Learn the history of how Pearl Harbor began with the official audio tour around the USS Arizona Memorial. Travel back to the days when the USA…
Benefit from a skip-the-line ticket to the narrated boat tour around the USS Arizona Memorial. Travel back to the days when the USA entered World War…
Fly over the island of Oahu in a model MD500 helicopter, a Magnum P.I. replica. This scenic flight tour will show you all of the island’s highlights…
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…
Explore the history of Pearl Harbor independently with a passport to the historic World War II locations. This official full-day pass includes…
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…
Visit Pearl Harbor sites like USS Arizona Memorial and USS Missouri battleship, and avoid waiting in long lines.
A unique chance to combine historic Pearl Harbor and a drive around the island of Oahu. The tour honors World War II heroes at the Arizona Memorial…
See the best of Honolulu with this 1, 4 or 7-day, all-line pass! Explore Diamond Head, Pearl Harbor, Sea Life Park, Waikiki, Bishop Museum and more…
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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 should I visit?7:00AM - 5:00PM
- Is it expensive?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 informationGet out your fanny pack! Backpacks and other large bags must be checked at the storage area.
What people are saying about Pearl Harbor
We had a great time. My oldest daughter is a huge history buff. She had been watching to see if the Arizona Memorial would be open ever since we planned our trip. She was disappointed but not as bad as she would have been if it would open right after we were there. My daddy was there for 6 months in late 1945 to early 1946, so she was excited to see where her "Pappaw" was stationed. My husband and I have been on the memorial and it was so humbling.
We purchased this guide from what we thought was the Government Source, however, this was misrepresented and did cause confusion upon our arrival. Guide is excellent, but we felt the sales process was misleading.
A fitting tribute to those who fought and lost their lives. We were disappointed that we were not advised beforehand we couldn't board the Arizona Memorial.
We were very pleased with the tour on the Missouri. The guide was extremely knowledgeable.
The company that provided this service did an excellent job. Kevin our driver was prompt on pickup, great communicator / guide as he drove us to pick up other passengers and on quick tour following Pearl Harbor. Using this Tour allowed us to do the activity at PH we wanted and saved us a lot of time by NOT having to: arrive really early, wait and hope to get a ticket and if we got one, when it would be! Kevin quickly got our tickets when we arrived. Plenty of time to visit the PH Visitor Center prior to movie and shuttle to Arizona. Very sobering experience and educational. The shuttle promptly left after movie, humbling being on the Memorial, seeing the names, and looking down to see the remnants of the Arizona.