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Waipio Valley Horseback Riding Tour with Naalapa Stables

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Take a horseback ride through the Valley of the Kings, filled with jungle trails, wet land taro patches, magnificent waterfalls, and more!


Catch an unforgettable glimpse of “Old Hawaii” as you journey by horseback through the beautiful, mystic wonderland of the Big Island’s ancient Waipio Valley, an enchanting place that literally means "land of curving water.” An ethereal sense of Waipio's rich historic past emanates from this valley, completely still, except for the pounding of waves on the nearby black sand beach and working farmers carefully tending their taro patches. Well-trained horses are specifically matched with your riding ability and comfort level. This valley is one of the most beautiful spots on the Big Island!


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Waipio Valley Horseback Riding Tour with Naalapa Stables

Duration: 3 hour(s)
Available: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri and Sat
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This was the best part of our first trip to the Big Island of Hawaii. Waipio Valley is absolutely gorgeous.

Mr. Anonymous

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


  • Waipio Valley Horseback Riding (2.5 hrs)

  • 12:00


  • 12:30


  • Waipio Valley Horseback Riding (2.5 hrs)

  • 15:30


  • (For Check-In) Waipio Valley Artworks (48-5416 Kukuihale Road Kukuihale, HI 96727) Time: 09:00:00

  • (For Check-Out) Waipio Valley Artworks (48-5416 Kukuihale Road Kukuihale, HI 96727) Time: 12:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Waipio Valley Artworks (48-5416 Kukuihale Road Kukuihale, HI 96727) Time: 09:00:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Waipio Valley Artworks (48-5416 Kukuihale Road Kukuihale, HI 96727) Time: 12:00:00

  • (For Check-In) Waipio Valley Artworks (48-5416 Kukuihale Road Kukuihale, HI 96727) Time: 12:30:00

  • (For Check-Out) Waipio Valley Artworks (48-5416 Kukuihale Road Kukuihale, HI 96727) Time: 15:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Waipio Valley Artworks (48-5416 Kukuihale Road Kukuihale, HI 96727) Time: 12:30:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Waipio Valley Artworks (48-5416 Kukuihale Road Kukuihale, HI 96727) Time: 15:30:00

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  • The riders must not be more than 200 lbs (90 kg).

  • 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
  • Long pants

Additional Note(s)
  • 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 a great horseback ride for riders of all levels!

Will we be allowed to run the horses?

Unfortunately, you will not be able to trot or canter the horses on this tour.

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.

How many people are there in a tour group?

The maximum number of people on this tour is 12, and this tour frequently sells out. Please book early to ensure your spot on this ride.

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.

What is the history of the stables?

Sherri Hannum, a long time resident of Waipio, began Na'alapa Stables nearly twenty years ago, an outgrowth of her fascination with Waipio's rich history and beauty and her passion for horses. The moniker's origin "Na'alapa" is the name of a stunning waterfall on the far side of the valley. Today, Waipio's Na'alapa Stables is a favorite island activity for those who want to get off the beaten track while visiting the Big Island.

Can I still ride if I am 5 lbs (2.3 kg) over the weight limit?

Weight limits are strict to protect the health of the horse. Please consider booking the Waipio ATV activity if you are overweight for horseback.

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This was the best part of our first trip to the Big Island of Hawaii. Waipio Valley is absolutely gorgeous.

Mr. Anonymous

We thoroughly enjoyed this activity. The ride down and up from the Valley was challenging but we had an experienced driver who na...vigated the road expertly. Both of our guides grew up in Waipio Valley so they were well prepared to introduce us to its history and special characteristics. With a few simple instructions we were able to ride the horses along the valley trails and felt like we actually learned a bit about riding horses. The valley was beautiful and the ride was quite enjoyable. We throughly recommend this adventure. more

LLoyd & Jan Kelley

This is a great tour for families and friends. The staff is awesome, fun and friendly, beautiful view, safe ride.



Lenny & Sherry from Va.

The horses are very user friendly. You get to cross numerous streams, see water falls, and ride along jungly trails. The guides ...were great. They gave a nice riding lesson, took pictures for us, and kept us laughing with their humor. The trip ended with some wild fruit tasting and a scenic drive out of Waipio Valley. A very good time. more

Mr. Anonymous

This tour was very unique, inspiring, breath-taking and accomodating. We highly recommend it to vacationers..especially if you the ourdoors and something unique. A great place full of awesome history and luscious greenery! more

Lawrence Skoretz

This ride was so much fun! The staff was excellent and made the experience even better. Getting to ride in an area with streams, r...ivers and taro fields was such a meaningful experience for me. The horses were very well mannered and we are not great riders. I would recommend this adventure to anyone going to the Big Island. more


It was fun and the staff was great! I rate an overall 5 star but I think the horse back route could be a little more interesting ...if we had gone in a circle instead of taking the left route then turn back the same way and then take the right route and then turn back to get back and that would complete the journey. But don't get me wrong, the ride was exciting and very entertaining! more




My daughter and I loved the horseback riding adventure. Our guides were fantastic and the views were breathtaking. Well worth th...e money and time!!! Would highly recommend for all levels of riders. more

Renita Moschitta

Great scenry, great staff, well matched horses. Well worth the cost for a great trail ride.


