Kualoa Ranch Movie Set & Ranch Tour Review

As you probably already know, I’m a huge fan of the television series Lost. So, when I found out I could take a tour to see some valley scenes where Lost was filmed, you can bet I was interested in seeing it.

The tour is operated by the Kualoa Ranch and called the “Movie Sites & Ranch Tour”. It begins from the visitor center and lasts about an hour. It was narrated in both English and Japanese.

Some of the better known movies that have been filmed with Kualoa Ranch as a back drop are Jurassic Park, Pearl Harbor, 50 First Dates, and Godzilla. The scenes from Lost that have been filmed on the ranch are Hurley’s golf course and site the where Hurley found and started the old VW van.

An old school bus transports you through the ranch and into the valley. The windows have been removed so the bus is “open air” so to speak. Sometimes it can be dusty and windy, so I would advise wearing glasses. The tour takes a few stops along the way so that you can take in the scenery and take photos.

The tour takes you past World War II bunkers and one of them has been converted into a little “museum” with movie posters and photos of movies that have been filmed at the ranch. There are also photos showing the ranch’s war history.

The Kualoa Ranch is located on the east side of Oahu. They offer several tours. The Movie Sites & Ranch Tour is their most popular one and cost $19. (2013 update: the price has increased considerably.) As a LOST fan, I couldn’t miss an opportunity to take the tour, but the gorgeous views of the valley were almost worth the price of admission alone. (See finding LOST filming locations for more LOST information.)

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  1. Aloha Sheila:

    glad you were all able to make it out to my old stomping ground. Kualoa is such a beautiful place, and one of the most culturally significant places on O’ahu. There is so much to share about Kualoa, and much more to learn about this special place. The best thing about it is that it is family owned, and the Morgans/ Judds have done an awesome job maintaining the integrity of the place.

  2. Update – the cost of this tour has been increased to $21 — still a good value.

  3. As of July 31, 2017, the tours are all $45.95 now!

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