When you close your eyes and think about Hawaii’s landscape, what do you see?
Waves crashing against a craggy shore?
White—or even black—sand beaches?
Lava snaking into the Pacific ?
Palm trees swaying in the breeze?
Diamond Head as the backdrop of a mesmerizing hula in Honolulu?
A plate of vibrant papaya and pineapple?
Sheer cliffs cutting a dramatic island profile?
My mind conjures this latter image, which is why I find myself still scrolling through pictures of Kualoa Ranch on my phone two months after returning from O’ahu, where I spent a week in March earning my certification as an O’ahu Master Specialist with the O’ahu Visitor’s Bureau, partner supplier Journese, and my host agency the Gifted Travel Network.
Kualoa Ranch—a private nature reserve and an ideal honeymoon day-trip—awes visitors with its 4,000 acres, tucked between mystical, foreboding cliffs and Kaneohe Bay. Here, there really is something for every type of honeymooner, no matter how you prefer to absorb the ranch’s surreal beauty.
Excursions at Kualoa include:
- Taste of Kualoa Farm Tour
- Jurassic Jungle Expedition
- ATV Tour
- Jurassic Valley Zipline
- Famous Movie Sites Tour, including filming locations from Jurassic Park and Jurassic World, Jumanji, King Kong, Pearl Harbor and more than 70 more flicks
- Secret Beach
- Ocean Voyage Adventure
- Electric Mountain Biking
To make your visit even more special, the ranch is, well, exactly that—home to 600 cattle and acres of gardens. This means that between your honeymoon fun exploring the property, you’re treated to sightings of the cutest baby calves and fragrant scents of blooming or ripening produce. Most of the goodies cultivated on the land are available for purchase, too—an easy way to cross some souvenir shopping off your list.