Kualoa Ranch is a breathtakingly gorgeous oasis located on the Windward side of Oahu, famous for its role as location sites in popular and well-known films and TV shows such as Lost, Jurassic Park, Godzilla, Pearl Harbor, 50 First Dates, and many more. With stellar views, lush valleys, a tranquil ‘old Hawaii’ setting, and a wide range of tour options sure to suit any visitor’s interests, the ranch is a must-see for tourists and locals alike.
I absolutely loved my shoot of Kualoa Ranch because I got to explore it by horseback. (Yes, I have the best job ever.) I highly recommend this, although ATV and bus tours are also available.
Still a working cattle ranch, this beautiful destination encompasses 4000 acres, much of which is accessible only by horseback, hiking, or off-roading vehicles. Visitors can tour the ranch via horseback, ATVs, catamarans (tours of Kaneohe Bay), a jungle bus, and a vintage school bus. Movie buffs will want to take the Movie Sites & Ranch Tour to see all of the popular film locations and hear the “behind the scenes” history. The ranch is also a popular spot for weddings and other events. Aunty Pat’s cafe features local grass-fed beef raised on the ranch.
Visit Kualoa Ranch
Activities/tours — 8:45am-4:00pm
Office — 8:00am-4:30pm
Reservation desk (phone) — 7:00am-5:30pm
Visitor center — 7:30am-6:00pm
Reservations: Tickets can be purchased at the ranch, although it is recommended to book tours 24 hours in advance. Tour bookings can be made by calling 808-237-7321.
Cost: Ticket prices vary and can be seen at www.kualoa.com
Address: 49-560 Kamehameha Highway, Kāne‘ohe, HI 96744
Directions: From Honolulu, take the H-1 West toward Likelike Highway (Route 63). Follow Likelike Highway toward Kaneohe; exit onto Kahekili Highway, Route 83, heading north. The road will become Kamehameha Highway by the historic orange “Hygienic Store”. Follow the road about 10 more minutes, and Kualoa Ranch will be on your left, right across from Chinaman’s Hat.