Honolulu Harbor
Honolulu Harbor
Honolulu Harbor

Honolulu Harbor Tours and Tickets

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Historic Honolulu Harbor, the state’s original hub for commerce and immigration, stretches from Honolulu’s downtown business district in the east to Ke’ehi Lagoon in the west. A center of activity even prior to European contact, the harbor today—a series of dredged channels and basins encircling the less-than-a-square-mile Sand Island—is picturesque in parts and downright commercial in others. Despite a massive molasses spill that occurred here in Sept. 2013, there are those who say the harbor is among the cleanest commercial ports in the nation. To see for yourself, head down to Pier 7 where modern cruise ships still occasionally dock (if you didn’t arrive by boat, look for the giant wooden Falls of Clyde sailing ship fronting the now-shuttered Hawaii Maritime Center). There, just along the concrete harbor wall, is a veritable open-air aquarium: coral, tropical reef fish and the occasional reef shark can be seen making a living just steps from downtown skyscrapers.

Among the best places to watch the big cargo ships that supply the city with cars, groceries, goods and commodities are from the harbor-facing restaurants in the Aloha Tower Marketplace

Complex, or from the bars and restaurants located directly on Sand Island. During the 1800s, the harbor was the main point of entry into the state for visitors and immigrants, while Sand Island was used as a quarantine checkpoint for sick passengers. Also worth a visit are Piers 36-38, home to the Honolulu Fish Action—the largest tuna auction in the United States—several

notable seafood restaurants and moorings for the state’s largest commercial fishing fleet.

  • Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, 96817

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Melchi_T, Oct 2023
Our tour guide Matthew...
Our tour guide Matthew was excellent! We booked the night before and we were still able to have tickets for the Arizona memorial.
keithlouise, Oct 2023
Excellent experience
Matthew our tour guide was excellent, pleasant, helpful and a wealth of knowledge. All the highlights were amazing. Thankyou.
Jim_P, Oct 2023
This tour was memorable...
This tour was memorable simply because of our tour guide, Mathew. He was an incredible fountain of knowledge about his city, combining that skill with good driving, kindness to kia clientele, and all the time seeming like he was having fun too-great guy!
Suzanne_T, Mar 2023
Family Tour
We were traveling with 4 generations- Matthew was very knowledgeable, helpful and patient. He provided great detail in a way that appealed to everyone.