I am always amazed at people who do not tip a guide at an attraction such as this. The guide at Maui Stables is committed, engaged, informative, passionate, sensitive, helpful, and is everything that you could hope for (or dream of) in such an experience.
You will learn more about Hawaii in the three and a half hours you are here than you will in the rest of your two week visit. You will also learn more about botany and horses. If that were not enough, you will be stunned by the beauty, the culture, the history. This trip is insane and it is worth dealing with the Hana Highway in order to get to it. (Be sure to visit the Seven Pools afterward.)
For a start, you will never see horses like this on any trail ride. These people are better than horse whisperers. Their is no laziness, no hierarchical fighting, no hurrying back to the stables, no constant battles about stopping to eat, nothing that you come to expect from trail horses. And that is just the start. You will learn about horses, and training them, even if you already know quite a bit.
And that is half of what you will learn about Hawaiian culture and botany and wildlife. And the views will blow you away.
But the main attractions are the people. The guide loves what he does and it is infectious. And you will feel that he has taken the time to get to know you. It is truly a once in a lifetime experience. My wife and daughter and I had a hard time leaving. It was that great.
So, in the immortal words of Deion Sanders, "Pay the man, people." Leave a tip.
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