UPDATE: Since we originally wrote the DIY day trip guides to Oahu, obtaining reservations at Pearl Harbor for the boat ride to the USS Arizona Memorial have become much more difficult to secure with a reservation time that fits within our already-ambitious plans. As such, to minimize the stress, it probably makes more sense to choose a guided, day-trip tours that includes roundtrip airfare . Here are some fully guided tours that we are aware of:
- Day trip from Kauai including USS Arizona Memorial – Tour
- Day trip from Big Island to Oahu, including USS Arizona Memorial – Tour
- Day trip from Maui to Oahu, including USS Arizona Memorial – Tour
A visit to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor is high on the bucket list for many first-time Hawaii visitors. As you probably know, Pearl Harbor is on Oahu, but you don’t have plan your entire Hawaii vacation on Oahu in order to see Pearl Harbor. You can easily see Pearl Harbor, plus a whole lot more, on a day trip to Oahu.
We’ve recently created two, Oahu sightseeing plans designed for a day trip island hop from one of the other Hawaiian Islands. With the many direct flights between Kauai, Maui and the Island of Hawaii (Big Island) to Oahu, day trips are relatively easy to do. Especially when you have detailed plans like we’ve created.
Both of our Oahu sightseeing guides include Pearl Harbor plus a whole lot more! Both plans include beautiful beaches and amazing views.
Both plans provide Google Map directions that you can print and/or download. You can also customize the directions to your interests by removing or adding more stops.
The main difference between the two guides is the route from Honolulu over towards the north shore of Oahu. One guide leads you into the green mountains via the Pali Lookout and the other offers more coastal views with stops at Halona Blowhole and Makapuu Point. All the other stops are the same.
Here are links to the two Oahu sightseeing plans:
So, what’s the main difference between the two plans? It’s simply a matter of which way you go. The following photos show the different options.
The Pali Lookout version takes you from Honolulu to this view and then onwards:
Another key difference in the two sightseeing plans is that the version via the Pali Lookout is 30 minutes shorter.
What other views will you see on these Oahu drive guides? Let’s take a look at just a few other scenic stops.
There is much more to see on our island hop guides to Oahu. So be sure to check them out!
Please note that both plans are rather ambitious with the amount of things to see. If you like to take things slower then customize the plans to your liking by cutting out some of the stops.