- You will receive a full refund if the tour is canceled in writing at least 24 hours before the service date for all private tours. 6- We shall not be liable for any injury, loss, damage, or accident to persons or property of any individual on tour from any cause beyond its control. 7- We are not responsible for and do not extend financial reimbursement for delays caused by factors beyond our control, such as traffic, weather, sudden mechanical issues, car accident, or problems concerning the Navy-operated shuttle boats. The U.S. Navy reserves the right to shut down the boats for public safety at any time. Such action is beyond our control and power. 8-We cannot be held responsible for the actions of the U.S. Navy or the National Park Service. 9- The duration of transfers is approximate. 10-The exact duration is subject to the time of day and traffic conditions. 11- Pearl Harbor National Memorial is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. 12- Normally, tickets for the Arizona Memorial are included with all of our Pearl Harbor tours. However, there are occasionally times when situations arise where Arizona Memorial tickets are not available to us. When such a case arises, we will use the National Park Service standby procedure.
Special Policy For Pearl Harbor Tours
No Show for Pearl Harbor Tour
Everyone should be ready for pickup at the agreed-upon pickup location at least 10-15 minutes before pickup begins, as the driver will not be able to wait for you. While we understand that circumstances may prevent you from being able to show up for the tour, please understand that if you are not at the agreed-upon pickup location, there is nothing we can do. The vehicle will have to leave, and you will be considered a no-show. At that point, it would be less than 24 hours prior to your tour, and there can be no refund. If you do end up missing your pickup, please contact us, and we may be able to work something out with you. Such as booking another tour at a discounted rate if there is availability.
Late for your Pearl Harbor Tour
Please be ready at the agreed-upon pickup location at least 10-15 minutes prior to the beginning of pickup time. When the driver arrives, they will not be able to wait for you, and if you are not ready at the pickup location, they will have to move on. You will be considered a no-show.
Cancellation of your Pearl Harbor Tour
You may cancel within 24 hours of the service date for a full refund. If your tour includes airline tickets, it is noncancelable and nonrefundable. All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing.
Show up late for your Pearl Harbor Tour (Walk into Pearl Harbor)
We are a tour company that is not affiliated with Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor is administered by the National Park Service. The National Park Service has strict regulations against tour companies meeting people in Pearl Harbor. If you miss your tour, please contact us. Do not go directly to Pearl Harbor because we will not be able to help you there. We may be able to work something out with you if we are able.
The client is willing to waive their tour transportation and show up at Pearl Harbor for their tour.
We are a tour company that is not affiliated with Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor is administered by the National Park Service. The National Park Service has strict regulations against tour companies meeting people in Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor is federal property and is managed by the federal authorities. Federal law prohibits us from meeting with clients at Pearl Harbor. You need to be in our vehicle and arrive at Pearl Harbor to be able to use our Arizona Memorial ticket. We are not willing to break the law for those who want to meet our suppliers or us in Pearl Harbor. We have pickups in Waikiki, the Honolulu Cruise Port, and Honolulu International Airport. Please choose a location for pickup.
Here Are Some Points Of Interest That You Will See On Your Tour:
When you arrive at the Arizona Memorial, walk to the ramp from the boat dock and enter the Arizona Memorial. There is a limited time on the Memorial, and people will move from the entrance to the far end of the Memorial. On the way to the far side, take some time to look at the USS Missouri battleship, which is docked near the Arizona Memorial. Some portions of the ship are still visible above water. These are parts of the superstructure, the remains of the number 2 turret, and the number 3 turret barbette. You may notice an orange buoy to either side of the Memorial; these denote the bow and stern of the ship.
Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz
Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz was the Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet during WWII. He succeeded Admiral Husband E. Kimmel after the attack on Pearl Harbor. With Admiral Nimitz in command, the US Navy ultimately gained victory over the Imperial Japanese Navy in the Pacific War. Fleet Admiral Nimitz helped to devise the Island hopping campaign against the Japanese. This campaign took the fleet through Japanese-held territory, attacking and capturing only the most strategically important one and bypassing the rest.
Ford Island Control Tower
One of the most famous landmarks on Ford Island is the control tower. Formally called Administrative building S84. The building was to serve as the administrative center of the Ford Island airstrip, housing administrative facilities, meteorological facilities, and serve as an air traffic control tower. By the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the building was not yet complete. However, the building was active as an air traffic control tower during the battle and was attacked by Japanese aircraft. Today, the tower was leased from the US Navy by the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, and restoration work is being done on the building.
Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum
The Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum is located on Ford Island and is accessible by a special shuttle. The Pearl Harbor Aviation museum comprises three buildings, Hangar 37, Hangar 79, and Building S84. The Aviation Museum is unique in that it is the only aviation museum that is also an aerial battlefield. All three buildings were present on December 7, 1941, and the hangars still show damage from the Japanese attack. Their collection consists of 43 aircraft from WWII up to today. Their collection includes iconic aircraft such as the F4F Wildcat, A6M2 Zero, F-4 Phantom II, and F-14 Tomcat.
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