Learn more about the day that still lives in infamy. Located at Pearl Harbor, and part of the National Park Service, the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument offers a look back into WWII. Hear stories about the attack, the overall battle in the Pacific, Japanese American internment and the victory over Japan. At times, you’ll even find survivors of Pearl Harbor who volunteer and share their tales about December 7th in 1941. You can also visit the USS Arizona museum that floats above the actual sunken battleship or step aboard the USS Bowfin submarine. Before you leave you can test your knowledge and maybe even learn something you didn’t know before about the greatest generation.
Epic Hawaii's tour guides leave no corner of Oahu unexplored. With Hawaii's rich culture, history, and ecology dictating their paths, they take visitors on snorkeling adventures off the North Shore. Tour-goers hike through majestic waterfalls and rain forests, and they kayak from Kailua Beach to Moku Nui Island, where seabirds thrive.
On Pedal Bike Tours' guided Hidden Honolulu tour, Waikiki isn't the main attraction?instead, bikers depart from Waikiki to adventure down hidden paths with no car traffic, check out local beaches, and even pedal past the Royal Palace. The team also offers a North Shore tour, with a customizable length that ranges from 2.5?15 miles, and general rentals, which allow bikers to explore the area sans guide.
Costa Rica's central Pacific coast attracts the majority the country's tourism, and for good reason. Pristine beaches, national parks with incredible biodiversity, and world-class surfing share a relatively small piece of the map. About 6 miles (10 km) south of the hotel, the town of Jaco buzzes with backpackers and locals alike who haunt its beachside restaurants and nightclubs between heavy surf and sun sessions. A few more miles down the coast, Playa Hermosa's black sands afford a unique photo op, and about 25 miles (40 km) south of the resort, the largely deserted beaches of Playa Esterillos Oeste give intrepid travelers a place to consider the top five albums they couldn't live without. Immediately northeast of Hotel Punta Leona, Carara National Park sprawls across 14 square miles (36 sq. km) of protected forest, cut through with hiking trails along the banks of the Rio Tarcoles, where crocodiles are often spotted sunning.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
The servicemen of Pearl Harbor's naval base were taking some much-needed R&R between early-morning repairs inside Hangar 37 when suddenly they heard a buzzing overhead. With the humming of their own planes and battleships periodically filling the air, this rapidly approaching sound wasn't foreign to their ears, but this instance proved to be drastically different. Thunderous explosions soon overtook Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona struggled to stay afloat as the Imperial Japanese Navy delivered a surprise military strike, which resulted in one of the most devastating attacks on American soil. With a mission to preserve the history of this tragic event, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor opened that very same hangar to the public, hundreds of feet from where ships burned and men courageously fought more than 70 years ago.
Hangar 37's 42,000-square-foot space currently houses many of the museum's artifacts, which include a World War II?era B-25B bomber, Japanese Zero, and naval planes such as the SBD Dauntless. Also open to the public, Hangar 79 displays the actual bullet holes that pierced its windows during the attack, while an authentic WWII maintenance shop contains an exhibit that explains how planes ran on Lucky Strike cigarette materials. Visitors can experience the museum's ever-evolving collection of exhibits??which has included segments dedicated to the Korean War's MiG Alley and the Flying Tigers??through guided tours in both hangars and submerse themselves in the virtual world of the museum's combat flight simulator.
Since 1989, Dolphins and You has worked to foster interspecies understanding in the open seas. The staff members all carry a deep respect and reverence for dolphins, which they impart on visitors who witness these intelligence creatures firsthand on the popular dolphin swim tour. Tours include everything from a traditional Hawaiian ceremony and song to swimming with sea turtles and learning the hula.