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Kauai Ultimate Off-Road Ranch Tour
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Kauai Ultimate Off-Road Ranch Tour

By Kipu Ranch Adventures
Recommended by 96% of travelers
96% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Go off-roading in Kauai on a 4x4 tour of Kipu Ranch, a historic landscape of mountains, valleys, and the secluded Kipu Kai beach. Get a lesson in driving a 4WD vehicle, or ride as a passenger if you prefer. Follow a guide to reach hidden and remote parts of the private ranch you’ll recognize from movies like Jurassic Park and The Descendants, stopping to take photos at each spot.

Ages 9-99, max of 20 per group
Duration: 3h 30m
Start time: Check availability
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • See some of Kauai’s best scenery on a 4WD tour of Kipu Ranch
  • Private and scenic ranch is only accessible on guided tours
  • Stop for photos at filming locations for movies including Jurassic Park
  • 4-person vehicles make a great family-friendly option

  • Local guide
  • Safety helmets, goggles, and bandannas (required)
  • Light snack
  • Instruction & Practice
  • Entry/Admission - Kipu Ranch Adventures
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • We encourage our guests to bring a reusable water bottle. Water refill stations available at check-in.

Meet at Kipu Ranch and gear up with a provided helmet and safety goggles. Get a lesson in operating a 2- or 4-person 4WD vehicle, and practice a bit if you decide to take the driver’s seat. Head out with a guide to tackle challenging, unpaved trails that climb 800 feet (244 meters) from sea level to the top of Mt. Haupu and Kipu Kai ridge. Take in views of remote Kipu Kai beach, and descend through the tropical forests and river of Huleia Valley. Along the way, see the rugged landscapes where hit movies like Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and The Descendants were filmed. Put yourself in the scene during photo stops, and take a ride on a rope swing worthy of Indiana Jones himself.

Start:
  • Kipu Ranch Adventures, 235 Kipu Rd, Lihue, HI 96766, USA
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 29932P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • All guests are required to wear a face covering (face mask, bandana, face gaiter, etc) during check in and at any time where they are unable to safely physically distance (6 feet or more) from staff and other guests outside of their party.
    • Any person experiencing a temperature of 100.4 degrees and higher and/or experiencing flu-like symptoms should not participate and will either be refunded or rescheduled for a later date.
    • All guests are asked to follow federal, state and local orders pertaining to social distancing, masks, and travel requirements. For the most up-to-date information on travel updates, please visit our website
    • Digital Waivers MUST be completed by all participants prior to arrival to support a contactless check-in process. A link to the digital waiver form will be included in reservation confirmation. No printing required.
    • All drivers MUST be at least 18 years of age to operate vehicles and MUST provide a valid Driver's License. We recommend designating 1 driver per vehicle so that drivers can get properly acclimated with vehicle operations. We can allow up to 2 drivers at your discretion. Drivers are able to switch driving at designated locations.
    • Minimum of 2 guests required to reserve a vehicle. Vehicles booked with 1 person per vehicle are subject to an additional charge.
    • No recent surgeries, neck/back/knee problems, pregnant women, or any serious health conditions allowed on tours.
    • Covered closed toe footwear REQUIRED for all tours and during water activities (applicable tours only). Water activities are subject to weather conditions.
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Drug and alcohol use is not permitted before or during tours. Impaired participation is not allowed for your safety.
    • Safety helmets and goggles are provided by Kipu Ranch Adventures and are required for all guests to wear.
    • Guests are required to arrive on-time. Tours operate on schedule and cannot wait for late guests. The option to reschedule will be presented to late arrivals.
    • Tours operate rain or shine with the exception of severe weather conditions.
    • If you are booking on behalf of another person or group, it is your responsibility to inform each participant of these restrictions.
    • All guests MUST provide proper documentation at check-in showing proof of eligibility to participate. Acceptable forms of documentation: State of Hawaii Travel and Health Form: "Safe Travels" Negative Pre-Test found on website profile at https://travel.hawaii.gov - Screenshots and printed documents are not eligible.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 29932P1

