An Excursion to Pearl Harbor

On our last full day on Oahu we decided to go to Pearl Harbor. If we had planned it better, we could have reserved our tickets online to see the USS Arizona. When we arrived at 9:30, they were handing out tickets for 1:30 and later, so we decided to grab some tickets for the 3 p.m. tour just in case we could make it back. However, there was plenty to see and do without the tour of the Arizona.

USS Bowfin

USS Bowfin

We paid for the tour of the USS Bowfin, a submarine that damaged and sunk over 40 ships during WWII. It was fascinating to be on board and a little claustrophobic, too. It definitely made me appreciate the sacrifice of the servicemen that served (and continue to serve) on a submarine. My husband has a master’s in military history, so it was extra special for us to hear the stories about submarine warfare from him.

Inside the USS Bowfin

Inside the USS Bowfin

We also spent some time in the new Pearl Harbor exhibit galleries, which is an extremely informative and a respectful tribute to military servicemen and civilians alike.

A nuclear submarine coming into port

If you look closely, you can see the top of a nuclear submarine coming into port.

Pearl Harbor is a must see if you make a trip to Oahu, even if you can’t make it to see the Arizona. It’s free, too, unless you choose to visit the Bowfin or the Missouri.

After Pearl Harbor, the boys wanted to snorkel. They dropped us off at the Aulani Disney Resort. My mother-in-law had raved about this hotel after visiting it on her last trip to Oahu, so we wanted to check it out. And boy, it did not disappoint! It also made us miss our kids, since this resort is made for them! A lazy river, a water tree house and more!

A water park tree house!

A water park tree house!

Just one of the picturesque pools

The lazy river

As non-guests, we couldn’t use any of the pools but did enjoy lunch and the beautiful surroundings. I finally got my shave ice! I wish they offered a day pass so we could have spent some more time there, but it was worth checking out for a future trip. However, it’s expensive! (Parking alone cost $15 for two hours.) We’ll be saving our pennies for a while before we can afford to bring Future President back for his Hawaiian Disney adventure.

What are your must-do excursions on Oahu? I’d love to hear them since I’m already dreaming about our next trip.


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