I’m back from my trip to Hawaii!! One Wednesday during our trip, Katie and I went out to Kualoa Ranch on the island of O’ahu, and I can’t WAIT to tell you all about it! Here’s my guide:
About the Ranch
“Ancient Hawaiians considered Kualoa one of the most sacred places on the island of Oʻahu.” The ranch holds so much history and serves as treasure of O’ahu. Its almost 5,000 acres are grounds for many activities, including horseback riding, ATV tours, ziplining, boat tours, island excursions, and so much more.
Pricing and Details
My ticket for a day of 3 activities including lunch and round trip transportation was $166 (USD). My three activities were a boat tour (called an “Ocean Experience”), a tour around the property on a jeep (“Jungle Tour”), and an hour of horseback riding which showcases an island nicknamed “Chinaman’s Hat” and the property’s 800 year old, 125 acre fish pond.
What They’re Saying
“Once again the ranch met all my expectations and we had a wonderful time.” – Yelp
“It was a terrific ride through some great scenery. We rode through a bunch of movie locations (Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, Godzilla 1998, 50 First Dates, George of the Jungle, etc), WWII era pillboxes, cattle, beautiful mountains, learned about the trees (e.g. I didn’t know that Mimosa’s came from Panama) – great ride. The horse they put me on, Ali’i, was the tallest horse I’ve ever ridden – wow – 17 or 18 hands. A really easy ride, suitable for beginners, or more experienced riders who want to take in the scenery and learn about the history of the ranch.” – Yelp
DO take the horseback riding tour – its SO worth it.
DO bring some cash – storage lockers for backpacks, purses, etc. during the horseback ride are $3.00.
DO bring some snacks just in case the (complementary) buffet lunch doesn’t hit the spot. I had BBQ ribs, salad, and some chili, but the quality of the food was just average. Not my favorite.
DO bring a rain jacket, hat, or poncho just in case the weather isn’t cooperating.
DON’T panic. You’ll spend the whole day on the ranch, so make sure you’re prepared to do so. The buses back to your hotel might not arrive/leave on time and you might see a little bit of rain here and there, but don’t stress. The history of the ranch is unbelievable, the horses are beautiful, the tour guides are friendly and informative, and you won’t regret spending a day at Kualoa Ranch.
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