The outdoor activities on offer on the island of Maui are almost endless, and among the most popular are horseback riding tours around the island.
Part of the Hawaiian archipelago in the Central Pacific, Maui is an intrepid traveller’s paradise. From the sprawling Haleakala National Park, to volcanic Haleakala, to the dramatic pools and waterfalls of Ohe’o Gulch, there’s ample opportunity to get active and explore the myriad of natural landmarks dotted across the island. Meanwhile for the more sedate minded, 30 miles of beaches offer plenty of respite. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or simply a seeker of unadulterated relaxation, there’ll be something on Maui to suit your tastes. And for those who like the idea of exploring the island on horseback, we’ve selected 5 of the best Maui horse riding tours currently available.
Open Range Cattle Check Tour
On this tour, you’ll get to ride on a horse down to the range and hear stories of ancient Hawaiian history. Along the way, you’ll pass Pii’moi and stop to check the nursery comprising of cows and calves. Other notable stop-offs include the old well, and two amazing lookout points of the last lava flow on Maui. On a clear day, you’ll even see the neighbouring islands of Hawaii Island, Kaho’olawe and Molokini too. Cold drinks and snacks are provided. The tour can be upgraded to include a fully catered BBQ at a scenic lookout point. Shorter tours are also available. From $175 per person.
West Maui Mountain Waterfall and Ocean Tour via Horseback
Embark on a 2-hour horseback adventure in Maui on this action-packed, fully guided tour. After being matched with a suitable horse based on your ability, you’ll ride up into the valley of the West Maui Mountains through gulches to see captivating waterfalls in the distance. Next, you’ll head down the trail to the oceanfront to ride on the beach alongside the Pacific Ocean. Weather permitting, there’ll be opportunities to run your horses if you’re confident enough. The tour also includes a visit to a local petting zoo, featuring sheep, miniature horses and rabbits. From $187 per person.
Horseback Riding Tour
Run by real ‘paniolos,’ the Hawaiian cowboys who make their living by ranching, roping and riding, this 2-hour tour offers guests an authentic taste of Hawaiian horse riding culture. During the tour, you’ll canter across pastures with sweeping views looking out at the island’s north shore, and trek towards a valley with hidden waterfalls that splash through the West Maui rainforest. You’ll also pass through taro patches, past plantation homes and along scenic trails while enjoying spectacular sights of the countryside and the Pacific Ocean. Be sure to ask your guides to take photos of you during the adventure. From $147 per person.