Riding with Makena Stables was an incredible experience for my husband and me, who like to book horseback rides whenever we can on our travels! It was the only day of our Maui trip that was muggy, rainy weather, but it was still wonderful. They provided raincoats for us, so that was convenient. This won't be our last time riding with them, that's for sure!
Christine was our guide and there was only one other couple on our morning tour, and they were return customers of 15+ years --that says something for sure! Christine provided tons of history and interesting stories as we rode along the rocky coast of Makena, through dense forest teeming with black goats and historical significance, up the hillside with stellar views of Makena Beach and La Perouse Bay, and over rugged and rocky terrain that the horses handled with confidence. They only do one ride a day (either morning or sunset) that depends on the first tour requested. We did the morning tour and since it was a gloomy day, it added a sense of mystery. Christine was super friendly to get off her own horse to help us shoot some great memories with our own cameras too!
The drive getting to the stables was other-worldy (we were staying in Kihei, so it was not a long drive, but give yourself time since the road becomes narrow at some points and you won't want to drive at high speeds in some areas). I had never been that far south on Maui and it was just amazing to see the lava rock make up the hillside leading to the shore. I guess you'd expect that for an island formed by volcanic eruption, but my point is it's awesome scenery! The ride legally takes you through private property (as the website says), and so you get to see parts of the island that you can't see normally, unless you want to risk getting shot. haha.. just kidding... sort of...
As someone mentioned in a previous review, make sure you pack your snorkel gear and swim suits in the car before you head down, because if the weather and conditions permit, there are some good snorkel/beach spots in Makena.
I could write loads and loads more, but I'd take up too much room. If you have any questions, phone the stable as they're very helpful, informative and nice. I certainly don't mind sharing more details of my experience too if you want to contact me on TA.
P.S.--snacks are provided (chips, soda, water, granola bar) as there is a short break at the top of the mountainside to munch and take in the scenery.
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