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No trip to Oahu would be complete without visiting Hawaii’s most popular tourist attraction … the USS Arizona Memorial. The Arizona & Missouri tour, aka Pearl Harbor Remembered, includes the Arizona Memorial visitor’s center, documentary film, and the ferry boat ride which takes you out to the memorial. From there you will gaze down into the water where just below the surface lies the decks of USS Arizona, final resting place for many of the 1177 crew members who lost their lives on December 7, 1941. There are many large tour buses that bring guests to Pearl Harbor, but this tour is superior to the big bus tours because these excursions are all done in smaller 25 passenger mini-coaches. This gives each guest more personal attention from the guide, and the oversize windows in these mini-coach vehicles offers superior visibility.
This tour takes you to the beginning and ending of World War II. You’ll watch the documentary film and board the ferry for the ride out to the Arizona Memorial, which represents the beginning of American involvement in the war. You’ll also have a chance to visit the USS Oklahoma Memorial, which stands as a monument to the 429 sailors who died when this ship capsized during the attack on Pearl Harbor. You will also participate in a guided tour of the USS Missouri, which helps you imagine what the Arizona was like prior to its destruction and sinking on that fateful day. The USS Missouri was the scene of the end of World War II as the Japanese signed formal documents of surrender aboard this ship in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945. You will see a copy of the Declaration of Surrender on the exact spot where the document was signed.
After Pearl Harbor you will drive past Punchbowl Crater and continue downtown with a narrated Honolulu City Tour including a photo stop at the famous King Kamehameha statue. Your guide will explain all about Hawaii’s history as a monarchy, a territory, and eventually America’s 50th state.