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West Maui Oceanfront Trail Horseback Riding Tour at Mendes Ranch (Wailuku)

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Take a horseback trail ride across a family cattle ranch with views of the West Maui Mountains, Haleakala, and Maui's largest waterfalls!


Saddle up for an exciting Maui equestrian adventure! Your horseback riding journey begins at the Mendes Ranch Corral, located in beautiful Wailuku. Upon arrival, meet the Paniolos, Hawaiian cowboys, before being paired with a steed chosen to match your riding experience! Gaze in wonder at deep blue seascapes, rolling pastures into the lush rain forest, and peer into the Eki Crater. Paniolos will be glad to snap a photo of you on horseback during your ride - so don't forget your camera!


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Private Ride

Enjoy the best of Maui on this all-encompassing 2-hour horseback tour of the beautiful Waihee Valley. Get fantastic views of the West Maui Mountains, the crystal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, central Maui, and the Haleakala Mountain summit!

Note: A minimum of 2 guests is required to book a Private Tour.

Duration: 2 hour(s)
Available: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri and Sat
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Guide


Starting time: 09:00 - 12:30 (Show more)
  • 08:45

    Check-in at the Ranch

  • 09:00

    Orientation & Safety Briefing (30 min)

  • Private Horseback Ride (1.5 hrs)

  • 10:30


  • 12:15

    Check-in at the Ranch

  • 12:30

    Orientation & Safety Briefing

  • Private Horseback Ride (2 hrs)

  • 14:00


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Oceanfront Trail Ride

This 1.5-hour horseback ride takes visitors down the edge of Waihee Valley to the coastline to view the magnificent Pacific Ocean before heading back up to the corral.

Duration: 2:30 hour(s)
Available: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri and Sat
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Guide


Starting time: 09:00 - 12:30 (Show more)
  • 08:45

    Check-in at the Ranch

  • 09:00

    Orientation & Safety Briefing (30 mins)

  • Oceanfront Horseback Ride (1.5 hrs)

  • 11:00


  • 12:15

    Check-in at the Ranch

  • 12:30

    Orientation & Safety Briefing (30 mins)

  • Oceanfront Horseback Ride (1.5 hrs)

  • 14:30


Our daughters really enjoyed this experience even in the rain for part of the time. The staff was excellent so helpful and friendly. The horses were easy to handle. The views were stunning!!

Melanie Gorsha

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  • (For Check-In) Mendes Ranch (3530 Kahekili Highway Wailuku, HI 96793) Time: 08:45:00

  • (For Check-Out) Mendes Ranch (3530 Kahekili Highway Wailuku, HI 96793) Time: 10:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Mendes Ranch (3530 Kahekili Highway Wailuku, HI 96793) Time: 08:45:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Mendes Ranch (3530 Kahekili Highway Wailuku, HI 96793) Time: 10:30:00

  • (For Check-In) Mendes Ranch (3530 Kahekili Highway Wailuku, HI 96793) Time: 12:15:00

  • (For Check-Out) Mendes Ranch (3530 Kahekili Highway Wailuku, HI 96793) Time: 14:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Mendes Ranch (3530 Kahekili Highway Wailuku, HI 96793) Time: 12:15:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Mendes Ranch (3530 Kahekili Highway Wailuku, HI 96793) Time: 14:00:00

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  • For the safety and well-being of the horses, participants may weigh no more than 250lbs.

  • Wheel Chair Accessibility: Ranch transfer vehicle is not equipped with a lift, must be able to board the van with assistance. Mendes Ranch is wheelchair accessible. Participants must be able to hold themselves up on horseback without assistance. Please indicate during booking for most convenient arrangements.

  • 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.

  • Children 7 years old and above can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
All Packages
  • Closed toe shoes

  • Long pants

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

  • The menu is subject to change without notice.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
Private Ride
  • You can book a minimum of 2.

Oceanfront Trail Ride
  • You can book a minimum of 1.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Perfect for beginners, no prior experience is required! Guides are very experienced with taking 7 year olds on their first rides. Regardless of your riding experience, guides will match your ability to an appropriate horse.

Will we be allowed to run the horses?

If weather permits, there are designated areas around the ranch where advanced riders can trot and canter.

Is this a drive by tour or will there be stops for picture taking?

Several stops will be made for photo opportunities from your horse.

How many people are there in a tour group?

