Kipu Ranch Adventures

Kipu Ranch Adventures — Where to Go on a Wild Tour of Gorgeous Kauai Landscapes
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Kipu Ranch Adventures offers a unique chance to explore over 3,000 acres of paradise from the comfort of a Kawasaki UTV. While piloting one of their off-road vehicles, your guide will show you all the gorgeous landscapes found between the Huleia River and Mt. Haupu. Along the way, you’ll get to see stunning vegetation, waterways, wildlife, and even several popular filming locations for popular movies, like Jurassic Park.

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

Whether you’re interested in Hawaiian Island conservation or simply want to see where Jurassic Park was filmed, you’re going to love taking a trip with Kipu Ranch Adventures. You’ll just have to hop on one of their Kawasaki UTV off-road vehicles to traverse their 3,000-acre property.

Spanning from Mt. Haupu to the Huleia River, this phenomenal landscape features rainforests, tropical valleys, and waterfalls galore. Since it’s private land, each area looks and feels virtually untouched, giving you an inside look at the importance of island conservation efforts.

With your tour guide leading the way, you’ll get to see all the top spots on the property, including amazing movie locations. A variety of popular films used this stunning landscape as their movie setting, including Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark. As your guide points out the key backdrops in the films, you can reenact your favorite movie moments and even get a few pictures out of the deal.

Although all that is quite fun, the real magic is in spotting all the plants and animals that call Kipu Ranch home. On the vegetation side, you can see wild bamboo, ginger, coffee, and many other beautiful plants growing in abundance. If you tread lightly, you’ll also see plenty of pheasants, peacocks, chickens, pigs, and cattle roaming across the land.

Their top tours include:

Waterfall Triple Trail Expedition
The Waterfall Triple Trail Expedition takes you on a three-hour tour of the ranch plus a trip up to their private waterfall lookout. You’ll first take a long jaunt through the bamboo jungle where you can learn about this truly sustainable wood. Once you get to the waterfall, you’ll take a break from the off-road driving and get to enjoy true swimming bliss. 

Ultimate Kauai Off-Road Ranch Tour
While on the Ultimate Kauai Off-Road Ranch Tour, you’ll get to learn all about the history of the ranch, including its royal roots. As you hear the historic tales, you’ll travel through the rainforest, down into the tropical valley, and through gorgeous pastures, all while enjoying a stunning view of Mt. Haupu. Local wildlife are usually on full display along the trails used for this tour, so be sure to keep an eye out as you drive along the route.  

Private Tours
Once you’ve gone on both of the pre-planned tours, book a private tour to hit up all your favorite spots.  Available for up to 20 people, these tours let you go on an adventure all your own using up to eight off-road vehicles. You can head out to look for as much wildlife as possible or just conquer all the technical challenges along each trail. You could even go straight to the private waterfall for a long, leisurely dip. The choice is yours.

If you love going on adventures with the Kipu Ranch crew, look to their gift cards as your presents of choice. Your friends, family, and coworkers will love getting the chance to explore the ranch and see all its natural wonders.   

Insider Tips:
-If you’re a first responder or member of the military, ask about their 10% off discount. You will need to show them a valid business ID to qualify.
-Hawaiian residents can count on always getting 25% off upon showing their state ID or driver’s license. If you’re a resident of Kauai, the discount increases to 30% off.
-Tours are only available to those age nine and up. Drivers must be 18 or over and have a valid driver’s license.