Hi from Hawaii: Kualoa Ranch

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:

The Pros (2)

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.

The Jurassic World set was located on the ranch property – this is the enclosure for the hybrid dinosaur! We also saw a glimpse of the enclosure’s observatory which is featured in a couple of scenes throughout the movie.

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.

** By the way – please don’t share any of my pictures unless you give me credit and link back to this specific post. Thank you in advance!

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  • My parents and brother are headed to Hawaii in August! I’m so jealous because the island looks absolutely beautiful!Your pictures are breathtaking. Have a great time!


    • Savannah

      Wow that’s awesome for your family!! Thank you for reading and commenting, I did have a great time and I can’t wait to share more!

  • Looks like a fun trip. I still haven’t been to Hawaii but when I do I’ll keep these activities in mind.

    xoxo, Danielle

    • Savannah

      Yes, I would definitely recommend the ranch! Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  • beautiful photos! looks like such a blast!

    • Savannah

      Thank you so much for commenting! 🙂

  • This place looks PERFECT for an old school family vacation. I love it! And anywhere with good horseback riding is a-okay in my book 🙂

    Diary of a Debutante

    • Savannah

      I know, right? Horseback riding is probably one of my favorite things. Love your blog, by the way! Haha thanks for commenting! 🙂

  • Mikayla

    This is beautiful! I love Hawaii. I definitely need to horseback when I’m there!

    Mikayla | http://www.aseersuckerstateofmind.com

    • Savannah

      Thank you! Are you going soon?! And thanks for commenting! 🙂

  • I went to Hawaii last summer but we spent most of our time in Maui not O’ahu.
    We did get to go to Pearl Harbor which was pretty intense and interesting.
    Thanks for sharing your adventure.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

    • Savannah

      I wish I would’ve taken the time (and money) to fly to Maui. I hear the beaches there are amazing. Oh – and by the way, I did go to Duke’s in Waikiki, and it was AMAZING! Honestly the best food I’ve ever had. I got the salad bar and then the sirloin.

      Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  • Ah, what a beautiful place! I was born and raised in Honolulu on the island of Oahu and your photos bring back so many great memories! We also did an excursion on one of our last trips there and it does make for an exciting day. You get to do some of the things you wouldn’t normally do on your own and most of the time get a little history lesson as well. Horseback riding is something we have yet to do so I will have to put that on our list for the next trip! Thanks for sharing your experience and beautiful photos!

    • Savannah

      Wow, you’re so lucky to have grown up in such a beautiful place! The history of the island is so interesting and sometimes mind-blowing. Thank you so much for commenting! 🙂

  • This spot looks gorgeous! I would love to go to Hawaii one day!


    • Savannah

      It was a great day! Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  • Oh my goodness this ranch sounds like such a blast! I think horseback riding would be my favorite part (:

    • Savannah

      Horseback riding was definitely my favorite part of the trip. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  • Cat

    I am so jealous! I haven’t been to Hawaii in years, but I want to go back so bad!

    • Savannah

      You so should!! Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  • This post makes me want to plan a trip right now! Thank you so much for sharing this with us! Seems like you had a great vacation 🙂

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

    • Savannah

      Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  • Ugh, this post had me go seriously go wanderlusting. It’s so beautiful out there!

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

  • Ugh. I am seriously way more jealous than I should be… AMAZING pics!!!!

    The Fashionista’s Diary

  • How fun! I’m terrified of horses but HOW COOL you got to see the Jurassic World set! I loved the movie so much. And the scenery is beautiful! Thanks for sharing! xo

    Michaela || The Monogrammed Midwesterner

  • This looks amazing! I love the third photo down (after the header) with the horses. Looks so magical 🙂

    Julia | Pennies & Paper

  • Looks like so much fun!! I love the horse back riding photos! What kind of camera do you use? Xo
    Chelsea | trendychelsea.wordpress.com

  • So fun. It looks awesome!

  • Wow, that looks like such a fun trip!

  • Wow, what an absolutely beautiful place! I’m hoping that my husband and I will get to visit Hawaii this year !

  • How beautiful are these photos, especially the horseback riding! Hawaii is definitely on my bucket list 🙂

    x Sarah

  • IT’s on my bucket list to go to Hawaii 🙂

  • GOR-GEOUS. Horseback riding tour would be a no brainer for me. It’s been on the bucket list for years!

    Coming Up Roses

  • That looks like so much fun! The ranch looks gorgeous and I love seeing places where movies were filmed so I’ll definitely be adding it to my list of places to visit.

    Jenni // The Beautiful Little Fools

  • OMG, what beautiful pictures! I’m an outdoors person as well and enjoy it every chance I get. The scenery looks very relaxing and peaceful . I love nature and the calmness of it all… Thanks for sharing!