Planning your trip to Pearl Harbor can seem overwhelming if you are not sure what to expect. Visiting the park with a tour guide not only eliminates the stress of planning but will enhance the overall experience. There is a wide range of tour options available in Hawaii, but the quality varies. A good tour guide brings history to life, which is why Keawe Adventures proudly employs an expert team of veterans, historians, and professional guides who are passionate about their craft. Our team’s expertise and personal attention to detail guarantees that we have the best Pearl Harbor tour guides in Hawaii.
With over 1.6 million people visiting Pearl Harbor each year, it is one of the most iconic spots in Hawaii. Pearl Harbor consists of four sites, including the Arizona Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine, USS Missouri Battleship, and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. Each of these sites are unique to one aspect of the United States’ involvement World War II and contain a wealth of knowledge.
Visiting Pearl Harbor on your own is possible but will limit your experience in terms of time and information. Planning your visit can prove to be difficult, as it involves navigating how and when to purchase tickets, as well as determining how much time you will spend at each site.
The most popular site at Pearl Harbor, The Arizona Memorial, requires tickets for admission. If you plan to visit on your own, you should reserve tickets online at least two months in advance. The tickets themselves are free but will cost $1.00 to reserve online. If you are unable to secure tickets prior to your visit, walk-up tickets are still available on the day you arrive. However, it is best to arrive as early as possible. The Pearl Harbor Visitor’s Center opens at 7am and it is not uncommon for individuals to begin lining up at 6:30am. You may receive a ticket time for much later in the day and be stuck waiting for hours.
If you visit Pearl Harbor with our tour guides, the tickets will be secured for you ahead of time. We will plan your visit, so you are not wasting time standing in lines or waiting to view the Arizona Memorial. Our guides can expertly adjust your schedule, which allows you to spend the right amount of time at each site.
As with any museum, there are informational displays placed throughout the park explaining the events of Pearl Harbor. There are also narrated head-set tours available for an additional cost. Both are informative but limit the amount of information you are able to absorb. If you are traveling with kids, they may easily lose interest and want to move on to the next attraction. There is a lot to see at the park and it may be easy to overlook the details and quickly move to the next monument that catches your eye.
When you visit Pearl Harbor with our guides, they will bring history to life in front of you. Our expert guides can point out small details and artifacts that you may overlook. This knowledge allows you to view the area with a different set of eyes and emotions that you cannot get from a headset or reading a display. By setting aside those distractions, we can fill your day with historical information, personal experiences, and an in-depth knowledge that can only be learned over time.
Exploring Pearl Harbor in a small group tour is the best way to make sure your visit is engaging, informational, and time efficient. Our guides will enhance your visit by painting a vivid picture of the events leading up to the attack. We will set the world stage and explain how each country’s ideas and agenda contributed to the events of World War II. Our goal is to help answer the ultimate question: Why did Japan attack Pearl Harbor?
Our small group tours allow you to ask questions and get to know your tour guide. The experience becomes more personable and conversational, allowing you to fully understand and explore the park.
Pearl Harbor is more than a historic site. It is an intricate story of courage, personal sacrifice, and national freedom. The experience you have at Pearl Harbor depends entirely on how you plan your visit. The park is overflowing with history and emotion that are enhanced by the presence of an expert guide. With Keawe Adventures, you will create meaningful memories and expand your knowledge of world history. It is through these personal experiences that the history of Pearl Harbor is preserved.
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