Kipu Ranch ATV Tours

Kipu Ranch - Kauai's best & most popular ATV tours

Kipu Ranch ATV Tours training

Guides provide training & safety tips at Kipu Ranch

Kipu Ranch ATV Tours

You'll be riding an ATV like a pro in no time!

Kipu Ranch ATV Tours zooming in the ranch

The Ultra Eco Buggy available on the VIP Triple Trail Expedition

Kipu Ranch ATV Tours film locations for Jurassic Park

See movie locations used in Jurassic Park, Outbreak & more

Kipu Ranch ATV Tours rope swing

Take a dip tarzan style in the secluded swimming hole!

Kipu Ranch ATV Tours ATV and Teryx

Kipu Ranch offers 3 hour and 4 hour ATV Mountain tours

Kipu Ranch ATV Tours zooming in the ranch

VIP Triple Trail Expedition nearly doubles the mileage of the other tours

Kipu Ranch ATV Tours view of Kipu Kai

The Mountain Tour climbs above the valley floor to the summit of the Kipu Kai mountain pass

Kipu Ranch ATV Tours zooming in the ranch

Kipu Ranch ATV Tours - a different way to experience Kauai!

Kipu Ranch ATV Tours waterfall tour

The 4 hour Waterfall ATV Tour takes you to 2 waterfalls!

Kipu Ranch ATV Tours waterfall

Explore the waterfalls and enjoy a picnic lunch

Kipu Ranch ATV Tours waterfall

Get wet and wild at the last waterfall of the day!

Kipu Ranch ATV Tours piglets in 3000 acre working ranch

Pigs are seen all over on the 3,000 acre working ranch

Kipu Ranch ATV Tours cool piglet

Can I ride along? PLEASE???

Kipu Ranch ATV Tours

Did we mention you'll probably get dirty?

Kipu Ranch ATV Tours

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Kipu Ranch is a 3,000 acre property extending from the Huleia River to the top of Mt. Haupu. This mountain range is the one you see to the south of side of the highway as you leave Lihue headed toward Poipu or Waimea. Many movies have been filmed on the ranch, and your tour will include scenes from Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Descendants, and more!

COVID-19 Update: Until further notice, the “Ride with a Guide” option has been discontinued. Kipu Ranch will operate on limited days of the week (Wednesday through Saturday) and they are limiting the tour size to 8 vehicles per tour. All guests must be able to demonstrate that they are not subject to a 10-day quarantine by the state of Hawaii or the county of Kauai and temperature checks will be taken upon arrival at the ranch. Face masks are required during check-in and anytime you are close to others who are not in your party. All guests should complete a digital waiver prior to check-in to minimize staff contact before the tour.

3 hour Ultimate Ranch Tour

This tour crosses ranch land and heads to the overlook at top of the mountain pass … from here you get a glimpse of the south shore of Kauai, a view that few visitors (or residents) ever get to see. This scene was recently featured in the movie “The Descendants” and was the spot where George Clooney stood overlooking the estate he had inherited. Since this is a working cattle ranch you are bound to encounter livestock, but you may also see wild turkeys, boar, pheasant and Nene (the state bird of Hawaii). You’ll ride through lush green pastures, descend under the rainforest canopy into tropical Hule’ia Valley, and recognize famous landscapes from popular Hollywood blockbuster movies like Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Ark. While this tour is the same length as the 3 Hour Waterfall Triple Trail,  is a favorite of the guides as it includes some more difficult terrain and more elevation gain. If you are an experienced rider this is probably the best choice for you. There is more riding and less “down-time” as the Waterfall tour does an extended stop at a swimming hole

Schedule: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 9:30am and 1:00pm.

Solo Drivers on KRX1000 must buy the second seat at adult rate. Solo drivers on Teryx4  or Mule must buy a second seat at youth rate.

3 Hour Waterfall Triple Trail Expedition

A well thought out and crafted route on this expedition … experienced guides lead you through the 3,000 acre trail system on a working cattle ranch which is full of breathtaking scenery, blockbuster movie locations, cultural history, and Hawaiian legends. You will  navigate your vehicle  crossing streams, exploring bamboo jungles, and enjoying an extended stop at a private waterfall. You can view the waterfall from above, or take a short (optional) hike down to the base of the falls. The walk to the waterfall is moderate and on uneven ground, approximately 75 meters down and back up.

This is a swimming tour, so be sure to bring a towel and swimwear and closed toed shoes that can get wet.

