Oahu Activities: Take a Pearl Harbor Tour
Learn about the history of Pearl Harbor with a tour of the Memorial and other sites during your stay at our Waikiki Hotel.
Taking a Pearl Harbor Tour is an interesting Oahu Activity that provides insight on historic events and give you a change to pay your respects to the many who died during the 1941 attack.
Location: 1 Arizona Memorial Place
Distance from Ambassador Hotel Waikiki Beach: 10 Miles
When planning a stay at our Waikiki Hotel, consider adding a few fun activities that allow you to learn a bit about the important historical events that took place here—and none impacted the world as much as the attacks that took place at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Today, visitors from around the world take a Pearl Harbor tour to learn more about the events of that day and to honor the thousands who died as a result of the attacks. This Oahu Activity is appropriate for all ages, and the site welcomes more than a million visitors each year.
Facts About Pearl Harbor:
- Pearl Harbor is still the home of the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet.
- The attack on Pearl Harbor lasted about two hours and included dive bombers, torpedo bombers, and other artillery with attacks coming from every side.
- 2,026 American sailors and marines were killed, and many were left in the ships as their final resting place.
- Eight battleships were damaged during the attacks, and six of those returned to the fleet after being repaired.
- Fuel continues to leak from the USS Arizona to this day. The ship had a full load of 1.5 million gallons on the day it was attacked, and it leaks at a rate of about 9 quarts each day. At that rate, the ship could continue to leak fuel for 1,800 years.
This Oahu Activity is appropriate for all ages, and the site welcomes more than a million visitors each year.
Tips for Visiting Pearl Harbor:
- If you’d like to avoid the crowds, arrive early. The first tours start at 8 a.m.
- Only 1,300 tickets are available to visit the USS Arizona each day, and they can’t be reserved in advance. On a busy day, the tickets are often gone by mid-morning.
- You’ll have to go through security to enter, and no bags of any kind are allowed. The only permissible items are a camera, wallet, and water bottle and those things must be carried. For that reason, it’s a good idea to wear something with pockets. If you have a bag, you’ll have to store it in a locker.
- Keep in mind that you’re not just visiting a fun attraction—this is a Memorial and a grave where 1,102 of the sailors and marines killed that day have their final resting place. Please consider this in how you act during your visit.
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