On the windward coast of Oahu, far away from the hustle and bustle that is Waikiki, there is a vast, beautiful ranch that is as beautiful as it is exciting. This is Kualoa Ranch, and it is an absolute must-visit for a quintessentially Hawaiian day trip. This 4,000-acre private nature reserve and working cattle ranch is one of Oahu’s top tourist attractions as well as a popular filming location. It is also home to countless adventures just waiting to be discovered.
From horseback riding and ATV tours to boat excursions and zip lining, you’re sure to find the perfect activity — whether you’re seeking a thrilling adventure sure to get your adrenaline pumping or a family-friendly activity everyone will love. Below, you will find 10 of our favorite adventures you can experience at this downright stunning ranch.
1. Soar through the valley on a zipline tour.
Perhaps one of the coolest ways to experience the Hawaiian rainforest is to book a zipline tour. While ziplining is often considered an adrenaline-pumping activity suited only for true adventures, that is simply not the case; ziplining tours in Hawaii are safe for those of all ages. The incredible zipline canopy tour at Kualoa Ranch features seven ziplines ranging in length from 200 feet to a quarter mile. You’ll also get to do some light hiking and cross two suspension bridges!
2. Hang out on a Secret Island.
Though there are few private beaches in Hawaii, the only way to legally visit the stunning and surreal Secret Island is to book a tour through Kualoa Ranch. Spend the afternoon hanging out on the beach. Activities offered here include kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, horseshoes, beach volleyball, and more. You can even just sit back in a hammock and soak up the scenery if that’s more your thing.
3. Experience a slice of Hollywood on the Movie Sites Tour.
Kualoa Ranch has played host to a variety of film and television productions throughout the years, and the best way to see the filming locations and set remains is to take a movie sites tour through the ranch. Movies filmed at Kualoa include 50 First Dates, Jurassic Park, Soul Surfer, Along Came Polly, The Hunger Games, Godzilla, and George of the Jungle, as well as several television shows. Get up close and personal with your favorite movies on this epic movie tour.
4. Become a paniolo on a horseback adventure.
Boasting the best horseback riding tours on Oahu, Kualoa Ranch is the place to go for a leisurely — and picturesque — horseback ride through the ranch’s stunning mountain trails. With one and two hour tours, you’re sure to experience the island from an entirely new perspective.
5. Hop aboard an ATV for a thrilling journey.
Guided ATV tours at Kualoa Ranch take guests on a journey through the beautiful Ka’a’awa Valley, even stopping at the most famous movie sites along the way — it’s like two tours in one! With one and four hour tours as well as single and multiple passenger ATVs, this is one adventure you don’t want to miss.
6. Experience a "Taste of Kualoa."
Spread across three stunning valleys and more than 4,000 acres, countless incredible food products are grown, harvested, and sold by Kualoa Ranch. Guests will have the opportunity to visit shrimp and tilapia ponds, an oyster farm, tropical fruit gardens, and lush ranchlands — now that’s tasty!
7. Get active on an e-mountain bike adventure.
Exploring "Jurassic Valley" on an electric mountain bike allows you to witness this famous landscape from a unique and eco-friendly vantage point. This leisurely 90-minute adventure is absolutely stunning, and gives you a glimpse of all that Kualoa Ranch has to offer, including movie sites and ranchlands.
8. Escape to a serene garden and ancient fishpond.
This tour takes guests through stunning gardens, and to the Moli’i and ’Apua fishponds, located at the southern end of Kualoa Regional Park. The larger of the two fishponds, the Moli’i fishpond encompasses 125 acres and ranges in depth from 4 to 30 feet, making it one of the largest fishponds found throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
9. Cruise through the jungle.
For an epic eco-adventure, check out the Jungle Expedition. Leading guests deep into the heart of Hakipu’u Valley along mountain trails through a Hawaiian rainforest and across dry streambeds, this adventure is perfect for the entire family — the tour is recommended for children three years of age and older.
10. Head out to see on a catamaran cruise.
For a fun, easy activity perfect for the whole family, consider hopping aboard Kualoa’s Ocean Voyage Catamaran Tour, where you can hope to see manta rays, sea turtles, and if you’re lucky, dolphins. Ocean breezes and sunny skies make this one of Hawaii’s best tours.
There you have it: ten spectacular adventures you can only have at this beautiful Oahu ranch. Which of these adventures will you take first?
Kualoa Ranch is located at 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy., Kaneohe, HI 96744, and is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information or to book your next adventure, visit
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