Best Group Activities in Honolulu

THE 10 BEST Large Group Activities & Things to Do in Honolulu

Best Group Activities in Honolulu

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  • 1LGM1
    Philadelphia, PA89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous Views! Beautiful Hike! Make reservations and go early. Take your time, Rest when needed, drink lots of water!
    Written 15 June 2024
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  • Michael J
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So very happy that we chose the Docent led tour. Marybeth was a phenomenal guide. So much culture and history. Don't skip this if you've never done it before.
    Written 15 June 2024
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  • Rosie
    California4 contributions
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    For the USS Arizona Memorial $1 tickets, try to book at least a month prior. A limited release of tickets does happen the day prior to the visit at 3 PM (through website, not app) but is literally gone by 3:01 PM.

    We had a party of 17 and the tours were entirely too expensive for taking a tour with a bus and guide. If you book a tour, you have to arrive with your tour bus.

    Visiting the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is FREE with $7 USD parking charge and we were able to put our names on a standby list. There is no estimated time and we waited 2 hours to get the notification.

    Onsite museum range from $19 - $24 USD for Adults.

    Only Clear bags are allowed in. Purses can’t be bigger than your phone.
    Written 13 June 2024
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  • Angela837
    Littleton, CO248 contributions
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    I visited the Arizona memorial 35 years ago as a kid and all I remember was the actual Arizona and the galleries. Today it is so much more, it can (and did for us) take an entire day and then some, and you will leave fully appreciating the Greatest Generation and their sacrifices. In and around the Memorial is also the Bowfin (a submarine nicknamed the Pearl Harbor Avenger), the USS Missouri battleship, and the air hangar and tower. We knew we wanted to see it all and not take a tour that controlled how much time we spent. Here is how we did it.

    On the afternoon we arrived on Oahu we went to the memorial via a ride-sharing service (about 45 min in Honolulu traffic and about $30 one way), beelined to the shuttle wait area, and took the bus to the air hangar. Our goal was to climb the tower to get a birds eye view of Pearl harbor and to understand the attack at a macro level. Great decision! This will cost $35pp and was a great experience and a way to really appreciate the battle on a grand scale. We then returned to our hotel (memorial was closed by then), ready to return the next day.

    The next day, the day we had our Arizona reservation (you can make them 60 days in advance at reservation.gov), we returned right as it all opened at 7am. We walked through the galleries first and my son completed his Jr Ranger book. The galleries are very well done and we went through them in a non hurried pace, reading everything and watching every video. We did not buy the audio guide. By 9:00 we were done with the galleries. Our reservation for the Arizona was at 11 so we watched the movie that is at the take-off point (it's just over 20 minutes) then since we still had time before our reservation we walked over to the Bowfin. The Bowfin was around $35pp (audio guide included) and was really neat. You get to walk through all the parts of the sub and the included audio guide is definitely a necessity here and very well done. We had a little time for the adjacent museum but not enough to see it all before we had to walk back over to where the Arizona tours depart from. The Bowfin took a good 45 min and to have seen the whole museum would have added another 45 minutes.

    At the departure point, you line up 15 minutes before your reserved time then get a safety briefing before getting on the boat. I was glad we had seen the galleries and movie ahead of time as it helps you appreciate more what you are about to see at the Arizona itself. I do wish we had gotten an earlier reservation and done the Bowfin after but that's just how it worked out. If you don't have a reservation you can wait it a standby line in case something opens but try to do the reservation.

    After seeing the Arizona (and please remember you are entering a gravesite) we then went over to the shuttle landing area to see the Missouri. The shuttle runs a loop from the Arizona/Bowfin to the Missouri to the airfield and back to the Arizona. We did have to wait a bit as the first one filled up.

    When we got to the Missouri it was about 1:00 and we were hungry. There are some food trucks at the Missouri (literally right next to it, how cool to eat lunch right next to a battleship!). We then got our Missouri tickets (again about $35pp) and went aboard. The first couple things to see are on deck - the impressive guns, the surrender deck (wow, humbling) and an area where a kamikaze left a dent. After that you can descend to the lower decks to see how the more modern sailors lived in the 80s and 90s. This part was interesting but skipable if you are short on time.

    By the time we completed the Missouri we had been there two hours including about 20 min for lunch. We waited for the shuttle to the airfield (again having to wait for two circuits due to room) and then made it to the airfield by 3:30. Since we'd seen the tower the day before we went into the hangar ($35pp with audio guide included) and the planes inside are impressive and several seemed really unique compared to other aviation museums we have visited. Then we walked to the other hangar where there isn't as much to see but the bullet holes in the windows are a neat remnant. If you are short on time, you can speed through by just seeing the outside where you can see some planes and the bullet holes without paying before returning to the Arizona.

    By that point it was 4:15 so the hangars didn't take as much time and we had just enough time to catch the shuttle back to get Arizona and make it to the gift shop before everything closes at 5.

