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Kahua Ranch Horseback Riding Tour (Waimea - North Kohala)

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An open-range horseback journey onto a 12,000 acre working cattle and sheep ranch where the beauty of North Kohala unfolds before your eyes.


Offering superb riding conditions and responsive, well-trained, healthy horses, expert guides at this ranch pay personal attention to each individual, making sure everyone's riding ability will be catered to. En route, enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the mountains and the coastline, and meander among lush pastures dotted with grazing sheep and cattle. With this excursion, that is not your standard nose to tail, opportunities for trotting and cantering are even available!


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2.5 Hour Tour

Experience an adventure you will not soon forget with a 2.5 hour morning and afternoon horseback riding tour across a breathtaking historic Hawaiian cattle ranch. Not only will have fantastic views of the Kohala area, but you will be able to enjoy a horseback ride that is not "nose-to-tail" and even have the chance to trot and canter under the tropical sun!

Duration: 3 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Guide / Equipment rental


Starting time: 09:00 - 13:00 (Show more)
  • 08:30

    Check-in at Naalapa Stables

  • Horseback Riding Tour (2.5 hrs)

  • 11:30

    Return to Stables

  • 12:30

    Check-in at Naalapa Stables

  • Horseback Riding Tour (2.5 hrs)

  • 15:30

    Return to Stables

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1.5 Hour Tour

Enjoy a shorter 1.5 hour afternoon ride with panoramic views of the mountains and the coastline, stately cinder cones and lush pastures dotted with grazing sheep and cattle. Experience a ride that is not nose to tail with opportunities for trotting and cantering!

Duration: 2 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Guide / Equipment rental


Starting time: 10:00 - 13:30 (Show more)
  • 09:30

    Check-in at Naalapa Stables

  • Horseback Riding Tour (1.5 hr)

  • 11:30

    Return to Stables

  • 13:00

    Check-in at Naalapa Stables

  • Horseback Riding Tour (1.5 hr)

  • 15:00

    Return to Stables

As a first-time rider, this was a great experience! The horses were sweet and gentle, the leaders were patient and reassuring and we all had a blast. They helped ease us into trotting and even galloping-- all amongst lovely scenery. Highly recommended!

Cara from Texas

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  • Participants must not exceed 230 lbs (104 kg).

  • Not recommended for elderly, disabled and overweight individuals.

  • Participants should be in good general health.

  • Participants must be 8 years and older and may not exceed 230lbs.

  • Guests with heart and cardiovascular issues are not permitted to participate in this activity.

  • Guests who are pregnant are not permitted to participate in this activity.

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

  • If less than 2 participants are booked, the activity may not operate.

  • Children 8 years old and above can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
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  • Bottled water

  • Closed toe shoes

  • Long pants

Requirement(s) - Others
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  • Participants are required to sign a liability waiver at the time of check-in.

Additional Note(s)
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  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a minimum of 1 and maximum of 10.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need any prior experience to participate in this activity?

No experience necessary! This is an energetic horseback ride where you can trot and canter and is not recommended for people aged 65 & older unless they are experienced riders.

Will there be stops made for picture taking?

Stops are made along the tour at two locations, each with panoramic views perfect for photos, however no one is permitted to take pictures while horseback riding. Wranglers can, and will, take group or single photos on your behalf.

Will we be allowed to run the horses?

There are certain spots along the tour where you can trot and canter the horses, however this is always done under the supervision of a guide.

How many people are there in a tour group?

The average tour group size is 4-8 people, but a large group of up to 13 people (maximum) can be accommodated for special requests. Please book early if you have a large group.

How far in advance should I book this activity?

We recommend booking at least 1-2 weeks in advance. If you have very specific schedule requirements and are not flexible, please book sooner. Last minute availability is often possible, but limited.

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As a first-time rider, this was a great experience! The horses were sweet and gentle, the leaders were patient and reassuring and ...we all had a blast. They helped ease us into trotting and even galloping-- all amongst lovely scenery. Highly recommended! more

Cara from Texas

Had a wonderful time. It was a nice ride throught scenic beauty. Would recommend it to anyone who enjoys horseback riding.


I chose to do this adventure for my birthday while we were in Kona. Melissa, our guide, was wonderful. She did a great job of sh...aring all of the history of the ranch and also the local sites. The horses were matched to us perfectly. I'm an experienced rider so really enjoyed having a horse that was spunky! We were able to trot and canter and Melissa was very attentive. If we go back to Hawaii we will definitely do this again!!! more


We had a great time, I felt safe and in professional hands.


It rains a lot on the mountain so it was postponed twice. We were looking for a more relaxed, free ride which they intimated but i...t was not quite what we were looking for. There were four other people, most of whom didn't know what they were doing. So maybe if it was just my daughter and I, it would have been better. The ranch is nice and if you're inexperienced and just looking for a mostly plodding experience, it's a good activity. Using VELTRA was a good experience. They have a very good system. more


This was fun. It rained and my horse really really liked to run and eat grass, but it was an experience that I will not forget.


This was the last activity we did after spending 8 days in Hawaii. By far my favorite! Our guides were knowledgeable, fun, and en...tertaining. This was my first time riding horseback, and I felt comfortable the whole time. I would recommend for anybody - families, couples, individuals. Had a great time!! more


We were very impressed with the weather, views, horses and trail guides. It is a beautiful venue and a high quality experience was well worth the expense. more


The ride was beautiful, the horses were teamed up with the appropriate writers. The ladies were very informative about the island..., culture, the ranch. My granddaughter and I would totally do this again We loved it! more

Leilani Cook

Very nice views from the slopes of the Kohala mountain. It was very nice riding through the big open hillsides, and seeing Maui in... the distance. more


We had a fantastic time riding with 'T' and Keanu. We've ridden several times on the Big Island and this was the fun and interesting by far. We recommend it to everyone who visits! more

John Griffin

My family had a terrific time on a very rainy day. The scenery was beautiful and the guide (Melissa) was very knowledgeable and a...ttentive. Props to the horses for getting us around on our 2.5 hour adventure. My daughter loved it as she is an AVID horse nut. more

Bob Davis

Beautiful views of Kohala mountains and ocean. Guides accessed the experience of the group and allowed cantering. Some how the 2.5... hr wasn't long enough. Glad we did this. more

K Engstrom

The horses were really well trained, no skill was required to ride them. We had a couple of chances to canter, but due to the diff...erent skill levels of the riders, we only cantered for only a couple of minutes total. One lady lost her cellphone during the canter and we all had to stop while the guides looked for it in the tall grass. They weren't able to find it and we lost some time and further opportunities to canter. The views from our trail were amazing, and it was a great way to spend a morning. If we could've split up according to skill level so who wanted to go faster could, as there were 3 guides to about 6-8 riders, then I would've given it 5 stars. more


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  • Any cancellations made within 2 business days of your activity (after 18:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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