This Maui horseback riding tour is run by real 'paniolos,' the Hawaiian cowboys who make their living by ranching, roping and riding. On a 1.5 horseback ride, 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. This is real ranching and real riding out in the Maui country!
2-hour horseback-riding tour through Mendes Ranch on Maui
Follow your Hawaiian cowboy guide through taro patches, past plantation homes and along scenic trails
View spectacular sights of the Pacific Ocean and Hawaiian countryside
Your Maui horseback tour begins at the Mendes Ranch Corral, where you’ll meet the paniolos and your horse before embarking on a 90-minute ride. 8:45am Tour:This morning ride canters across rolling green pastures and down towards Waihee Valley, where you’ll ride along the wave-battered coast with the Pacific Ocean as your backdrop. You guides will snap photos of you up in the saddle, and you’ll gradually ascend your way up the mountain on the return trip back to the corral. 11:30am or 12:15pm Tour:For the afternoon ride, you’ll journey up Waihee Valley, where lookout points provide panoramic vistas of waterfalls tumbling through the valley. Snap photos of the island’s central valley and coastline off in the distance, and enjoy the cool, misty uplands set high above the ranch. You’ll return along the edge of Waihee Valley, where taro patches and plantation homes offer glimpses of Maui’s past, before returning to the Mendes Ranch corral.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
There is a maximum weight limit of 250 pounds per person on this horseback riding tour
Minimum age is 7 years
Please include your weight and riding ability in the Special Requirements box at checkout
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, Feb 2018
Loved it. Went with my daughter, who is a seasoned rider. They break you up into your riding skills which is good because they can match the horse to the rider. They let you run the horse in a couple of places which is always fun. The scenery was breathtaking, would do it agin.
I would have said this was a great tour but I can't help but think the employee designated to assign horses purposefully gave me a horse that should have been put out to pasture a long time ago. Don't get me wrong, you designate based on level of skill but this horse wouldn't even listen to the commands of the employees so he certainly wasn't listening to me. The scenery was exquisite and even though we went in a circle it didn't feel like there was any scenery that we saw twice.
This was a wonderful tour. The views were absolutely breathtaking and the staff were just awesome. Highly recommend this horseback riding tour at the beautiful Mendes Ranch in Maui. I've been on horseback riding tours before, but none compare to this one.
We loved horseback riding with real cowboys who served as our guides. The ranch was relatively easy to get to and the scenery was spectacular. My husband and I rode Cowboy and Bailey. Beautiful horses with very distinct personalities.
Fun activity for all ages preteens to grandmother. Did not do the lunch, but the ride was great. Several in the group had never rode a horse, but the staff was so very helpful and the trail was safe for all involved.
Slightly disorganized. Good ride. Probably wouldn't do again, but was a bucket list item to cross off. Everyone was super friendly...be prepared for a super winding rode to get there. Also, they don't start at the time it says you need to be there....we were the first ones there. Also call ahead to make sure they got your booking right...trust me on that.
Most fun with we had in Maui! Butch and Kimo were outstanding guides and were very friendly, helpful and attentive. Absolutely beautiful scenery and numerous photo ops. Horseback riding at Mendes Ranch should definitely be on your to do list when visiting Maui!