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Panoramic View from the Ranch

Kualoa Ranch

Highlights:
  • Gift Shop with Many Native Handmade Items
  • Great Wedding Locations
  • Walk Where Movie Stars have Walked
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Description:

Covering an area of more than 4,000 acres, Kualoa Ranch located on Oahu's windward coast in close proximity to the town of Ka'a'awa. The area offers very scenic views. The majestic cliffs and spires of the Kualoa Mountains, an ancient fishponds on the south side of the ranch, lush greenery, fantastic views of Chinaman's Hat, all set the backdrop of the ranch. The beautiful scenery is also the reason why the ranch has been the location where many movies have been filmed in the past including Jurassic Park, Godzilla an 50 First Dates.

Many activities and educational programs are also undertaken at the ranch. Horseback rides, ATV (all-terrain vehicle tours), movie tours, Jungle expedition, Hawaiian Fishpond and Garden tour, hula lessons and snorkeling excursion are just some of the many activities and programs undertaken at the ranch. It is possible to find different packages depending on the activity.

Kualoa Ranch  is located in the Kualoa Valley. The history of the valley is very interesting. The land sold  in 1850 by King Kamehameha III to Dr Gerrit P Judd and his brother-in-law who started a sugar mill. The area was taken by the military in 1941 and built the Kualoa Airfield. The area is today under the Morgan family name who are Dr Judd's descendants. The name of the ranch was given in 1927. In Hawaiian, the name means "long back" which describes the ranch beautiful valley and mountain peaks.

