Horseback Riding in Honolulu and Oahu
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A great way to see the island is atop a horse, leaving the direction to the pack while you drink in the views of mountains or the ocean. It may seem like a cliché, but there really is nothing like riding a horse down a stretch of beach to put you in a romantic state of mind.
Happy Trails Hawaii. Take a guided horseback ride above the North Shore's Waimea Bay along trails that offer panoramic views from Kaena Point to the famous surfing spots. Specializing in families, they have groups of no more than 10 and provide instruction. Children 6 and older are welcome. You can take either a 90-minute or 2-hour ride. Reservations are required. 59-231 Pupukea Rd., Pupukea, HI, 96712. Go 1 mile mauka (toward the mountain) up Pupakea Rd. The office is on the right. 808/638–7433. happytrailshawaii.com. From $80.
Kualoa Ranch. This ranch across from Kualoa Beach Park on the Windward side leads trail rides in the Kaaawa Valley. The most basic offering is a one-hour trail ride. Kualoa has other activities such as bus and Jeep tours, all-terrain-vehicle trail rides, and children's activities, which may be combined for half- or full-day package rates. 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy., Kaneohe, HI, 96744. 800/231–7321. www.kualoa.com. From $69.
Turtle Bay Stables. Trail rides follow the coast line and even step out onto sandy beaches. The stables here are part of the North Shore resort but can be utilized by nonguests. The sunset ride is a definite must if you are a friend of our four-legged friends. A basic trail ride lasts 45 minutes. Turtle Bay Resort, 57-091 Kamehemeha Hwy., Kahuku, HI, 96731. 808/293–6024. www.turtlebayresort.com/experiences/outdoor_activities/horseback_riding/. From $70.
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