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Waipi'o On Horseback

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Address: Honokaa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96727
Phone Number: +1 877-775-7291
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Description: Waipio On Horseback offers special guided excursions on horseback in...
Waipio On Horseback offers special guided excursions on horseback in secluded Waipi'o Valley. Our small groups savor the charm of this 2 1/2 hour adventure in old Hawaii. This trek takes a leisurely pace. Our guides narrate throughout the ride, explaining the history, legends and facts of life in the valley. The path meanders through lush jungle trails along the hillside; through streams and rivers; and on to ancient Hawaiian villages. Riders see dramatic 1,200-foot waterfalls, taro patches, lotus ponds, wild horses, exotic flowers, plants, native trees and birds. See one of Hawaii's oldest forms of farming that produces taro, a Hawaiian staple that helps feed our local community. We meet at the WOH Barn located 7-1/2 miles toward Waipio from Honokaa. Riders travel via four-wheel drive vehicle into Waipi'o Valley-ancient Hawaii's "Valley of the Kings." We depart from the WOH Barn at 9:30 am and 1:30 pm daily. The trail ride begins on the valley floor. Then a four-wheel drive vehicle takes the riders out of the valley and drops them off back at the WOH Barn. A minimum of two and a maximum of fourteen riders are allowed on each excursion. Refunds are given on cancellations received in our office 24 hours or more in advance of the reserved ride time. Because of our remote location, reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. Weather plays a vital role in this tour's operation and can change rapidly. In case of hard rain or flood conditions, this tour is subject to cancellation. We will give as much advance warning as soon as possible in these situations. This is a unique and active tour. We recommend guests be agile and in good health. We suggest pants and covered shoes. Children under twelve years of age will be accepted if they are with a responsible adult or are experienced riders.
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Amazing tour of Waipio

Took a my daughters (7&9 years old) on the horseback ride. They told me it was the best day of their lives!! Our tourguide, Micha, was VERY knowledgeable of the history of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Hilo, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Took a my daughters (7&9 years old) on the horseback ride. They told me it was the best day of their lives!! Our tourguide, Micha, was VERY knowledgeable of the history of the valley. He shared history of the land and waterfalls throughout the ride and gave us fruit from his garden at the end of the tour. He took... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Awesome experience. Very surreal.. staff is amazing and horses are too. The Valley of the Kings is a must see. Riding with the horses is 3 dimensional and no experience can top it.

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White Rock, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Knowledgeable staff and great at matching horses to riders. My young teen girls were very inexperienced and had a great time. The horses were very sweet. Care of horses seemed good. It's such a wet place that I hope they get a chance to dry out!

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

The view from the rim is breathtaking. The staff was fun, friendly, and informative. I would have liked to have riden the horses all the way to the beach in a loop pattern, rather than back-tracking along the same path. I'm glad I went!

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Sequim, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Okay, so i am a little biased, I am blessed to live on the island. I absolutely love this ride. I would go everyday if I could. Our guide was fabulous, patient, informative and wonderful. No trip to the Big Island is complete without this!

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Colorado
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We took a morning ride and enjoyed every moment. Fun to ride up and down the steep road, and the views of the valley are amazing. The horses are gentle and well trained. Guides experienced and informative. I give them extra points for providing riding hats. Don't forget to tip your guide!

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Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We booked a ride for New Year's Day, and my credit card was charged. We also received a confirmation e-mail. I got an e-mail from a representative of Hawaii Online saying that there was an e-mail mix-up, so our reservation was lost. Now everything is booked up. I cancelled a reservation because I got a reservation here. I guess now... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

This valley is jaw dropping gorgeous! My 4x4 tour guide made me laugh all the way especially when he said the faster route to come down is by zip line - and pointed to a telephone wire. There were a few cars that drove to the ranch. This ranch is beautiful. There is such history in those wood beams. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

My wife and I were on our honeymoon. We got really lucky that day since we were the only ones who showed up on the tour, so we had it all to our selves. Earlier in the morning, we did the quad bike tour (Ride the rim) and touring the upper hills and we were wishing to get the chance... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

You definitely will NOT want to miss out on this tour in literally one of the most beautiful places on earth! I did the waipio on horseback adventure ride in October 2014 with my husband and two kids. It was all of our favorite thing we did on the big island. Two guides take you down the steepest paved rode... More 

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