A rider's-eye-view of a horseback riding trail in Maui.

Maui Horseback Riding Tours

Seeing Maui from horseback is an enjoyable, at times thrilling experience. Often there are views of Maui unreachable any other way, and if you’re interested in more than reading about Hawaii’s paniolo heritage, visiting a ranch and striking out on horseback is the way to do it. Though there are plenty of guided horseback tours available, each one differs fairly significantly in the type of terrain, riding, and overall experience offered.

A Hawaiian cowboy (paniolo) astride a horse throwing a rope.

Paniolo: Hawaiian Cowboys

Learn the fascinating story of Hawaiian cowboys, the paniolo, from the origin of their name, their Mexican roots, to how the tradition continues today. At various ranches across Hawaii, visitors can take part in rides, events, and festivities.

Stretching over a mile, Waipi‘o Beach is the longest black-sand beach on the Big Island.

Getting to the Bottom of Waipi‘o Valley

Getting to the bottom of Waipi‘o Valley is a challenge. There are several modes of transportation, with the most unique being a mule-drawn wagon, but you can go by foot or horseback as well. There are several organized tours available, including one aboard a van for those who can’t make the journey otherwise.