Oahu Jungle Adventure With Kids- Kualoa Ranch

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About an hour drive from Waikiki is a not so little ranch called Kualoa Ranch.

Used often by Hollywood to shoot adventure blockbusters with jungle settings, this is a really fun place to visit as a family because there is so much to do. From horseback riding, to jungle expeditions, you could spend days on the ranch. 

There is a reason they are ” The World’s Most Famous Private Nature Reserve.”

kualoa ranch

We were very excited to visit the ranch and to partner with them to share all about their jungle tour.

When we arrived for the tour we were offered either the smooth truck, or the much bumpier one. The girls were not thrilled when Pete chose the bumpy one.

bumpy jungle ride

He was perfectly fine with the choice. 

off road in hawaii

In all reality we did feel the bumps and dips in the kinda off road trail we took, it was not crazy bumpy, but it really did add to the fun! The bumpier vehicle also was more intimate and we really got to know the driver and those in the truck with us.  

chinaman island oahu hawaii

We learned all about this little island called Mokoliʻi, which the locals still call Chinaman’s Hat.

statues in the jungle

We learned about the Hawaiian Culture and history…

hawaii oahu with kids

And just stared at these beautiful views!

jungle adventure in hawaii

We even had a little look at where Jurassic Park was filmed!

movie filming oahu
hike kualoa ranch

At the top of the mountain climb we were able to go for a little hike to a lookout point that brought us to this view. When people talk about “forever views” this is what that looks like!

petting zoo

Back down at the bottom of the mountain Emmy enjoyed the petting zoo and watching the hours return from a ride.

horse ranch

This is one of my favorite pictures from Hawaii. If take this same tour, and I highly recommend you do, be sure to ask to take this a picture here too!

mountain hiking with kids hawaii

Learn More About Kualoa Ranch on their website

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


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