There is a maximum of 18 riders at one time but you will be separated into smaller groups of approximately 6 - 12 riders.

How far in advance should I book this activity?

We recommend booking at least 2-3 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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Our daughters really enjoyed this experience even in the rain for part of the time. The staff was excellent so helpful and friendl...y. The horses were easy to handle. The views were stunning!! more

Melanie Gorsha

Had a great time. Staff were very friendly and helpfull. It had been a large number of years since I had been on a horse, after 5... minutes I was loving it. They took care and time with those less experienced. Matched the horse to the person's ability. more


This was the best activity, by far we experianced on our trip to Maui. The staff was friendly, helpful and gracious. We learned a...lot just by listening to our guide. The Ranch was beautiful. The ride was even more than I expected. We have gone hors back riding in other places, but this trip was more memorable thean ever, for my daughter. The horse more


My Mom and I had never been on horses before this trip. Our guide Rocky was fantastic. He was very informative about the land, t...he island and wonderful little details about everything. I would go back to Mendez again and again. All the guides took their time to make sure the horses were matched up perfectly with the riders. You get a little dirty when it's too dry but it's so worth it when you get to see so much of the island. Pictures to follow. more


This was at the top of our list as far as the Activities we did in Maui. It was FUN, the people were sooooo Friendly and the VIEW...S were AMAZING!!!!!! It is a little on the pricey side, but worth it. more

Mr. Anonymous

Guides Jenny and Steve were great. My horse was amazing on the gallop and the tour was the perfect length.

J Ho

This activity was the hightlight of our trip. The staff was awesome, and the scenery breathtaking.


This Horseback Ride was absolutely a BEAUTIFUL Adventure,. Everyone at the RANCH, especially, FRENCHY, our Tour guide was friendly..., fun and informative on the ride about ALL the Beauty of the Island & Mendes Ranch History. They were giving of their time to the ones that were a little less experienced in riding & took pictures of everyone in differnet areas of the ride to make sure we ALL caputured great memories on film. We had the opportunity to gallop if we chose throughout the ride as well. The Horses are well cared for & are Beautiful. We had "Bailey" & "Cowboy" and Frenchy had Beautiful "Shotgun". I would definetly go back next trip to MAUI. more


We had a nice ride and the horses were matched up with our weight, age, and skill level as stated. This was my third time riding 20 years and I went as a beginner and did well. I was concerned that I was a pre-pre-pre beginner. Yet I survived and have 3 nice pictures and some good memories of the trail. We had 2 tour guides and my regret is that I wished I'd given more beside $10 for a tip since they were watching my back so to speak :) more


Mendes staff, Rocky, Butch, and Frenchi were wonderful--so friendly and helpful! These folks made the experience even more fun an...d enjoyable. The views during the ride are spectacular. Plus, the guides provide interesting information at the two photo opportunity stops; the information and the photo ops are quite thoughtful. I've been on three other horserides on different islands, and this one is my favorite because of Rocky, Butch, and Frenchi, and the views. The BBQ lunch is also very tasty and much enjoyed after a beautiful ride. more

Mr. Anonymous

My 13 year old grandson found this activity on the Internet and chose it for our trip to Maui. Both he and I, a 69 year old guy, w...ere beginners. The guides were fantastic, the horses great, and the trail near the top of a mountain and descending to a beautiful beach, were outstanding! more


I've never ridden horse before and was thrown off a pony when I was young. I was very nervous. Our guides were excellent an...d the horses were wonderful. I enjoed the ride very much and also apprciated the photo oppurtunities our guides gave us. We had the ride with the lunch included and I would highly reccomened you indulge in the meal also. I am so glad we did this on our visit to Maui. more

Patty B.

My wife and I had a great time at the ranch. The check in was straight forward and the waiting area was clean with friendly sta...ff. The lunch was great and the cook was very friendly. I had Cowboy and my wife had Baily and they were great horses. Butch and the other wrangler (can't remember his name) were friendly and knowledgeable. We would recommend the Mendes Ranch to anyone who wants to have great trail ride while in Maui. more

Bob and Cathy

The 4 of us had a ball at the ranch. Everyone was so nice and helpful. Frenchi and Butch were great with us. Also liked the way... riders were paired to the horses. Had my 50th birthday on your island and at the end of the ride I was the last to dismount due to friends signing Happy Birthday to me. Was a BIG highlight of our trip. Thanks again. more

4 friends in Hawaii

The 2-hour excursion with lunch was outstanding. The scenery of the entire East side of Maui, from Haleakala through Kahului to th...e three waterfalls of Mt. Eke was breathtaking. The opportunity for the horses to trot & gallop was a pleasant surprise that I was not expecting. The Paniolo lunch of barbecue chicken & ribs was very delicious. Thanks for the experience!!! Den more


This was alot of fun the staff was really awesome and the views from the trails were truelly beautiful.


