Horseback Riding

A great way to experience Kauai's hidden terrain
horseback riding

With the majestic Hanalei mountains behind you, cross open green pastures to reach several overlooks of the vast blue Pacific and Anini Reef, the largest reef in Hawaii.

Princeville Ranch Horseback Riding

It was a warm January morning when my family and I saddled up for some adventure at Princeville Ranch. Our knowledgeable guide Nicole reviewed the riding basics and we were off to our destination, a private waterfall lunch area at Kalihiwai Valley. Imagine undulating pastures, sunshine, 4,000-foot mountains in the background… in short, an amazing setting for some family horseback fun.

One hour on Barney (my trusty steed) and a short hike brought us to this beautiful private waterfall. We enjoyed a swim and relaxed as the kids explored. The healthy lunch and cookies really hit the spot!

The ranchlands at Princeville date back earlier than the great western cattle drives, earlier than the annexation of California and the Southwestern Territories; it is an area rich in Paniolo (cowboy) and Hawaiian history. Donn and Gale Carswell started the working cattle ranch and stables at Princeville Ranch in 1978; today three generations of Carswell ohana manage and share the ranch with visitors.

Interacting with the horses was a real treat. These animals were obviously well cared for (dare I say happy?). The kids, my eight-year-old daughter with friend, handled the ride easily and could have gone all day. My relationship with Barney was really going well.

As we rode back to the stables I didn’t want it to end. Thanks to Princeville Ranch, the Carswell ohana, the horses, and Nicole for a great Paniolo adventure!


Princeville Ranch – Kauai’s North Shore


Phone Princeville Ranch at: (808) 826-6777

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What to Bring
  • Jeans
  • Basic Running Shoes
  • T-shirt
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Jacket
  • Bathing Suit

Moderate: My seven year old and her friend had a great time. The trail to the waterfall is short and well maintained with some steep sections.

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