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Day Trip From Kona to Oahu: Pearl Harbor & Honolulu City

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Kalaoa, United States
Day Trip From Kona to Oahu: Pearl Harbor & Honolulu City

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On this day trip from the Big Island to Oahu and Pearl Harbor, experience the site of the Japanese attack that shook an entire nation, and stand in the spot on the USS 'Missouri' where the Japanese eventually surrendered. You’ll later experience historic sites in downtown Honolulu, from the gorgeous Westminster Abbey of the Pacific to America’s only royal palace. This moving Pearl Harbor tour from Kona concludes with a visit to Punchbowl Cemetery before heading back to the Big Island that night.
  • Full-day Oahu trip to Pearl Harbor Honolulu from the Big Island
  • Ride in a Navy launch across Pearl Harbor Honolulu to the Arizona Memorial
  • Guided tour of the USS Missouri
  • Scenic drive through historic downtown Honolulu attractions
  • Kawaiahao Church, Iolani Palace, King Kamehameha statue
  • Waikiki Beach
  • Professionally narrated trip to Honolulu
  • Roundtrip flights from the Big Island

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour includes a ride in a Navy launch across Pearl Harbor and round-trip transport from the Big Island.
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Interisland R/T airfare (overage charges may apply)
Tour narration by a professional driver/guide
Lunch
Air-conditioned vehicle
Battleship Missouri admission fee
Arizona Memorial admission fee
Gratuities
Airfare flight overage charges
Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Kona International Airport , 73-200 Kupipi St, Kalaoa, HI 96740, USA

    Please meet at the airport at 6:00 AM for your interisland flight on Hawaiian Airlines and promptly check at the Hawaiian Airlines Ticket Counter or Self-Service Kiosk. Make sure to check in for all flights (round trip) and then proceed to the designated gate for departure.

  • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport , 300 Rodgers Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96819, USA

    Upon arrival at Honolulu International Airport, the pickup location is at the BUS LOADING ZONE at the end of the Baggage Claim Terminal from 8-8:15 AM. (Proceed outside of the baggage claim terminal and to the right).

  • 6:00 AM
    This activity will end right where it started.
    This all day Pearl Harbor tour from Kona departs from Kona airport, before making the short, 30-minute flight to Honolulu International Airport. 

    From here you’ll transfer to nearby Pearl Harbor, site of the 1941 attack that suddenly put the US at war. You’ll visit the somber Arizona Memorial by crossing Pearl Harbor in a launch boat, and see the spot where thousands of sailors still rest in a watery grave. You’ll walk the decks of the USS Missouri, which in 1945 was the spot where the Japanese officially surrendered to the Allies, and gain a strong sense of history at this storied and infamous spot. 

