Learn the history of Pearl Harbor with a skip-the-line ticket to the USS Arizona Memorial. Travel back to the days when the USA entered World War II,…
Explore the history of Pearl Harbor independently with a passport to the historic World War II locations. Take a narrated tour of the USS Arizona…
Learn the history of Pearl Harbor on an official tour of the USS Arizona Memorial, approved by the National Park Service. Travel back to the days…
Journey back to World War II and the attack on Pearl Harbor with a visit to the USS Arizona Memorial and USS Missouri battleship. Skip the long lines…
Skip the long lines to the Pearl Harbor attraction on a small group tour from Waikiki. Learn more about the events that led to the US joining World…
Take an official half-day tour of Pearl Harbor and travel back to the days when the US entered World War II. Enjoy a narrated audio guide tour of the…
Learn the history of Pearl Harbor with a skip-the-line ticket to the USS Arizona Memorial. See exhibitions of photographs and personal memorabilia.
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The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was the 9/11 of its day, remembered as a defining moment of the Second World War. But Pearl Harbor is about much more than its most tragic moment. Here's a brief history to prepare you for your tour!
The large bay was originally called Wai Momi, or "Waters of Pearl." According to Hawaiian legend, it's home to the shark goddess, Kaʻahupahau.
First by the Ewa chief, Keaunui, who reshaped the estuary to make it accessible. Then, in 1869, the US deepened the waters leading into the harbor while Hawaii was still a kingdom.
The kingdom made way for the Republic of Hawaii in 1893, which let the US establish a naval base at the harbor six years later. It didn't become the 50th state until 1959!
US intelligence is rumored to have expected the "surprise" attack, but either way, the naval base was woefully unequipped to defend against any kind of air-raid.
The Pearl Harbor attacks killed 2,403 Americans and Hawaiians, and sunk much of the US' naval might. Defiantly, it's still home to the bigger-than-ever US Pacific Fleet!
The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is open daily from 7:00AM to 5:00PM, except for Thanksgiving Day, December 25th, and January 1st. Expect it to be busy at any time! If travelling on a budget then arrive early to snap up one of the free walk-in tickets, otherwise it's recommended that you book in advance!
Pearl Harbor can be accessed by City Bus and taxi, but the former is slow (up to 2 hours) and the latter expensive. Many cheap, quick transportation services don't have clearance to the tourist site itself, so the best way to reach Pearl Harbor is undoubtedly with a certified tour company.
- When to visit7:00AM - 5:00PM
- What is the price?Walk-in tickets are free, but best to guarantee access by purchasing an all-inclusive tour package.
- Will I need a guide?It will definitely help.
- How to get thereBest to go in a private van with a tour company.
- Additional tipsGet out your fanny pack! Backpacks and other large bags must be checked at the storage area.
What People Are Saying About Pearl Harbor
No time for gift shop. Felt way too rushed. No reason to shirt change on time since we r on our own anyway
Would like to compliment Manuel on his wonderful interesting knowledge to make our trip so memorable
Everything was on point towards the history of the attack. I felt like I was there in some way.
I wish the instructions had told us that there was an inside bus terminal at the Grand Islander. We waited by the curbside pullover, where all of the buses seemed to stopping and almost missed our tour. Thankfully, they connected with our guide and she was very personable and friendly and apologized for the mix-up. The tour gives just enough time to visit the Arizona memorial and not much else, but that was what we wanted.
The SS Arizona Memorial was worth the wait in line. Thanks to the Veterans for fighting for freedom!