Kualoa Ranch is a place where you can do many big activities such as horseback riding, ride an ATV and zip lining; along with smaller activities like going to Secret Island, taking a boat ride around Chinaman’s Hat, a jungle tour where they stop and explain to you what movie was shot where and more. You can bundle a big activity with one or more smaller ones or you can just book them individually.
We chose to do only one day at Kualoa Ranch which was considered a full-day there. We arrived at 8 AM for check-in and were there until about 3 PM. When you book a full-day there, they do provide a buffet style lunch.
Our first activity that day was the one-hour ATV adventure tour at 8:45 AM. It was all of our first times on an ATV and we had a blast. We wished we could have booked the two-hour one instead but, to my understanding, that isn’t possible when you also have an experience tour following. You can have up to six (6) people in your group and then your tour guide will join you as well. They also take you through the movie sets and you have time to get down and take pictures (but not too much time since you only have an hour!) Our guide was super awesome and took us through a bunch of curves and crazy terrain. There were definitely moments that I thought I was about to go off the trail when the terrain got super bumpy or I didn’t turn the handle bars enough (as it is not power steering), but still super fun and exhilarating. If you go and can somehow request a guide, I highly recommend Matthew. He was possibly one of the best tour guides I’ve ever had. Go Matthew!
After the ATV adventure, we had to wait about 45 minutes for lunch which was served at 11:30 AM. If you are a vegetarian like me, then you need to go to the ticket booth with your activity sheet and let them know you are vegetarian/vegan where they will give you a ticket and direct you to the food area in the gift shop to use your meal ticket. I ate at the salad bar at the buffet area with the rest of my group, but you can also use the salad bar where you order your food.
Our second and last activity at Kualoa Ranch was called Secret Island at 11:30 AM. Most of the other experience tours are 1.5 hours but this one is 3 hours. Before you head out to the activity, they have your group take a photo (which you can see and purchase at the end of the day) then send you onto a bus which drives a couple of minutes down the road where they drop you off at a little dock. Then you get on a boat that takes you across a pond for a couple of minutes and the driver tells you about more movie sets you passed in front of the dock and how/why the pond and island were formed. Once you dock on the other side of the pond, they take you to the other side of the small island where they have some option for activities laid out such as kayaks, paddle boards, hammocks, mats for tanning/sitting in the sand, beach chairs, rope swings, etc. They say this place can be pretty busy with 200-400 people in a day, but we were lucky and went on a slower day with maybe 20 people. The boat returns to the other side of the pond at 2:30 so make sure that you are back at the dock a little bit before that. The lifeguard there will let you know when you have about 20 minutes left.
If you would like to look more into Kualoa Ranch and all the activities you can do and what bundles are possible, check out http://www.kualoa.com
If you are in Oahu and want to just go and check it out, the address is 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744.
Or you can call them at +1-(808) 237-7321