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Ancient Fishpond and Garden Tour at Kualoa Ranch

Ancient Fishpond and Garden Tour at Kualoa Ranch

A $26.00 value, included with your Go Oahu Card.

During this guided tour, you’ll pass through groves of fragrant fruit trees (feel free to sample whatever is in reach and in season) and gardens of exotic Hawaiian flowers (available for shipping back home). But the highlight just might be the canoe ride on the ancient fishpond!

A guided tour through Molii Gardens gives visitors a chance to get a view of Hawaii’s agricultural past and present. An interactive tour through the gardens takes you through groves of fruit trees, where you can pick and taste whatever is in season! The exotic flower gardens showcase some of the most popular and beautiful Hawaiian cut flowers – exotic gingers, heliconias and ti-plants are available for shipping back home.

sailing over fishpond
Sailing over an 800 year old fishpond

The tour highlight is a ride on a canoe raft, sailing over an 800 year old Hawaiian fishpond. The pond was built by hand and used by the ancient Hawaiians as a means of sustaining an abundant supply of fish for consumption by the villagers in this ahupuaa (ancient land division). Take in the breathtaking views of the Kualoa cliffs and the lush ridges so typical of these volcanic islands!

 

Many movies and popular television shows were filmed at the Kualoa Ranch complex, and the area is a popular tourist destination not only for its beautiful fishponds and garden, but also for an array of recreational activities and film set tours, which you’ll soon discover.

Your boat ride will bring you across the beautiful 125-acre Molii Fishpond, which is among Hawaii’s best-preserved treasures. You’ll smell the gentle fragrance of Hawaiian flowers in the air as you enjoy your garden tour through the tropical wildlife that is native to Hawaii’s islands. Your tour guide will teach you how ancient Hawaiian residents developed aquaculture and ancient fishpond kualoaagricultural practice that would help them develop their economic livelihood and establish a tradition of fruit growing. You’ll also learn how Captain Cook’s ‘discovery’ of the islands in 1778 brought new commerce and cultural influences to the islands that have had a lasting impact and contributed to the rich Hawaiian lifestyle that we know today.
Kualoa Ranch offers its visitors many beautiful experiences, and you’ll soon see why it’s one of the most beloved attractions on Oahu. You may also recognize the landscape and scenery from such movies as 50 First Dates, Pearl Harbor, and such hit television shows as Lost, and naturally— Hawaii 5-0! Kualoa Ranch is a popular filming location and is known as “the backlot of Hawaii”. Don’t miss this chance to experience a preserved ancient fishpond and garden that are part of one of Oahu’s most cherished treasures- the Kualoa Ranch!

Review:

“A beautiful place!!”

“The variety of flowers, trees and vines was really interesting, and the tour guide was quite knowledgeable. It left me wanting more, however. The quick boat ride out to the fish pond was interesting and being big LOST fans it was fun to walk on the dock where the submarine scenes took place. The scenery was gorgeous and the guides were great about taking pictures of each of us. Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.”

By: Kelly and Jim, from California on 3/5/2012

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Hours
Daily: 9:15 AM, 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:15 AM, 2:15 PM

Closings
Christmas and New Years Day

Redemption Instructions
Your Go Oahu Card is valid for one Kualoa Tour per card day.
Reservations are recommended but not required. Space is often limited.

Note
Free Parking at Visitor Center

Address
49-560 Kamehameha Hwy
Kaneohe, HI 96744

Driving Directions
Kualoa is just 45 minutes from Waikīkī. Take the H-1 Freeway west to the Likelike Highway, Route #63. Proceed up the Likelike Highway and through the Wilson Tunnel. Descend towards Kaneʻohe town and exit onto Kahekili Highway, Route #83, heading north. Continue along Kahekili Highway – note that the road becomes Kamehameha Highway as you pass the historic “Hygienic Store” in the village of Kahaluʻu. In about 10 minutes you will see signs indicating you are approaching the Kualoa entrance which will be on your left as you round the curve past Mokoliʻi Island (Chinaman’s Hat).

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