Horseback Riding in Big Island


Horseback Riding

With its paniolo (cowboy) heritage and the ranches it spawned, the Big Island is a great place for equestrians. Riders can gallop through green pastures, or saunter through Waipio Valley for a taste of old Hawaii.


Hamakua Adventures. One-and-a-half-hour, morning and afternoon horseback rides ($79) travel through private ranchlands in the lush Onomea area near Hilo, stopping at the base of the 80-foot, twin Waikahalulu Falls. Refreshments are provided, with an optional ($20) barbeque lunch. 27-2668 Hawaii Belt Rd., Pepeekeo, HI, 96783. 808/871–5222.

King's Trail Rides. A four-hour excursion ($135) down an old Hawaiian trail leads to a scenic, uncrowded spot near Kealakekua Bay for snorkeling and lunch. A mask and snorkel are provided. Hwy. 11, mile marker 111, Kealakekua, HI, 96750. 808/323–2388.

Waipio Ridge Stables. Two different rides around the rim of Waipio Valley are offered—a 2½-hour trek for $85 and a 5-hour hidden-waterfall adventure (with swimming) for $165. Lunch is included. The meeting point is Waipio Valley Artworks. 48-5416 Kukuihaele Rd., off Hwy. 240, Honokaa, HI, 96727. 808/775–1007 or 877/757–1414.


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