One of the most popular activities on the Big Island is horseback riding. This is only appropriate given that this tropical paradise is also known for its expansive upcountry ranches, colorful paniolo (cowboys), and has more horses and cattle than any other Hawaiian island. The varied terrain and eye-popping vistas combine to make exploration on horseback a must. The majority of trail rides exist in the northern part of the island. Waipio Valley is a stunning and popular area, offering rides that take you places no vehicle can go — to waterfalls and taro patches, cliff edges and valley floors. In the Waimea and Kohala areas, riding across the range of a working cattle ranch is a wonderful way to experience the life of a Hawaiian cowboy. In the South Kona area, several stables take you right down to Kealakekua Bay and the Captain Cook Monument where you can take a break from the trail with a refreshing swim and picnic. On the east side of the island, a few rides are available that combine horseback riding with camping and packing trips.
Silver Crest Farms - Silver Crest Farms is an established breeding, training, and trail riding business located in Kapoho, on the Big Island of Hawaii. We offer daily tours through the Kapoho Jungle on beautiful well kept horses. With our lush tropical setting you can enjoy the fragrance of flowers, a wide variety fruits, and an abundance of wildlife. Come join us for an adventure, on our Jungle Ride, with our knowledgeable and experienced guides!
Dahana Ranch - spreads out as far as the senses can go. One's imagination tends to make it go even farther... We are the only Native Hawaiian, family owned and operated activities ranch on the Big Island and maybe in the whole state of Hawaii! Formally known as Nakoa Ranch it started as a native Hawaiian award in 1951 by my father, William Pa'akaula Kalawaia'nui.
Naalapa Stables - Take an unforgettable journey onto a 12,000 acre working cattle and sheep ranch where the breathtaking beauty of North Kohala will unfold before your eyes. We offer open range riding (not head to tail) and cater to individual riding abilities. Experienced riders can enjoy cantering if desired.
Paniola Adventures - Daily "open range" rides over 11,000-acre working cattle ranch on historic Kohala Mountain. Lush pasture, native woods and spectacular views of the coastline and peaks. Marvel at the ancient Hawaiian ruins where King Kamehameha once trained his warriors.
You Tube Video - Waipio Valley Big Island hawaii wild horses playing on the beach running around.