    The history continues on a tour of Honolulu, where you’ll visit exquisite Kawaihao Church — or 'Westminster Abbey of the Pacific' — and see Iolani Palace where Queen Liliuokalani was illegally overthrown. Visit the statue of King Kamehameha as well as Honolulu Hale, and finish your Pearl Harbor tour from the Big Island at Punchbowl National Cemetery, which along with the neighboring Courts of the Missing remembers the soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice while fight in World War II.
    Itinerary
    Pass By:  
    King Kamehameha Statue
    A warrior, diplomat and leader, King Kamehameha united the Hawaiian Islands into one royal kingdom in 1810 after years of conflict. The Kamehameha statue honors the monarch who founded the Kingdom of Hawaii.
    Pass By:  
    Iolani Palace
    Former royal residence of Hawaii's rulers. A national landmark with beautiful architectural details.
    Pass By:  
    Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives
    The historical site of restored homes & workplaces of 19th-century Christian missionaries.
    Pass By:  
    Kawaiahao Church
    National Historic Landmark known as the Westminster Abbey of the Pacific.
    Pass By:  
    National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
    Somber drive through a National cemetery housed in a dormant volcanic crater where WWII veterans are laid to rest.
    Stop At:  
    Battleship Missouri Memorial
    Explore on your own, the last battleship commissioned by the United States which is best remembered as the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan, which ended World War II.
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    USS Arizona Memorial
    The USS Arizona Memorial, at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii, marks the resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors and Marines killed on USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and commemorates the events of that day. You will be given a ticket with a specific time to take the Navy boat launch tour out to the Arizona Memorial on your own.
    Duration: 45 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Pearl Harbor Historic Sites Visitor Center
    Active military base with wayside exhibits and memorials. A clear view of the Arizona Memorial can be seen from the shore. Bookstore offering gifts and historic memorabilia.
    Duration: 20 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Once reservation is made, tour is Non-Refundable and Non-Changeable.
    • Shirt and shoes are required to board the Arizona Memorial, swimsuits are not permitted. Strollers are not permitted in the theater or shuttle boats.
    • Passengers must provide date of birth and gender at the time of booking per TSA requirements
    • IMPORTANT: The name you enter at the time of booking must exactly match what appears on your valid government-issued I.D. photo I.D. that you will use during travel. This is a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and FAA requirement and there is no flexibility with this policy. A valid government-issued ID (passport for non-US citizens) is required on the day of travel. If a passenger is denied boarding, there will be no refund
    • On occasion and due to external factors outside of our control (including inclement weather, closure of the Memorial by the National Park Service and/or shortages of boat launch tickets), there is the possibility of not being able to visit the Arizona Memorial during your visit. You will still be able to visit the many exhibits at the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center and view the Arizona Memorial from the shoreline.
    • The interisland airfare may fluctuate based on flight availability. Additional fees may be required to be paid by the customer in these cases.
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Special needs requests must be called in to the local supplier at least 1 week prior to tour date
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Interisland flight times and routes are subject to change
    • Pearl Harbor. Passengers may not carry any concealing items including purses, handbags, backpacks, diaper bags, etc. Small cameras are permitted but must not be in a bag. No items are allowed to be left on your tour vehicle. When going over to Ford Island to visit the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum and/or the Battleship Missouri, guests are required to carry government issued photo identification and NO BAGS are allowed on the vehicle. Ford Island is an active military base and guests may be asked by security personnel at any time for their identification to ensure a safe environment for all. Bag storage is available at the entrance of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center for a fee per bag. It is recommended to bring on tour only vital items like your identification and wallet as long as these items fit in your pockets.
    • You will be given a ticket with a specific time to take the Navy boat launch tour out to the Arizona Memorial to explore on your own.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Polynesian Adventure Tours
    This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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      What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Day Trip From Kona to Oahu: Pearl Harbor & Honolulu City?
      A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

      • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
      • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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      What is the policy on sanitization during Day Trip From Kona to Oahu: Pearl Harbor & Honolulu City?
      A:The policies on sanitization are:

      • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
      • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
      • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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      What is the social distancing policy during Day Trip From Kona to Oahu: Pearl Harbor & Honolulu City?
      A:The policy on social distancing is:

      • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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      star-5
      We had the best guide ever . Give him a raise. He had praised his employer throughout the trip.
      Karen_L
      , Mar 2022
      Our guide deserves a 10. The Arizona was sad and wrapped with multiple emotions. The Missouri was astonishing to me . The staff very informative and professional .
      1 traveler found this review helpful
      star-1
      Don't Do It
      Alice_P
      , May 2019
      This trip cost over $1000 for two people. To start off, the night before the trip, we received call telling us to be at the airport at 5:30am instead of 6am. Our plane from Kona didn't leave until 7:15... called the tour folks and they didn't know why we were told that. Arrived in Oahu and were met by a young girl and didn't have much info other than the bus was little behind due to traffic. The first bus arrived 45 mins later and we were told it was not our bus and the other couples got on this bus. Another 30 mins later, another bus arrived but we then find out it is not our bus and the first bus that came was our bus! They were nice enough to take us to our destination to meet up with our group but by that time we had missed a majority of tour of Pearl Harbor. We did get to to tour the Missouri ship but we were pretty upset by then. Called the tour number and they were most unhelpful. Then we had the tour of Honolulu which was just okay and then dropped off at 2:00 PM by the mall until 5:00pm. Bus came back, almost died 3 times (had to pull over so the bus could "rest") and made it to the airport by 6, and of course our plane did not leave till 8:30pm. The company's response was to offer another tour on the island we are staying but by that time we did not trust we would get a good tour. So, still upset that this tour that was a focal point of our long awaited vacation was such a disappointment.
      3 travelers found this review helpful
      star-4
      It was pricey but well worth the...
      Kathleen P
      , Aug 2018
      It was pricey but well worth the inter-island transfer. We were coming from Kona to Honolulu then got picked up at the airport. My only gripe was the confusion and miscommunication during departure at Kona airport. We were told that a representative from the company will meet us at Kona airport to give us our boarding passes the day before we confirmed the tour. However, there was no one at the airport and the company didn't tell us that it was self serve and we will print our own boarding passes at the kiosk during check in. We almost missed our flight. Luckily, we got a phone call from a young woman at the Honolulu side confirming our arrival time with us, then she quickly advised to check in and print our boarding passes. Almost missed the boarding time by 5 minutes! Otherwise, the tour and everything at Honolulu was great and the flight back home. Our driver and tour guide was a nice lady sorry forgot her name and got us at the airport on time for our flight back to Kona.
      2 travelers found this review helpful
      star-5
      Once again, Viator did not...
      Jackie D
      , Mar 2018
      Once again, Viator did not disappoint! This was an amazing guided tour. Our tour driver, Ernie, was incredibly knowledgeable, very witty with his homemade jokes, and provided a wealth of information about the Island. We were picked up at the airport and traveled in an air conditioned small bus. Ernie had a vast wealth of knowledge about Hawaii, her people, the memorial, different buildings, places and things. He is a native and knows many people so he was able to get us front and center of every spot we visited including a fabulous lunch at Duke's overlooking Waikiki Beach. It was, truly, a moving history lesson peppered with humor, facts and historic events. Visiting Pearl Harbor has long been on my list of places to visit and this tour went above and beyond my expectations.
      1 traveler found this review helpful
      star-4
      The trip was fantastic and Ernie was...
      GregJ_G
      , Mar 2018
      The trip was fantastic and Ernie was a great tour guide!! The only issue we had was not receiving detailed instructions on how to join the tour group - nobody met us at the airport gate. We called the 800 number and then we found our group.
      star-5
      Loved the tour and I learnt so much...
      Joanne_R
      , Feb 2018
      Loved the tour and I learnt so much about the history of Pearl Harbour. The Missouri was also a highlight. I recommend this day trip to any visitor to Hawaii
      star-5
      I was humbled and delighted by this...
      Joanne O
      , Jan 2018
      I was humbled and delighted by this tour. Information on the tour was a little sketchy so I was very pleased that I was easily checked in at Kona Airport after driving from Hilo. The Polynesian Adventure representative had my name and directed me to the bus that took us to Pearl Harbor. Kanolel, our guide, was both knowledgeable and charming. He knew that if he got us started at Pearl Harbor, the site would take care of itself. I wished our visit to the site could have been longer allowing time to tour the submarine but the museums were so engrossing that there wasn't time. I would have traded the Honolulu site seeing for that in a heartbeat. The trip to Ford Island and the Mighty MO was an unexpected pleasure. I had never bee n on a military ship at all, no less one so famous. To stand where the surrender document was signed and hear the respective stories of both that and the Zero pilot's burial made me feel proud of our leaders of the time. The contributions of political, military and bad luck in the events of that day have many parallels to our current day situation with North Korea. Those who do not learn from the past are destined to repeat it..
      star-5
      This was an amazing tour! The driver...
      Berenice P
      , Jan 2018
      This was an amazing tour! The driver was very nice and full of information that really made this a memorable trip. Would totally recommend it to everyone.
      star-4
      Jay was our guide and he was...
      Kathryn K
      , Oct 2017
