Pacific Aviation Museum and Pearl Harbor Tour
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA
- Arizona Memorial: View the living memorial dedicated to the sailors and marines who fell when the mighty Arizona was attacked and sunk to the harbor floor after enduring three near misses and four direct hits from enemy fire.
- Ford Island: Visit the Pacific Aviation Museum and walk the grounds that became ground zero during the Japanese attack on American forces at Pearl Harbor.
- Punchbowl National Cemetery: Honor those who gave their all in the service of their country with a visit to the immaculate gardens of the Pacific’s National Cemetery, beautifully tucked away inside an extinct volcanic tuff.
- Hotel Pick-Up: We'll pick you up from any major Waikiki Hotel.
- Bring the little ones: Children 2 and under are free and don't require a reservation.
About this Honolulu Tour
Pearl Harbor was not a random attack but instead a very strategic and thought out plan which was the result of tensions between the US and Japan. Japan’s mission? Destroy the Pacific fleet that was moored around Ford Island in order to stop US forces from preventing their expansion into the South Pacific. The two hour assault on the unsuspecting base was swift but resulted in the destruction of about 20 American naval vessels, nearly 200 planes and the death of over 2000 American soldiers.
Prepare to relive the fury of those momentous events with a visit to the Pacific Aviation Museum and see part of the base that survived the attack on that fateful day. Located in a 1930s-era hanger, a tour of Oahu's newest museum will put you at the center of the action that unfolded on that fateful morning more than 70 years ago. The attack confirmed what strategist already widely suspected and officially launched the US into WWII.
Explore the cavernous exhibits that contain models of the vintage aircraft that dueled through the skies of the Pacific Ocean. From the B-25B Mitchell medium bomber, made famous in April 1942 during the Doolittle Raid over Tokyo, to Japan's formidable fighter, the Mitsubishi "Zero," the air battle over the Pacific will come alive during your tour through historical artifacts, interactive tours, and informative reenactments.
The Pearl Harbor attack was merely the opening round of a vicious four-year war that changed the world forever. Remember the ultimate sacrifice those heroes made, and honor their service as you reflect on one of the most important days in history.
Imagine their surprise
Japanese victory hinged on capturing the three American carriers normally moored there, the Enterprise, Lexington, and Saratoga, and destroying them at the docks surrounding Ford Island. Unluckily for them, the first two ships were delivering aircraft to Midway and Wake islands, and the Saratoga was making her way into San Diego harbor for refit. With those assets missing, the Japanese knew that their withdrawal was at risk if the American PBY aircraft, stationed on Ford Island, found them out.
Pick-up is included from select downtown hotels. Please specify your hotel name and location during check-out. If you're hotel is not included in the route, the nearest pick-up point will be given.
The US Department of the Interior has instituted a "no bags" policy at the Arizona Memorial and Visitor Center. No item that offers concealment is allowed- including purses, handbags, backpacks, diaper bags, etc.
A small camera is permitted. Please bring vital items in a manner that they can be placed in your pockets. Do not leave valuables on the bus.
The Pearl Harbor Visitors Center and the Museum are wheelchair accessible. However, you must be able to get on and off the bus with the help of a traveling companion.
Full Day, Bus Tour, Cultural, Scenic, Shopping
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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