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…
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…
Experience the #1 visited site in Hawaii and discover all Pearl Harbor has to offer. This full-day tour at Pearl Harbor covers all four historic…
Skip the line on a guided boat tour to the USS Arizona Memorial. Visit the exhibitions inside the memorial to learn about the history of Pearl Harbor…
Explore the history of Pearl Harbor at your own pace with a passport to several historic World War II locations. The official full-day pass includes…
Visit Pearl Harbor and its most visited attraction, the USS Arizona Memorial with a skip-the-line ticket and entry to the USS Bowfin Submarine.
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…
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This incredible tour includes the USS Arizona Memorial narrated tour, admission to the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor and admission to the…
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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
Really enjoyed this tour. The Pearl Harbour complex is really well done. So glad to also have time to see the USS Bowfin. Tour of Punchbowl was also good.
Wish I could have walked through the Arizona but the dock will not be fixed until December they say. Clerks at the souvenir shop stilling asking for donations for the dock, as well as, charging for a bag for your overpriced purchases. Nickel and dime you!
For a long tour like this one it is necessary to have a knowledgeable experienced guide. We had one, Captain Shorts. The food was very good! We recommend this very special tour to anyone!
On time, friendly, knowledgeable and timely. I enjoyed our tour guide, the freedom to explore Pearl Harbor on our own and also the audio tour was definitely worth it!!! Thank you for an amazing day!
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.