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“Best ride in waipi'o valley”

Waipi'o On Horseback
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Owner description: Waipio On Horseback offers special guided excursions on horseback in secluded Waipi'o Valley. Our small groups savor the charm of this 2 1/2 hour adventure in old Hawaii. This trek takes a leisurely pace. Our guides narrate throughout the ride, explaining the history, legends and facts of life in the valley. The path meanders through lush jungle trails along the hillside; through streams and rivers; and on to ancient Hawaiian villages. Riders see dramatic 1,200-foot waterfalls, taro patches, lotus ponds, wild horses, exotic flowers, plants, native trees and birds. See one of Hawaii's oldest forms of farming that produces taro, a Hawaiian staple that helps feed our local community. We meet at the WOH Barn located 7-1/2 miles toward Waipio from Honokaa. Riders travel via four-wheel drive vehicle into Waipi'o Valley-ancient Hawaii's "Valley of the Kings." We depart from the WOH Barn at 9:30 am and 1:30 pm daily. The trail ride begins on the valley floor. Then a four-wheel drive vehicle takes the riders out of the valley and drops them off back at the WOH Barn. A minimum of two and a maximum of fourteen riders are allowed on each excursion. Refunds are given on cancellations received in our office 24 hours or more in advance of the reserved ride time. Because of our remote location, reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. Weather plays a vital role in this tour's operation and can change rapidly. In case of hard rain or flood conditions, this tour is subject to cancellation. We will give as much advance warning as soon as possible in these situations. This is a unique and active tour. We recommend guests be agile and in good health. We suggest pants and covered shoes. Children under twelve years of age will be accepted if they are with a responsible adult or are experienced riders.
Reviewed October 19, 2012

I have ridden with woh several times. I recently tried the waipio above the rim ride. What a disappointment compared to woh. The rim ride is almost all thru these tall eucalptus trees except for two stops to look out over the valley, the free lookout is better. Woh has the best ride because you are in the valley. YYou see streams, flowers, wild horses on occasion,where local families live, tarro fields, and a waterfall or two if there has been enough rain. I love this ride and can tell you you wont be disappointed...also the rim rides long "waterfall ride" is very small waterfall with cold dirty pond water...save your $168...

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Reviewed October 5, 2012 via mobile

As a resident of Hawaii we tend to take a lot of our island beauty for granted. In my many trips to the Big Island i've done many activities on my own but this time i wanted to experience what we offer our visitors so i decided to do a horse back ride. Words can't describe the beauty of the valley ...breathtaking & spectacular. The guides were very friendly & knowlegable with the history. As a resident who knows a bit of the history of the valley i sure did ask a lot of questions and all answers i received were accurate...some i had to research just to confirm:-) Two hours sure did go by quickly...if you want to explore further take the 5 hour tour if you have the time.
If u dont have any experience of horseback ride dont worry the horses are well trained. I gave 3 as far as interesting only because i already knew all the tropical fruits plants & a bit of the valleys history...rest assure you will find it interesting. If youre visiting the Big Island of Hawaii i say this is a must do. Next time i will definitely bring my kids to see this hidden beauty. Its worth every penny spent. I loved all the variety if fruits and vegetables that are planted st the ranch. Dont be ashame to ask the rancher to try...they are there for their guests. Harvesting sugar cane & passion fruit after the ride was great!!! Thank you I enjoyed them as they are delightful.

1  Thank tgim
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

On September 10, 2012, we road in the beautiful Waipi'o Valley with Waipi'o on Horseback. Our guides, Deva and Ronald, were very knowledgeable and entertaining. Both grew up in the area and did a great job of covering history of the valley, all the things we saw on the ride, stories about growing up there and answering the many questions asked by our group of six riders. Our horses, Camel and GJ, were smart and fun, especially when riding through the streams. Riders of any experience can take the ride. It was educational, exciting and a great value. A big mahalo to Deva, Ron, Camel and GJ. - Gary A. PS: Thanks for the bananas. T

Thank Gary A
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

This is a wonderful experience. Most of us only see the beach from the valley above. Have heard they may have stopped these rides so please check it out first. Hope not.
Waipio Valley is the real deal with many local Hawaiians living there for generations. It is lush and streams are all around. Very isolated and absolutely beautiful
Last time we were there a mare was strolling with her fairly newborn foal and we were able to approach and spend time with them. WOW, loved it!!!

Thank chris H
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

We took the suggestion of the hotel concierge and signed up for the afternoon ride on the valley floor. Thanks for car GPS and local police, we finally found the barn where we would all meet. Make sure you park upwind of the porta-potties. We were picked up in 2 vans and we started down the road. Our guide did nothing but harangue us about how the US and big business had ruined the island and that Hawaii should be given back to the Hawaiians. And this speech went on from the time we got in to the time we got the the horses. Then someone indicated that they had never ridden before and the guides were very casual about giving instruction. We started out and a few people got ahead of the rest of us, so the guides urged us to catch up and a few horses starting fast cantering to catch up. The poor lady really had a hard time and finally asked to get off the horse and she would wait for us to return. The ride itself was about 1 hour through mud and streams. No information was given out as to what was what etc. We finally started up the road to return and once again had to listen to the political rant of the guide. We were so glad to get out the van and get out of there. No tip for them...

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