WHETHER A HORSE ENTHUSIAST
OR FIRST TIMER YOU WILL FALL
IN LOVE WITH HORSEBACK
RIDING ON THE BIG ISLAND
Whether up on Kohala or Mauna Kea mountains with beautiful ocean views, or in a lush valley like Waipi’o, 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.
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.
Sunsets in Hawaii are always beautiful, but the views from atop Kohala Mountain are truly unmatched. You can often see Maui in the distance, and see straight down the mountain to the sea. Horseback riding on the Big Island is not a nose-to-tail affair. Ride side by side with your loved one or your whole family and enjoy the stunning views together.
HORSEBACK HAWAIIAN STYLE
Horseback riding in Hawaii offers many different opportunities for both experienced and inexperienced riders. There are two main types of rides:
- Working Ranch – Mountainside Rides
- Lush Tropical Valley Rides
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.
Waipi’o Valley is a wonderful place with lush forest, waterfalls, taro fields, and wild horses. The opportunity to ride in this more traditional Hawaiian area is not to be missed. Waipi’o on Horseback offers tours that lead you through the valley and often past herds of wild horses. A large majority of their own herd are descendents of the wild Hawaiian horses, and are physically adapted to the conditions of Waipi’o.
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.
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