Family-owned Kualoa Ranch is a one-stop adventure playground in Oahu. Dating back to 1850, the cattle ranch is a popular location for horse-riding tours and all-terrain trails.
Scenically, the ranch embraces a variety of Hawaiian landscapes, from fertile countryside to rugged mountains and tropical white-sand beaches.
You may recognise some of the locations you’ll see from horseback or off-road ATV, as the ranch has hosted many TV and film crews, including Jurassic Park, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Five-O and Lost.
Narrated bus tours point out famous locations, along with other historic and cultural sites.
Kualoa Ranch is an amazing, beautiful location and I definitely recommend visiting it if you're on the island. The Ranch is Oahu at its most pure - huge mountains, lush green tropical vegetation, the occasional rainstorm...absolutely glorious!
Not only are the ATVs fun to drive around, but for an entertainment buff like me, the leftovers from movie sets are pretty cool to experience. Our particular guide was not as descriptive as I would have hoped, but friends who have done this tour have indicated that this was not normal, so the amount of information you get is probably dependent on how knowledgeable/talkative your guide is.
Definitely consider doing this tour if you want to mix a little adventure with some nature - and a dash of Hollywood magic!
By car, Kualoa Ranch is under an hour from Waikiki on the east coast of Oahu. It’s a scenic drive along the Kahekili and Kamehameha highways.
Public buses run along the island’s east coast from Honolulu, but the one-way trip takes one and a half hours.