For our guests who are staying on Maui during their entire vacation, or who are also visiting Kauai or the Big Island but not Oahu, we offer a variety of one-day to Pearl Harbor Tours and you can select the one that best fits your travel needs. Hawaii’s largest natural harbor, Pearl Harbor is both an active military base and a National Historic Landmark that commemorates the courage and sacrifices of those who fought in the Pacific during the war.
Other Pearl Harbor sites include the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, the USS Oklahoma Memorial, and the USS Bowfin Submarine. As noted, the boat tour to the USS Arizona Memorial requires advanced reservations, which can be made online or in person (same-day tickets only). Navy and National Parks Service specialists spent Tuesday inspecting and repairing the movable bridge that normally accommodates 4,500 visitors a day.
If you’re going on a Pearl Harbor tour, the one thing that you can’t miss are the USS Arizona tours. There is a maximum number of tickets available each day for USS Arizona Memorial (4,500) so if you’re visiting in peak season, you’re advised to book in advance (remember that $1.50 fee) or get there early to secure a ‘walk-in’ ticket.
The memorial is reached by boat which leaves every quarter of an hour from the visitor center complex ( map of the visitor center is here). Before boarding the boat you will pass through a small theatre where you will see a short film about the attack on Pearl Harbor (it lasts about 20 minutes). USS Arizona Memorial is the most significant sight at Pearl Harbor and likely to be top of your visit list. Visitors park for free at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.
The plan hinged on secrecy and duplicity in the movement of the Japanese Pacific fleet with 6 aircraft carriers under Admiral Naguma close to Pearl Harbor and then launching an air attack on the harbor and the moored warships. The USS Arizona Memorial is seen in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
The journey then moves onward to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, where many of those who fought for their country are buried, and finally past Honolulu’s most noteworthy historical landmarks, including Iolani Palace, Kawaiahao Church, the Hawaii State Capitol and Honolulu City Hall.