The staff made us feel so welcome. I was nervous about riding. Butch was our guide and he really went out of his way to make sure... I was comfortable throughout the entire ride. He took a lot of pics for us and had a wonderful sense of humor. I will go back again for sure! more

lori g

Had an awesome time riding! Our guide Butch was very helpful on explaining how to ride for us beginners. He also gave us history a...bout plants and the island! Thanks so much! Will do again next time we go to Maui!!! more


We love to horseback ride and this was the 2nd time we chose Mendes Ranch. The staff is knowledgeable and very much fun. The were great and we were actually allowed to gallop our horses! I would definitely recommend Mendes to anyone wanting a great horseback riding experience in Maui! more


The staff at the Mendes Ranch was absolutely incredible. The lunch was excellent and the view was spectacular. It was the first ...time we had done something like this and found it to be something we would do again. Freddy and Roberta were just the nicest people. My husband and I walked away with memories that will last a lifetime. We will be back to do this again Dec. 2013. Until then Mahalo.... more


We really enjoyed the lunch, the ride, the views - everything!!! Everyone was very friendly and helpful. This was one of our FAVO...RITE activities while on Maui! more

Mr. Anonymous

We recently visited the Mendes Ranch with a group of 5 (two women in our forties, two 16 year-olds, and a 14 year-old). I owned h...orses while growing up, but haven't ridden in years, and the other members of our group have ridden once or twice on other trail rides. We all had a wonderful time. We were placed in an intermediate trail group with another couple, making our group total of 7. Butch was our guide and he moved along the line of horses throughout to the ride, checking in with everyone and chatting about the ranch. He took lots of photos with the riders cameras at two different photo locations and even took video of the final run. Other reviews have mentioned the dust on the trail and we did get VERY dirty, but we expected it. At times, Butch had some of the group veer off to other portions of the trail to try to limit the dust. I did not mind this, but our younger members got a bit nervous when they could not see the other horses. The views were simply stunning, f more

Mr. Anonymous

Our experience at the Menendez Ranch was awsome. They selected horses appropriate for the riders age and experience. The horses well trained and made me as a rider comfortable. The view from the trail was beautiful. My 10 year old daughter had a wonderful time and our tour guide, Destiny, was so pleasant and knowledgable more


This was definitely one of our favorite activities we did on Maui! We took the scenic route from Lahaina to get to the ranch and was well worth it. The staff was fantastic , the horses well taken care of and a gorgeous ride with a view from every angle. more


I enjoyed the ride very much. It is a very beautiful ranch to see. I recommend taking the morning ride (the one we took), since it... does get very hot as the day goes on. My horse was a very good follower and listened good. Our guild was fun, information, and funny. If we needed any kind of help he was right there when you asked. He also was a very good photographer for all of us when we stop to take pictures. I would also recommend being in the front so it isn't so dusty. I was in the back and got dusted out a few times so I just kept my distance from the person in front of me and it was fine after that. Did I mention how beautiful the views were? Also, the drive there seems like you've gone too far but you can't miss the gates with the Mendes Ranch name on it. Small parking lot so park by the entrance, for easy exiting. The whole staff was very nice and helpful. I would definitely do this again! more


First time going to Maui and first time horseback riding. This was so fun! We did quite a few excursions during our 10 day trip an...d this was definitely my favourite! The guide was awesome, learned a lot, the people are so laid back and easy to talk to, and would definitely go back again. Both myself and my boyfriend has decided to take up horseback riding back home. The scenery during this tour is also incredible! more


I would recommend this to people. It was a great experience.


