This is a wonderful tour. The bus driver was FANTASTIC. So informative, great joke teller and really, really looked after us. We were picked up at our hotel at the exact time we were told. Would recommend this tour and this company to everyone. It is a must do when you go to Honolulu.
Had a good time on our tour with Nappy, very funny guy and very informative, the Arizona memorial is very well done, not too touristy, and a bit of a tour around Honolulu on the way home. Back by 2.30 so still time to shop and swim.
This was our second tour with Gray Line within a week and I am beginning to think they have become too big and just don't know how to manage things. Once again, the destination was superb - a very moving memorial for USS Arizona and an interesting inspection of the USS Missouri. Our driver / guide kept us informed of the various landmarks and gave us some insight into Hawaiian culture and history. We were, however, treated like children on an excursion. We were on and off buses all day! Firstly our gude told us that we would have to line up to get our tickets but then miraculously advised us that he pulled some strings and got them all himself. Next we were told that we would have to go the USS Missouri site by shuttle, but because we were a big group he was going to see if the security would let him take us in - surprise, surprise - we were able to go in our bus; and same for about a dozen other tour buses we saw. I don't know who he was fooling. When we were on the Missouri, he kept herding us in a group while all we wanted to do was explore the ship on our own - too much information becomes boring at times. My husband kept referring to him as the "driver" (which he was, considering he was driving the bus) and he got quite annoyed at one stage and said "if you keep calling me a driver, I'll call you a tourist!" - not good PR. Anyway, I think I'll steer clear of Gray Line in future and try the smaller companies. My dissatisfaction isn't with the destinations of these tours, but rather the tour company itself.
Arizona Memorial was wonderful - the rest hard to see from bus, what the driver was pointing out up ahead of us - he did give some interesting facts to listen to, though
Although I've been to Hawaii a few times it was my first trip to Pearl Harbor which was amazing. My only negative comment would be that much more time is needed than the tour allows to really absorb everything there. I noticed people had on headphones and were talking a guided tour at their own pace. You would not have enough time to do this on the tour. Next time back to Hawaii I will definitely go back on my own.
A lot of mucking around to get the ticket.... then we couldn't actually get the THREE day pass at once... had to be a 2 day pass and then come back another day. Such a time waster. Some of the things we wanted to see were closed and we weren't notified. I think if you want to use the pass you really need a car as some things we wanted to do were so far away and we had to get there as only the entrance was included in the ticket. Felt there could be a lot of improvements to this Honolulu Power Pass. It certainly didn't live up to its name in our eyes.
Doing what: Honolulu Power Pass™
Excellent tour...very moving with a top shelf tour guide!!
IT WAS VERY GOOD THE GUIDE TOLD US EVERY THINK WE ASKED GOO VALUE
Bus was promptly on time. We had a great tour and lots of time to look around on our own.
Was great my husband thourouly enjoyed it.
Excellent, well worth the money. Makani sail was brilliant and tour to Manoa falls was good - where lost was filmed and hired flippers at Waikiki beach all in one day.
Doing what: Go Oahu Card
This was a very good tour which covers everything to do with Pearl Harbour. Our tour guide (Ed) although informative went over the top on timings, security and generally wasted a lot of time which could have been better spent at the attractions. Arizona Memorial was very moving and there was plenty of time to visit the two museums at Pearl Harbour. The Missouri tour was the lunch stop as there was nowhere else to buy food. Audio tours are available before boarding the Missouri which I would recommend over the 30 minute tour guide. Overall would recommend this tour but watch out for the bus driver!
The memorial itself is wonderful, the whole experience is well worth the trip. The actual bus driver (tour person) was not good at all. He was not friendly, did not explain things very well, rarely made announcements and overall was one of the worst tour operators ever. Don't let this detour you from visiting the memorial though, just use a different company.
Excellent guide who was friendly and knowledgeable. Since we were early to arrive in the area, he took us to see other parts of the city which were interesting. This tour covered everything to do with Pearl Harbor so we didn't miss a thing. Uncle Leo also knew his history quite well and put his heart and soul into it.
An interesting day with a very early start - we were were picked up at 6.45am. We went to the Missouri first and had a brief guided tour before having enough time to look through the battleship on our own. Next we went to the Arizona Memorial. We hired the audio set - cost US$15 for the two headsets with commentary for two museums and out on the memorial. Everyone sees an insightful film before going by navy shuttle boat out to the Arizona memorial. You only spend a fairly brief time on the memorial as you have to catch the next shuttle back. We would have liked a bit longer there. After leaving the Arizona memorial we drove through the Punchbowl lawn cemetery and the bus is not allowed to stop. Finally we had a brief drive through tour of Honolulu and were back at our hotel around 2pm. Our guide was very good and the tour worked well. A must do activity for anyone visiting Ohau.
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