Pearl Harbor is home to the USS Arizona Memorial, Mighty Mo, the USS Bowfin submarine. With Pearl Harbor’s importance in American history, many people want to make sure they see it as part of their first Hawaii vacation. A question I commonly hear is: which island should I choose for my Hawaii vacation if I want to see Pearl Harbor?
Many people assume that they must plan an Oahu vacation in order to see Pearl Harbor. An Oahu vacation certainly makes visiting Pearl Harbor easy. However, you can actually stay on any Hawaiian island and visit Pearl Harbor with a day trip to Oahu.
With Oahu being the central airport hub of Hawaii, you can find more flights to and from Oahu from the other islands, which makes taking a day trip easy. Inter-island flights are relatively short — approximately 20 to 40 minutes long. (See our inter-island transportation guide.)
Day trips to Oahu are easy to plan and you have a couple of options. You can plan your own independent Oahu day trip with our Oahu sightseeing map and touring guides or chose from several packaged day trips that take care of all the logistics and transportation for you. The independent trips can save a hundred dollars or more per person. Independent day trips provide you with flexibility, but you must be your own navigator. The packaged trips include narration and take away all the stress of planning and driving, however you are touring with a set schedule with a bus load of other people. You won’t be able to see near as much with a packaged tour as you would with an independent day trip Each option has its advantages.