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Top Five Reasons for Taking a Pearl Harbor Tour

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Mention Pearl Harbor and it is impossible not to think of one of the most defining events of the Second World War. But do you really know why? Do you know the full story, or are you simply aware that Pearl Harbor is the place where the U.S. Navy suffered a devastating surprise attack which saw numerous ships crippled or sunk, and thousands of Americans killed or wounded?

So, if you want to learn more about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, here are five good reasons why taking a Pearl Harbor tour makes perfect sense:

1. Learn the full story

Yes, you know that Japan attacked the American Navy at Pearl Harbor, but do you know why? Do you know what was happening on the global stage prior to the attack? A Pearl Harbor tour will help answer these questions.

2. Become fully immersed in the events of the day

Of course, there are plenty of guidebooks telling you about the significance of Pearl Harbor, but do you really want to spend half your time with your head stuck in a book rather than taking in all the sights that are a reminder of such a fateful day in the history of the USA? Why not let someone else tell you the story, leaving you free to take in all the memorable sights!

U.s.s. Arizona Memorial At Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii

3. Choose your length and type of Pearl Harbor tour

Unlike a guided tour around a building, Pearl Harbor is so large that you can have your choice of tours. If you are keen to learn as much as you can about the events surrounding the attack on Pearl Harbor, then you can take a seven-hour tour that will include downtown Honolulu, the USS Arizona Memorial, and the Battleship Missouri, along with other places of interest. However, if you want to balance your tour with information about life in Honolulu during the War and the social aspects of life in the 1940s, then perhaps a tour that spends much of its time in downtown Honolulu would be more enjoyable for you.

4. Relax and enjoy the ‘ride’

If there is one great advantage of a guided tour as opposed to a self-guided expedition, it is the fact you can relax, not worry about whether you are going in the right direction, and you can forget about any struggle to find a parking space near any of the major exhibits. You also don’t have to fret about missing out on crucial elements and instead just enjoy the fact that you can get picked up from your hotel and all you have to do for the rest of the time is follow your guide enjoy the experience!

5. You have someone knowledgeable to answer your questions

It’s fair to say that you’ll have questions during your visit to one of the most popular historic sites on the island. The good thing about going on a Pearl Harbor tour is that your guide will gladly answer any questions you may have during the guided portion of your visit (usually on the way to Pearl Harbor and on the way back to your hotel). Your interactions with your guide will give you a more complete story of what happened during the attack and what was happening around the surrounding areas during that time.

Ask as many questions as you want! These guys don’t just work from a script, they are genuinely knowledgeable about Pearl Harbor, its history and the history of the WWII. So, whatever your question, chances are they will have the answer.

If you’re planning a trip to Honolulu and feel that a Pearl Harbor tour is something you should go on, by all means get in contact with us and we’ll be happy to give you some suggestions and recommendations based on your specific needs.

USS Arizona Memorial Pearl Harbor Hawaii