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    Itinerary
    • You'll start at
      Kipu Ranch Adventures
      235 Kipu Rd, Lihue, HI 96766, USA
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      Kipu Ranch Adventures
      Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
      Check-in 15 minutes prior to tour time
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    • You'll return to the starting point
    About the operator
    Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator:
    • Kipu Ranch Adventures
      6,590
      Lihue, Hawaii
      Joined in November 2007
    • liamH8860SQ
      0 contributions
      Fun Roadtrip
      We thoroughly enjoyed our ATV adventure with Kipu Ranch. Jason was our guide and he led us over some rough back-country trails and through magnificent scenery. The ATVs were fun to drive and Jason laid out all of the ground rules at the beginning of the tour so that everyone would have a safe adventure. This was the first time my wife and I had driven an ATV and we found it to be quite fun to do. We covered a lot of ground and ended up at a pretty Hawaiian waterfall. Glad we did this.
      Written February 22, 2024
    • Dasha and K
      0 contributions
      Great Experience!
      The ATV ride itself was perfect. It starts out easier so that inexperienced drivers can have a turn at the wheel without getting in over their heads and progressively gets more difficult until you're spraying mud and fording rivers. Perfect for a couple or a family. We loved that there were short stops to take a break that were filled with some local history and other interesting facts about the Land and the Island. 100% would recommend.
      Written February 21, 2024
    • samanthahV4558RN
      0 contributions
      best time of my life
      absolutely amazing time, I learned so much and had a blast! Our tour guides were amazing and the waterfall was once in a lifetime experience!
      Written February 20, 2024
    • Colleen M
      0 contributions
      So fun!!!
      Kyle and Owen were fantastic leaders and made the day so much fun. They were very knowledgeable and always made sure everyone felt confident in their ATV. They took it seriously while also making sure to have fun.
      Written February 20, 2024
    • NumbuttAdele
      0 contributions
      So much fun
      great friendly knowledgeable guide, educational, gorgeous view, very safe. There are mosquitoes in some areas but bug spray works.
      Written February 19, 2024
    • sshenkel
      0 contributions
      Great Adventure!
      What an adventure! We thoroughly enjoyed our Kipu Ranch ATV ride. The trails were challenging and fun. Guides Kyle and Kimo were exceptional — very safety conscious, friendly and so proud of their heritage. The scenery was thrilling, and the giant bamboo and waterfall were spectacular!! 👍👍
      Written February 18, 2024
    • Russed1
      0 contributions
      Highly recommend
      We had the best time with “Giggles” and Jasper! They took on great trails, were very knowledgeable and loads of fun!
      Written February 18, 2024
    • HultGlade
      0 contributions
      Great Activity
      My wife and I had an absolute blast during the three hours we spent on the Kipu Ranch. Giggles and his cousin Marlon were excellent guides in how they made the adventure enjoyable and interesting with their knowledge of the ranch intself. We would highly recommendf this excursion. We lucked out by having perfect weather and no bugs to bother us. All we can say is "Hang on, Keep those Arms and Legs inside at All times and Have Fun!"
