Your on O’ahu. You are looking for something fun and exciting to do! Of course 🙂 There are so many wonderful choices, but one place has a little bit of everything for you! We drove up to the ranch and had absolutely no concept of the magnitude!! The Ranch has 1500 acres for cattle grazing alone! They are actually situated on 4000 acres!! To give you an idea of how big that is… Central Park in New York City is 843 acres. That means that Kualoa Ranch is almost FIVE times the size of central park!! Wow.
Some of the great experiences you can have at Kualoa Ranch are:
Hawaiian Fishpond and Garden Tour
Ancient Hula Lessons
Jungle Expedition Tour
Legends and Legacy Tour
Movie Sites and Ranch Tour
Ocean Voyaging Tour
Because I was there as a travel agent and not actually on vacation, I got to do mini versions of a few different tours. We started our experience on the Hawaiian Fishpond and Garden Tour (well… we did the fishpond part!) We got on the flat bottomed boat and got an overview of the fishpond in Hawaiian history and how O’ahu survived before they imported food stuffs from other places. It’s a beautiful setting.
They then took us to the “Secret Island”. The Secret Island is a secluded beach. It is a great location for weddings and picnics and family get togethers! From here you can swim, kayak, canoe, play volleyball, or just relax in a hammock. They even have multi-person kayaks (I THINK they said it held up to 10, but don’t quote me on that one)… this is great for team building and family fun!!
My favorite (very touristy) part of the whole day was going on the Movie Sites & Ranch Tour. We got on an old school bus and took a drive through a beautiful valley. The first stop we took was at the Jurassic Park sign. We took some hilarious pictures! Also on this tour we saw the enormous footprints of Godzilla. Some of the other movie sites we drove by were Pearl Harbor, 50 First Dates, and Lost. Since we only did a partial tour, we didn’t get to stop in each place and we turned around less than half way through, but it was still great to see where these movies were filmed!
The Kualoa Ranch is great also because they provide pick ups at many of the hotels in Waikiki. You just set up your Adventure package in advance and catch a bus to the Ranch! Couldn’t be simpler 🙂 If you choose an afternoon adventure it will include a delicious buffet dinner/show!
You can access all of the information about the Kualoa Ranch by visiting their website at: http://www.kualoa.com/