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Vacation prices keep many families away from memorable adventures, the trips that enrich and energize family relationships. With good research and planning, Hawaii can provide those family opportunities at the right price.

On the road to Pearl Harbor

A Pearl Harbor tour should be on every family’s bucket list. The visit is educational and emotional and still a lot of interesting fun.

There’s so much to see and do in and around Pearl Harbor, you’ll want to give it more than a quick look without helpful guidance.

The best Pearl Harbor Hawaii tour packages starts at your Waikiki Beach hotel or, if convenient, from Maui or the Big Island. The Complete Pearl Harbor Experience carries you on comfortable air-conditioned vans in the hands of entertaining and knowledgeable professional guides.

They take you to Oahu’s Pacific Historic Park where you watch archive footage of the infamous December 7, 1941 attack. At the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, you board a boat to travel to the USS Arizona Memorial, a stunning and serene monument perched above the gravesight of the many who died onboard.

Your $10 admission to the USS Bowfin Submarine, The Pearl Harbor Avenger, is included in the tour price as is the $20 entrance fee to the USS Missouri Battleship tour. And, you’ll hit the USS Oklahoma Memorial before stopping for lunch at the Laniakea Cafe.

And, on the way back, the tour visits the Iolani Palace (the official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy), State Capitol, Kawaiahao Church (Oahu’s first Christian church), Punchbowl Cemetery (National Veteran’s Cemetery), and the iconic Great Statue of King Kamehameha.

If you prefer, you can opt for other tour packages focused on the Battleships of WWII, historic Honolulu, or the attractions and beaches of the Island of Oahu.

On the way to adventure

Touring families enjoy the Hawaiian Cultural Tour which also includes ​Pearl Harbor Oahu Dole Plantation tour​ experience.
The round trip takes you to Waimea Valley where you hike to the majestic Waimea Falls and a private lunch. You then travel to Oahu’s famed North Shore Beaches at Waimea Bay and Sunset Beach.

A visit to the historic Byodo-In Temple in the Valley of the Temples precedes stops and photo opportunities at Nuuanu Pali Lookout, Hanauma Bay Lookout, Waimanalo Beach Park with its Halona Blowhole and Halona Cove, and Sandy Beach and Amelia Earhart Lookouts.

If you enjoy hiking, the Volcano and Eco-Adventure offers a total package of education, thrills, and fun. This trip takes you to Hilo on the Big Island, home of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

The tour includes the price of the 223-mile inter-island flight to see Hawaii’s single active volcano, the power behind the formation of the islands. The expert guide takes you to the towering Rainbow Falls that catch the sun’s full rainbows.

You’ll get to visit the island’s black sandy beach, the gorgeous Queen Lydia Liliuokalani Gardens, and Hilo’s many shops. But, your main interest is the Mt. Kilauea Volcano Park where you get up close experience with extinct lava flows, billowing geothermal steam vents, and the active Halema’uma’u Crater.

As the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park organization teaches, “Volcanoes are monuments to Earth’s origin, evidence that its primordial forces are still at work. During a volcanic eruption, we are reminded that our planet is an ever-changing environment whose basic processes are beyond human control. As much as we have altered the face of the Earth to suit our needs, we can only stand in awe before the power of an eruption.”

Hawaii tours by Fun Hawaii Tours offers the Take a break from the world of online time clocks. This is an adventure worth writing home about that won’t break the bank!!