If you’re not planning a stay on Oahu, you can still experience the history of Pearl Harbor and Honolulu on a day trip from the Big Island. Here’s what you need to know for an island-hopping adventure, from World War II memorials to Waimea Bay.
Pearl Harbor Tours
Set foot on one of the nation’s most hallowed military history sites on a Pearl Harbor tour from the Big Island. At the location of the Japanese attack that launched the United States into World War II, pay tribute to fallen soldiers at the USS Arizona Memorial, floating above the sunken battleship Arizona, and walk the decks of the USS Missouri, where Japan surrendered to the Allies in 1945. Delve into the details of the attack at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.
See even more of Hawaii’s most populous island on a combo tour that combines a visit to Pearl Harbor with other Oahu highlights. Take a spin through downtown Honolulu with a tour guide to see landmarks like the King Kamehameha I statue, Kawaiahao Church, Iolani Palace (the only royal palace on American soil), and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Check out the supersized scenery of the island’s North Shore, including Pali Lookout and Waimea Bay, home to some of Hawaii’s most epic big-wave surfing.
Things to Know
Day tours range in duration from seven to 14 hours. Be prepared for an early morning departure on some tours to make the most of the day.
Tours to Oahu run by air only; the flight from Kona to Honolulu is a breezy 45 minutes.
Bring everything you’ll need for a full day away, including comfortable walking shoes, a rain jacket and umbrella in case of afternoon showers, water, snacks, and a camera to capture snaps of the world-famous landmarks.