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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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No nose to butt riding here

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... read more

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

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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Tokyo, Japan
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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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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I went to the ranch with a very happy mood however ended up encountering a snobbish and rude ranch guy (he claimed that he is one of the son who went to school earlier on and just came back to the ranch). He had very rude attitude towards paying customers and spoke things such as "he's pissed off", etc. I... More 

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Kiyo H, Owner at Dahana Ranch, responded to this review

This gentleman would not listen to the guide upon check in. He was very rude and kept calling him "Dude". He was asked very politely 3x to please stand in a certain area( not directly in front of the horses ) before being loaded on his horse. His response was "dude I will do it when I'm ready". So after... More 

Seattle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We had a great time during our 2.5 hour ride, but this is a real ranch so expect bathrooms that are not clean, no snack/drink - not even a bottle of water - and it is quite a drive from Kona. The road at the end is a bit rough and no real signage. The ride is across absolutely stunning... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Booked a 1.5 hour ride up and down the property. Outside of the sore butts, we had a blast!! Being my first time, I was given firm but friendly instructions on how to ride my horse, Hapa. Our guide, (whose name I forgot) instructed us to not treat them as pets or the horse would just do their thing and... More 

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