One of the best ways to see Hawaii is on horseback; almost all the islands offer riding opportunities for just about every age and level of experience. You can ride into Maui's Haleakala Crater, along Kauai's Mahaulepu Beach, through Oahu's remote windward valleys on Kualoa Ranch, or you can gallop across the wide-open spaces of the Big Island's Parker Ranch, one of the largest privately owned ranches in the United States. Be sure to bring a pair of jeans and closed-toed shoes to wear on your ride.
The island of Maui offers some of Hawaii’s most memorable horseback riding adventures. First-time riders and skilled equestrians alike can choose from a number of trail rides that include visits to the island’s most famous locations. Trail rides are available throughout Maui—from Kapalua in West Maui and Makena in South Maui all the way to Hana—and offer a diverse array of experiences: through a tropical rainforest, along cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, into Haleakala Crater, up into Hana’s scenic highlands, onto the Upcountry ranchlands and beyond. A few horseback rides even include stops for swimming and picnicking
Makena Stables - Our groups are small to keep things friendly and interesting for everyone. All of our rides are on Ulupalakua Ranch, 20,000 acres of some of the most beautiful wild land on Maui, overlooking the Ahihi-Kinau Reserve and La Perouse Bay, which offer spectacular views of the most recent lava flow and the outer islands. Enjoy quick glimpses of Axis deer and other wildlife. During the winter months, we are graced by great views of whales below in La Perouse Bay. Bring your camera, for some great shots.
Mendes Ranch - Come with us to experience an unforgettable journey through Maui's most spectacular views on Horseback! The journey begins at the Mendes Ranch Corral where you are greeted by real Paniolo's. Canter up rolling pastures into the lush rain forest and gaze down into Eki Crater to view some of Maui's largest waterfalls.The narrated tour then continues down the mountain where you will see Hawaiian taro patches and plantation homes. The trail continues down along Waihe'e Valley through the crystal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean where we will be glad to take a picture of you on horseback with the Majestic seascape as a background.
Lahaina Stables - Owner Ray Fuqua is a 25 year Maui resident and naturalist who started 'Ohe'o Stables in Hana 14 years ago and moved the business to Lahaina in 2004 (becoming Lahaina Stables), with the idea of sharing Maui's secluded natural beauty, local history and folklore with select small groups of riders and like minded folks. A former high school history teacher, his passion for Hawaiian history and culture almost overshadows the natural beauty of this horseback adventure. Lahaina Stables is the only company offering trailrides to Kauaula Valley and Launiupoko Valley. Here you will find incredible views of West Maui you will not see any other way but on horseback.
Ironwood Ranch Maui - Ride our beautiful horses through lush, exotic valleys, ironwood forests, and pineapple fields, while enjoying spectacular panoramic views of the outer islands! Nestled in the midst of unspoiled mountain, rain forest and farmland, Ironwood Ranch sits on acres of private land inaccessible to most, but ready and waiting for YOU to explore! Convenient West Maui location. Just a short drive from Lahaina, Kaanapali, Kapalua, or Napili, Ironwood Ranch is located high on the West Maui Mountains, above West Maui's resort areas. We can offer transporation from the Kaanapali to Kapalua area for an additional fee. It is not included in the cost of the rides. Guests traveling from other areas will be picked up in Napili below Ironwood Ranch.
Maui Horse Whisperer - Yes! With proper guidance anyone can learn about the nature of horses, their language and the communication skills required to have successful relations with them, including overcoming fear (both yours and the horse's). In history and in legend, horses represent the highest of human ideals and are associated with the bravest and best of humanity. Integrity, dignity and grace are part of the horse's natural being. join us for an unforgettable journey into the wonderful world of Equus.