      Written February 18, 2024
    • markj4golf
      0 contributions
      So Much Fun
      Kiipu provides great guides and a ton of Fun…. The tour felt safe while being exciting and adventurous….. A great time
      Written February 18, 2024
    • Skillsaw917
      0 contributions
      Don’t miss this adventure!
      We had so much fun riding through kipu ranch. The terrain was exciting but the vehicles were very safe. And the guides were amazing. Attentive, fun and educational. We enjoyed learning about the land and the Hawaiian culture. Kipu ranch is a must!
      Written February 18, 2024
    • omdahl2024
      0 contributions
      Super Fun!
      Had a great day! Liked the morning ride so we could do other things and not be out in full sun. Nice units, clean bathrooms and knowledgeable guides.
      Written February 16, 2024
    • arstewart37
      0 contributions
      Best ATV Tour!
      The tour with Kipu Ranch was one of the highlights of our trip! Felt safe the whole time; learned about the island and had so much fun. David and Giggles, our tour guides, were awesome! 10/10 recommend.
      Written February 15, 2024
    • femvasquez
      0 contributions
      PHENOMENAL!!!
      We (a film crew) went to Kipu Ranch to shoot for Hawaiian Airlines and the location is spectacular and their staff fantastic!! It is a must stop in Kauai.
      Written February 12, 2024
    • Robin S
      0 contributions
      Highlight of our trip
      The Kipu Ranch Ultimate Kauai Off-Road Ranch Tour was the highlight of our stay on Kauai. Marlin and Ryan were great guides, imparting history of the island and Hawaiian culture while also keeping us safe and entertained. Loved driving the ATVs, and loved the spectacular views even more. Highly recommend.
      Written February 12, 2024
    • sue1155016
      0 contributions
      Book this tour if you like adventure and fun!
      Amazing! You have to do this ride! It’s so much fun and where else can you say you drove through Jurassic park/other famous movie sites? Everything about this ride is well organized and the staff are AMAZING! Funny, full of history, calm and confident and let them take your picture…artists with a camera! I’m so happy we booked this adventure through the jungle. Thank you team Kipu Ranch!
      Written February 12, 2024
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    the5reeds
    Valley, WA63 contributions
    Jun 2021
    I really wanted to do this tour on an upcoming trip to Kauai...I did. As a solo traveler, I inquired about costs and logistic involved and was essentially told "Two person minimum - you have to pay for the empty seat". I'm sure that these are great people and a beautiful ranch, so it is too bad that Kipu Ranch chooses to penalize solo travelers by charging double. I guess they'd rather have the ATV empty that only one person. I would have been happy to travel with a guide or another solo traveler, but that option was never offered. I've read that 18% of travelers in the world go solo, so it seems like Kipu may consider re-evaluating their policy on this.
    Written July 1, 2021
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    FJVLS
    Yorktown, VA296 contributions
    May 2022
    We took this tour on the advice of a friend who’d visited in December. And it’s messy fun, with a lot of local stories along the way. Some was Hawaiian history, some about movies filmed on the property, and some Kauai tour tips. In fact, in many respects, the tour guides, Mana and Owen, made the event.

