ATV Tours

By Andy Beth Miller

If sitting stationary on a beach during your Hawaii vacation sounds about as exciting as watching paint dry, you may need something a little more adventurous. How does an adrenaline-packed ATV outing sound? Perfect? We thought so too and have compiled a list of the primo providers of these epic Hawaii ATV tours on each island. So buckle up and get ready for the ride of a lifetime!

Earning its “Gathering Place” nickname, Oahu offers a gaggle of adventures for visitors, among which are the exciting ATV excursions available at Kualoa Ranch. Offering safe and fun ATV riding for experts and beginners alike, this windward ranch provides an ATV tour that is perfectly catered to all. Choose either a 1-or 2-hour ATV tour, each venturing deep into the lush jungle terrain of the Koʻolau Mountain Range of Oahu’s east side. These special ATV trails even take you on location of some of the world’s most famous movie sets, including Jurassic Park—just remember to wear (closed-toed) shoes, and long pants and sunscreen are also highly recommended.

Even beginners can enjoy the activities at Kualoa Ranch. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Japan (HTJ)

Even beginners can enjoy the activities at Kualoa Ranch. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Japan (HTJ)

Make the most of your time on Maui at Kahoma Ranch, where ATV rentals abound and the stunning beauty of the Valley Isle can be enjoyed while barreling down private dirt roads, speeding through an active cattle pasture providing views of the untouched West Maui Mountains. Said to be the most awesome rides in Maui, these ATV adventures (ranging on average 2.5 hours and up) feature three to four stops for near endless photo ops, as well as a 15-20 minute stop at “The Garden,” offering expansive views of Kahoma Valley. Tour includes refreshments, and depending on which you choose, may even include a water slide down a mountain, so be sure to pack that swimsuit!

The ATV Hawaii adventures keep coming on Kauai, with Kipu Ranch Adventures and its plethora of action-packed tours. Guests may choose among a myriad of customized options, including an ATV BBQ Tour, among others, each taking you over breathtaking trails that offer scenic views of the ranch’s historical 3,000-acre property. Tour times vary, but no matter which you pick, you’re sure to be pleased!

Kauai ATV also offers fun-filled off-road adventures, including its amazing Waterfall Tour, taking passengers to not one, but two private waterfalls! Enjoy hiking through a bamboo forest and taking a dip in a refreshing waterfall pool, and lunch is even included! Other tours are available, for varied several-hour lengths.

Not to be forgotten, the Big Island brings it on when it comes to ATV fun. ATV Outfitters Hawaii offers several tours (on average 2 to 2.5 hours each), ranging from waterfall to rainforest excursions, and more. Upon each off-road jaunt, spectacular scenery—think wild ginger patches, mountain streams and lush vegetation—is sure to amaze and delight.

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