There are countless ways to explore the diverse Island of Hawaii, including hiking, bicycling, and sightseeing. But there’s something genuinely magical about a multi-hour, midday excursion along the Kohala Coast or Waipi’o Valley on horseback. While we supply guests with dozens of on-site activities and amenities here at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, we cannot blame you if horseback riding in Hawaii sounds exceedingly enticing.
Discovering the Best Horseback Riding in Hawaii
There are nearly a dozen local stables that offer year-round horseback riding tours. And, because our island is so uniquely biodiverse, each trip is beautifully dissimilar. Horseback riding in Hawaii should be atop everyone’s tropical bucket list or travel itinerary, especially for those with a proclivity for adventure, nature, and wildlife. Don’t forget to return to Mauna Kea Beach Hotel after your midday excursion to partake in an authentic luau or clambake.
Waipi‘o on Horseback
If you’re planning on horseback riding in Hawaii, we recommend giving the friendly folks at Waipi‘o on Horseback a call. Each three-hour tour meanders through the foggy, breathtaking Waipi’o Valley (as seen in the photo above) amidst dense forestry, chatty birds, and babbling brooks. Waipi’o on Horseback provides two daily tours six days per week (Monday through Saturday). Not only will you get to meet and ride a majestic, well-trained horse, but your group will leisurely gallop into a sun-drenched valley that’s overgrown with rare flora. You’ll likely spot bananas, sugarcane, coconuts, and, of course, a sacred lotus flower during your exotic journey.
Paniolo Adventures’ stables are less than 21 miles from Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (one of the premier luxury hotels in Hawaii), so they’re quite popular amongst travelers. If your group or family is searching for horseback riding in Hawaii that features sprawling views of the Pacific Ocean and faraway volcanoes, we highly recommend Paniolo. Paniolo’s five tours wander across a working, 11,000-acre cattle ranch. The four-hour Wrangler Open Range has it all: volcanoes, dramatic coastal views, Hawaiian ruins, and friendly wildlife. And it’s proximity to the top-rated Kohala Coast hotels is certainly a massive plus.
Very few stables offer horseback riding in Hawaii at two contrasting locales. Na‘alapa Stables, much like Waipi‘o on Horseback, covers the Valley of the Kings as well as wide-open Kahua Ranch. Kahua Ranch’s most recognizable feature is its towering, seemingly random rolling hills and those vivid pastures. We are partial to Na‘alapa’s 150-minute Kahua Ranch expedition as it provides riders with awe-inspiring panoramic views of the Kohala Coastline, faraway cinder cones, and grazing animals.
Beachfront Hawaii Island Hotels
There aren’t many beach resorts that are within 30 minutes of horseback riding on the “Big Island.” Don’t forget to browse through our lavish hotel suites before giving us a call at 1-877-880-6524. We also encourage all future guests to read up about the island’s helicopter tours, countless beach activities, and world-class golf courses. For special offers and availability, please visit us online.