June 28, 2011

What to See in Central Oahu

The Central part of Oahu is famous for the Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor is the site where the World War II started in the United States. A large fleet of ships operates at the Pearl Harbor. You can visit the NAVSTA Pearl Harbor because it is the operation site of the U.S. navy. To view the damaged ships during World War II, you can go to the Naval Station Pearl Harbor. The best viewing point for the naval ships is the hospital point. At the Hospital Point, you can watch ships coming in from different countries. The Hospital Point is where the movie Pearl Harbor is filmed.

 

The USS Arizona Memorial is the most famous tourist destination in Hawaii. Every year, more than 1.5 million visitors visit the Pearl Harbor. If you want to visit the Pearl Harbor, you can go early in the morning when the tour buses haven’t arrived. While visiting the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center, you can watch the documentary film. The documentary film lasts for 23 minutes. By watching the film, you can learn about the attack that take place at the Pearl Harbor.


If you are traveling in the summer, you can take a boat trip to the USS Memorial Visitor Center in between 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. The USS memorial will be opened on weekdays and weekends except public holiday. If you want to fully explore the area, you should spend at least 1 hour. You can enjoy the scenery of the promenade. When going to the museum, be sure not to bring bags. You are not allowed to bring any kind of bag including camera bag, handbag and diaper bag. If you are pushing a stroller, you must make sure the pockets are empty; you can bring your digital camera to take pictures of the scenery around the memorial. There is a baggage storage center near the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park.  

 

Besides, you can visit the USS Missouri Memorial. The USS Missouri Memorial is situated on the Ford Island. There are a number of guided tours you can participate. The guided tour lasts for up to 90 minutes. Throughout the ship, you will find many tour stops such as pilothouse, engine room and etc. You can reach the USS Arizona Memorial by a tour bus. Traveling by tour bus is the best option for people who don’t posses credentials from the U.S. Department of Defense.

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