If you’re going to be on Oahu, one historical site you absolutely must find time to visit is Pearl Harbor. This spot is famous because the Japanese attack on it in 1941 ushered the United States into World War II. You can easily find more information on its history, but it’s also good to know a bit about the logistics of visiting. Here are the top three things you should know about Peal Harbor:
- It’s Quite a Ways From Waikiki
Oahu may seem like a small island, but you’ll find it can actually be quite difficult to get from place to place. Car rentals can be pricey, especially once you figure in parking and fuel (which is much more expensive than it is on the mainland) and the island’s bus system takes a while to get used to. If you’re staying in one of the resort areas like Waikiki, then guided tours including transportation may actually be both the most convenient and the most affordable way to get to areas like Pearl Harbor. If you choose small group tours, your experience will probably even be enhanced by the tour group.
- Pearl Is an Active Military Base
If you’re planning to visit Pearl Harbor, you should remember that it’s an active naval base as well as being a solemn commemorative site. That means there are certain safety protocols in place you’ll need to abide by. For example, purses and strollers are not permitted (they can be checked for a modest fee). It also means it’s not the right place for some kinds of jokes or roughhousing with your kids. There will be plenty of time for that when you enjoy other areas of the island.
- Tour Packages Are a Good Deal
When you think of Pearl Harbor tours, you’re probably thinking of the USS Arizona Memorial tour that takes you by boat to the bridge-like monument spanning the sunken ship. But there are actually quite a few attractions at Pearl Harbor, including the USS Missouri (known as “Mighty Mo”) and the air and submarine museums. That means some types of package tours can give you a good deal, especially if you’re a history buff and want to fit in as much as possible.
If you’ve already gone on some Pearl Harbor tours, what types of package tours would you recommend to others? If you haven’t yet gone, what are you looking forward to the most? Join the discussion in the comments.