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Pearl Harbor / WW II Valor in the Pacific National Monument
Ranked #2 of 346 things to do in Honolulu
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A 184-foot memorial honoring the 2,388 Americans who died during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed this tour. My husband at first was not interested, but after seeing the movie before the tour he enjoyed it.

Thank feinuklein
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You can't visit Hawaii without immersing yourself in the history of Pearl Harbor. We couldn't decide whether to pre-book a tour via the resort concierge, or to purchase on arrival but ended up deciding to make our own way there on the bus at a cost of just $5.50 for an adult day ticket allowing us to travel there and back (plus anywhere else we decided to travel by bus on the same day). The bus took us to the main road just outside the road in to Pearl Harbour Visitor Centre.

The Pearl Harbor Visitor Centre is free for you to discover at your own pace, and there are four paid attractions at the site; Arizona Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine, Battleship Missouri Memorial and the Pacific Aviation Museum. The grounds of the visitor centre feature interactive exhibits and tributes to those who lost their lives in battle during WWII. Having been born in Australia with grandparents who were teenagers in Poland during WWII that migrated post war, I had taken a natural interest in the European history and didn't have a great knowledge of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Despite this, it was difficult to ignore the emotion sparked within when reading plaques on monuments throughout the grounds.

If you're looking for a free boat ride to the Arizona Memorial, then arrive early or pre-book online as there are limited numbers available. We missed out as we didn't arrive until after midday, however our visit in early June was during a closure of the Arizona Memorial, so boat rides were still running, but passengers were unable to disembark onto the Memorial.

We chose to purchase tickets to the USS Bowfin Submarine which is located in the Visitor Centre grounds, and the Battleship Missouri Memorial which is accessible by shuttle (included in the ticket price) from the Visitor Centre. The cost for these two attractions was $46 for an adult.

Our time on the Submarine was brief, after the routine posed tourist shot on our way to board (which was printed on the front of a newspaper the day of the Pearl Harbor attack and available to purchase for $20 on exit), we spent maybe 20 minutes looking around.

We spent an hour on Battleship Missouri, but could've easily spent three hours there, only we'd arrived an hour before it closed at 4pm. The ship is rich with history as it was the site of Japan's surrender which ended WWII. It spans across three vast levels, so leave plenty of time to discover at your own pace.

I'd recommend knowing the closing time for each attraction before planning your time at Pearl Harbour to avoid missing out on anything!

Thank Larissa2410
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a great history lesson and a great way to remember those who died here. We had our grandchildren with us and I'm sure they will remember this experience. The Arizona memorial was closed, but they did sail close to it This was a bit of a disappointment, but the experience was still good

Thank Jack D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unfortunately unable to land on the Memorial due to some? structural damage. Excellent explanation of the Memorial by the volunteer guide on the boat that took us around the memorial but sadly difficult to visualise due to inability to get close enough

Thank Short_break43
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great tour. Learnt heaps. My only downfall was I was told
Couldn't take a hand bag or take photo's. I left all of this behind put money in my pocket.
When we arrived their still was no handbags allowed, but people had cameras and phones to take pictures with. So I didn't get to take any. That was very disappointing. Apart from that it was a great day.

Thank H8577YIjennyh
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