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“Best for views & stories vs. ATV stunts”

Kipu Ranch Adventures
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Ultimate Ranch Tour - Off-Road Touring
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Waterfall Picnic Tour and Off-road Adventure in Kauai
Ranked #2 of 33 Outdoor Activities in Lihue
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Kipu Ranch Adventures, located on the lush island of Kauai, is proud to be one of the top eco-tours in Hawaii. We enable visitors and residents alike to discover the rich history, landscape and legends that make Kauai activities unique. Ride through lush green pastures, venture down into tropical Hule'ia Valley, and ascend to majestic Haupu for a breathtaking view of Kipu Kai, Kauai's untouched paradise. Experience many blockbuster movie spots such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Outbreak, and Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark. This is tropical 4x4 off road touring at its finest.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
San Diego, CA
Level 5 Contributor
39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Best for views & stories vs. ATV stunts”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

If you want to crank it over boulders, splash through streams, and get pumped up & muddy, this is not the tour for you. If you want to take photos of expansive views and Hollywood movie locations and hear stories about the history of Kauai and of the land, with a touch of adventure, you will enjoy this tour. Don't misunderstand; you will bounce and splash and could potentially roll over, but it you take the big puddles slow and maintain a good following distance, you won't get that dusty or muddy (provided it's not raining or wet out).

Marlin and Lumbo (self-proclaimed "local boys") were entertaining and informative and offered great safety instruction to make everyone comfortable with their vehicles. The helmets (some with GoPro mounts) were clean, the goggles were spotless, and I actually thought the bandannas were new. (As soon as we turned them back in, the helmets & goggles were cleaned with Lysol & Windex, and the bandannas were laundered.) The vehicles were all in great shape; the green Teryx-4 UTVs seemed brand new and the blue ones not much older. The snacks were great (especially the homemade cookies), and the port-a-potty in the middle of the tour even flushed!

Your expensive camera will be safe if you protect it with padding and a splash-proof bag.

Recommended: sunblock, bug repellent (mosquitoes at check-in area); long pants, long sleeves (to protect you from sunburn, mosquitoes, & dirt/mud); closed-toed shoes fit for hiking (though very minimal hiking is involved); bathing suit if you want to take a dip; towel & bottled water or antibacterial wipes for your hands.

Visited May 2013
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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Lived up to Expectations”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Troy & Ryan were great guides, humorous and very knowledgeable about the island. Although the sights aren't as impressive as the Na Pali coast, they were very nice and the narative really enhanced the experience. We opted to take the guided tour and ride with the guide, Troy, a great decision. We were the last vehicle of the "caravan" and Troy was able to stop and linger for pictures whenever we asked or he suggested. Way better than being one of the other vehicles that you or one of your party has to drive and stay up with the rest of the group. Plus the trailing vehicle need not stay too close to the pack thus avoiding the wet splashes and dust. Unless you really are crazy about driving an ATV, take the guide.

Visited April 2013
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60 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Ranch ATV Tour”
Reviewed May 4, 2013

We booked an early bird tour as it was a great deal and ended up with just one other vehicle joining us. James was our guide and he was very informative on the background history of the ranch and the surrounding properties. We were able to see the adorable little pigs, the cattle & horses as well as a variety of birds. Finally someone who could explain about all the chickens on Kauai. :) It was nice to be out and have fun with some really nice people and see parts of the island we would never have seen otherwise.

We knew we would be getting dirty - it is an ATV ride! I would recommend listening to their advise of leaving everything but the essential items behind. If you take your camera, ziplock it and anything else you bring, otherwise they will get coated in the red dirt. Snacks provided are snacks ... nothing to brag about and honestly you're not there for the food. :)

Visited May 2013
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37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Amazing company, fantastic staff, a heck of a tour!!!”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

I brought my staff to Kipu Ranch for our company party this past weekend. Kipu Ranch went above and beyond to design a great tour for my team. We even had a few ziplines thrown in for fun (thank you Outfitters Kaua'i).

Justin made sure that everyone had a great time and was very knowledgeable about the land, history and all things Kipu! Even my born and raised Kaua'i girls had a great time.

I recommend Kipu Ranch for a unique perspective on Kaua'i...and one heck of an off road adventure! PS...pray for rain...the mud puddles are a blast!

Visited April 2013
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Wahiawa, Hawaii, United States
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“I felt like a boy again”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

I kayaked up the rive. I swung on a rob swing for the first time in 10 years. I zip lined for the first time. I had a wonderful time in the old swimming hole. I felt like a boy again for the first time in 15 years.

Visited March 2013
Thank Matthew M
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