While the shear beauty of the valley is worth the trip out to Waipio, our guide made the day a special one. He was funny, knowledg...eable and a pretty good photographer. We brought home some great memories and the pictures to keep them fresh. The ride was pretty tame, which was fine for us. The horses were gentle and the pace was leisurely and relaxing. more


Keone we think and Jay were wonderful guides and added greatly to the beautiful experience of riding in Waipio Valley. Their frie...ndlyness and helpfullness really made the ride from great to an amazing experience. It was fun to ride through water and learn about the valley. I would recommend it to anyone interested in horseback riding. The horses were easy to ride but also had some personality which is always fun and the guides did a good job of teaching the basics and what to do to stay safe. more


We enjoyed this beautiful, relaxing ride through the valley. Friendly staff, attention to various skill levels and safety made fo...r a comfortable ride and lasting memories. more

Mr. Anonymous

A van takes you down to the valley floor where you are introduced to your horses. The ride takes you thru beautiful vegetation (m...angos, avacados, bananas, taro and amazing flowers). You cross thru streams and see waterfalls streaming down into the valley. The riding itself is not very exciting. The horses walk at a leisurely pace. However the views are so worth it! more


My husband and I took our 9 and 8 yr. old grandkids on this tour. It was spectacular! Our guides were wonderful. The valley is s...o beautiful and seeing it on horseback is awesome. None of us are experienced riders, but we had no problem with the horses. They are very well trained. I highly recommend this tour. more

Alice P

This was a great tour. Our guides had a lot of knowledge and were great guides. They also took the time to help us both when on and off of the horses. more

John A. Calleja

Hilarious guide that made it even more fun, outstanding scenery, horses not old nags, good riders......This ride comes highly reco...mmended.....even got to see wild fruit trees. This is a one of a kind trip well worth the value! Definitely one of the best parts of my vacation! Don't forget to try the ice cream at the store where the trip starts when you get back....delicous. more


It rained half the way the pickup spot to the valley so we were worried that we weren't going to get to go. But as it turned ...out 15 minutes after we got there the sun came out the clouds went away and it turned out to be a beautiful day in the valley we had a great ride. We got to cross rivers and streams and see beautiful waterfalls. Our horses were well-mannered and everyone in our group had a wonderful ride. Our guides were very knowledgeable about valley and the history. This is my second trip riding in this Valley and I would do it again more


This experience went above and beyond our expectations! The guides were friendly and nice. The valley was beautiful! The horses fun! Even the journey down to the valley was like a Disneyland ride with the steep, hairpin turns! We loved it and would definitely recommend it! A great way to see the Waipio Valley! more


We joined a 2 1/2 hour tour and had a great time. Super-friendly guides who are very knowledgable about the valley history and eco...logy. Highly recommended!!! more


My newlywed husband and I LOVED this ride. our guide Grace(?) was friendly, knowledgeable, down to earth and very kind with the ho...rses. horses were very sweet for the most part, clean and well taken care of. barn was also in good shape. advertised as 3 hour ride but with the drive to the barn, info session and saddling up/down the ride itself was 2 hours, which was fine for us. breathtaking ride through Waipio valley. beautiful scenery that can't be matched. only bad part is our bums hurt the next day from sitting in the saddle! :D would love to go again! more


As a horseowner I am always a little leery of trail riding at unknown stables but I was pleasantly surprised to see the good condi...tion and decent manners of these horses. They were very suitable to carry a wide variety of sizes and experience of riders. The ride itself was well escorted by friendly staff and the scenery was beautiful and enjoyed at a steady walking pace with the opportunity to take photographs of the beautiful and unique valley. The van ride down into and up out of the valley was an adventure in itself with amazing views. Shop at the art/gift store where you park as they have lots of lovely stuff at good prices. I would rate this a "must do" on your trip to Big Island. more


The tour guides were very nice and skilled at their jobs: driving down the rocky, curvy road to the horse barn and then helping ev...eryone enjoy their time on their horses. Although my horse was not the most obedient, the guides always tried to help me keep up with the group and have patience with me and the horse. I definitely enjoyed my first time horseback riding especially since the walk around the area was very beautiful. After this experience, I definitely learned how to ride a horse (lead it, understand its needs, etc) and also appreciate how beautiful Waipio valley is. more


