You might have already seen Kualoa Ranch from such shows as Hawaii Five-O and Lost. Or perhaps from blockbusters such as Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, Pearl Harbor. or 50 First Dates (Manet’s fave). There are many ways to spend your day here which include ATV tours, tours on horseback, and movie site tours. We decided to take the movie site tour this time around.
We rode in a WWII era bus, it rode about as well as a 75 year old vehicle would ride… which was bumpy. But it’s not like we did stunts in the thing :). During WWII, Kualoa housed a US military airstrip and you’ll see remnants of that time, like this bus, during your time here.
The Movie Site Tour
If you’ve watched Jurassic Park or 50 First Dates or any of the movies that take place in a lush, green setting; then taking this tour may induce feelings of deja vu for you. Kualoa’s unique terrain and dream-like setting has been a Hollywood favorite for its backdrops for decades.
This fallen log might look familiar to anyone who watched the highest grossing movie of 1993 (No, not Mrs. Doubtfire; Jurassic Park!). This is the very same log that Dr. Grant, Lex and little Tim hid behind during the Gallimimus stampede.
In case you didnt’ get the reference 🙂
The Movie Site Tour: Worth It?
I can definitely recommend this tour. We were able to relax and take in on the sights with an informative tour guide. Of course, if you wanted to be more adventurous, you can also opt to take the ATV and horseback tours which does have some overlapping routes so you’ll end up seeing some of the same sights. Our tour was booked as part of our Go Oahu Card which is a pretty good deal if you plan to do even half of the attractions included. Without it, the tour will cost $120.00 per person. So I would definitely look into getting a Go Oahu Card when planning your Oahu trip. And as a bonus, if you have a Costco membership, you can get it even cheaper (this is the option we went with).
What we wore:
- Again, too hot for anything long sleeve. Stick to light and breathable fabrics for maximum comfort.
- Mark is wearing a polo and shorts from J. Crew Factory. Shoes are warm weather appropriate Sperry for J. Crew Top-Sider boat shoes.
- Mark always loses or sits on his glasses; his sunglasses are these wayfarers by grinderPunch. Polarized sunglasses shamelessly knocked off the Ray Ban original wayfarers. Same good looks for a fraction of the price. He loves these.
- Manet is wearing an airy and light dress by Chic Wish and shoes are the Jutti flats by TOMS.