Kualoa Ranch

Kualoa Ranch, Oahu

Encompassing 4,000 acres of lush valleys and mountains on Oahu’s windward coast near the town of Ka'a'awa, Kualoa Ranch (see more photos) has some of the most beautiful scenery on the island. It is no wonder that it has served as a Hollywood filming location for many popular movies in the past, including Jurassic Park, Godzilla and 50 First Dates.

Family-owned since 1850, visitors can take part in a wide variety of activities and educational programs here, such as horseback rides, ATV (all-terrain vehicle) tours, movie tours, a Jungle Expedition, a Hawaiian Fishpond & Garden Tour, hula lessons and a snorkeling excursion to Kaneohe Bay with a picnic on a “secret” island. Kualoa Ranch also has a shooting range, a petting zoo and a visitor’s center with a gift shop. They have individual half- and full-day tour packages.

Kualoa is also known as one of the most sacred places on the island of Oahu. There are many legends and myths surrounding the Kualoa Valley. For example, it is believed that the ranch’s Moli'i fishpond was built by the Menehune, the legendary little people of Hawaii, within just one night.

Kualoa Ranch Overview

  • Kualoa Ranch, located on Oahu's east coast, is a great place to do horseback riding, ATV tours, hiking tours and movie tours
  • Many popular movies have been filmed here

49-560 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe HI 96744
Directions: Kualoa Ranch is located on Oahu's east coast in Kaaawa. Itís about a 45-minute drive from Waikiki and Honolulu. From Waikiki, take the H1 freeway west until you reach the Likelike Highway (63) Exit H1 onto the Likelike Highway (toward the mountains) and stay on it until you pass through the tunnel and emerge on the windward side of the island. Exit Likelike and drive onto Kahekili Highway (83) north. Kualoa Ranch is in Kaaawa, right on the ocean, near Kualoa state park.

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Reviews and Comments:
We had so much fun here have been here 3 times and the movie tour is a must for movie buffs, fired my first gun at the range here that was actually fun, went to secret island had a helicopter ride, spent ages in the shop, had lunch here it was ok ,but even if you dont want to ride horses there is so much else to choose from to do. Had fun ,ace day!! wana go back
Suzanne, Thu May 10, 2012
Turtle was our guide on the Jungle tour and she was filled with information and even took our group up to the top of a lookout, which the others drivers that were there at the same time, did not do. She went out of her way to give us a great tour. We loved the sailing cruise out by Chinaman's Hat. It was spectacular. Highly recommended. We came home and now are seeing so many movies that were filmed there. It's fun to relive our trip.
Gail, Tue Jan 25, 2011
The ranch was great. Turtle was a wonderful guide. Shared a lot of stories and information with all of us. This will be a definite to do upon any return to Oahu. 340 photos of our visit.
Diana, Dec 25, 2010