Waimea, Hawaii (Big Island)
This is the only place that gives horseback rides threw waipio valley. You do not ride the horses down into the valley rather you meet at the Waipio Artworks Gallery where you will meet one of your guides who will take everyone down in a four wheel van. The ride down is pretty steep. There are guard rails however apparently they were not always there. Once you get down into the valley they take you to the stables where the horses are kept.
There are many things that you see once you are on the horses however sometimes its the horses view and not yours. Some of these horses are stubborn. Having a quick camera will help to take pictures. I love the deep valley and all the lush vegitation that is so green. Do not expect perfect weather her though. The guides stop and take pictures of everyone in certain areas. There are water falls that you can see however when we went they were all dried up. There was also an overcast which seemed like it was going to rain but it never did. We got to see where they plant taro roots. They even took us threw a creek and we got to sample fresh papaya, kiwi fruit and avocodas. Our tour guide got it from his little cousins that pick it. It was a comical time as they were constantly cracking jokes. The one tour guide spent a lot of time with the kids that came and helped them out alot. The only thing I wish is the weather would have been better but then again the weather was sort of bad the whole time we were there.
I would definatley were long pants if you go and bring water. Also if the horse wont stop squeeze its sides with your legs really hard and pull back on the reigns or they will take off on yah. No your not hurting them. If you think you are you should not be riding a horse or you could get hurt. It will come in very handy. You need to show it whos in control.
I think we paid $80 pp at the time we went but I am sure prices have went up since then.
You can hike, horseback ride, go by wagon, or with a guide in a 4 wheel drive vehicle into the Waipio Valley. We wanted to go by wagon but they were all booked so we went with a gentleman in his 4WD station wagon.
We saw taro fiels, water falls, streams, and beautiful ginger and other flowers.
It is well worth taking the time to see it.
Nice Farming country up in the Northwest corner of the Big Island, up around Waimea... I was surprised to find that they raised cattle in the Hawaiian Islands...