If you are planning to visit Pearl Harbor, you can see all the memorials including USS Utah and USS Oklahoma along with the Battleship Missouri, USS California, USS West Virginia, USS Arizona and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum at the Ford Island. Ford Island is still an active military base but you can easily go there and see some part of this historic battlefield. Our experienced guides will take you to all the historic Fort Island attractions. You can stop at Ford Island for about 2 to 5 hours on a typical Hawaiian tour and explore all these attractions easily. In order to promote tourism, various tourist amenities and facilities are available on the island. From restrooms to gift shops and food & refreshments, everything is available for your convenience. Book Ford Island tours now!
Ford Island has been a hub for motion pictures and films as many of them like In Harm’s Way that starred John Wayne and Tora have been filmed there. Ford Island has been called by various names such as Rabbit Island, Marín’s Island, Little Goats Island, and Mokuʻumeʻume. Moku’ume’ume Is a native Hawaiian name which means the Island of Attraction. It is among the highly visited small islands of Hawaii because it was the epicenter of the attack on December 7, 1941. But the remarkable history of Ford Island goes back even before the time of Pearl Harbor attack.
The reason why native Hawaiians call it Moku’ume’ume is because once upon a time they used to play a game in which around a fire the chiefs used to mingle with common people. The native people used to recite chants and sing songs. But from the time settlements came into existence, it was called the Ford Island. It is an ideal place to house all types of vessels because the water that surrounds is ideally deep for them.
By the 1940, Ford Island had officially and exclusively become the property of the US Navy. On the morning of December 7, 1941 when the Japanese Forces attacked Pearl Harbor, the bulk of the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet was anchored near Ford Island. As a result of the attack, it had been badly damaged. The seaplane base on the island had dozens of long-range PBY patrol bombers that after the attack were able to locate the Japanese fleet. Along her coast were moored seven of the Pearl Harbor fleet’s nine battleships. Most of the patrol planes were destroyed in the attack.
The Pearl Harbor & Ford Island Tour Highlights:
- Visit USS Missouri Battleship, the USS Utah Memorial, USS Oklahoma Memorial, USS West Virginia, USS California, USS Arizona and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum.
- Assistance of professional guides providing accurate and riveting narration of the historical events
- Witness the famous “Black Tears of the Arizona”
- Dramatic footage showing the real attack
- See the U.S. Pacific Fleet Headquarters building
- Boarding the Navy shuttle to reach the Arizona Memorial
- See the Bowfin Submarine
- Familiarize yourself with the rich history and culture of Hawaii
- Hawaii State Capitol Building and Iolani Palace
- King Kamehameha Statue
What to Bring
- Government-issued ID
- Any type of concealable bags are not allowed at Pearl Harbor
What to Wear
- Comfortable clothes
- Comfy and covered shoes
- No swimsuits
- Shirts are necessary