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Horseback Riding Tours on "The Big Island" of Hawaii

See All Activities See All Activities By Vendor Big Island of Hawaii Horseback Riding Tours are offered at a number of beautiful ranches ideal for horseback riding.

There are 13 tours in this category that range in price from $62.90 to $169.90.

"The Big Island" of Hawaii Horseback Riding Tours

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 you're 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.


Pride of America Cruise Ship:

Big Island of Hawaii Horseback Rides do not pick up at the Cruise Ship Dock. You can make arrangements for some of these tours by having Tom Barefoot's Tours organize a Rent-A-Car for you that will pick you up at the dock. You should be careful to make certain that these are late morning or early afternoon rides to allow enough time to get back to the ship. These would be available to you on the Tuesday from the port of Hilo or Wednesday from the port of Kona.

Look for this symbol in the tour descriptions below to indicate if it is Pride of America compatible.

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Waipio Ridge Stables

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Ride Waipio Rim

The Waipio Ridge Stables offers spectacular horseback riding at one of Hawaii's most beautiful and sacred valleys, the Waipio Valley. They offer two separate tours. One is a 2.5 hour horseback ride that follows the contours of the ridge surrounding the valley. The other is a 5 hour tour that descends deep into the valley, and allows for a swim and a picnic at a beautiful private waterfall.
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Na'alapa Stables

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Ride at Two Locations - the 12,000 Acre Kahua Ranch and the beautiful Waipio Valley

Na'alapa Stables has two locations on the Big Island of Hawaii offering two distinct horseback riding adventures. The first one is on Kahua Ranch, located in the lush Kohala region of the island. This 12,000 acre working cattle ranch offers guests a range ride over rolling pastureland and through a eucalyptus forest.
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Paniolo Adventures

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Custom Ridiing Adventures at Ponoholo Ranch

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.
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Pa'ani Ranch & ATV Adventures

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ATV Tours, Horseback Riding, Lil Wrangler Program

On the eastern slopes of the Big Island between the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the city of Hilo is the 220 acre working cattle ranch known as 'Pa'ani Ranch'. Here a number of activities are offered including ATV rides and Horseback Riding in addition to a fabulous children's program which is ideal for children between the ages of 2 and 8. Children will be taken on a wagon ride, will try their hand at pole fishing, be led on a pony ride and enjoy animals at a petting zoo.
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So if you have an interest in doing horseback riding in Hawaii, you might want to consider doing horseback riding on the Big Island. For a number of reasons it is really an excellent place to do such. Let me pull up a map here and show you a little bit. First of all, the Big Island as you know is a big island, huge. There is lots and lots of ranch land here. Actually, this was the very first island in Hawaii that ever had any cattle. Then shortly thereafter they were the first island to have horses to take care of the cattle. It was from here that they disseminated out and so on. This is really the first place we really had ranches. So there's a lot of ranch land.

In fact, it has the Parker Ranch on the Big Island, which is the second largest ranch in the United States. The largest being the King Ranch in Texas. There is a lot of ranch land here on the island. Primarily up in this area Waimea, Kawaihae, kind of Kiholo zone. What you've got is these huge sweeping, really meadow lands really that are just grasslands that sweep down to the sea. They make excellent terrain to enjoy a horseback ride. One of the things about these ranches, and the types of rides they do that's very different than other places in Hawaii is that instead of having that nose to tail where you're just following the horse in front of you, these meadows in ranch land areas are so spread out that you can just take your horses ... Maybe you've got 10 or 12 in your group, and they just spread out, and head in a direction rather than following each other like that.

It really makes for a much more enjoyable ride. This is for beginners and advanced alike. Also, just the nature of the land that you ride on makes it more able for you to do other than and rather than just walking. You can do some trotting and some cantering within reason if you're a beginner. They're there to supervise you. If you feel like you a little bit qualified that you can do it, you will. The other thing about these rides that we have are that if you're an experienced rider, and you really want to just go out with other experienced people, we've got rides that happen there for you. I mean, to the point where you need to be qualified to have ridden a horse 20 times in the last five years or more. Then you qualify, and you'll be able to go with a group of experienced people.

These can be longer rides like four hours perhaps, and really get out and enjoy the area without having to deal with people who are just learning how. We've got both, beginning ones, and then others. As far as beginning rides, in many cases every stable is a little bit different, but kids that are eight years old and above can usually be a part of that. So that's great. We've got this area where we have a lot of the ranch land. There's one other major area that is fantastic for horseback riding, and that's over here in a big valley called Waipio Valley. This is kind of in the days of ali'i this entire valley there was a large civilization of Hawaiians that lived back there. Everything was there for them from the very top of the ridges, and trees, and plant life that they had, all the way down to the sea where they were able to fish, and the rivers that came down through, and the waterfalls, and so on.

They had everything that was necessary for them to survive, and to flourish. Although, there's no civilization back in there nowadays, it is a great place to take you down in do some horseback riding, and give you an opportunity to see what it was like to be in this valley centuries ago. Generally, they take you down in a 4X4, and you get down to the bottom, and then that's where you get your horses. Then you walk up into the streams, and so on, and way back up into the valley you get to a 1200 foot waterfall. It is a great, great ride. It's a great place to be. Forget about the fact that you're on a horse, it's a great place to do a horseback ride, just really out there.

Those are some really good spots that we have. I think if you're planning on doing some horseback riding in Hawaii, the Big Island of Hawaii would be an excellent place to choose. If you have any questions about tours or activities in Hawaii, just give us a call, or check out TomBarefoot.com. We're here to help.

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You will have to drive to the more remote areas of Oahu, far from the streets of Honolulu and Waikiki, in order to search out your horseback riding adventure but when you arrive at your horseback riding stable you'll be able to enjoy a more "laid back" Oahu experience.

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Riding stables and working ranches are located from Kapalua in West Maui to Makena in South Maui and from Waihee Valley to Hana. All will want to know your level of experience so you can be matched up with a horse that will be appropriate.

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