The Big Island has an abundance of large ranches and is ideal for "wide open" range rides
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Big Island of Hawaii Horseback Riding Tours
Big Island of Hawaii Horseback Riding Tours are offered at a number of beautiful ranches ideal for horseback riding.
The most well known of these horseback riding ranches in fact is the Parker Ranch on the Big Island of Hawaii which is the second largest ranch in the country. With so much beautiful ranchland available for horseback riding it's no surprise that Hawaii horseback rides and horseback stables are a favorite for visitors and locals alike.
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Many of the ranches offering horseback riding on the Big Island of Hawaii allow a more permissive style of riding than found on other islands. Riding on the Big Island of Hawaii often begins with a cowboy dress-up in which your encouraged to put on ranch boots, chaps, jackets and hats to create a more authentic "paniolo" feel for your horse ride. Many of the ranches are more inclined to also allow you to trot or canter your horse if you have the necessary skills. Still yet another great opportunity provided by many Big Island of Hawaii ranches is to encourage you to spread out to ride and not always maintain the nose to tail format so prevalent elsewhere.
For the more seasoned horseback rider - rides are available that will allow you to swim and picnic on an ultimate waterfall experience. This ride takes you along the rim of the Waipio Valley, and continues back along the stream that feeds the spectacular Hiilawe Falls, where you go to a series of smaller, beautiful waterfalls and secret pools. You can tie up your horse and hike down to a very private waterfall and pristine ginger-lined pool.
Tom's Tips - Big Island of Hawaii Horseback Riding Tours
- If you're staying on the Kona side or the Hilo side of the Big Island your Hawaii horseback ride will probably require a drive to get you there regardless of which horseback riding tour you take.
- Most ranch rides allow you to spread out on your own kind of "Jessie James Gang" style which is a refreshing change from the "follow the leader" rides you'll find on most other islands.
- The Waipio Valley is one of the most gorgeous locations in all of Hawaii and should be visited whether by horseback ride or otherwise.
Come and share nature's beauty at it's BEST on this beautiful Private ranch in Onomea, 9 miles outside of Hilo. Enjoy a BBQ lunch at the base of Waikahalulu Waterfall. This western only ride is suitable for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders.
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Na'alapa Stables on the Big Island of Hawaii actually has two separate locations where they offer horseback riding. One is on Kuhua Ranch in the Kohala region of the island and the other is in the beautiful Waipio Valley in the north-eastern part of the island. Kahua Ranch is a twelve-thousand acre working cattle ranch in North Kohala which is essentially rolling green pastureland and eucalyptus forest with forever views of the islands vast coastlines. Horseback riding with the cowboys of Na'alapa Stables on Kahua ranch is more like a range ride where all the horses spread out rather than follow each other head-to-tail. Here each rider is treated individually and allowed to ride at his own level and even canter the horses if they feel comfortable. The ride with Na'alapa in the Waipio Valley is more like riding through a jungle paradise with streams and waterfalls and once again, incredible views of the ocean but this time in a totally north-facing direction. The beauty of Waipio Valley almost defies description. The valley is known as the "valley of the kings" because it was home to so many of the ancient Hawaiian "alii" class. Riding horses here is like riding in the Garden of Eden. The valleys lush walls drop straight down two thousand feet in places to the pounding surf of the north shore. Waterfalls abound with the largest being the two-thousand foot double falls of Hi'ilawe and Nanewe.
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Ride through a beautiful 220-acre working cattle ranch on well trained and reliable horses perfect for riders of all levels of experience. You will be matched to a horse based on your indivual skills and experience. Guides will share the history of the ranch and the culture of the Big Island and make stops at interesting points for picture taking opportunities.
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You will be able to experience true "open range" horseback riding on the ten-thousand plus acre working cattle ranch on the slopes of the Kohala region of the Big Island with Paniolo Horseback Riding Adventures. The ranch itself is magnificent stretching from the rainforests to the ocean and the views are stunning. You'll be able to see the coastline from Kohala all the way back to Kona and at the same time be able to view the Big Island volcanic peaks of both Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea and in the distance across the channel see the mountain of Haleakala on the island of Maui. Paniolo Horseback Riding Adventures does not offer you the usual "horse in a line" experience but allows you to spread out on the range and roam a bit. The horses are some of the finest to be found and include Arabian and other exotic breeds. Would you like to trot or canter? Not a problem with Paniolo Horseback Riding Adventures as they will allow you to ride to your own abilities. They also provide the most diversified types and number of rides on the Big Island to accommodate your varying interests and experience levels. You can sign up for short rides of just an hour-and-a-half or for rides as long as four hours, you can choose to ride in the mornings or at sunset and you can choose rides suitable to intermediate and expert riders or for absolute beginners.
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From the town of Kukuihaele at the entrance to the Waipio Valley you will meet your guides for your horseback ride at Waipio Ridge Stables. On the ridge, high above the Waipio Valley exists some of the most spectacular scenery on the Island of Hawaii. The sugar cane companies have long restricted access to this pristine area. Recently purchased by the Bishop Estate, the full impacts of these views are just now being discovered. These overlooks are only accessible on horseback, on foot, by 4-wheel drive, or by mountain bike. Even helicopters are not allowed to get that close to the rim above the valley floor. This is a horseback ride in paradise and Waipio Ridge Stables will take you there.
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Big Island of Hawaii Horseback Riding - Many of the Big Island Horseback riding ranches offer an “open range ride” which provides a refreshing option to the nose to tail rides found so often on the other islands. There is so much ranchland to ride on that you’re encouraged to “spread out” and enjoy yourself. Many ranches also allow you to ride your horse in a manner that matches your skill level so you’re encouraged to trot or to canter if you have the inclination.