This tour begins when we pick you up at your hotel or cruise ship. While traveling to Pearl Harbor our expert guides will take you back in time with a historical recounting of the events leading up to the day of the attack and its aftermath.
The Experience Highlights
Ride aboard a Naval vessel to the Arizona Memorial on Battleship Row
See the “Black Tears of the Arizona” (Iridescent oil, still trickling to the top of the harbor surface from the USS Arizona after 70 years)
See historical artifacts from the attack
Visit the gift shop for books, souvenirs and WWII memorabilia
Walk the grounds of the National Monument with informative displays
View Battleship Row & USS. Bowfin Submarine
See the Headquarters of the USS Pacific Fleet
View many Navy vessels that might include destroyers and carriers
What You'll Do
While traveling to Pearl Harbor our expert guides will take you back in time with a historical recounting of the events leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Upon arrival at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument you’ll have a chance to explore the museum filled with historical artifacts and documents that further set the stage of the attack on Pearl Harbor. You’ll also see a historic film featuring archive footage of the actual attack! Then, you’ll board an official United States Navy vessel for a ride across the bay to the site of the Arizona Memorial--suspended above the sunken battleship where 1,177 sailors gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. You’ll see Pearl Harbor from the same vantage as the sailors did that fateful morning and bear witness to the names of the fallen. Insightful and Unforgettable, this tour is a must for any trip to the islands.
Location: WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument
Difficuty level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
The 23 min. documentary of the attack might be emotional to some visitors
There is a 10 minutes US Navy boat ride over to the Memorial
The entire program lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes ( 23-minute documentary film on the actual attack, a 10 minutes boat ride to and from the Memorial and time spent at the Memorial)
Subject to close for stormy weather
Should be able to walk 4 city blocks
Be prepared for a long wait, up to 3 hour or more on a busy day. It will be better to reserve your tickets in advance
For those with mobility issues, there are benches throughtout the Visitors Center to offer rest opportunities
Description of Monument
Pearl Harbor at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument is located on Oahu, Hawaii.
Hawaii became an annexation to the US due to its strategic importance in the Pacific. Its location became the reason behind the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 which forced the US into WW II. Because of the historic significance of these events, in 1964 Pearl Harbor was declared a national historic landmark. Read More ▸
Purpose & Significance of the Monument
The purpose of the monument is to..."preserve, interpret, and commemorate the history of World War II in the Pacific from the events leading to the December 7, 1941, attack on Oahu, to peace and reconciliation."
The statements of significance express "why a monument's resources and values are important enough to merit designation as a unit of the national park system. These statements are linked to the purpose of World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Pearl Harbor and are supported by data, research, and consensus. Read More ▸
Visitors Center Accessibility
Pearl Harbor is an ADA compliant and handicap accessible facility
Restrooms, book store, information desk, drinking fountains, movie theater, US Navy shuttle boat, and the Memorial are wheelchair accesible
Wheelchairs are only available for emergency situations
Visually Impaired Accessbility
Braille and tactile model resources are available within Visitors Centers
Hearing Impaired Accessbility
Historical documentary shown in the theater is fully captioned
There is an induction loop for use with the hearing aids
Medical Service Accessibility
There are no nurses or doctors on site. There are hospitals nearby.
Note: Behavior at the Memorials
The memorials are places of honor, inspiration, reflection, and quiet contemplation commemorating those who died during the attack of December 7, 1941. Visitors are asked to assist in maintaining an atmosphere of decorum and respect.