Big Island Horseback Riding

Categorized as Big Island Vacation Information

Horseback riding was once considered a rustic, countryside activity, but over the years, a need to find genuine respite has made many travelers look into experiences they wouldn’t normally consider. Furthermore, activities on the islands tend to heighten the activity simply because of the setting. One location, the Waipio Valley, is one of the best Big Island locations for horseback riding, for the cliffs reaching 2,000 feet, the taro fields, and the tallest waterfall, Hiilawe Falls. Known as the Valley of the Kings, the depth of the valley, the verdant landscapes and the rivers in this sacred heritage site will make every trip a scenic adventure. Driving to the Waipio Valley floor is exciting in itself and horseback riding will give you access to steep and remote areas not accessible by vehicle.

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Waipio Valley
Overlooking the Hamakua Heritage Corridor, more paths for horseback riding amidst rainforests, cliffs and more green pastures. Picnic breaks overlooking a black sand beach, the World Botanical Gardens and jagged coastlines will energize you for the next ride.

Kahua Ranch
Another Big Island location for horseback riding is Kahua Ranch, adjacent to the Kohala Mountains, a private, working ranch that offers guided tours on their 8,500 acres. You’ll see a day at the ranch, with cattle, seemingly endless views of pasture, glimpses of wildly rugged coastlines and more.

Another location that embraces the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy). The multiple ranches in upcountry Big Island offer horseback adventures beyond the ride. Evenings around the campfire, music, local food, an opportunity to meet with local residents and roads you can’t drive by car will complete the horseback riding experience on Big Island.

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As advisable for any excursion, make sure you ask questions of the tour outfitter or ranch. Find out what you need to bring, dress comfortably and carry snacks and essentials that are not provided for you.