Waipi’o Horseback Tour
Have fun horsing around in the beautiful Waipi’o Valley
Enjoy the spectacle of a guided excursion into the legendary Waipi’o Valley. Nestled between Mauna Kea and Kohala mountains, Waipiʻo is the largest of seven valleys along the isolated northeastern coast of Hawaiʻi island. The rich history of this valley dates to the first Polynesian settlers who lovingly cultivated the ʻāina (land) that provided their everyday needs. In the days after Captain Cook, scores of ships came to the Islands bringing cattle with them, which quickly flourished on the rich grazing lands. The herds grew so large that Mexican Vaqueros (cowboys) were brought in with their horses to help control the imported cattle.
Available Monday – Saturday
Enjoy views of the beaches and waterfalls
View and sample local food crops
We start with a shuttle ride from WOH Ranch to Waipi’o Valley. As we descend to the valley floor and on to the stables, you will enjoy spectacular views of Waipiʻo’s mile long black sand beach and the spectacular Hi’ilawe, Hawaiʻi’s tallest twin waterfall.
When we arrive at the stables, we provide a safety demonstration, and you will meet your horse. Once in the saddle, we ride at a leisurely pace giving you an unforgettable vista of Waipi’o’s incredible beauty while the horses lead the way. Local guides share the legends and history of this rich cultural landscape throughout the journey. Amble alongside the food crops of old; green fields of kalo (also known as taro), rare Hawaiian bananas, sugarcane, coconut, and breadfruit, and more. When in season, you can get a close-up view of the sacred lotus flower and experience a taste of some exotic fruits from the family farm. Be sure to bring a camera so you can capture the keepsake of a lifetime. Our guides are happy to take group photos!
Morning Horseback Ride
Afternoon Horseback Ride
This 3-hour tour departs twice daily, 9:30 am and 1:30 pm, Monday through Saturday.
Check-in time is half an hour before departure.
We require 48 hours’ notice of cancellation for groups of 5 participants (or fewer) to avoid the full-service fee. We require 72 hours’ notice of cancellation for groups larger than 6 participants.
This is a tour like no other in the Islands. A relaxing 3-hour horseback ride through the legendary Waipi’o Valley will be a one-in-a lifetime experience! We meet at the WHO ranch where our bus will take you to the stables for a safety demonstration and to meet your horse. Then – saddle up!
The leisurely pace of this guided tour allows you to appreciate an unforgettable perspective of Waipi’o’s incredible beauty while our horses lead the way. Local guides will share the legends and history of this rich cultural landscape throughout the ride. Travel alongside the food crops of old; and when in season, get a close-up view of the sacred lotus flower and savor the taste of exotic fruits from the family farm. Herds of wild Hawaiian ponies can be seen roaming free as they have since the days of sailing ships coming to the Islands.
Ride around this 500-acre mountain to ocean working cattle ranch and enjoy incredible ocean views. We ride through a large coconut orchard, banana groves, and fishponds. We go alongside the historic Hamakua ditch and up into pasture blooming with purple flowers, tunnels of guava and iron woods. There are baby sheep, horses, and calves during spring!
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