You have never seen Honolulu and Pearl Harbor like this before. Hawaii Duck tour is a fully restored World War II amphibious vehicle called The Duck. This vehicle drives on the land and floats in the ocean. One motor operates the wheels and the propeller. The duck was originally manufactured by The General Motors Corporation and named DUKW. It is a 2.5 ton 6 wheel amphibious truck that was used in World War II by the United States Army and Marines to ferry ammunition and supplies from ships offshore to fighting units on the beach. The duck could carry 25 soldiers and their equipment one artillery piece or 5,000 pounds of cargo. On land the duck could go up to 50 miles per hour and in the water 5 knots.
The United States made 20,000 DUKWs during World War II and the British were lent 2,000 of them. The Duck was first used in 1943 in “Operation Husky” the invasion of Sicily. During the Normandy invasion of 1944, Ducks were used to ferry soldiers, weapons, ammunition and supplies to the beaches. The Ducks played a vital role in the success of the landing. Overloading of the Ducks at Omaha beach with 105-millimeter Howitzers, guns, crews, ammunition and sand bags caused 12 of the 13 Ducks to sink. 13 more Ducks were lost in the English Channel with a considerable loss of life.
The Pearl Harbor Hawaii Duck Tour picks you up at your hotel and takes you out to Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial. After visiting the memorial, the Duck will drive right into the ocean and take you to historic Sand Island. You will see 3 Islands for some great photos. The views of Diamond Head, Waikiki and Honolulu are great. Next you go to Honolulu to see The Iolani Palace, The Capitol and other Historic sights.
The Hanauma Bay, Diamond Head and Manalua Bay Hawaii Duck Tour is a different tour where a van will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Koko Marina Where you will pick up snorkel equipment and be driven to world famous Hanauma Bay to spend a few hours snorkeling. Next you will be taken back to Koko Bay to board The Duck and return to Waikiki. At Maunalua Bay, The Duck will drive into the ocean and take you on a 30 minute cruise in the Pacific. Then you will drive along the shore on Diamond Head Road with a fully narrated tour through prestigious Kahala on your way back to your hotel.
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