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Know Before You Go: Visiting Pearl Harbor

Know Before You Go: Visiting Pearl Harbor

Annually over 1.5 million people visit the USS Arizona memorial, a tribute to the memory of the Pearl Harbor attack, which launched the United States into World War II. Visiting such a popular attraction can require some advance planning, so here are some travel tips to keep in mind.

Book your tour early.

Pearl Harbor is one of Honolulu’s most popular attractions, and though there’s no charge to visit, tickets are required. Walk-in tickets are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve a tour or tickets ahead of time to avoid disappointment, or plan to show up first thing in the morning before the visitor center opens.

Don’t miss the USS Bowfin, USS Missouri, and Pacific Aviation Museum.

When most visitors think of Pearl Harbor, they have the USS Arizona Memorial in mind. While this memorial is the most recognizable in Pearl Harbor, the area has several other historic sites to help fill in the picture, including the USS Bowfin submarine, the battleship USS Missouri, and the Pacific Aviation Museum. Set aside a full day to visit all of them.

Be respectful.

More than 3,500 Americans lost their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor, so remember to be respectful when choosing what to wear. There’s no formal dress code, but it’s best to save the bikinis for Waikiki.

Protect yourself from the sun.

Weather in Hawaii changes quickly, and the sun can feel very direct when it is shining. Since many of Pearl Harbor’s attractions are outdoors, it’s a good idea to apply sunscreen before leaving your hotel and bring along a hat and a pair of sunglasses.

Leave your bags and backpacks behind.

No bags of any sort are permitted through security at the entrance to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. All you’re allowed to bring inside are a wallet, camera, and water bottle, and you’ll have to carry them. Lockers are available outside security.

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Pearl Harbor Arizona, Missouri and City Tour

Pearl Harbor Arizona, Missouri and City Tour

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Explore the sites of Pearl Harbor and downtown Honolulu on this tour from Waikiki. YYou'll board the USS Missouri, visit the USS Arizona Memorial and the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center to learn about the rich history of WWII. Plus, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Honolulu to see attractions such as the King Kamehameha Statue and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl Cemetery).
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Pearl Harbor Arizona, Punchbowl and City Tour

Pearl Harbor Arizona, Punchbowl and City Tour

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See Honolulu’s top attractions on this tour which includes a drive through downtown Honolulu, Puchbowl Cemetry and a visit to Pearl Harbor. Board the Navy launch boats to view the USS Arizona Memorial and explore the harbor side displays and historic exhibits at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. The downtown Honolulu tour, include a drive past Kawaiahao Church, King Kamehameha statue and Mission Houses Museum.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Pearl Harbor WWII Heroes Adventure Tour

Pearl Harbor WWII Heroes Adventure Tour

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Immerse yourself in World War II history during this full-day tour on Oahu. Visit the USS Missouri and the site of the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor to walk in the footsteps of the country's war heroes. Climb aboard the USS Bowfin and learn about its important role in battles during WWII. View the sunken USS Arizona, the watery resting place for over 1,000 brave soldiers, and visit the Pearl Harbour Aviation Museum. Round-trip transportation from Waikiki hotels is included.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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