A spectacular day in Kualoa, Hawaii
This is the first post in a series I’m starting of “A spectacular day in…” highlighting some of the world’s top tourist destinations! I couldn’t think of a better place to start than Hawaii, where I spent many years as a student and working as a tour guide. The Hawaiian islands are known for their incredible nature, fascinating culture, and the spirit of Aloha! Although there are many Hawaiian islands the most populated and most popular amongst tourists is Oahu.
Today I want to focus on one particularly beautiful location on the island of Oahu: Kualoa.
I’ve had the opportunity to go there a number of times and it’s always been amazing! They have horseback-riding, ATVs, Zip-lining, boat rides, and an incredible movie tour! The best part though is that it is located on what I personally would consider the most beautiful part of Oahu. The tours that I’ve experienced include the Movie Sites Tour, Zip-line, Secret Island, and Ocean Voyage. Here is a little bit about each of my experiences:
Movie Sites Tour
This is one of the most popular tours at Kualoa. There have been over 50 movies and tv shows filmed at Kualoa including both the original Jurassic Park and more recently Jurassic World. I think the coolest thing about the movie sites tour is when you watch the movies after visiting their filming locations you can totally recognize where you’ve been! You also have the chance to see some pieces of movie sets, and cruise around the ranch taking in spectacular views. The movie sites tour is particularly good for families because anyone from little kids to grandparents can enjoy it. I went there last month with my entire mom’s side of the family and they all loved it!
The zip-line is simply amazing. You can’t beat it. The views are breathtaking and I can’t think of any better way to experience the valleys than zipping across them.
It’s pretty hard to describe, so I recommend you go try out it yourself! Check out this short video we made when we went.
The coolest thing about secret island is that you can experience so many different things as a part of it. You can relax in a hammock, kayak, standup paddle board, play beach volleyball, ping pong, horseshoes, or just explore around. I was there with a few friends and we did almost all of those! Even if you’re busy having fun the entire at least hop on one of the hammocks for a few minutes to get that classic island pic:
I always love getting out on the water wherever I go. There’s just something really great about it. The Ocean Voyage takes you out into Kaneohe Bay and gives you a perfect view of Chinaman’s hat. If you’re lucky you’ll also see some sea turtles while you’re out on the water.
And that’s it for what I’ve tried although with how well everything is put together I imagine that anythign you experience at Kualoa will be a great time. You can also get some delicious meals in the cafe where they have their own grass-fed beef. It’s an incredible place and gives you an authentic experience of Hawaii.