Waipio Valley Horseback Ride was such a great and fun experience for my entire family! The scenery was beautiful and riding the ho...rses was very exciting too. Even if it was our first time riding horseback, the guides were very calm and helpful throughout the ride. We absolutely loved it!! more


We booked our tour of the Waipio valley with the hope of a different type of Hawaiian adventure. Jaime was our well versed guide.... His humour and eagerness to share his vast knowledge of Hawaii history, as well as the flora and fauna of the valley made the tour quite memorable. However the ability to rid beautiful beautiful ,well mannered horses in such a magical historical setting made the the rid unforgettable. My hats off to Jaime and the rest of the wonderful staff that made this the best Horse back ride that we have ever exprienced. This is definately some thing that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. more

Terry Charbonneau

Horses were well mannered and fit for each individual. Guide was great and had a very good experience.


This was one of the top highlights of our trip. The van ride into and out of the valley is an adventure all of it's own. Th...e guides were just awesome. The family of one had lived in the valley for generations and he was very knowledgeable about the area. The other one was just a riot. The horses also had more spunk than your average trail horse, too. Some of them had been wild horses not too long ago. I don't know if these guys do a longer ride, but I would definitely sign up for it if they did. more

Steve C

We thoroughly enjoyed our time, the horses, the views, the locals and the guides. Mahalo!


Had a great time with beautiful surroundings and very cooperative horses!!! Would definitely do it again.


Jaime was a terrific guide and the ride was nice. It was drizzling pretty much all day but they provided rain jackets and my 10 y...ear old son and I were comfortable. We were pretty wet from the waist down; my jeans were soaked, but the horses were gentle and well behaved. more

Tracy S

This experience is certainly off the beaten pack and is an amazing way to explore the nearly inaccessible Waipio Valley. We met the meeting point and we were driven down into the valley down one of the gnarliest roads I've ever been on in a 4x4 to the stables. We were introduced to our horses and led on a serene trek through the valley. We went through rivers and around small holdings that are dotted around the valley. We marvelled, from a distance, at incredible waterfalls as we trekked through paths with fields on one side and jungle on the other. It was awesome. Our guide was great and it's something we'll both always remember. We're not riders but we're extremely well looked after. It was great. Thank you!! more

Jo K

The horseback ride through the Waipio Valley was definitely very scenic. It's a beautiful area. My horse was a little tempe...ramental, preferring to stop and chew on plants by the wayside every few feet. The guides were good with the horses but didn't provide much background or cultural information about the valley and its people. Overall, it's a great way to explore this beautiful, unique valley. more


Very Interesting. Beautiful area.

Mr. Anonymous

Great time with friendly hosts. Would recommend the trip to someone who is new to horses or has not seen the Waipio Valey before.


The horseback riding tour was great. You'll see beautiful nature but don't expect a "real" horseback riding to...ur. Although they ask you about your horseback riding experience, they mixes all experience levels. 12 year old girls who have ridden only once in their life joined our tour. So the ride itself was a bit boring but the Waipio Valley was beautiful. more


After reading about how wonderful the Waipio Valley Ride was, I was excited to go. I have shown horses for over 20 years and know... my way around a horse. When we arrived at the stables, and, yes, the road into the valley was an experience to be had, I was very disappointed in the quality of the horses. I over heard one worker state that most of the horses were lame. The ride itself was peaceful and the scenery was beautiful. The guide took us on public roads and down a short stream; the actual ride was about 1 1/2 hours long. My horse was pleasant to ride and knew his job. The guides were okay but spent a great deal of time talking with locals or riding off on their own. Several times very inexperienced riders were left by themselves and seemed very uncomfortable; I would not be surprised if their experience was not a good one. I am glad nothing bad happened but it easily could have. I would do this activity again but probably with another operator. more

Cali Girl

The guides and horses were great but the trails and scenery were disappointing.

Mr. Anonymous

The horses were very well kept, and decent training. Wrangler gave very good riding instructions (we are both experienced riders ...& recognized this). The valley is beautiful, but this ride basically just followed the road, so not the "trail ride" experience we were hoping for since were dodging vehicles (not lots, but it would have been nice to be off the road & in the woods). more


First it started off with a mix up with the dates!! I booked for 8-29-2016 with the voucher confirmation for the 29th of August bu...t was contacted by the host stating that we are schedule for 8-31-2016. We have already left the Condo, on our way to the tour which is a 1 1/2 hrs away when I got a call from the host of the tour!!!! We have already been driving for about 1/2 hr at that point. So then the tour was cancelled for 8-31-2016 due to the Hurricane threat and was told that I will be refunded. So I am back in my home town without doing any of the things I wanted to do!!!!! more


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