This was our first time riding horses and running with them. It was so fun. The guides Freddy and Taryn were awesome. They ...truly cared about the people they took out. The views from this ride were amazing. more


I'd never been on the back of a horse in my life, so having this first experience in Maui was amazing! The crew were patient ...and friendly. The views amazing! It was a lot of fun! more


It was an amazing experience. The sights were something out of a story book. Best part about the ride was they got us through diff...erent terrains including a very narrow heavily vegetated area. My horse was spirit - intermediate level. And she was pretty free spirited. The runs were awesome with her. My wife had quick smoke who was very gentle yet her runs were fun too! Our guides were awesome as well. All in all definitely a thing to do in Maui. more

Mirza Mughal

This was our second trip to Maui as well as our second to the Mendes ranch! The staff was very informative once again. They also m...ake you feel welcomed from the start. Thanks to the cowgirls and cowboy for being our guides on this ride! (Plz forgive me for not recalling the names right now) Will do it again next time we're in Maui!!! more


I was so afraid that I tried to back out, but the instructor was so sweet and gentle. She talked me into it and led my horse part ...of the way. She made sure that I was completely comfortable before she let me go on my own. We had a fantastic time! I would definitely recommend and I would definitely come back. more


Butch and Destiny were outstanding with my 7-year old grandson, who had only ridden a horse with me walking next to him. He went for a trot - all by himself!! Between the views, the entertaining guides and aloha spirit, my daughter and I would recommend the Mendes Ranch to any and all riders, from beginners to advanced. more

Granny Tara

We had a wonderful time at Mendes Ranch. The staff was extremely curtious and friendly. The guides were friendly, funny and know...ledable!! My 8 & 10 year old boys had a fantastic time; we will not hesitate returning to Mendes Ranch on our next visit to Maui!! more

Mr. Anonymous

My wife,daughter and I spent 10 days on Maui.The highlight was going on this horseback ride.Trails with breathtaking views, a well... informed and friendly staff.Our guides Frenchy and Steve made this very enjoyable. The staff was very good in joining riders experience to the right horse. Being beginners, we were a bit nervous at first.Our guides put us right at ease and that made for a much more enjoyable ride. I would highly recommend this activity. more


My wife though this was one of the best activities we did while in Maui. Great job by the staff.

John Alford

Our guide "Frenchie" was very funny, entertaining, and courteous. He certainly made the 2 hour horseback ride enjoyable.... We were taken to some locations that offered amazing views of both the mountains and the ocean. In addition, the BBQ lunch that was provided was excellent as well. Overall, it was a very good experience, and one that we would recommend to others. more

Patrick & Jessica Nygaard

I chose this activity for its uniqueness. You rode a horse high up to the mountain top and were given photo options using your ow...n camera. You were matched to a horse that suited your riding experience. The riding was either up a mountain or down a mountain. Very little on the flat lie. Once to the bottom, the view of the ocean was fantastic. Again, photo options were great. The staff was most obliging. My only concern was that the one guide's horse and the horse I was given did not get along. Everytime the guide came to check on me, my horse would fold its ears back, tremble and prepare to bolt and often broke into a canter. It was a very unnerving feeling for a beginner rider. There was only two times available to canter for the experienced riders and it was only going uphill for a short stretch. Our group had three such riders. If you are out for fantastic views, great photo ops, then this is the ride for you. If you are out for a lovely ride then forget this outing. We more

two inexperienced riders

Overall the event was fun. The staff was friendly and helpful. However, the trail was not the easiest of rides and the equipment c...ould be updated. For example, my rein broke in the middle of the ride. Other than that, it was a great experience. more

Mr. Anonymous

Very friendly staff, and great views of a spectacular landscape.


The views during the ride were fantastic, but the ride itself wasn't extraordinary. I would recommend the BBQ lunch though. ... It was a very good lunch. more

First Timers

It was a nice ride, beautiful scenery. The barbecue afterwards was delicious. :)

Shayna Dickey

While we all had a lot of fun and took some great pics, the 2-hour ride ended up closer to 3 hours. Although I'm not an expe...rt on horses, it seemed to all of us that the horses were exhausted and hungry. The house and surrounding grounds are not well maintained with too much trash around and lots of tall weeds around the buildings and lots. There were two guides. Our main guide was the younger one, and he was very nice. The other tour guide kept coming back and trying to make the horses run and go faster, which was a little unnerving for beginners...especially since the majority of the ride was either uphill or downhill on very rocky terrain. There was very little pasture riding. As the tour description indicates, you will get VERY dusty. We are glad we went for the ride, but would much rather have taken a shorter, easier ride for our first time. It's definitely a great picture-taking opportunity. more

Mr. Anonymous

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