Oahu: Official USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Audio Tour
- Duration: 2 hours
- Optional audio guide
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.
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.
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Cousin Makani was a phenomenal guide and made the tour such a wonderful experience. I appreciated his knowledge and his helpful demeanor. Thank you for making my wife birthday an awesome experience.
Joey was awesome , he showed us Around the island and very knowledgeable ! Such an amazing experience for a first timer like myself.
Informative and enjoyable. Our narrator/guide was wonderful. Everything was great! I recommend it highly.
Garfield was a fabulous tour guide. Very knowledgeable about Hawaiian culture and history.
Everyone is so friendly and helpful when you ask for assistance