When touring Oahu’s historical sights, why not combine the history lessons with a little bit of fun? On this duck tour Hawaii, Honolulu Duck Tour, cruise past Iolani Palace on an open-air, amphibious duck boat, and you’ll also pass the famous statue of King Kamehameha. Since your car can also double as a boat, splash your vehicle down in the water for a cruise across Honolulu Harbor, and finish the 5.5 hour tour by exploring memorials at Pearl Harbor.
- Duck tour of Honolulu and Pearl Harbor from Waikiki
- Hear informative commentary about Chinatown, Iolani Palace and the King Kamehameha I statue in downtown Honolulu
- Splash into Honolulu Harbor for a 30-minute duck cruise
- Select one of three tours at the Pearl Harbor Visitor's Center and have two hours to explore your chosen attraction
- Ride a boat to the USS Arizona Memorial to see the remains of the ship destroyed in the Pearl Harbor attack (if option chosen)
- Walk around the Battleship Missouri, aka 'Mighty Mo,' the last battleship commissioned by the United States (if option chosen)
- See meticulously restored World War II aircraft and more at the Pacific Aviation Museum (if option chosen)
Your Honolulu Duck Tour begins in Waikiki in front of the Ilijkai Hotel, where you’ll board the open-air, amphibious vehicle for a cruise through Honolulu’s streets.
From the comfort of this former military vehicle, you’ll make your way past Hawaii’s largest shopping mall — Ala Moana Center — before passing the commercial fishing fleet that’s docked at Kewalo Basi. Soon, you’ll arrive at the front of Iolani Palace, where Hawaiian monarchs like Queen Liliuokalani once ruled the Kingdom of Hawaii. Today it’s America’s only royal palace, and was the site of the highly controversial overthrow that’s still contested to this day. As your expert guide explains the history, you’ll make your way to the nearby statue of King Kamehameha I, where you can walk around and take some photos with Hawaii’s most powerful monarch.
After passing the streets of Chinatown, you’ll splash in the water at Keehi Lagoon and cruise across Honolulu Harbor, where views of Sand Island, Waikiki, and Diamond Head stretch out before you.
Finally, upon reaching Pearl Harbor’s Visitor Center, staff from the park will direct you towards the historical attraction of your choice, whether it’s the Arizona Memorial, the USS Missouri, or the Pacific Aviation Museum (please choose option upon making booking.) Food is available for purchase on site, and after two hours exploring the sights at Pearl Harbor and tales of war and attack, the Honolulu Duck Tour concludes with a comfortable ride back to Waikiki.
Choose from one of the following tours for the Pearl Harbor portion of your duck tour:
USS Arizona Memorial
The USS Arizona Memorial is a national memorial that consists of a long building spanning the mid-portion of the sunken battleship USS Arizona, which one can see in the clear waters below. The memorial includes the Shrine Room, inscribed with the names of the 1,777 crew members who lost their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The tour takes 75 minutes, which includes a 25-minute documentary film and a boat trip out to the memorial.
Battleship Missouri Memorial
The USS Missouri, also know as Mighty Mo, served from WWII through the Persian Gulf War and was the last battleship commissioned by the United States. It was the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan, which ended WWII, and it received battle stars and other awards for her service in WWII, the Korean War and the Gulf War.
Start with a shuttle ride from the Visitor Center to Ford Island where the USS Missouri is moored. Your ticket includes time on your own to explore the ship plus your choice of a 35-minute guided tour or an audio tour with either a provided audio phone or iPod system.
Pacific Aviation Museum
Take a self-guided tour of the Pacific Aviation Museum, which details more than 70 years of Pacific aviation history. You get access to more than 45 aircraft and all exhibits, including Hangars 37 and 79. Both hangars survived the Pearl Harbor attack, with bullet holes still visible in the windows of Hangar 79.
Featured in Hangar 79 is the MiG Alley Korean War Exhibit, with MiG-15 and F-86 Sabre aircraft and a life-sized diorama that depicts the northwestern portion of North Korea, dubbed 'MiG Alley' by US Air Force pilots.
Purchase tickets on site for the interactive Combat Flight Simulators, which give you the opportunity to experience the role of a WWII pilot.