how to visit Pearl Harbor

Want to visit Pearl Harbor this summer? Here are two top tips:

(1) Stay at the Four Seasons Oahu so that you won't have to drive through the heavy Honolulu rush-hour traffic to get to Pearl Harbor. If you're traveling with your children, I especially recommend the Family Getaway Package. You'll get a second (connecting) room at 50% off. All children aged 5 and under receive complimentary meals (excludes in-room dining and pool/beach dining), and children between 5 and 12 years of age can enjoy complimentary access to the resort's Kids For All Seasons program. A three night minimum stay is required, and the normal deposit and cancel deadlines apply.

Best of all, the Four Seasons Preferred Partner amenities apply to both rooms! Don't know what they are? I'm not permitted to publish them on a public website, but just email for a complete list of FSPP amenities at every Four Seasons worldwide! I can tell you that the free breakfasts alone will save you hundreds of dollars over a typical stay.

(2) Visiting Pearl Harbor. The USS Arizona Memorial is a must-see attraction. Tickets are complimentary on a first come, first serve basis, meaning you need to arrive early to get yours. Does the idea of fighting traffic, finding parking, and queueing up for tickets not appeal to you? Here are some better ways to visit Pearl Harbor.

Pearl Harbor Excursion — a group tour — you'll be picked up at the Four Seasons on Sundays, Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Fridays to visit the USS Arizona Memorial. No logistics to worry about. Pickups are scheduled at 6:30 a.m. with returns at 10:30 a.m. ($38 adults, $30 children + taxes and fees)

Pearl Harbour Remembered — a group tour — includes the USS Arizona and Battleship Missouri and continues with a drive through Historic Downtown Honolulu and the National Memorial of the Pacific. Pick up is at 8:30 a.m. with your return at 3:30 p.m. ($102 adults, $82 children + taxes and fees)

Most highly recommended — a private tour, available seven days a week (3 hour minimum @ $157.07 per hour + individual tickets) for up to 6 guests. This tour can be customized to include the exactly the attractions you're interested in.

I can put this all together for you — your reservation at the Four Seasons, your second room at half-off, Preferred Partner amenities for both rooms, and requesting the Four Seasons Oahu at Ko Olina concierge reach out to you to arrange your visit to Pearl Harbor. No fuss, no muss!

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