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“A great ride in Kauai” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Silver Falls Ranch

Silver Falls Ranch
2888 Kamookoa Road, P.O. Box 692, Kilauea, Kauai, HI 96754
+1 808-828-6718
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South Pole
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“A great ride in Kauai”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Silver Falls Ranch is a truly wonderful place to take your family for an enjoyable nature experience. The combination of the great staff, the beautiful surroundings, and the fun ride make it unforgettable.

Before you start, your guides go over basic riding instructions. Very useful, and simple enough for even first timers to grasp. (I've ridden horses for probably less than 20 total hours in my entire life, so I definitely benefited from the rookie training.) Afterwards, you're assigned a horse, they help you get mounted, and off you go!

We chose the Waterfalls ride, which takes you to a private waterfall/waterhole. The path is actually a wide dirt trail, basically a dirt road, that takes you all over the property.. (I mention this because a few people thought the trail would involve bravely hacking through tall grass and mountains through Kauai backcountry. Not the case.) Lots of beautiful scenery and nature.

Eventually you are led to the Falls, which is a rocky river outcropping that isn't big but is still postcard material. Guests dismount and are invited to go for a swim. (The cool thing about this: when you first check in, you can leave your backpacks and swimgear in a bin by the office, and by the time you arrive at the Falls, that bin has been transported there and your stuff is waiting for you. That way you don't have to carry it while on the horse.) You get changed in the little huts, go for a swim, and come back to a small picnic lunch waiting for you. Very refreshing! After lunch, you mount up again and take the short route back to the stables to end your journey.

Our guide, Kai, was super awesome, informative, and entertaining. She took very good care of our entire group (which was admirable, as everyone else except for myself had never been on a horse!) I loved my horse, a big gentle giant named Henanu that was super easy to ride. All of the other horses in our group seemed super mellow too.

I read some of the reviews below of people having bad experiences on their horses (being thrown off, etc), and nothing they described seemed to match what I saw. Here is something I witnessed, which might be similar logic for some of those bad reviews:
At one point on the trail, we go up a bumpy incline. The horse has to adjust and might take a crooked route to keep good balance. Directly in front of me, a fairly heavy woman decided this was a good time to let go of her reigns, turn around and take a picture of our group while on the incline. As she swung around to take the picture, her momentum forced her horse to side-step to keep its balance on the incline, it caught the woman by surprise and she almost slid off. She then told the guide later "The horse tried to buck me!" She failed to mention that she wasn't holding on, was turning all the way around in the saddle, the horse didn't actually buck, and she slid off, was not thrown off. Basically, inexperienced riders doing stupid things and then blaming the horse.

I will forewarn guests with a lot of riding experience- if you go with a beginner group like mine, you will be riding SLOW. I have only limited riding experience, and it was slow even for me. It was also clear my horse preferred to walk a little faster, we were going even slower than his preferred slow-walking speed. Our guide told me some of the horses don't prefer to walk as slow as we went.

Personally, I only have one complaint: the helmets. They STINK. They smell like 1000 tourists were sweating in them while hiking through a jungle. Which is exactly what they are. They provide Lysol, but that doesn't help, and you can smell them as you ride. Maybe some disposable liners of some sort are in order?

Overall though, the experience was absolutely wonderful. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to ride horses while in Kauai. It's family friendly, it's safe, and just a wonderful experience!

Visited August 2013
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“Great adventure in Kauai”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

My family and I decided to do this adventure while in Kauai for family vacation. None of us had ever been horseback riding before. We decided to go for it and did the three hour tour complete with lunch and swimming at the waterfall. It ended up being a lovely afternoon. Jeff was our guide - he was fabulous! Jeff is a great storyteller and took lots of time with us to make sure we were all comfortable and acquainted with our horses, especially our young daughters (ages 9 and 13) who were pretty nervous about riding for the first time! We were in good hands the whole time. The riding was a blast and peaceful at the same time. Lunch was nice and swimming in the private waterfall lagoon was very neat. But our daughters seemed to most enjoy the peacefulness of the ranch. There are many animals on the ranch - in addition to the horses, there are chickens, peacocks, dogs, cats, etc. It is a very tight knit little family on the ranch and they do a really good job of making you feel right at home - my daughters did not want to leave. I would definitely recommend this activity to anyone who is considering.

Visited July 2013
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“Relaxing and fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Have always wanted to take a nice slow ride to a waterfall and this fit the bill exactly. The horses are extremely healthy looking and ranch is clean and well kept. Three of us started our two hour waterfall ride with some safety tips from our guide who was friendly and fun. The horses were well behaved and our guide pointed out various interesting places and plants. We stopped at a lovely waterfall where there were change huts for us to put on our swimsuits. We were given some time to swim in the cool refreshing water followed by lunch. We were all provided with treats to give to our trusty horses before returning back to the stables.

Visited July 2013
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“Jeff was a terrific guide!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013 via mobile

My son, daughter-in-law and I recently did a 3 hour private ride (complete with a picnic lunch and a swim under a waterfall). It was pretty much perfect. My son and I ride but it was my daughter-in-law's first real horseback experience. Jeff took his time, offering her basic riding instruction and explaining the reasons why things are done a certain way. He was great on every level. He is quite the storyteller and we all came away feeling as though we now know much more about Kauai and have a renewed respect for the Hawaiian culture. It is an absolutely breathtaking ranch. The horses are well cared for and beautiful. The ranch itself was magnificent. I honestly don't know how they keep it so clean. The only possible drawback was the lunch. It definitely could have been better. Other than that it was a great way to spend a few hours.

Visited July 2013
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“Great service, nice ride, waterfalls were very nice.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Very nice ranch, friendly staff and a clean place. Our guide Bridget was very nice and a well trained equestrian. We had two 7 year old children that had a great time. all the horses are well behaved and follow on a well known trail and it is almost more a train ride than a trail ride but as we have a horse ranch at home it was nice to know we didn't have to worry about the kids. The lunch was nice and the falls were awesome Ina hot day. My only complaint would be that their was no price difference for child or adult or if they could have a family package.

Visited July 2013
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