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A gem of Hawaii tourism.

Kualoa Ranch (modernly known as Jurassic Valley) was established in 1850 and is a popular destination for tourism and activities.  The area is renowned for it’s reverence for the natural environment, respect for the host Hawaiian culture and the sacred history of Kualoa. Also referred to as Kualoa, Hakipu’u and Ka’a’awa, the amazing 4000 acre preserve is a gem of Oahu tourism.  The area offers great opportunities for Hawaiian historical and cultural tours, ocean and land adventures and fantastic helicopter tours.

Helicopter tours can often be easier to book than the ground tours as there are usually multiple bookings available. This is especially true during the busy travel seasons. There are several different Oahu helicopter tours available which provide spectacular ocean and valley views around the ranch. A helicopter tour is sure to create memories that will last a lifetime!


Rainbow Helicopters landing and picnic above Kualoa Ranch

Rainbow Helicopters tour landing with picnic above Kualoa Ranch

Kualoa Ranch helicopter tours

Most Oahu helicopter tours that fly over the area are part of a larger island sightseeing tour that flies over several of Oahu’s main attractions. Kualoa Ranch is amazing to see from the sky. As you fly over the famed valleys, known for their role in blockbuster Hollywood movies like Jurassic Park and Godzilla, a sense of adventure and exhilaration fills the air. Children and adults alike enjoy the views.  The helicopter gives you an unparalleled birdseye view of the many attractions, away from the crowds and tourist sights.


Mauna Loa Helicopters flying Oahu helicopter tours

Mauna Loa Helicopters sightseeing around Kualoa Ranch

Ridgetop landings

There are two main helicopter companies that offer landings at Kualoa: Rainbow Helicopters and Paradise Helicopters.  Both companies have different options and add-ons available so you will want to be sure to check them out. The top rated private heli charters with ridgetop landings are:

Proposal Flight – Romantic Landing
60 min.  private charter |  $2100
Add-ons: In flight-photographer, Doors Off Helicopter (free), Flight Video, Booking Protection

Luxury Picnic at Scenic Landing
2 hr. private charter  |  $3900
Add-ons: In flight-photographer, Doors Off Helicopter (free), Flight Video, Booking Protection

Oahu Romance
X min. private charter |  $3500
Upgrades: Professional Photographer, Change Your Flight Path, Gourmet Catered Lunch


Kualoa Ranch - Ridgetop Landing Proposal Flight

The ridgetop is a popular destination for helicopter proposal flights

As you take in spectacular views and prepare for an exclusive landing on a private cliff you are surrounded by amazing mountains and epic ocean views. Depending on what tour and company you choose, your landing here can include a picnic with local chocolates, a champagne toast, and leis for all the guests. The ridgetop landing above the ranch has unparalleled views and is a great place to take a little break from the skies and take in the entire scene. There are great opportunities for photographs here, we took advantage of the professional In-flight photographer add-on to take some amazing shots with the family. They were so good we ended up using them for our holiday cards!

Hollywood Filming Locations

Renown for Hollywood films and productions, the Kualoa Ranch a must-see Kualoa attraction! You can fly over the movie sets of some of the most famous Hollywood productions filmed outside the continental U.S. There are still-standing film locations of well-known movies such as King Kong, 50 First Dates, Godzilla, Jurassic World, Mighty Joe Young, the original Jurassic Park, and much more!


Jurassic World at Kualoa Ranch

Jurassic World at Kualoa Ranch

Where is Kualoa Ranch?

Located on the eastern side of Oahu, Kualoa Ranch Incorporates 3 separate valleys: Hakipu’u valley, Kualoa valley, and Ka’a’awa valley. Kualoa Ranch is a top Hawaii tourist destination that offers a wide variety of guided tours. There are packages including horseback riding, Jurassic adventures, ziplining, Hollywood movie sites, and atv Raptor tours.


Kualoa Ranch location

Kualoa Ranch is a 4000 acre preserve about 24 miles from Honolulu.

Coordinates: 21.5233333°N, -157.8402778°W
Approx. Elevation: 174 feet (53 meters)

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