KUALOA RANCH | 4,000 acres of Jurassic Valley, ATVs
by Mariam Beard • Last Updated: December 2021
In this video, we take you on the two-hour UTV tour on the multi-passenger Raptor Ride. We’ll show you the check-in process, the driving lesson, and the tour itself.
If you’re looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, Kualoa Ranch (“Jurassic Valley”) is the perfect place. Located only 45 minutes to an hour away, this 4,000 acre ranch is known for its movie sets from Jurassic Park and Jurassic World, but there’s so much more to explore. From zip lining to UTVs, electric bikes, kayaking, and secret beaches, there’s something for everyone.
- Kualoa Ranch Shuttle
This is the easiest option if you are staying in Waikiki. Their shuttle is $30 per person + tax, roundtrip.
- Drive Out
If you have a rental car, allow about 1 hour to get to Kualoa Ranch from Waikiki. Traffic can be unpredictable (road closures, traffic accidents, etc). If you are driving out, I would recommend going earlier and have breakfast or lunch at Kualoa Ranch. This way, you’re already in the right area – and you don’t have to worry about missing your tour.
The check-in process was pretty easy. We had a safety briefing, grabbed wristbands, filled out paperwork, had helmets and glasses, and then we were off.
We headed over to grab our ATVs and get a quick driving lesson. Safety first of course, and then we were off to Jurassic Valley.
We stopped at our first stop after the UTV ride and we were inside the valley. We passed a ton of movie sites, including Godzilla, 50 First Dates, You, Me, Dupree, and even the show Lost. If you don’t want to drive as much, this is the perfect spot to switch drivers.
At the second stop, we got to meet some dinosaurs (haha) and learn how the sets are made. We hit the halfway point and it was a great spot to switch out drivers.
At the third stop, we were right in front of an ancient Hawaiian fish pond. It’s over 900 years old. Not only were we riding through Jurassic Park and Jurassic World, but we were also learning a lot about Hawaiian history and culture.
Our guides, Robert and Matt, were absolutely phenomenal. We still had a little bit more on the tour.
Places to Eat
Kualoa Ranch has a restaurant within it. You can purchase quick grab-and-go options, a buffet, or ala carte menu options. We had garlic shrimp and the Kualoa burger – both were super delicious!
Why We Love Kualoa Ranch
Kualoa Ranch is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. With 4,000 acres of Jurassic Valley, ATVs, zip lining, UTVs, electric bikes, kayaking, secret beaches, and more, there’s something for everyone. We had a great time on the two-hour UTV tour, and our guides Robert and Matt were phenomenal. We learned a lot about Hawaiian history and culture, and we had a great time.
RELATED KUALOA RANCH POSTS:
- I would recommend a drybag. This tour runs RAIN or SHINE.
- I bought the one below in black and absolutely loved it for this tour. It’s also one of the few I found that had a clear window (rather than completely opaque) so you can see your stuff.
- It’s a 10L which is just the right size to toss in everyone’s cell phones (for photos!), wallet, etc. As you saw in the video, there are streams you can drive through – and this dry bag kept all of our electronics dry.
- The ride is also really bumpy. I liked that this had a clip where I could easily clip the bag onto the bars so I didn’t have to worry about the bag getting tossed around or falling out of the UTV
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