Explore Kualoa Ranch through a number of tours and activities designed to showcase its natural beauty and culture. 1 Hour Horseback Ride Two 90-minute Experience Tours!
Includes 1-hour Horseback tour as well as two 90 minute Hawaiian Experience Tours. Package includes our signature “all-you-can-eat” Ranch buffet lunch. Round trip transportation to Waikiki is available for $10 per person.
Please note that guests must be over 10 years or older, at least 4’6″ tall and 230 pounds or under. Note: Our Ocean Voyage experience tour is not available on Sundays or federal holidays, and we operate a special 90 minute Ancient Hawaiian Fishpond and Tropical Botanical Garden Tour in its place.
HORSEBACK RIDING TOUR (1 HOUR)
Hawaii’s best horseback tours!
Kualoa’s horseback tours offer guests the opportunity to experience the spectacular scenery of Oahu’s hidden valleys.
1-HOUR Horseback Ride: Ride the southern half of Kualoa to take in views of the famed Mokoli’i island (“Chinaman’s Hat”) and our ancient 800-year old Hawaiian fishpond. One hour tour time includes time for safety briefing. Please checkin at least 15 minutes prior to your tour departure time.
Restrictions: Minimum Age: 10 years old, Minimum height: 4’6″, Maximum weight: 230 pounds, Closed toe shoes must be worn.
Choose Two 90-Minute Kualoa Experience Tours
MOVIE TOURS HAWAII | HOLLYWOOD MOVIE SITES
Hollywood’s “Hawaii Backlot”
Experience our familiar Ka’a’awa Valley, known as Hollywood’s “Hawaii Backlot”, to see where over 50 of Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster movies and TV shows were filmed, including even some of the 1960’s Elvis classics.
Hop aboard a vintage school bus and take a photo of yourself at the infamous Jurassic Park fallen tree, find Godzilla’s footprints, see the Windtalkers battlegrounds and visit several other locations including the famous “penguin” road site from 50 First Dates,the road site from You Me & Dupree, the house structure from Mighty Joe Young, and numerous Hawaii Five-0 and LOST areas, like Hurley’s golf course! You might even see a filming in progress! You will also stop at an amazing WWII army bunker, built entirely into the side of the mountain range. There you’ll find movie posters, props and memorabilia from lots of the movies filmed at Kualoa through the years, as well as marvel at the Kualoa WWII artifacts and exhibits.
Duration: 90 Minute Tour
Restrictions: Standard restrictions apply.
Movie Tour will not be available on the following dates: 4/10/2017- Mon, 4/12/2017-Wed, 4/14/2017-Fri, 4/16/2017-Sun, 4/18/2017-Tue
JURASSIC JUNGLE EXPEDITION TOUR OAHU HAWAII
Jump on board for an adventurous jungle tour deep into Oahu’s beautiful Hakipu`u “Jurassic” Valley. Guests board one of our jungle vehicles for a 90 minute tour that rumbles through a Hawaiian rainforest along jungle trails, through isolated stream beds and powers up steep, bumpy hills. On this tour you will also see a few famous movie site locations and sets (from Jurassic World) and a few other surprises!
On the tour, guests experience secluded spots that overlook Oahu’s eastern coastline and see our 800 year old ancient Hawaiian fishpond. You will also get a glimpse of some of the areas used to shoot the new Jurassic World movie!
Duration: 90 Minute Tour
Restrictions: Minimum age is 3 years old. Guests with back problems and expectant mothers are not advised to participate in this tour.
Ancient Hawaiian Fishpond & Tropical Garden Tour
Our Ancient Hawaiian Fishpond & Tropical Garden Tour allows guests to celebrate the beauty and tranquility of one of Oahu’s most well preserved ancient Hawaiian fishpond (Moli’i), which is carbon dated at between 800 and 1000 years old and listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior. Learn about early Hawaiian aquaculture practices and how fish was farmed in this 153 acre pond, still standing with much of the original stonewall infrastructure in place.
Guests will also explore the tropical fruit and flower gardens of Moli’i along the shores fronting our “Secret Island”. Admire the accomplishments of the early Hawaiians as the rich stories of the voyaging canoe and ancient fishpond unfold. Taste some of the fruits along the way depending on season.
Duration: 90 Minute Tour
Restrictions: Standard restrictions apply.
CATAMARAN BOAT TOUR OAHU | OCEAN VOYAGE TOUR
Enjoy a catamaran tour of Oahu’s beautiful windward side and the blue waters of Kaneohe Bay. Depart off of Moli’i dock over to Secret Island where you will board our private 49-passenger catamaran for a tour out on the bay. See the famous and iconic Mokoli’i Island (Chinaman’s Hat) and Hokule’a Beach – the ceremonial home of Hawaii’s Hokule’a double hulled canoe. If you’re lucky you may also see turtle’s feeding or even a whale or two breaching (in season).
