Saturday, October 20, 2012

Horseback Riding Tours on the Big Island

Of all the islands in the Hawaiian Islands chain, the Big Island is the most steeped with ranching and paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) history. Featuring acres of rolling, green pastures, historic ranches and miles of equestrian trails, Hawai‘i's Big Island offers many scenic destinations for visitors wanting to explore the great outdoors by horseback.

Kings' Trail Rides above Kealakekua Bay
While most of the trail rides/tours take place on the north side of the island, Kings' Trail Rides provides a guided horseback tour down Kaawaloa Trail to the ocean near Kealakekua Bay in South Kona. In business in South Kona for decades, Kings' Trail Rides includes snorkeling and swimming (conditions permitting), plus a packed lunch.

One of the best ways to see Waipio Valley is by horseback. There are several tours in the valley, including Waipio On Horseback, which offers a two-and-a-half ride through the lush jungles, taro patches and ancient Hawaiian villages on the way to view the incredible waterfalls of Waipio. Located in North Kohala above Waimea, historic Kahua Ranch offers a horseback adventure across its expansive cattle and sheep ranch. Unlike the standard "head-to-tail" trail ride, Kahua Ranch Horseback Adventure allows experienced riders to enjoy cantering and open-range riding.

Waipio On Horseback
Owned and operated by a Native Hawaiian family, Dahana Ranch offers open-range rides, cattle drives, trail rides and more across the beautiful backcountry of Waimea, with breathtaking views of Waipio and Mauna Kea. The ranch also offers horsemanship camps and "roughrider " getaways.

Here at Holualoa Inn, our 33-acre coffee estate is situated on historic land that features an ancient Hawaiian trail as well as a donkey trail that was utilized for hauling coffee. With cattle grazing in the distance, our Kona Hawai‘i bed and breakfast affords beautiful views of the Kona coastline and the lush greenery that surrounds our spacious property.



Innkeeper Holualoa Inn

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