Kualoa Ranch

Sitting just 24 miles from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu, Kualoa Ranch is a tropical sanctuary. The nature preserve contains 4,000 acres and the ranch also serves as a popular filming location. You might have seen one or two of the films, like Jurassic Park, 50 First Dates and The Mighty Joe Young. It’s the perfect destination for the outdoor lover who also loves entertainment. In fact, the ranch advertises itself as Jurassic Valley.

Kualoa RanchYou can join a variety of tours at the ranch. Some tours take you to epic waterfalls while other give you a boost of adrenaline on an ATV or zipline. Each tour centers around the area’s ties to Hollywood, so you’ll be able to scope a bunch of filming locations in the process.

You can also bundle your tours at the ranch. You can take a relaxing sea kayak journey around the area and then board an ATV before finishing off at the zipline. Like Oahu herself, this nature preserve -- with all of its waterfalls, towering valley walls and epic scenery -- is a choose your own adventure story, and you’re in charge. If you’re lucky, you’ll visit the ranch when there’s a rainbow streaking overhead.

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Kaneohe, Oahu