Waipio on Horseback

Waipio on Horseback -- Hawaii Like You've Never Seen It Before
Local Expert's Rating:
5.0 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Waipio on Horseback is an incredible riding tour that takes visitors directly through the Waipio Valley. Enjoy a leisurely canter with a horse of your choice through winding tropical hills and exotic flora. Saddle up for a two-and-a-half-hour horseback ride through working cattle farms, banana groves, and more -- and catch a beautiful picture of Hawaii's tallest twin waterfall!

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

Hawaii may be known for its white beaches and crashing waves, but the mountainous portion of Big Island’s north peninsula is a rare beauty indeed. Exploring thick underbrush and miles of territory on foot isn’t always feasible, but experiencing this ancient land on horseback is more than possible — all thanks to Waipio on Horseback!

Sponsored in part by the WOH Ranch, Waipio on Horseback is a riding tour that takes visitors up and through the unscathed Waipio Valley. So only a few guests have the opportunity to tour this wild landscape up close, much less stop and sample its beauty. By booking a tour with Waipio on Horseback, visitors can experience everything the valley has to offer, including its delicate flowers and delicious fruits!

Every horseback tour is approximately two and a half hours, with an extra half hour projected for photographs, safety information, and frequent stops. Gentle riding will take visitors between the green-covered mountains, leading through a working farm, acres of untouched land, and jaw-dropping natural spectacles. Riders are more than welcome to take as many pictures as desired and enjoy listening to the cultural and historical information provided by the guide.

Visitors just love WOH’s efforts to experience a more authentic Hawaii, traveling among active crop fields that harvest a bounty of Karo, leafy greens, sugar cane, and more. Enjoy the sweet sensations of fresh coconuts and bananas, and watch in awe as your guide points out breadfruit trees around the family farm. No matter what it is you love about Hawaii, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for on this exotic horseback tour!

Many guests remark on the health and vigor of the horses, all of which are carefully attended and loved. With decades of experience and a plethora of gentle trainers, the animals are well suited to riders at any skill level. So long as visitors weigh 200 pounds or less, Waipio on Horseback will be able to accommodate your needs!

Once visitors check-in for their rides, they will be taken to the start of the riding trail via shuttle. Guests will have the opportunity to explore rare and wondrous visions of an ancient and untouched Hawaii.

A few of the most iconic sights along the Waipio on Horseback tour include:

Black Sand Beaches
Explore an incredible view of the Waipio black sand beach, with a stunning perspective that few visitors ever experience. Bring your camera along to capture the moment forever!

Hiilawe Waterfall
Watch in wonder as Hawaii’s largest twin waterfall pours into the Waipio Valley, falling from a height of nearly 1,500 feet. Listen to the sound of fast-flowing water crashing into the rocks!

The Family Ranch
See authentic Hawaiian fruits farmed on a sustainable family-run plantation. If you’re lucky, you might have the chance to sample some ripe fruits from the fields!

No matter your skill or speed on the trail, come horse around with Waipio on Horseback to discover a Hawaii you’ve never seen before.

Insider Tips:
-Tours depart from Waipio on Horseback just twice per day; once at 9:30 AM and again at 1:30 PM. It’s best to plan your trip well in advance, and book a time that works best for you and your party!
-To ensure the safety of guests, horses, and employees, any heavy winds or hard rains will close Waipio on Horseback. Be sure to keep an eye on the weather forecast, and be open to rescheduling if necessary.
-Visiting between the months of June and September? Guests may be able to see the sacred Hawaiian lotus flower in bloom! Be sure to bring a camera or your smartphone to keep the memory forever.