Our trip to the Waipio Ridge Stables was nothing short of incredible. We decided to leave our place in Kona extra early so we would have plenty of time to take in all of the sights on the way there. We watched the sun come up over Hualalai Mountain as we were driving by the resort community of Waikaloa. Then, once we got to the Hamakua Coastline we drove past our check in point to the Waipio Valley at the end of the road. We enjoyed the views of the lookout and took a few pictures before we doubled back to go check in for the ride.
As we pulled up to the Waipio Valley Artworks to check in I noticed that some of the other members of our trip had already arrived and parked their cars in the lot in front of the artworks building. As we walked in the front door an older man sitting behind the desk greeted us and collected our vouchers. He had us fill out some paperwork before the van pulled up to take us up to the ranch area.
At just before the halfway point of the ride we pulled up to the edge of the Waipio Valley. There was a clearing that served as an excellent look out point to view the valley floor below, as well as the giant waterfall that cascaded down the back of the valley wall into a pool more then a thousand feel below. We stayed here for a while taking pictures and just enjoying the view before our guides began to lead the group further up the trail along the rim, towards the back of the canyon.
Within another 20 minutes we had made it to the final destination of our ride, a large field with picnic tables that served as a look out point that looked back down the valley towards the ocean. We spent some time here taking pictures and talking with each other before we eventually got back on our horses for the last leg of our mornings journey. Before long, we had ridden back through the forest to the stables where our ride had initially started. We got off of our horses, said goodbye and then boarded the van for the drive back to the artworks. We really enjoyed the morning that we got to spend with Waipio Ridge Stables.
You are likely aware that Tom Barefoot's Tours carries hundreds of activity companies on all the Hawaiian Islands consisting of thousands of individual tour choices.
Today we checked in at Maalaea just before 7:00AM for our trip aboard the "Maui Magic". Our days plan began with a boat ride all the way around the southern tip of Maui to an area known as the Kanaio Coast.
We offer many different snorkeling trips throughout the state of Hawaii. Each one tries to differentiate itself from the others in the industry by catering to a specific niche group.
Of all the whale watching companies that we deal with on Maui, one of the ones that we get the most requests for is the Pacific Whale Foundation. The reason for this most likely stems from the fact that the Pacific Whale Foundation has really made an effort over the years to be a company that specializes in whale watches.
Today we thought it would be fun to go see the sunset from the top of Mauna Kea. Our rental car company did not want us to drive our little car up there so we decided that it would be a good idea to arrange to go with a guided tour.
The air tour that I did today with Iolani Air was for lack of a better word......perfect. I will try to contain me excitement as I go over the reasons of why I so thoroughly enjoyed my experience.
When visiting Oahu sometimes it can be hard to remember that the island had much more the just the hustle and bustle of the downtown metropolis of Honolulu and Waikiki.
Speedboats are not for everyone, but if you're the type you're the type of person that enjoys them then......... Then everything else probably seems, slow.
Hawaii is an equestrians paradise! The rich Paniolo (cowboy) history of the islands dates back well over a hundred years. There are still many large ranches located throughout the state of Hawaii and if you're interested in getting out for a horseback ride while your here then we can easily make that happen.
Journey along the rim of Waipi'o Valley to the top of Hi'ilawe, one of Hawaii's highest and most beautiful waterfalls. Ride from historic Kukuihaele Village through former sugar cane fields and present day taro patches to a series of spectacular views accessible only on horseback.
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