    A long day but worthwhile. It takes some planning but is doable.

    Also something worth knowing is no bags allowed, you must check them unless they are see-through. We had read this ahead of time so took only what we could fit in pockets and that saved time waiting in line at the lockers.
    Written 12 June 2024
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  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    That's my major impression after a full day at Pearl Harbor.
    The USS Missouri couldn't be moored on a better, nor more meaningful place: 200 met from the USS Arizona memorial after which attack US entered WWII.
    On Missouri, the unconditional surrender of Japan was signed in Tokyo bay on 2 Sep 1945, marking the end of WWII.
    I suggest taking a free tour first, runs pretty often and takes around 30 min. After that you can explore the ship on your own - it's well signposted with many interesting things to see. Count on around 2 hours for a visit.
    This isn't the biggest battleship I've visited, I've even been on Midway and Intrepid aircraft carriers, however this one has enormous historic and emotional importance marking the end of the bloodiest conflict in mankind history.
    The only reason I deduct one star, rating 4 is a very steep price of 35$ pp.
    Written 9 June 2024
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  • Gail C
    Burlington, VT22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hanauma Bay is a must-visit for snorkelers and nature lovers. The bay's clear waters and vibrant coral reefs make for an unforgettable experience. Arrive early to secure parking and enjoy the pristine beauty of this marine sanctuary.
    Written 13 June 2024
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  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the world's most famous beaches, no question about that.
    One of the most average beaches, also no questions about that.
    But, movies, shows and tons of hotels around in a concrete jungle by the sea made it world famous.
    It is a nice beach, but it's in fact a town beach, better say city beach.
    On Oahu only, there're for sure 6-7 much better beaches. It's also not that big, so it gets very crowded.
    We were in a hotel one block away, so we used it only for our morning swim and after that we explored the island in our rented car.
    Written 9 June 2024
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  • Brenda M
    Gillespie, IL45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you want an incredible view then this is it! The hike takes about 30 minutes up. It rocky, wet terrain up and isn’t for anyone who came walking well. The payout when you get there is breathtaking!
    Written 6 June 2024
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  • Brenda M
    Gillespie, IL45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Family vacation to O’ahu and we had to see the beautiful view. The hike was easy since the path is paved. Highly recommend!
    Written 5 June 2024
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  • MJ_ontheBAY
    Honolulu, HI51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Bowfin and Submarine Museum might not get as much notoriety as the Arizona and Missouri, but this spot shouldn’t be overlooked. The museum is well done and gives a completely different overview than other parts of the Pearl Harbor Memorial. Submarine warfare is a totally different beast than surface and air and these exhibits illustrate why.

    Walking the top and underdecks of the Bowfin is simply amazing and gives a raw picture of what these boats are all about.

    A couple tips.. The Bowfin itself is pretty tight space-wise and requires you to step through several elevated hatches. This can pose a challenge if you have young kids or are traveling with elderly folks with degraded mobility. For this reason, no strollers aboard and they don’t allow kids under 4. Also, recommend you take the time to walk through and learn from the pier-side museum exhibits prior to walking aboard the Bowfin. This way, what you see and absorb on the Bowfin will make a little more sense and enrich the experience, especially if you’re unfamiliar with submarines and/or naval history.
    Written 16 June 2024
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  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I must admit I've never heard about a cemetery being in a volcanic crater, so I put this high on my list to do.
    A short drive uphill from downtown Honolulu will first reward you with great city views.
    Then you pass the entry gate where's a huge cemetery in a crater. Majestic and solemn site at the same time. The whole cemetery is dedicated to WWII, Korean and Vietnam war victims. On the other side is a memorial with stairs leading to it, do go and visit.
    Written 10 June 2024
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  • Ava H
    Galway, Ireland3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I visited Bishop Museum solo in August and it was an enriching experience that immersed me deeply in Hawaiian history and culture. Nestled in Honolulu, this museum stands out not only for its extensive collection but also for its captivating storytelling.. It was fascinating to learn how they used the stars to navigate the vast Pacific Ocean, underscoring their remarkable knowledge of astronomy and maritime prowess... For a moment I felt like Moana. Haha.. The museum caters to both casual visitors like mine and avid learners. It simply was perfect.
    Written 16 June 2024
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  • Jonnyjubb
    Rayleigh, UK225 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Came across this museum on one of walks and made a point of coming back to it. Spent a very informative hour in here. Very well laid out, with interesting artefacts and relevant descriptions. Add in that this was free to get into and it’s well worth a visit.
    Written 18 May 2024
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  • tammyBaltimore_Md
    Baltimore, MD3,819 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tons of shops from Target to high end, very nice and huge mall to explore for hours if you like.
    Not too far from Waikiki beach.
    Written 21 April 2024
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  • Stay291750
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The selection of restaurants available is very good, parking is usually ample and reasonably priced with validation.
    Written 18 March 2024
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