      Jay was our guide and he was awesome. A wealth of knowledge. The day trip is a great way to experience Pearl Harbor and some local historical sites as well as Waikiki beach. Unfortunately the day we toured Pearl Harbor the winds were too strong to be tendered out to the Arizona. The downside of the trip was that we had to wait in the morning over an hour at the Honolulu airport for additional tourists in our group to arrive and then at the end of the day our flight leaving Honolulu was an hour and a half after others in our group.
      star-5
      Amazing driver, great history lesson...
      Linda S
      , Aug 2017
      Amazing driver, great history lesson at Pearl Harbor.The driver was very safe and was knowledgeable about the area.
      star-4
      This was a great tour. Tour guide...
      nephew
      , May 2017
      This was a great tour. Tour guide Ernie was very knowledgeable but would have liked more time at Pearl Harbor and the Missouri and less time in Waikiki.
      star-3
      We arrived at the airport in Kona...
      Gail L
      , Feb 2017
      We arrived at the airport in Kona expecting to meet a tour guide but there was no one there. I had to call the local contact who told us to go to the Hawaiian Airline counter. We had no tickets nor even a booking confirmation number. Luckily the people at Hawaiian Air were helpful. Why no flight info?? The info we were given said that we couldn't take any cosmetics with us even in a plastic bag which was not true so we had to buy sunscreen in Oahu at an exorbitant cost Although our tour guide was knowledgeable and personable, we had trouble figuring out his timetable. He dropped us at Pearl Harbor and told us to be at the theater at a specific time but didn't explain that we would be going directly to the Arizona and wouldn't have enough time when we returned to see all the exhibits before we left for the Missouri. We would have liked more time for the exhibits at Pearl Harbor itself and maybe less time at the Missouri. Having time for lunch translated into buying something at a snack bar or food truck.
      star-4
      An amazing day. Our guide was...
      James D
      , Nov 2016
      An amazing day. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. I wish we had more time at PEarl Harbour, whilst it was nice to say we have been to Waikiki beach it wasn't the main reason for visiting Oahu.
      star-5
      Very informative and the tour guide...
      NormaJean_D
      , Oct 2016
      Very informative and the tour guide was experienced and enthusiastic! We got to see a lot of things that we would not have been able to do on our own.
      star-5
      The assisting personnel at the...
      Vincent_A
      , Sep 2016
      The assisting personnel at the airport and the tour guide were terrific and made the day. Both were courteous, knowledgeable, professional and eager to assist. The tour guide shared much information about Oahu, Honolulu and the national monuments/memorials. He was also entertaining and friendly. He made certain we reached each destination on-time, including the airport through heavy traffic. The personnel make the tour highly recommended despite what appears to be a high price.
      star-5
      This was our first trip to Oahu and...
      JoyceM_H
      , Jul 2016
      This was our first trip to Oahu and the memorial. This tour covered most of what we wanted to see with an added bonus of having Ed as our driver and guide. We'd highly recommend this tour!
      star-4
      The trip was very good and we...
      Albert S
      , May 2016
      The trip was very good and we enjoyed the day and the trip around the island. We would have liked to have had more options for food prior to 4PM though. Otherwise the trip was great.
      star-5
      It was great even though the wind...
      Dennis C
      , Apr 2016
      It was great even though the wind kept us from viewing the Arizona. Ed was a great guide and made the day a memorable experience.
      star-2
      We had booked this excursion in...
      karen y
      , Mar 2016
      We had booked this excursion in advance of our holiday and what a disappointment. Everything started well. We were met at Kona airport and checked us in and provided us with instructions on where to meet. We arrived before the rep at Honolulu which was a little unsettling as we were unsure if we were at the correct meeting point we were. They made everyone wear pink stickers so we all waited together. The guide was very friendly and welcoming and wasted no time informing us of the change to the plan. Apparently the operator yes Viator were aware of this and should have contacted us. If we had been advised of this change we would have picked a different day as Waikiki was the reason we booked this tour through this operator. Turns out Sunday 13th March 2016 Waikiki beach is closed due to a festival it happens every year so we would not be going. Instead we would sit on a bus and drive around some of the local roads, not exactly fun. The driver did his best to fill the void but you could see he was struggling at times, it even felt he was making facts up to make it vaguely fun. So with this in mind we started the coach journey to Pearl Harbour, despite the plan changing and the operator padding out the time with a long bus journey we did not have enough time in Pearl Harbour. The entire day was rushed except when sitting on the bus doing nothing wasting time. Unfortunately the weather was not on our side either this day, due to high winds although it did not seem very windy the boats were not running across to the Arizona memorial but if they were we wouldn't have had the time to fit it in. I understand there is a lot to fit in on this tour but there is just not enough time to do it. If I knew then what I know now I wouldn't book this tour. I would look for a 2 day tour option or book a pearl harbour tour only, as you really do need longer there than they book. I also think Viator need to review this tour and consider if this is something they should offer.
      star-5
      What an experience. Really heart...
      Mary L L
      , Mar 2016
      What an experience. Really heart felt. The ones who lost their lives are true hero's to all of America, I am truly blessed to have been able to see this. Thank you!

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