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pearl harbour

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pearl harbour

thinking of taking stars and stripes tour with roberts hawaiibut don't want to be at pearl harbour all day..roberts has a much shorter tour but you don't go to the battleship..is this tour better on your own, or to go with roberts or someone else?

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I'm sure you meant no harm, but please show the proper dignity and respect and spell it: "Pearl Harbor", not "pearl harbour". Thanks. Chuck...

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I am not sure of the details on the Stars and Stripes Tour but we just went to see the USS Arizona Memorial, (the Bowfin and the Missouri are also there & well worth the extra time to take in touring them.) My opinion is that this area is better explored on your own. You can see the things that you want to see instead of following a tour guide's schedule.

If all you are interested in (or have time for) is seeing the Memorial, then it might be ok to go with a tour because everyone is limited to a set amount of time once taken out to the Memorial - you have to take the next shuttle launch back to the visitor's center and have no choice in the matter. I think it was about 10-12 min. out there - possibly slightly longer.

Exploring the Bowfin and the Missouri took much longer and there was a lot to see.

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sorry chuck..you are right..Pearl Harbor as it is then, maybe will tour it ourselves, i have read it can take a long time to get there and to book a shuttle?

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We had a rental car and used it to drive ourselves to Pearl Harbor. We left very early the morning after the night we arrived because we were many hours ahead, still on East Coast time. We arrived at Pearl Harbor about 7am and were the 5th and 6th people in line. It was a lovely, quiet morning in this solemn place and we didn't mind our hour wait and got to know others in the line...from all over the US and the world. The memorial is so worth it..please go.

One thing, however, is that traffic in Oahu is awful (and we're from near Manhatten!). We were very happy we had good directions as well as our GPS. If you plan to rent a car, please take your GPS with you but don't be afraid to do the Pearl Harbor tour by yourselves. Rent a headset for a nominal fee and pay your respects. You will be glad you did.

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You can certainly do the tour on your own, but either way you will enjoy it. Whatever you do don't miss it. An experience you will never forget.

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We used a shuttle company called Tahiti Transportation & Tours who only charged us $9 per person return from Waikiki. The give you options of return times. Get out there reasonably early (around 8.30 to 9am to miss the tour buses) and explore by yourself. Pay the $5 for the head set at the Arizona museum and memorial, it gives a great commentary. Five hours will give you plenty of time to have a look around most things. Some things we spent a short time on and others, we wanted to linger a bit longer.

Definitely worth the visit. Although we were from NZ we still felt a great emotional impact particularly from the introduction to the film by a WWII war veteran at the Arizona museum.

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Back in the late 1970s my wife and i where on holiday from Australia touring the United States.

this is a high light of our trip. i was directed by a hotel guest to go to the shopping centre Called Almoana. then catch a bus B52 to Pearl Harbor Cost 20 Cents into bus can. this stopped outside Pearl.

we had a great day the boat tour was conducted by the USA Female salores in a open motorised long boat.we then got the bus to return to almoana.because you guys drive on the oposite side of the road. we soon realised we where going the wrong way.this bus stopped half way around the island for a kiosk drink and ice cream. we arived back very late but we had toured the island for 40 cents.this mistake made our trip to the States.check out if this bus still runs to Pearl you will not regret it. Grumphy

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Give yourself flexibility by using the local bus system, called TheBus. Current charges area about $2 per passenger. The Arizona Memorial is about 75 minutes from the Waikiki area--and the time goes by rapidly as you talk with locals as well as other tourists. This way you can set your own pace as you visit FOUR interesting sites--the USS Arizona Memorial (free--operated by the US National Park Service) and (for reasonable fees) the USS Bowfin submarine, the Pacific Aviation Museum (on Ford Island featuring WWII aircraft and battle scenarios), and the USS Missouri battleship where the surrender of WWII took place. My experience suggests about three-fourths of a day, but this may vary for others. There is a bus stop near the Arizona Memorial where you can board the bus back to Honolulu, going right by Iolani Palace, Honolulu City Hall and Kawaiah'o Church (just like the Roberts tour says), and by getting a transfer slip when you get on the bus you'll probably end up at Ala Moana shopping center for pleasant shopping before using the tranfer (free) for your trip back to Waikiki.

Two things this suggestion doesn't cover: (1) the commentary from the Roberts tour guide which could be very interesting, and (2) the visit the the National Memorial Cemetary of the Pacific (Punchbowl) which again can be done by TheBus.

Either option--the Stars and Stripes tour or doing things on your own--will be very informative and emotional; these are must-see sights for visitors to Oahu.

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Excellent advice thus far. My only bit to add is that, if you can spare the time please do visit the Missouri. The guided walking tour there of course offers insights and anecdotes which are invaluable, but even if you wander around by yourself for an hour it will be worth it. Once you stand on her decks you'll be amazed at how impressive and awe inspiring she is and how the presence of history surrounds you. A lot of brave men fought and died there protecting the free world and I always strongly urge everyone I know who is visiting Pearl to stop by, if nothing more than to pay respects and honor those men and the sacrifices they made for all our sakes.

I do recommend driving out there yourselves, visiting the Arizona museum and memorial, then taking the bridge out to the island and visiting the Missouri. Go early, as you'll want to beat the crowds, and you should be able to do it in just half a day, longer depending upon how much time you elect to wander and gawk. Booked tours are great, but when we go we always opt for going on our own and exploring that way. It seems more personal and enriching than being shuttled around by a guide. But, that is just us and you may feel differently, of course. Either way, whether you book with an operator or go solo, please take time to visit both the Arizona and Missouri. You'll be so glad you did!