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Waipio Na'alapa Trail

P.O. Box 437185, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Waimea
Type: Hiking Trails
Activities: Horseback riding
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

I absolutely loved this tour. I ride, my husband doesn't and we both had a great time. The horses are well cared for, safe, and sure footed. The tour guides were great. The guy that drove us down was hilarious! The scenery is breath taking! If you enjoy horseback riding, do this for sure! Let them know that you can... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

Absolutely worth seeing.... if you go into the valley take a jeep...Please don't do the horse pull. It is not fair to those horses to work them like that . Pick a cruelty free alternative. ♡

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Concord, New Hampshire
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75 reviews 75 reviews
34 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Hiked in from the top of the hill. It's a workout up and down, but the views are stunning and since the road in is paved, pretty safe for those in reasonable health. When we reached the bottom of the valley, we enjoyed the good company of the horses and then traversed some streams to get back to a waterfall.... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Drove down to the valley floor. Its a steep hill so its best if you have a 4WD or if you can hitch a ride. The beach is pure black sands, and the waterfalls are incredible!

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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Our family of four had so much fun! Our guide drove us to the base of the valley, and we hiked from the stables along a mostly flat trail and through some streams where we could see farms and the verdant valley. The horses are gentle, and the guides were very helpful and also hilarious. My husband had never been... More

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Vancouver, BC, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

We have always wanted to hike down and have a picnic on the black sand beach at Waipio Valley. We began our hike down from the Look Out point using the roughly paved switchback road to the bottom. The road is used by locals and tours so you have to frequently step to the side of the road as motorcycles,... More

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los angeles
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102 reviews 102 reviews
24 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

Love love love Waipio trail... We'd hiked this trail a dozen times... and cursed ourselves everytime we are hiking up... and then do it again everytime we are in Big island! The hike is north of kohala coast... You can stay in kona or waikoloa area but will have to drive up early to make the hike. Best, stay at... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Waipi'o is an isolated, bucolic gem of taro farms, waterfalls and shaded trails, but it's also down one of the steepest roads in the world and the locals don't take kindly to tourists on 4x4s. The ride with Na'alapa Stables was the perfect way to see the valley, led by locals who know the area intimately and are happy to... More

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Have been on this tour a couple times and throughly enjoyed both rides. The horses were very well behaved and the guide was interesting and knowledgeable.

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Oakland, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

We walked down the trail to Waipio Valley, but we took advantage of the ride going back up. It is an amazing place. You almost forget you are right next to the ocean. The valley is so lush, green, moist (it gets a lot of rain), and the sounds you hear are waterfalls, rivers, and birds. It is a peaceful... More

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