Schedule: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday  at 8:00am, 8:45am, 1:30pm, and 2:15pm

Solo Drivers on KRX1000 must buy the second seat at adult rate. Solo drivers on Teryx4  or Mule must buy a second seat at youth rate.

Vehicle Types
Here is a description of the vehicle types available. Minimum age to drive is 18 but if any passengers are under 18, the minimum age to drive is 21. A valid driver’s license is required for all drivers.  ATV tours do not require previous experience to drive; all participants must sign an acknowledgement of risk form recognizing that with any moving vehicle, driver error can result in an accident and injury.
kipu-ranch-atv-37 Expedition KRX 1000
The KRX 1000 seats two side-by-side including the driver, and this vehicle is available on both tours. This all-new vehicle type is designed to deliver a comfortable ride without sacrificing performance. Due to the popularity of this vehicle, there are no youth rates … all seats are charged the adult rate.
The core of the fleet, the Kawasaki Teryx seats up to 4 including the driver. It features power steering, full-back performance seats, and premium suspension. This vehicle offers stylish touring for off-road adventure and features an easy-to-drive automatic transmission. This vehicle is available on both tours.
kipu-ranch-atv-35Mule Pro-FXT  UTV
This vehicle is great for larger families as the seating capacity is up to 6. Best choice for maximum space and comfort. Power steering, comfortable bench seats, premium suspension, and full roll bar. This vehicle is available on the Waterfall Triple Trail tour.
General Information
Direction: From Hwy. 50  turn on Kipu Road. (near 3 mile marker (KIPU sign). Go ¼ mile and take the first RIGHT (KIPU road and a NO OUTLET sign), cross over the small bridge and follow to the top. Take a RIGHT at the Kipu Ranch sign and pull into the first driveway. DO NOT go past the pine trees or the monument.

GPS: 235 Kipu Rd, Lihue, HI 96766 Click to view map

Gear Provided: Helmets, goggles and bandannas

Restrictions: Minimum age to drive an ATV is 18 and a valid driver’s license or other ID with proof of age is required. Vehicles with passengers have additional age requirements detailed above. No pregnant women or anyone with back or neck injuries are permitted on the tour. Minimum age to be a passenger is 9.

What to Bring & Wear:  Long pants are recommended and closed toed shoes are required.

Note: Tours go out rain or shine, however in heavy rains the tour may be cancelled as it goes through several streams and valleys.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours before the start of the event.

Solo Drivers: It is possible to accommodate solo drivers on any tour, but there is an extra charge. For  Teryx vehicles the solo driver pays the adult rate plus the youth rate. Due to popularity of the 2-seat KRX 1000, the solo driver pays double the adult rate.

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Cruise along beautiful landscapes on your ATV
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Summit kipu kai mountain pass

CKipu Ranch ATV toursruise Ship Passengers

The Kipu Ranch ATV tours are available for cruise ship passengers and require either a rental car or a short cab ride of 5-7 minutes. It is possible for NCL passengers who are spending the night on Kauai to do either a morning tour on their second day in port.

Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

ATV tours do not require previous experience and these vehicles are really easy to operate. After five minutes on an ATV most people are zipping around without a care. There is no shifting to worry about and you’ll be amazed at how stable these vehicles are. Kipu Ranch offers tours that really do provide a great experience for everyone, regardless of your riding experience. Yes, ATV tours are expensive … and I can tell you why. I’ve been in the garages of all of these ATV tours and a great deal of time and expense is involved with properly maintaining these machines. Your tour will also include a very low guest-to-guide ratio with a guide in the front and another in the back of your group (and typically a maximum of 8 riders in between). While these rides are suitable for people with no previous riding experience, please don’t interpret this as an implication that it is impossible for you to get hurt riding an ATV. These are moving vehicles, and while accidents are rare, they do happen. If you are a complete KLUTZ or know you have poor reaction times or are especially “vehicle challenged” then perhaps this isn’t the best tour for you. But the vast majority of people are capable of driving these machines … they have about the same number of controls as a riding lawn mower.

Of the two tours the 3 hour Ultimate Ranch Tour is our favorite! You’ll ride up to the top of Kipu Kai pass which offers panoramic views down to the remote area on the other side. This is a part of the island that few Kauai residents have ever seen! You may recognize it from the move “The Descendants” as the overlook down onto Kipu Kai beach was featured in this film as the beautiful undeveloped beach that belonged to George Clooney’s family.