Pearl Harbor, Dole Pineapple And Honolulu Landmarks
Go on an exciting six-hour expedition and learn about the events that drove America to be a part of World War II and more when you embark on this epic sightseeing tour in Honolulu. Your tour includes an expert local guide who will take you to visit iconic sites that are a part of American history and culture, including Pearl Harbor and the Dole Pineapple Plantation. You'll also get to explore historical Honolulu landmarks like Iolani Palace and the Kamehameha Statue, making this the ideal tour for history buffs!
Begin your excursion in Pearl Harbor--the site of the shocking events that pushed the United States to participate in World War II. You'll watch footage from an archival documentary film and learn about the events surrounding the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7th, 1941. On this devastating day, Japanese forces bombed, shot at and sunk eight battleships, including the USS Arizona, which had 1,000 men aboard. Hop on the Navy boat to visit the memorial site of the USS Arizona, where you'll be transferred to a distinguished white building, which stands above the remains of the naval battleship and the resting place of the seamen who died during the attack. From here, you can look into the harbor to witness what is known as "The Black Tears of the USS Arizona"-the oil drops that rise to the surface of the harbor from the sunken battleship.
View a piece of American history as you walk through The Road to War and Attack galleries at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center museum. Here, you'll see memorabilia, striking photos and artifacts of the Pearl Harbor attacks, including pre-attack images and photos that demonstrate the magnitude of destruction from the attack. You'll even have access to the bookstore, where you can purchase souvenirs like commemorative coins and flags.
Continue your tour with a stop at the Dole Pineapple Plantation-one of the most popular sites near Honolulu attracting over one million tourists annually. This pineapple plantation began in 1950 as a fruit stand, but has since blossomed into a main attraction housing the Pineapple Garden Maze-the largest maze in the world. Head back to Honolulu, as you drive by the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, a national burial site located in a volcanic crater and known as "The Hill of Sacrifice" that honors the United States Armed Forces men and women who have passed away. Wrap up your tour with a visit to Honolulu city highlights before returning to your pier, including the State Capital, the Iolani Palace and the King Kamehameha statue-Hawaii's first ruler.
From a historic burial site lodged in a volcanic crater, to the iconic memorial landmark suspended over a sunken naval battleship, there's much to see and explore on this city sightseeing tour. Book this exciting tour today and get ready to indulge in Honolulu's history and culture.
About Shore Excursions Group
Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.
We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.
We believe quality service is not only highly valued by customers, but ultimately leads to better experiences and higher satisfaction. Unlike the cruise lines and other tour companies that rely almost entirely on websites, we encourage customers to call us. We want to invest our time answering your questions, providing input, and selecting the excursions that best meet your needs.
Our goal is to provide customers a wide array of exciting, appealing, and enriching tours. For those customers who prefer to travel in smaller groups with more personalized service, we offer a wide variety of small group tours around the world. These tours generally range in size from 2-12 people compared to larger tours which can number up to 50 people. While exploring the destinations and ports on this website, feel free to search for these "Small Group Tours". For those customers interested in private tours, we offer many outstanding excursions that allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your tour. Search for "Private Tours" if you are interested in this experience. Our "Scenic" tours provide up close and personal access to some of the most spectacular natural environments on Earth from majestic glaciers in Alaska to spectacular reefs in the Caribbean. Our "Cultural" tours allow customers to experience local customs, entertainment and culinary delights ranging from tribal dances in Alaska to an outstanding local meal in Santorini, Greece. Our "Active" tours offer a multitude of exciting and adventurous ways to experience our destinations. Our customers can kayak the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, hike to a spectacular waterfall in Hawaii, or bicycle through quaint villages in France. Our "City" tours allow travelers to see the highlights of great cities around the world with unique insights provided by our expert tour guides.
In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the leading tour guides and tour providers around the globe. We hold our people to very high standards which we measure by our comprehensive Quality Control process and, most importantly, by our customer feedback, which we will actively seek from each of our customers.
Shore Excursions Group is owned by seasoned travel executives possessing extensive experience across many sectors within the travel industry.
Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.