USS Arizona Memorial & Mighty Mo
HNL-105 | Honolulu, Hawaii |
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Tour at a Glance
You will visit:
- Pearl Harbor & USS Arizona Memorial
- USS Missouri Memorial
You will see:
Approx. 5.5 hours
For an informative and moving tour of two of Hawaii's most famous WWII memorials, board your air conditioned motorcoach at the pier and journey along the Nimitz Highway to the historic Pearl Harbor.
Take a fascinating tour of the Visitor's Center which features a poignant short film with actual footage of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 - the devastating event that shocked Americans out of isolationism and prompted the United States to declare war on Japan and thus enter World War II.
Then board a Navy launch and travel to the haunting USS Arizona Memorial. This graceful 184-foot-long memorial seems to float serenely above the shattered hull of the sunken ship, destroyed by Japanese bombs on that infamous day. At once beautiful and sobering, this stunning memorial commemorates the 1,177 crewmen (75 were recovered, 1,102 remain entombed there) who were killed during the surprise attack.
Then visit the USS Missouri Memorial berthed on the former "battleship row" at Ford Island. The 887 foot long "Mighty Mo" battleship is a living museum that offers guests a glimpse into the past and the experience of being aboard a ship that is alive with history as well as modern technology. You will be educated and entertained with exhibits, memorabilia and activities that give you a sense of what life at sea was like aboard the world's last and most celebrated battleship.
Discover the thrilling details of the kamikaze attack on the Missouri; stand in the shadows of the 16-inch guns that pummeled Inchon, Korea; see where 28 Tomahawk missiles were launched during the Gulf War and stand on the "Signature Deck" where General Douglas MacArthur stood when Japanese officials signed and presented him with the "Articles of Surrender" that ended World War II.
Have your cameras at the ready as both memorials offer excellent views of the USS Bowfin, a restored WWII fleet submarine, nicknamed the "Pearl Harbor Avenger". You will even have the opportunity to tour the Bowfin for a fee while visiting the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center. Take time to browse the books shops at the Arizona Memorial and on board the USS Missouri for gifts and souvenirs of your moving and educational tour of one of the most famous eras in American history.
Expect long lines and crowds when visiting the USS Arizona Memorial. The wait to view both the film at the Visitor Center and then to board the naval launch to the memorial can take approximately 1 3/4 hours.
On rare occasions the Navy may discontinue the motorlaunch service to the Arizona Memorial due to weather and safety concerns. If the launches to the Arizona Memorial are not operating, the visit to the Visitors Center will still be made to provide an opportunity to take pictures of the Memorial, attend the film in the Pearl Harbor Memorial Theater, visit the Exhibit Galleries as well as to tour Remembrance Circle and Submarine Memorial. For an additional cost, passengers may also choose to visit the USS Bowfin submarine. In addition, a city tour will be added to include a drive through the Punchbowl National Cemetery.
U.S. Navy rules prohibit all bags larger than the size of a hand-held radio being transported in any vehicle to USS Missouri. Passengers will have the opportunity to store these items for a fee at an area near the USS Bowfin before reboarding the bus to visit "Mighty Mo." Cameras without carrying case, prescription medication and bottled water are permitted. Swim suits and tank tops are not permitted at the Arizona Memorial.
12 years & under only