Anyway, you can tour it (self-guided) separately for $10, or you can get a combo pass for a self-guided tours of the Bowfin and the USS Missouri for $26 ($16 for kids). We opted for both. We also opted for the headsets that explained the tour, which are HIGHLY recommended, as there are no signs explaining the same things, so you learn almost nothing without them.
BIG NOTE: Kids under 4 are NOT allowed on the submarine. Otherwise, the last tour leaves at 4:30pm and the place closes at 5pm.
If you get to Pearl Harbor early enough, you DO have time to do all three vessels (Arizona, Bowfin, and Missouri), and it's worth it to do all three. The symbolism is really neat: where WWII started, a vessel that did a bit of the fighting, and where it ended. It's a good history lesson.
To get to the sub, go RIGHT (as you're looking at the water) from the parking lot at Pearl Harbor. You'll see it, no shuttle necessary. Pay for your tour (or a museum visit) and go aboard. You can see crew quarters, fore and aft torpedo rooms, the periscope, engineering, mess deck, and other compartments. Allow about an hour, more if you spend a bit of time in the museum. It wasn't crowded at all when we were there—it might depend on the day—but probably most folks just want to see the Arizona Memorial. Why come all that way and NOT see other important WWII crafts? They are REAL, not imitations.
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East Berlin, Pennsylvania
April 26, 2006
From journal Hawaii Vacation - Next Stop - Busy Oahu
los angeles, California
July 16, 2005
1. The audio guide is wonderful. It's narrated by someone who actually sailed on the Bowfin during WWII.
2. If you're claustrophobic, you may want to pass on this adventure. The walking spaces are very narrow, and there can be a lot of people in front of you and behind you.
3. Visit the adjacent submarine museum. It's definitely worth a 15-minute walk-through.
From journal A Week in Kailua, Oahu
Los Angeles, California
May 5, 2004
Operating hours are daily from 8am–5pm and adult admission is $8. There is a walkman headphone audio tour to guide you through the tight quarters of the Submarine. Take advantage of it, as there are lots of interesting facts and info that is offered throughout the tour. It was really pretty amazing to see things like the tiny sleeping and eating quarters for the submariners, the machinery, and hear about the daily regimen these men had to follow.
From journal A Week in Waikiki