    We took the valley tour. In total it’s about 3 hours total, plus the safety brief before departure. The machines are 4 seaters; we recommend that adults make reservations for just two riders. Only reason to consider the rear seats would be kids. The machines were pressure-washer clean at the start and in good repair. You get issued a souvenir bandana for your face and a little granola snack. We recommend you accept the loaner goggles.

    The tour is through an active cattle ranch…so that mud isn’t just mud. We suggest a poncho to keep the mess down…and you may well want to toss your clothes at the end, with the red dirt staining as it does.

    Much of the path is pretty straightforward/easy driving, either paved (rough) roads, or two track dirt paths. There is about 20 minutes of much steeper, rockier terrain. Guides are great at teaching one how to drive in those conditions and we felt safe and in control throughout. You drive in a line separated by about 3 vehicle lengths, so it’s definitely a follow the leader tour vs any form of do your own thing.

    We made 3-4 stops along the route, including a final stop with quite the overview of an essentially undeveloped stretch of Kauai beach that was pretty impressive.

    Staff was super friendly throughout. Bring water, change of clothes, poncho, sunscreen, bug spray, and a camera. Then just relax and enjoy the ride, the views, and the stories.

    For those who’ve never ridden an ATV, it’s a 5. If you’ve done some riding, it might be a 4.
    Written June 8, 2022
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    Frances D
    Kaaawa5 contributions
    Aug 2020
    My friends and I had an absolutely fabulous time on this ATV tour! The guides are very knowledgeable about the area and can answer most of your questions. The scenery is breathtaking and it’s no wonder why so many movies are shot on this island. The sweet/sour taste of strawberry guava was heavenly and reminded me of mom’s homemade jam. If you time it right after a bit of rain, it’s great fun however don’t go swimming. The shocks on the vehicles made for a comfortable ride considering the amount of ruts, rocks, turns, slopes, crossings, and climbs we encountered.
    Written August 30, 2020
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    UVC Powersports - Shannon Tracy
    Alvin, TX4 contributions
    Jan 2021 • Couples
    Whether you’ve been on a side-by-side ever or even if you are highly experienced, this is the number one go to place in Kauai Hawaii. I have known about Kipu ranch for over 10 years and this was our first opportunity to do so and it’s absolutely breathtaking views, wonderful way to learn the history of the island ( by the way Kia was an awesome guide ) and of course the Kawasaki MULE PRO FXT’s. the Kawasaki TERYX4 and the Kawasaki Teryx KRX1000 are all awesome rides, you have a choice of all three models, the ultimate side by side is the Kawasaki, and “That’s the Bottom line” I know that’s what our dear friend Steve Austin would say. #WorkHard #Playharder, and if you ever happen to be in the Houston Texas area please come by and see us at #uvcpowersports
    Written January 26, 2021
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    Travelers1911
    Atlanta, GA5 contributions
    May 2021
    My husband and I had a blast doing the Ultimate Ranch Tour with Mana and Owen. We drove through dirt roads, bumpy slopes, and the occasional puddles/streams. Wish there were more streams to splash through, but all in all we really enjoyed the experience. Mana went above and beyond with his engaging storytelling of Kauai's cultural and land history and movie filming trivia, while making sure we were felt safe driving our ATVs. Don't hesitate to book your ATV tour with Kipu Ranch Adventures!
    Written May 25, 2021
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    Teresa- M
    2 contributions
    Feb 2020
    This was the best adventure yet. Marlin and Giggles were the best guides. Marlin is so full of knowledge and caring for the land he calls home and has a clear passion to share that with everyone he meets. They are both true examples of the Hawaiian spirit. The ATV adventure was amazing and they helped make that with their skill and commentary throughout the event. This is a must do when you are on the island.
    Written February 17, 2020
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    Mykenzie R
    13 contributions
    Jan 2020 • Couples
    Such an amazing experience! If you are looking for a unique way to see parts of the island you wouldn’t otherwise see, book the ultimate ranch tour. The sites you stop at are awesome! Our tour guides were amazing! I can’t remember their names, but we took a tour on Thursday 1/9 at 7:00 AM! Although this tour is early, seeing the sunrise and having the rest of your day to do whatever is worth it. Plus the extra savings is worth it. Book this tour, you won’t regret it!
    Written January 10, 2020
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    Jeremy K
    Philadelphia3 contributions
    Nov 2020
    This was a really fun tour. Driving the ATV through the bumps and puddles was a good time, and both me and my wife were able to take turns driving. The scenery was also very beautiful on the ranch, offering views you can't get from publicly accessible spots. Our guide Ryan was also very fun and informative, and he gave us some great food recommendations for the island as well.
    Written December 3, 2020
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    Deanna C
    2 contributions
    Feb 2020 • Family
    The sceneary us beautiful. However, we spent way too much time listening to our guide. For the amount of money spent I felt like we should have had more time driving machines instead of stopping and and turning off machines for long periods of time.
    Written February 21, 2020
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    Regan Gonzales 12
    New Orleans, LA5 contributions
    Sep 2021
    We did this tour on the first day of our vacation and it was a fantastic start in Hawaii! The ride was really fun and safety was important to the tour guide. We saw many great locations from movies in the past and sang the Jurassic park theme song the entire time. Really recommend this tour!
    Written September 27, 2021
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