Despite being on the island of Oahu, it’s possible to visit the moving memorials at Pearl Harbor on a day trip from Maui.
When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the United States wasn’t actively involved militarily in WWII. That day ultimately turned the tide of the war, but not in Japan’s favor. Today Pearl Harbor remains a major naval base for the US Pacific Fleet, while also hosting a National Memorial above the wreck of the USS Arizona, which was sunk during the attack, claiming the lives of 1,177 sailors and marines on board. The site, which is located outside of Honolulu on Hawaii’s Oahu island, can be explored on these three different day tours from Maui. All include round-trip flights to Honolulu.
Pearl Harbor and Mini Circle Island Tour from Maui
You’d be surprised how much of Oahu you can explore during a single day trip from Maui. This 14-hour trip visits Pearl Harbor National Memorial first, where you’ll have two and half hours to watch footage and learn all about that fateful day. Next, you’ll explore the tropical beauty of Kualoa Regional Park and take scenic drives along Oahu’s Windward Coast and northern shoreline. With round-trip airfare to Honolulu from Maui included and group sizes capped at 15 people, this option offers great value for money. From $459 per person.
Pearl Harbor Oahu Tour from Maui
Head straight to the Pearl Harbor Memorial after arriving in Oahu for a trip on a Navy boat to the wreck of the USS Arizona. Roughly half of the 2,341 US service members who died as a result of the attack were aboard the Arizona when she was hit. Now the ship sits beneath the water, partially covered by a white viewing platform. The rest of this tour’s itinerary is dedicated to unlocking the natural beauty of Oahu. During the island drive, you’ll stop at the Nuuanu Pali Lookout, which provides the quintessential tropical island vista. From $669 per person.
Day Trip from Maui to Oahu’s Pearl Harbor & Honolulu
A popular and well-established Oahu tour from Maui includes a guided tour of the USS Missouri battleship, aboard which the Japanese officially surrendered on September 2, 1945. After time spent exploring Pearl Harbor, you will head back towards Honolulu for a scenic city drive, with various stops along the way, including Kawaiaha’o Church and some time at the famed Waikiki Beach. If time and weather permit, you can also ascend Diamond Head Crater. You will then be taken back to the airport in time for your flight back to Maui. From $734 per person.