No sighting of the T-Rex on Kualoa Ranch
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to try to find out about more places to visit on the Hawaiian island that were less well known to me and one image caught my eye. It was a photo of Kualoa Ranch - the name meant nothing to me but I recognised the image itself because it was very familiar. As it turned out it had been the location for Hurley's golf course on cult TV series LOST(which I had been watching) and a scene in Jurassic Park - Sam Neil and the children watched as a herd of fast moving dinosaurs headed towards them before the T-Rex made an appearance (yes the scene was filmed at Kualoa Ranch).I just had to go.
Just the image itself of Kualoa Ranch is inviting - a lush green and prehistoric landscape with mountains that appear to have been sliced - either created by volcanic activity or by being pushed up over millions of years.
Arising early in the morning I boarded a bus in Honolulu which headed over to the East Coast. As the bus entered the eastern side of the island via the highway, the tourist is treated to a view of the sliced mountains that run the length of the island. Although I had been along this route before I still found the view amazing.
Kualoa Ranch is opposite 'Chinaman's Hat' - an apt name given to a rock shaped just like a china-man's hat.
From the main gate it's a stroll up to the entrance and on that particular day it was a case of waiting in line for the next available bus to take me into the heart of ranch were Jurassic Park was filmed and I was very excited. Along the way there was ample opportunity to get out of the bus and take photos. The scenery was amazing (as you'll see in my photos).
I visualised the T-Rex appearing just like it did in Jurassic Park but it didn't make an appearance - maybe it decided to stay away he-he.