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Adventures at Kualoa Ranch

a herd of cattle grazing on a lush green field with Koʻolau Range in the background

Kualoa Ranch is one of the top places to visit on Oahu. This 4,000 acre nature reserve contains three lush, green valleys and has been the location where over 50 movies have been shot.

Let’s talk about all the fun activities you can find at this retreat on the windward coast of Oahu.

What is Kualoa Ranch?

Kualoa Ranch was once a revered space, home to sacred drums. According to legend, the first taro crop grew from the ground at Kualoa Ranch. Over time, many acres of this land were purchased and used as a sugar ranch, a military base, and finally, a filming location.

The land is primarily utilized as a cattle ranch and tourist spot now, offering horseback and ATV rides, a zip line adventure, and tours of film locations. If you’re lucky, it’s possible a movie will be filmed while you are in the area!

Kualoa Movie Tour

While you’re at Kualoa Ranch, check out a movie tour. Movie or TV buffs will love checking out on-site location for films such as Jurassic Park, 50 First Dates, and TV shows like Lost and Hawaii Five-O.

You can even fly over the entire ranch to get a bird’s eye view of the gorgeous rocky valleys. Visitors may find that a private tour provides the safest and most catered experience of this once-in-a-lifetime location. Dinosaur loving kids are especially fond of the Jurassic Park tour.

Adventures at Kualoa Ranch

For the thrill seekers among us, hop on an ATV or take a zipline tour. One of the most fun aspects of this special location is the ability to see fantastic sites while also getting your heart rate up. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to speed on the ground or whiz through the air, surrounded by one of nature’s most beautiful spots.

With available horseback tours, visitors have plenty of options to choose from, making beautiful family memories while breathing in the warm Hawaiian breeze.

Oahu’s Secret Island Beach

Visitors can access the beach at Kualoa Ranch. Its name “Secret Island” refers to the secluded nature of this hidden treasure. Your kids my find the petting zoo interesting, and can meet a llama, goats, a tortoise, a macaw, and more. You’ll enjoy relaxing on the white sand beach.

Pick up a paddle board or peep at Chinaman’s Hat— a rocky, cone shaped lava outcropping in the ocean. You’ll be glad to step away from the bustle at Waikiki and enjoy a little shuteye on a beach-side hammock.

Dine on Beef Grown at the Ranch

If farm-to-table sounds like your idea of a culinary delight, be sure to try burgers made from beef grown right in Kualoa Ranch. This affordable and delicious fare buoys hungry travelers while supporting local ranchers. You’ll fill your belly while feeling good about where your meal comes from.

Kualoa Ranch is a must-see attraction on Oahu. Visitors should plan to bring sunscreen and a sense of adventure!