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Dahana Ranch

P.O. Box 1293, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
(808) 885-0057
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Ranked #3 of 12 activities in Waimea
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Ranchs
Activities: Horseback riding
Description: A working cattle ranch that allows tourists to drive cattle.
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The horses are well trained and gentle and the staff friendly. However, the 1 1/2 hour ranch ride is nothing more than walking -with 2 very brief opportunities to trot or canter- in straight lines along the boundaries of the property. The scenery is thus kind of monotonous considering the fabulous location. Expensive considering.

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Kailua kona
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

I have about 20times experience of horse back riding in big island. But today's horse back riding was worst of my life. Staff was surly, and unfriendly. They haven't introduce theirself. And they haven't give us safety briefing. It was not fun at all! And also this ranch's location is not good. This area is so rainy. It was sunny... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

My husband and I did the 1.5 hour trail ride with our two kids aged 5 and 6. We had a wonderful time. It was unlike any other trail ride I have been on. The staff were awesome. I felt the kids were very safe and the horses were great. When I ask my kids what the best part of... More

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Saskatoon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We took our son and two grandsons on the ride and about three minutes into the ride our oldest grandson developed an allergic reaction to the horses. The ride was stopped and our grandson and his grandma was escorted back to the stables where he was looked after. My son, grandson and I continued the ride which was absolutely awesome.... More

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parker, co
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12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

We ride horses and wanted to take our our children, 7 & 10 on their first ride out in the country. Dahana ranch provides a great opportunity to ride open range, not nose to tail, trot if you want with safe horse and great guides. We've been to the Big Island several times. The countryside up here is gorgeous. Our... More

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Lakewood, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Our three year old and five year old loved this experience. They got to ride on their very own horse Sammy and Maui. The guide held them on leashes but they felt pretty proud that they got to ride it themselves. We went for an hour and a half ride which was perfect. We rode next to wild donkeys and... More

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Centennial, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

My wife and I discovered Dahana Ranch sort of by accident and are glad we did. We rode with "Keo" as our guide and it was the highlight of our vacation. She's a delightful lady with exceptional people and teaching skills. They take better care of their horses than I do of myself. They horses were like driving cars. Tell... More

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San Diego, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

I loved this experience. We are on our honeymoon, and one of the top things I had on my list to experience on the Big Island, was a horseback ride. We took it a step further, however, and opted for the 2.5 Hour Range Station Ride. Our wrangler was Keo (apologies for the misspelling). She went through the basic steps... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Our daughter wanted to experience the wild, open range of the Hawaiian paniolos. Dahana Ranch provided just what she was looking for. It's authentic ranch life with warm Hawaiian hospitality. The scenery was absolutely stunning! The rolling hills shrowded in low fog looked more like something you'd imagine in Scottish folklore than in the Hawaiian countryside. And, the horses are... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

This was a genuine cowboy experience. Wifey and I headed out to the ranch and were joined by another adventurer, and our intrepid guide. After 20 minutes of getting to know the horse and learning how to steer, we were let loose in a large field to figure things out for ourselves. This hands off approach was great, as we... More

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