Whether you’re visiting Hawaii or a local, there’s no better way to explore the breathtaking Hawaiian landscape than on horseback. Traverse lush green fields, climb craggy volcanic ridges, and watch the sun dip beneath the sea all from the back of your trusty steed—just like paniolos (Hawaiian cowboys) before you! Whether you’re looking for a gentle trail ride for you and your sweetheart or a safe and fun pony ride for your kids—Oahu has it all. Experience the best horseback riding Oahu has to offer with these top horseback riding experiences.
#1 – Enjoy a scenic ride in Hawaiian countryside
Grab your camera and get ready for a one-hour riding adventure in the Ko’olau Mountains. This gentle trail ride through the Hawaiian countryside is perfect for beginner riders. You’ll see pastoral views of Oahu and even travel to a secret cave that was a filming location for Hawaii 5-0. They also offer this tour in an extended, 1.5-hour version, which includes a majestic view of the Windward side of Oahu.
Perfect for: beginners
#2 – Take your kids on a pony ride
This one is perfect for families with small kids and horse lovers in training. The 30-minute horse experience is perfect for kids aged 2–7. Safety is always first so the children will be led around by an experienced wrangler. Included is time for kids to feed and pet their horse—and parents and older kids are encouraged to participate as well and can ride alongside. This is an experience they’ll never forget!
Perfect for: kids and families
#3 – Experience a one-of-a-kind trail ride by the ocean
If you’ve always wanted to experience riding horseback on the beach, now’s your chance. Hawaii Polo Trail Rides, located on the North Shore near Mokeleia Beach Park, is the only trail ride on Oahu that actually goes on the beach. On this afternoon ride you’ll get to experience riding on the golden sand beaches with the ocean on one side and an abundance of nature on the other. Waialua beaches are known for soft sand and cool light breezes, making this ride even more special. Enjoy the same ride in the evening when you can watch the sunset.
Perfect for: beginners and intermediate
#4 – Enjoy a sweetheart ride on Oahu’s North Shore
Set against the majestic backdrop of the North Shore’s mountain trails, this trail ride for two is perfect for honeymooners and vacationing couples. This ride includes a private picnic lunch at the top of a beautiful lookout point. You’re also likely to see wild pigs, cattle, and other horses roaming through our countryside on this two-hour excursion.
Perfect for: couples
#5 – Take a polo lesson on a real polo pony
Despite what you may think, you don’t need to be a natural or an experienced rider to learn polo. All you need is the right attitude and the right trainer. Try out this polo lesson in Waialua specifically designed for all levels of rider. Professionally trained polo horses will be there to support you as you learn to ride with only your left hand and swing the mallet with the other.
Perfect for: adventurous riders
#6 – Try to canter on an advanced trail ride
If you’re looking to experience the thrill of an advanced trail ride, then grab your cowboy hat and hit the mountains of Oahu’s North Shore. Real paniolo will host you on this advanced trail ride where you’ll get to experience a controlled trot and canter. Wranglers will be with you at all times to keep the ride safe. This ride is faster, more exciting and definitely more demanding than the others, so they recommend you’ve ridden before at least 30 times before you embark.
Perfect for: advanced riders
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