The tour also offers spectacular views of Hakipu’u, Kualoa and the Ko’olau mountains accompanied by historical narration. Don’t forget your camera!
Ocean Voyaging is a catamaran tour in Kaneʻohe Bay. For snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, glass bottom boat, and other water activities, book the Secret Island Beach Activities option.
Duration: 90 Minute Tour, including a brief check-in and transporting.
Restrictions: This tour does not operate on Sundays and Federal Holidays.
What To Know
Package includes our signature “all-you-can-eat” Ranch buffet lunch. Vegetarian and gluten free accommodation requests can be made at Aunty Pat’s Cafe. Lunch buffet closes at 1:30 pm, please arrive by 12:30 pm. Round trip transportation to Waikiki is available for $10 per person.
Multiple Tour Value Packages: There will be a brief orientation upon arriving at the ranch, after which there will be activity sign up. Liability release forms will need to be signed for each tour.
Transportation: Transportation is available when you purchase one of our multi-tour packages. The buses leave from Waikiki at 6:30 am each morning and return in the afternoon. Round trip transportation to Waikiki is available for $10 per person.
Tours go out rain or shine. Kualoa Ranch reserves the right to cancel a ride or reservation if conditions are deemed unsafe. If we do so, we will refund your money for the portion that may have been cancelled
Lockers: Guests may rent lockers with a $5 deposit for all day use.
Frequently Asked Questions
HORSEBACK & ATV
Q. Can my child, who does not meet the age requirements, ride with me on either a Horseback or ATV tour?
Q. Is packing/doubling allowed on Horseback or ATVs?
Q. Can the 2-hour tours (Horseback and ATV) be a choice in the packaged tours?
Q. Are there any tours without guides?
About Kualoa Ranch
Kualoa has been considered from ancient times to be one of the most sacred places on Oahu. Learn about our rich history and experience the natural beauty.
Kualoa today is a working ranch with 600 head of cattle and more then 100 horses. Farming ventures on the ranch also include aquaculture ponds, flower fields, and plant nursery operations. The Kualoa Nursery and Gardens is located next to Tropical Farms.
Kualoa Ranch also offers tours and field trips to local schools, including a petting zoo, children's horseback riding, aquaculture tours, hiking tours, a food sources tour, a roping course, and camping trips.
In addition to adventure activities and tours for individuals and families, the Kualoa Ranch is available for weddings, group tours, and other special events.
History of Kualoa Ranch
Kualoa is one of the most historically significant destinations on Oahu. Ancient Hawaiians considered Kualoa one of the most sacred places on Oahu. It was a residence of kings, a place of refuge and sanctuary - a pu`uhonua - and a training ground for royalty who were instructed at Kualoa in the arts of war, history and social traditions.
In 1850, Kamehameha III sold approximately 622 acres of land in Kualoa and all its fishing rights offshore (which included Mokoli`i or Chinaman's Hat) to Dr. Gerritt P. Judd. (Dr. Judd was a missionary doctor who arrived in Hawaii in 1837 and was a personal advisor to Kamehameha III.)
Then, additional acreage in Hakipu`u and Ka`a`awa were purchased by Dr. Judd from the Wilder family. This purchase increased the size of the estate to the 4,000 acres it is today and is now under the Morgan Family name, who are Dr. Judd's descendants.
This estate, Kualoa Ranch, was so named in 1927 and has been used for various purposes over the last eight decades. During World War II, some of the lands of this estate was used as an auxiliary airstrip with many of the large monkeypod trees providing natural hangars for small planes.
The current family owners strive to be role model stewards of the 'aina (land), by preserving and protecting it from development.
KUALOA NAME: Kualoa means 'long back'; the ranch is full of beautiful valleys and mountain peaks.
KANEHOALANI: The shroud of sacredness born by Kualoa, in great part exists because of the majestic mountains rising from it.
The highest peak atop the Kualoa ridge called Kanehoalani, towers 1900 feet skyward and means "Kane's heavenly companion".
The photo above was taken from the air in front of the ahupua`a of Kualoa. The beachfront area extended out much further then than it does now.
There were very few homes along the beach, the pastures were sparse with trees but the beauty remains the same today. Circa: 1926.
Sugar Mill operated between 1863 - 1870
The Kualoa Sugar Mill was built by Charles H. Judd and Samuel G. Wilder in 1863. The mill was closed around 1870 after years of meager rainfall that effectively brought an end to sugar farming here.
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