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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 11 Activities in Waimea
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ranchs
Activities: Horseback riding
Description: A working cattle ranch that allows tourists to drive cattle.
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Lima, Peru
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75 reviews 75 reviews
12 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Nice horse ride but quite pricey, and it was cold and drizzling compared to wailoa. A good excursion for families our 7yo twins loved it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

After a group ride around the ranch, I was up for more of a challenge : get acquainted with Western riding (I am a previous horse-owner and English-saddle rider). Kiyo, the charismatic ranch manager, suggested a string of 10 private lessons. My first lesson was under Harry Nakoa's guidance. He generously devoted way over the set time to explain the... More

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Boise, Idaho
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I have owned horses most of life, and have experienced a number of horse barns and trail rides. This is one of the best rides I have ever had in my life. I was able to trot across bucolic green hills, while my 75 year old mother was safe and blissful at a walk. The horses are not your standard... More

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Tracy, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Our kids wanted to go horseback riding as a family. "Sure," I said, even though I hadn't been on a horse in 35 years. I figured it'd be fun. Alas, when I got on the horse... I realized I was terrified. I wanted to get off and give up. Dustin, the lead wrangler & one of the owner's sons, offered... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Spend the time and get to know the Ranch as well as herding Cattle. Great Horse Patch. Would love to take her back home. Well Trained and extremely responsive. A great Wrangler Dustin. What's more to say. Mahalo

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Kalama, Washington
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

My husband and I and our 17 year old daughter booked a 2 1/2 hour range round-up experience. Our guide / wrangler was Dustin -- one of the sons of the owner. He was great with all of us. He first took us out for a quick ride to evaluate our riding abilities, and then offered some great riding tips... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014 via mobile

We were looking for a horse back ride that was not your usual tail to head trail ride - this was it. Our guide constantly encouraged us to wander on our own, trot or cantor and enjoy the vast ranch. For two hours we traversed the ranch. Near the end he spotted cattle that were in the wrong field and... More

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San Jose, CA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Thank you Dahana Ranch, particularly Cami, on a great ride for our family! We found this ranch on a tip from from friends, and it seems to be the only place on the Big Island where my kids could ride (ages 4 and 6). Not only did they each have their own horse which was led by the trip leader,... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

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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