The Date of Infamy that launched an epic conflict with Japan took place here in the early morning hours of December 7, 1941. The tranquil waters of Pearl Harbor were forever disrupted by the tides of war. The USS Arizona and 1,177 of her crew were among the first casualties of the Pacific War; the USS Arizona Memorial stands above the sunken vessel and her fallen sailors, serving as a reminder of their sacrifice and commitment.
The USS Missouri, also known by her nickname 'Mighty Mo', was the last battleship ever constructed by the United States. It is also the only ship in the naval fleet to have fired her guns in both World War II and Persian Gulf Wars. Most significantly, however, was her role in bringing the Second World War to its conclusion; the Empire of Japan formally surrendered to the United States on her decks on September 2, 1945.
Commissioned May 1, 1943, the USS Bowfin submarine served an illustrious career in the Pacific War. In nine separate combat patrols in Japanese waters, she sunk a total of 38 ships and small craft and racked up nearly 100,000 nautical miles traveled before being decommissioned in 1947. In addition to her combat duties, she and her crew performed lifeguard missions, rescuing downed pilots who ejected out in the ocean.
The Pacific theater of World War II introduced a major paradigm shift in naval warfare, as the battleship ceded its dominance of the oceans to the aircraft carrier. Air power over the seas was crucial to the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor; naval aviation too led to U.S. victory. It is here in a former hangar on Ford Island that the Pacific Aviation Museum preserves the history of the warbirds of the Pacific War.
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Visiting the Pearl Harbor Memorial Tours from Waikiki
Hawaii's Most Complete Pearl Harbor Tour
Includes ALL Pearl Harbor Museums & Memorials
The Complete Pearl Harbor Tour
Pearl Harbor Visitor Center USS Arizona Memorial USS Bowfin Submarine USS Missouri Battleship Pacific Aviation Museum Historic Honolulu City Tour
Punchbowl National Cemetery
3 Convenient Departure Times
Includes Guided Deck Tour of Battleship Missouri
Battleships of World War II
Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Historic World War II Narration USS Arizona Memorial USS Missouri Battleship Historic Honolulu City Tour Punchbowl National Cemetery Iolani Palace & Ali'iolani Hale Morning, Mid-Morning, Afternoon Departures
Oahu Circle Island Tour with Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
USS Arizona Memorial Oahu's North Shore Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Dole Pineapple Plantation Oahu's South Shore Lunch Included
Remember and honor the heroes of December 7, 1941 on our 70th Anniversary Complete Pearl Harbor Experience. Visit all of the Pearl Harbor Museusm and Memorials, including the USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Missouri Battleship, and all about the tragic events that forever changed the island of Oahu.
Enhanced Ford Island Security
The Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection level has been raised to BRAVO level as of 1130 hours, Sunday May 1st. Attractions on Ford Island include the USS Missouri and Pacific Aviation Museum. Entry into Pearl Harbor Visitor's Center is not affected by these changes.Accordingly, all shuttles will be stopped at the Ford Island Bridge gate and sentries will board shuttles to check for ID's and inspect cargo areas before allowing entry.
Pearl Harbor “No Bags” Policy
Due to increased security measures, all purses, handbags, backpacks, fanny packs, camera bags, diaper bags, luggage and/or any other type of bag that can conceal an object are not permitted inside Pearl Harbor, the Visitor's Center, or to any of the attractions. A storage facility is available at $3 per bag at the entrance to the National Park. Cameras and camcorders are permitted.
The Pearl Harbor Visitor's Center has recently finished renovating their parking lots. Our tours have not been affected by these changes. However, current security levels prohibit visitors from driving to Ford Island, including the USS Missouri, USS Oklahoma Memorial and the Pacific Aviation Museum. Authorization to access the Admiral Clarey Bridge is limited to active military personnel and authorized tour companies. For tours with authorized access to Ford Island, click here.
Pearl Harbor Tours with Pearl Harbor Oahu
Pearl Harbor Oahu is proud to feature a number of exciting historic tours to the site of the United States entrance into World War II. As The Official Pearl Harbor Tours Site, our tours are designed for your convenience and schedule. All of our tours take you to Pearl Harbor's Visitor Center and the USS Arizona Memorial for a time of reflection and remembrance. The tragic attacks of December 7, 1941 shook the island of Oahu, and the United States, forever. The lives lost and that tragic day are things that we want to live on forever.
Within the grounds of Pearl Harbor are a number of exhibits, displays, memorials, and museums, honoring not only the 1,177 victims of the Japanese attacks, but all of those who bravely served in World War II. The USS Missouri Battleship and the Pacific Aviation Museum are located on Ford Island, and offer unique insites into the war. The USS Bowfin Submarine takes visitors through narrow corridors that often were submerged for months at a time.
Pearl Harbor Oahu Tours are combined with many of the top sites around the island of Oahu, including the world famous North Shore, the Polynesian Cultural Center, and a driving tour through downtown Honolulu's historic district. Inter-island tours from the Big Island, Maui, and Kauai allow visitors to Oahu's neighbor islands to experience Pearl Harbor's Museums -- including the USS Arizona Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine, USS Missouri Battleship, and the Pacific Aviation Museum -- while enjoying an island hopping trip to the most visited island in Hawaii.
Specialty Tours and Pearl Harbor Tours from the Neighbor Islands