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Address: P.O. Box 1293, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
Phone Number: (808) 885-0057
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Activities: Horseback riding
Description: A working cattle ranch that allows tourists to drive cattle.

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I highly recommend Dahana Ranch for horseback riding on the Big Island. Beautiful setting, open range riding with no nose to tail trail riding. Our guide was very friendly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I highly recommend Dahana Ranch for horseback riding on the Big Island. Beautiful setting, open range riding with no nose to tail trail riding. Our guide was very friendly, informative and very professional. We did the 2 hour advanced ride and had plenty of freedom, with areas for us to gallop and explore. Being a family owned business and ranch... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Would definitely recommend this ranch for riding! The horses were very well-trained... Some of the best I've seen. My friend had never ridden before and was made to feel right at home. I am very comfortable with horses and had a great time too. The views were incredible! Lots of other fun animals on the farm....goats, dogs, cows, etc. Fun... More 

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Victoria River, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

On first impression non-horse people may be put off when you are told not to pat/touch the horses, however speaking as a horse rider Dahana Ranch is a fab place. The horses are all healthy, well taken care of, very responsive and well trained, and the people running the ranch clearly are very proud of the horses they bred and... More 

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Pearl City, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

1.5 hour ride: What a great place! Let me start by saying that 5 years ago my daughter was thrown from a horse, she was 5, and my husband was kicked(clearly not here). So when they agreed to go riding again, I was thrilled but concerned. Our guide was firm in his instructions but when you have tourists that don't... More 

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Mi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

First rate working horses on a true horse and cattle ranch. I've reserved writing this review intil now only because I take it seriously. Dahana Ranch is the only remaining Hawaiian owned and operated one offering the public an opportunity to wrangle cattle in a gorgeous high country ranch. The family breeds quarter horses and trains their personal mounts exquisitly.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We did the 1.5 hr ride with 8 and 12 year olds. Guides and staff are very courteous and often times you are with the owners family members so they take good care to ensure your enjoyment. The terrain is varied although all open fields and you are mostly free to ride where you like. If it is your first... More 

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Centennial, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

My wife and I have ridden at the Dahana Ranch twice. Each time was an exceptionally good experience. That’s why I’m mystified to read other “so-so” Trip Advisor reports about this ranch. Our guides were not cowboys, rather highly knowledgeable horsemen and women. There is a huge difference between the two. The horses were well trained and cared for. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 via mobile

We went for the advanced ride and although the weather was hazy and the views were not really available we had a great time. The rides are on working farm horses and there is a "no nose to tail" rule. There are wide open spaces and chances to canter and herd cattle! The owners of the farm are Hawaiian and... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We have our own horses at home, so we booked this ride because we wanted somewhere on our trip to Hawaii where we could really "ride". However, even after specifically booking the advanced ride over the phone we somehow ended up getting put on the beginners ride. The guide was particularly rude. He didn't bother introducing himself, or really talk... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

I had a wonderful time. Loved that its a family based company and they are genuine. Also, I liked that it is not a nose to tail ride. Dahana Ranch is a so beautiful and the guide we had was awesome! If you visit the Big Island of Hawaii, I highly recommend you add Dahana Ranch to your "To Do... More 

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