There are also lots of legends and myths that surround the Kualoa Valley. For example, it is believed that the ranch's Moli'i fishpond had been built by Menehune, a legendary little people of Hawaii in just one night.  You can also embark on a legend and legacy tour. The tour takes visitors through the foothills of the majestic Kualoa cliffs while the guide explains the legends and stories of the area. The Kualoa Ranch is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 
Type:
Attraction
Geological Feature
Hike
Historic
Mountain
Plantation / Ranch
Scenic Lookout
Landmark
Scenic Road
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Bathroom
Drinking water
Equipment rentals
Food for purchase
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Daily7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Location
49-560 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States 96744
Reviews
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The 2 hour ATV ride was well worth it
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The 2 hour ATV ride was well worth it! The view was amazing and the tour guide was very knowledgeable on the history of the ranch. I highly recommend it!
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My husband and I did the 2 hour horseback riding and it was AMAZING
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My husband and I did the 2 hour horseback riding and it was AMAZING. We were able to see beautiful views and had a great trail guide. Would defiantly recommend it.
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My husband and I did the 2 hour ATV tour, and we both loved it
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My husband and I did the 2 hour ATV tour, and we both loved it. It was my husband's favorite activity our whole trip. We had a small group, there was only one other couple and the guide on our tour, so that was nice. It felt like a private tour. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgable. He offered to take photos of us and made everyone really comfortable. We had a terrific time and would definitely ... morerecommend to everyone. You will not regret going here. The views are amazing, and the ride is fun.
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My family visited here in August 2013 and did the ATV tour
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My family visited here in August 2013 and did the ATV tour. It was great! Highly recommend it! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and very friendly. He explained the history of the ranch and the movies/tv shows that were filmed there. As soon as we got home from our vacation, I watched Pearl Harbor again just to see the bunker that we were in.
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Cool place
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Cool place. Did the bus tour and saw all the movie props and areas. The WW2 bunkers were really cool. Staff was extremely friendly. Bus driver was awesome.
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Thought it was a great rainy day activity
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Thought it was a great rainy day activity. We rode the bus because it was pouring but going on ATV or horseback would have been fun. Tour guide was informative. Liked going thru the bunker.
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Yes, it's touristy (not bad, just a little)
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Yes, it's touristy (not bad, just a little). However, it was one of our favorite activities during our week. Our 6 y.o. wasn't old enough to do horseback or ATV so they let us chose 4 activities. (Jungle, Movies, Ocean and Gardens) The scheduling is done by the Ranch and they did a great job. None of our tours felt crowded. And what a fantastic location! Each activity had at least some views that ... morewere absolutely picturesque and every one of our guides were pleasant, talkative and helpful. (Fred - our fishponds & gardens tour guide - was a HUGE hit with our son.) The information on the history of that area, and the ranch in particular, was great. And the food served at the lunch buffet exceeded our expectations. Would love to come back with our families.
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Jungle Expedition was awesome in 6 wheel swiss army troop transport jeep with 6 wheel drive
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Jungle Expedition was awesome in 6 wheel swiss army troop transport jeep with 6 wheel drive to get through all the mud. Drove over rough terrain from scenes like LOST. Everyone in jeep sits sideways on bench so if shotgun seat is empty as if you can sit there to be more comfortable
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If Your Not 16 And Up Do Not Go You Can Not Get On The ATV's
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If Your Not 16 And Up Do Not Go You Can Not Get On The ATV's So Look At Signs At This Place
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The ranch was great
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The ranch was great! We did the horseback ride, and though it had been raining a lot of the day, they provided rain gear. We ended up not needing it, luckily, and it was a beautiful rode. The guide was very attentive and informative. We also did the ATV adventure, which was also great. All around, a great day!
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This is without a doubt one of the best destinations in Hawaii
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This is without a doubt one of the best destinations in Hawaii. The natural beauty of Kualoa Ranch is breathtaking and the fact that it's been preserved without development is truly unique. You'll see countless spots you recognize from movies and television, from Jurassic Park to Lost. The ATV rides and horse rides are my favorites. I also really like the off-road vehicle tour that takes you to the ... moreback of the valley, where you can look down across it and out to the ocean.
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Great tour and beautiful sights
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Great tour and beautiful sights! I took the horseback tour, and I highly recommend it. The women leading it were both great - Natalie and the other lady with her, whose name I'm sorry to say I forget. Thanks guys!
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Perhaps it would be fair to say this is my favorite location on the island of
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Perhaps it would be fair to say this is my favorite location on the island of Oahu - with so many activities to take part in and views that are jaw dropping. It is without a question one of the most beautiful places I have or will ever visit. Whether you are coming with family or friends, there's an activity that's perfect for you to take part in - though I recommend the jungle tour. Kos Tours also ... moreruns their 5 and 2 hour Lost tours through the ranch (highly recommended).
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I didn't expect much when I went on the Jeep Tour
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I didn't expect much when I went on the Jeep Tour. But, our tour guide was awesome! The views we had on this trail were beautiful. The ride as bumpy, but really fun. I would definitely recommend this tourist spot. I can't wait to come back and take the other tours.
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From the moment we arrived at the Ranch we were welcomed and treated very well
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From the moment we arrived at the Ranch we were welcomed and treated very well. We took 2 tours- the fish pond and the movie lot tour. We had Ricky Bobby as our guide on both. He was wonderful! We loved his smile, his humor, his knowledge and his caring for us. This is a must see for Oahu visitors. We loved it. The dinner was great, the dancing even better because it was up close and we could get ... moreto know the kids. Overall an excellent experience! Aloha!
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Went on a trail ride and it was NOT worth the $100+ it cost
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Went on a trail ride and it was NOT worth the $100+ it cost. The tour guide made it very clear she was tired, seemed to have little interest in the tour itself, and was VERY young and immature. The horses were poorly matched: the lead horse kept wandering and the rider on the lead horse was both inexperienced and lacked confidence (poor choice for the ranch to give her the lead). Other issues: 1) ... moremy horse was bit over 10 times - 3 times hard enough to make the horse buck and rush forward, 2) the tour guide didn't seem to be paying attention - in particular, she failed to instruct the rider behind me with the bitey horse to leave adequate space until we were almost back at the stables, 3) two horses were incorrectly saddled, 4) the tour guide kept wandering - once to chat with other workers while our horses kept going.. not cool when three horses were busy biting each other, 5) I learned more about 20-something year-olds and boys than about Kua Loa Ranch - very disappointing. Bottom line: It's pretty, but GO ELSEWHERE!
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