Oahu Attraction: Pearl Harbor
A visit to the historic Oahu attraction of Pearl Harbor is a must for many visitors to our Honolulu Hotel.
The events of December 7, 1941 changed the world forever, and a visit to Pearl Harbor is a chance to learn about and reflect on what happened that day.
Distance from Ambassador Hotel Waikiki Beach: 13 Miles
On December 6, 1941, Pearl Harbor was just another U.S. Naval Station. The very next day, it would become the site of brazen attacks by Japanese pilots, and those attacks would help plunge the U.S. into World War II. Today, visitors to Ambassador Hotel – A Honolulu Hotel can visit Pearl Harbor to remember, reflect and learn.
Tours of this somber Oahu Attraction include several sites, each of which helps to piece together the story of what happened on December 7, 1941, and the events that would follow. When you explore Pearl Harbor you will have the opportunity to visit the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine and the USS Missouri Battleship.
Many visitors start their visit to this Oahu Attraction at the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center. Here, you can get an overview of the attacks, learn about some of the people involved and see how it immediately impacted the lives of civilians living nearby.
A visit to the USS Arizona is one of the most touching parts of a day spent at Pearl Harbor. Here, the bodies of the sailors killed during the attack are entombed in the ship that they died trying to protect.
Ambassador Hotel – A Honolulu Hotel is located near many popular Oahu Attractions. Our Hotel is just steps from many things to do, Restaurants, Shopping and more.
Several Honolulu tour companies offer guided Pearl Harbor tours, or you can explore options on your own. During your next stay at our Honolulu Hotel, spend an afternoon visiting the spot in Hawaii where history was changed.
Facts about Pearl Harbor:
- Pearl Harbor is still the home of the Pacific Fleet of the U.S. Navy.
- The two-hour attack on Pearl Harbor damaged all of the battleships docked there and sank four. One, the USS Arizona remains underwater to this day. In total, 21 ships wer badly damaged. The number of Americans killed was 3,500.
- Fuel continues to leak from the U.S.S. Arizona and will continue for another 500 years.
- Survivors of the U.S.S. Arizona attack can request to be buried with the ship. When they do, their cremated remains are brought down the ship by divers.
- Pearl Harbor welcomes 1.5 million visitors each year.
Tips for visiting Pearl Harbor:
- There is no cost to visit Pearl Harbor, but a ticket is required. Only 1,300 tickets are given out per day on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early.
- You can reserve a ticket in advance for a small fee ($1.50). To reserve your ticket and avoid the lines, visit the Recreation.gov website.
- NO BAGS ARE ALLOWED. You’ll have to go through security before entering, and any bags will have to be stored in a locker. The only items you can bring in are a wallet, camera, and bottle of water.
- As with all outdoor activities and attractions, you’ll want to be sure wear sunscreen.
- Visitors spend an average of two hours at Pearl Harbor, and some spend much more.
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