Big Island of Hawaii

Day Trip From Kona to Oahu: Pearl Harbor & City

Kalaoa, United States
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  • 14 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


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 drive through of 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
  • Professionally narrated trip to Honolulu
  • Roundtrip flights from the Big Island

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

This tour includes a ride in a Navy launch across Pearl Harbor and round-trip transport from the Big Island.

What's Included

  • Interisland R/T airfare (overage charges may apply)
  • Tour narration by a professional driver/guide
  • Lunch
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Admission to Missouri
  • Gratuities
  • Airfare flight overage charges
  • Hotel pickup and drop off

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What To Expect

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.

King Kamehameha Statue (Pass By)

Iolani Palace (Pass By)

Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives (Pass By)

Kawaiahao Church (Pass By)

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Pass By)

Battleship Missouri Memorial

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

USS Arizona Memorial

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Pearl Harbor National Memorial

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please contact the tour provider at minimum of 7 days prior to the tour date for ADA and all special requests.
  • The name you enter at the time of booking must be exactly as appears on your photo I.D. Interisland Air Carriers will deny boarding if the passenger name, as shown on valid government-issued I.D. does not match the name on their voucher. This is a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and FAA requirement. Air Carriers proven to be non-compliant are subject to severe penalties; thus there is no flexibility with this policy.
  • PEARL HARBOR NO BAG POLICY: The US Department of the Interior has declared a “no bags” policy at 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.
  • This tour does not operate on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day and December 7th.
  • 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.
  • Shirt and shoes are required to board the Arizona Memorial, swimsuits are not permitted. Strollers are not permitted in the theater or shuttle boats
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 52 travellers

Cancellation Policy

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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      Great trip and hosts. Mahalo and thanks! The food was really good, the tour was informative, the travel was safe and comfortable.


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      Pearl Harbor trip
      Mark_M, Apr 2023
      The Arizona monument was sobering & is an important site to visit. Sad that we didn’t have the time to visit the submarine exhibit. Visiting the Missouri battleship was interesting. Wish the weather had been better.
      Loved it, worth the money! Thanks Ernie for the flower!
      keith_b, Mar 2023
      The Arizona was a beautiful memoriall, sad. We like boarding the Missouri and checking it over. We enjoyed the drive tour of Honolulu and the many stops. Was hoping to go to a shop for purchases. Ernie was great, knowledgeable and funny.
      Flight from Oahu to kona. Should have been booked
      Randy_N, Feb 2023
      Flight back to kona should have booked for the 6:00 instead of the 8:00 flight. We were at airport at 430
      Informative and flexible
      Lisa_R, Jan 2023
      The tour guide was great. He was accommodating to people that needed to leave early and dropped us off at a different spot so we could get more sightseeing in. I learned a lot and have a renewed respect for all who serve this country.
      Definitely a must see
      Therri_W, Dec 2022
      There truly are no words for the Memorial. The emotions that flood in as you enter the Arizona are so raw and so real. I would have given this 5 stars however our trip was shadowed by our tour driver allowing his politics to taint the tour…
      Really great
      David_M, Nov 2022
      Great trip and hosts. Mahalo and thanks! The food was really good, the tour was informative, the travel was safe and comfortable.
      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 .
      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.
      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.
      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.
      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.
      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
      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..
      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.
      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.
      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.
      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.
      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.
      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.
      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.

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