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Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding on the Big Island

Fun for seasoned enthusiasts and first-time riders alike

Whether up on Kohala or Mauna Kea mountain, horseback riding on the Big Island is unrivalled. On a mountain ride at altitude, everything is lush green with cooler temperatures, perfect for a break from the heat. In the lush valleys, discover wild horses that live there and more traditional Hawaiian greenery.

While many mainland horse trail rides involve one horse following the other, the rides on the Big Island have access to massive ranches (hundreds or thousands of acres). The outfits actually encourage people to spread out and ride side by side. They will even provide you an opportunity to trot and/or canter. If you have never done this before you will likely find it exhilarating. Whether from atop Kohala Mountain or on the shoulder of Mauna Kea, you will experience magnificent views.


Ride Through the Mountains

Paniolo Adventures offers various tours from their ranch on Kohala Mountain to the North. Ho’omau Ranch is located in South Kona and offers daily tours for small groups.

Teach your kids about Paniolo “Hawaiian Cowboy”. Hawaii has some of the largest working ranches in the USA. Enjoy a morning discovering ocean life at the beach and an afternoon or evening on an incredible horseback ride. On the Big Island, you can experience it all.

Make sure to bring long pants and closed toe shoes to be able to participate in horseback riding. Also base the outfit you choose on what the weather will be like as it’s often a fair bit cooler at higher altitudes.


We recommend contacting organisations directly to get the most up to date information about their operations.

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