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A Kualoa Ranch Adventure on ATVs

ATV Tour of Kualoa Ranch

By Siddhi: 

Who?  Anyone 16 years old and above interested in experiencing some of the most stunning natural landscapes on the island of Oahu while keeping their adrenaline levels high.

What? An ATV tour of the Kaʻaʻawa Valley (Kualoa Valley) that provides movie and TV lovers (especially Lost and Jurassic Park aficionados) with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean tucked between the majesty of expansive hills and arguably the most vivid greenery on the island. The Kualoa Ranch has become a top destination for travelers for both its standout scenic qualities and its proud stamp as the home of several screen wonders. An ATV tour takes you to Godzilla’s real footsteps engraved in the mud, Hurley’s golf course from the epic sci-fi drama Lost, and the set of 50 First Dates among many other cinematic locations. You can choose either a one or two hour excursion. And the best part? After a brief ten minute introduction of the vehicles and some safety instructions, you’re the master of your Kualoa adventure, even if you’ve never driven an ATV before in your life.

How? Because the ATV tours fill up very quickly even in non-peak travel periods, it’s best to book your seat online ahead of time if you know you’ll be in Oahu on a certain day. The Kualoa Ranch website makes booking a simple process:

http://www.kualoa.com/tours/

You can also call the ranch directly:

Toll Free: (800) 231-7321
Tour Desk: (808) 237-7321

We were fortunately able to call and reserve spots the morning of our ATV tour, but being one of the most popular Kualoa attractions, it’s easy to miss a spot when you want one.  The one-hour tour is $69.00 and the two-hour tour is $99.00. Also, have some cash on you if you’re interested in taking home some photos of you on your ATV. When your tour finishes, printed images of you manning your vehicle are available for purchase.

Why?  Oahu is hands down one of the most beautiful places we have visited. And those who’ve been on the island know that there is no shortage of excursions offered to take in the stunning Hawaiian scenes. But from helicopter tours to boat rides out into the Pacific, many of the island viewing approaches rely on someone or something else controlling the way you perceive the world around you. What’s incredible about the Kualoa Ranch ATV tours is that even within the structure of a “tour”, you’re driving and steering your own vehicle through some truly heart-stopping natural sites. The experience is the ideal marriage of energy and visual bliss, and is a must-do for anyone who wants to add a zealous punch to their Hawaiian adventure.

And if you’re not old enough for an ATV, the ranch also offers horseback riding, sailing tours, and movie site bus trips among a list of other options so that you can still explore Kualoa in all its glory.

The Amsterdam Dungeon- An Interactive Horror Adventure

By Siddhi: 

Who?  For the thrill-seekers in Amsterdam who want to venture into a dark and graphic tapestry of a city whose history has been painted by terror in its early ages.

What? The Amsterdam Dungeon, an 80 minute multimedia exploration consisting of live actors putting on simulations, a ride, a movie, twisted history depictions, mazes, and uber realistic, hair-raising renditions of some of the most frightening torture methods and scenarios in Dutch history.

How?  The Dungeon is located very close to Dam Square at Rokin 78, 1012 KW, Amsterdam. The walk from Central Station to the site is about fifteen minutes long. You can also take either the 4, 9, 15, 16, or 24 tram lines to the Rokin stop.

Why? Usually, these companies that try to hyperbolize a situation and turn it into often hokey entertainment aren’t that appealing to me. But because we had some extra time in the city, we decided to give the Amsterdam Dungeon a shot, especially since I am such an immense fan of anything that markets itself as an adrenaline pumper in hopes that for even just a little bit, I’ll experience something sensual. And the Dungeon didn’t disappoint. I was whisked through five centuries of terrifying Dutch history encompassing the deadly Spanish Inquisition and the Great Plague among other keystone periods. What I had learned about in the textbooks of my eighth grade world history class was now being manifested in a thrilling experience. There are several attractions that bring to life the horror, including an interrogation scene called Torture: The Bloody Inquisition, a dock bar presentation called VOC, an excellent maze of mirrors titled Labyrinth of the Lost, and a roller coaster called Reaper: Drop Ride to Doom that takes you through the world of the Grim Reaper in the 13th century and provides a fantastic finale to the the whole adventure. For what we paid, the Amsterdam Dungeon was not only exhilarating, but also informative. It’s definitely an experience worth checking out if you want to do something unusual in the city.

To learn more about the Amsterdam Dungeon, you can visit their site here:

http://www.the-dungeons.nl/amsterdam/en/index.htm

Brave the Truckee – A Wet and Wild Way to See Tahoe

Truckee River Rafting

By: Rohan 

Who?  For anyone, but especially thrill-seekers, interested in experiencing the beauty of Lake Tahoe through an adventure.

What?   In the middle of a dense forest in Lake Tahoe, California is the ferocious Truckee River, its white water cascading through protruding boulders and fallen trees. The concept is simple. Hop aboard a bright blue raft and grab some oars before adventuring down miles of raging rapids. Only catch is, there is no one to hold your hand. You are alone on what is considered category three rapids and navigating the waters can be difficult for newcomers. The water at first is quiet… too quiet. As you venture into the darkness of the canopy of trees, the current picks up the pace and before you know it, you are careening down the river on Mother Nature’s ultimate water slide. On your way you will pass lush forest flora and see birds flying overhead.

How?  Several companies offer the rafting adventure. Among them are Truckee River Rafting.

Why? There are many ways to see the gorgeous Lake Tahoe. You could take a ferry from one side of the lake to the other. You could ride the cable car to the top of the main mountain and see the lake from a birds-eye view. When I visited the picturesque site, I found embracing nature in the purest way would be the easiest and most exciting way to explore an unpredictable environment.  I highly recommend Truckee River Rafting to both visitors and residents of the Lake Tahoe area as it offers a fresh break from commercial tourism and allows you to become immersed in all nature has to offer. You will see animals native to the land and splash past strange plants. Not to mention, you will get soaked. Top to bottom. Guaranteed.