Kualoa Ranch

While in Oahu, my sister and I went on a trail ride through Kualoa Ranch.

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Kualoa is a private nature reserve and working cattle ranch. It’s also a very popular filming site and has appeared in films such as Jurassic Park, Pearl Harbor, The Hunger Games and 50 First Dates… to name just a few. šŸ™‚

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While they offer multiple tours, my sister and I signed up for the 2 hour horseback ride.

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I *think* this is Frodo. He has a look-a-like named Sam on the ranch too šŸ˜€

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Ranch kitty

The horse I rode was named Gryffindor… I can never remember trail horse names but I know I won’t have a problem with this one, haha. šŸ™‚

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I was happy I was allowed to take my camera during the ride, but since I’m not a very experienced rider I ended up randomly taking pictures and hoped for the best. A lot of my shots are blurry, aimed at the sky (or ground) or at weird angles, but I did manage to get some decent ones.

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The valley itself was amazing. My photos don’t do it justice. šŸ˜›

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There’s a tiny Jurassic Park sign in the middle of this one. The tree is different, but this is the spot where this scene was filmed:

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I’ve mentioned before that Jurassic Park is one of my all-time favorite movies, so this was exciting. šŸ˜€ We also went through the gate in this scene from Jurassic World:

And passed by some (rather poorly) covered movie props, for a film currently in production. They looked very familiar… just saying… šŸ˜‰

My parents were able to take a different tour through another area of the ranch, where they got to visit the Indominus Rex cage. We didn’t pass by that but gahhh! So cool!

We also passed by a bunch of cattle…

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And looped back around to see the ocean again:

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All in all this was a really fantastic tour with wonderful guides. I highly recommend it if you’re ever out visiting the islands – it’s totally worth it! Here is their website and Facebook page if you want to check them out. šŸ™‚

2 thoughts on “Kualoa Ranch

  1. Ahhh what an absolutely stunning place to ride! šŸ˜® Lucky you didn’t run into any ancient reptiles though. :p

    Gryffindor is SUCH a good name for a horse!

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