Pearl Harbor VIP Military Base Experience

Approximately 7½ Hours
Moderate Activity  Meal 

Travel through Honolulu with authentic World War II-era radio and film footage, bulletins, movies and music played on the coach, setting the mood for a fascinating and nostalgic look into the 1940s. At Pearl Harbor, you’ll take a genuinely interesting and personalized tour guided by a historian-docent who wears a World War II uniform. This is the only tour of World War II Battlefields, including exclusive access to military bases, the Arizona Memorial, Punchbowl and highlights of Honolulu city. It is a fascinating and nostalgic look into the events of the 1940s that would change the course of history. Start with a visit to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Museum to view a documentary film with actual film footage from December 7, 1941. Next, board the Arizona Memorial via U.S. Navy shuttle boat. Follow the Japanese flight pattern to Oahu’s famous Fighter Command Post—Wheeler Field—where you will learn about the 14 Army Air Corps Pilots who were airborne on the Day of Infamy. Your next stop is at the historic Schofield Army Barracks—the largest Army Base outside the Continental U.S. and home to the 25th Infantry Tropic Lightning Division. Tour Fort Shafter and see the famous Quarters 5, residence of General Walter C. Short, Commander of the U.S. Army Pacific in 1941. Drive along beautiful Palm Circle and visit the Pineapple Pentagon—Headquarters of the U.S. Army Pacific Command. Continue to Punchbowl National Memorial, the final resting place of more than 35,000 Americans who proudly served their country. As you drive through downtown Honolulu, view Iolani Palace—the only royal palace on American soil. Your last stop is at Home of the Brave—a 1940s private museum full of World War II memorabilia. Before returning to the pier, you’ll see the Jeep and the 1942 Army-issue Harley Davidson motorcycle used in the Disney movie Pearl Harbor.


Due to external factors outside of our control (including inclement weather: Rains, high winds, water debris and/or Navy Cancellation), there is a possibility of not being able to visit the Arizona Memorial during your tour. In such cases, you will be given additional time to visit many of the Arizona exhibits and visitor's center.

The Tropic Lightning Museum at Schofield Barracks is closed on Mondays. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Photos are allowed except where restricted by National Security. Due to military base operations, actual tour routing and military sites visited may be changed or substituted without advance notice. A buffet lunch is included at a Military club. Swimsuits and tank tops are not permitted on the Arizona Memorial. No bags are allowed within the Arizona Memorial Visitor Center. Paid storage is available (at your own expense). Cameras, medication and a water bottle can be carried. Bring photo ID for access to military bases. There may be a delay at Pearl Harbor as timed entrance tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. While waiting, you can visit the exhibition center, view the interpretive displays depicting the attack, or purchase a light refreshment from the café. Bring photo ID for access to military bases. Some of the sites visited are not suitable for wheechairs.


This excursion is led in English