Maui Horseback Riding


Several riding stables and working ranches are located on Maui and they offer vacationers a chance to enjoy the view from the saddle. All will want to know your level of experience so you can be matched up with a horse that will be appropriate for your riding ability. If you're a beginner, don't worry, you'll learn quickly (horses steer just like a car). If you're a veteran equestrian we have rides that are a bit more challenging. All rides require closed-toed shoes and long pants. All in all, we can safely say that your ride here on Maui will be one of the most beautiful and fun you have ever taken. Horseback riding has limited availability so they book up in advance ... don't wait until you arrive on Maui. Reserve NOW!!!


Mendes Ranch

All rides are $135 per person (plus 4.167% Hawaii sales tax)

Journey into an actual working cattle ranch nestled in the heart of West Maui and ride the range. Descend upon crashing waves overlooking pristine shorelines. Mendes Ranch offers a 1.5 to 2 hour ride at 8:45am and 12:15pm and the cost is $135 per person. (Available Monday through Saturday ... minimum age 7 ... maximum weight 250 pounds)

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Cruise Ship Clients

NCL cruise ship passengers are able do Mendes Ranch on the morning or afternoon of their second day in port in Kahului. This is a 10-12 minute cab ride to the ranch, or we can arrange a rental car with shuttle pick-up at the harbor for $39 per day. This can also work for

Lahaina cruise ship passengers on the afternoon of their first day(as long as your ship is running tenders until at least 8pm) or on the morning of their second day in port but you will need a rental car and the drive time is about an hour. For rental cars with cruise ship shuttle pick-up see our rental car page.


Lahaina Stables

Nestled along the slopes of the West Maui Mountains, Lahaina Stables offers horseback riding in the foothills above Lahaina with panoramic views of the ocean and the islands of Lanai and Molokai across the channel. Their desitination is a resevoir at the mouth of Launiupoko Valley, an area steeped in Hawaiian history. While they do accept beginners, their rides have a faster pace and they are probably the best choice for more experienced riders as there is more freedom to cantor during the ride. Their maximum weight is 230 pounds and their minimum age is 8 (except by special permission for experienced young riders). Lahaina Stables operates every day except Sundays and they offer three different ride times.

2 Hour Historic Morning Ride
$135 per person (plus 4.167% Hawaii sales tax)

2.5 Hour Lunch Ride
$179 per person (plus 4.167% Hawaii sales tax)

2 Hour Sunset Ride
$189 per person (plus 4.167% Hawaii sales tax) ...This ride includes non-alcoholic sparkling beverages, chocolate delicacies, and water. You're welcome to BYOB, which you can consume on their deck once you've completed the trail ride. It is a particularly beautiful ride as the sunset colors over the ocean are often spectacular.

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Cruise Ship Clients

NCL cruise ship passengers are able do Lahaina Stables on the first day in port in Kahului (for the lunch ride or sunset ride) and the second day in port (for the morning ride or lunch ride). Drive time is one hour, and we can arrange a rental car with shuttle pick-up at the harbor for $39 per day. For rental cars with cruise ship shuttle pick-up see our rental car page.

Lahaina cruise ship passengers who are in port for just one day can do the lunch ride. Those who are spending two days in Lahaina can also do the sunset ride on the first day or the morning ride on the second day in port. This requires a very short cab ride of 5 minutes from Lahaina Harbor.


Maui Mountain Activities

Choose between horseback and mule rides with Maui Mountain Activities! The adventure takes you up the West Maui Mountains to an elevation of approximately 2500 feet. Witness waterfalls from a distance, and then journey to the coastline to ride alongside the waters of the Pacific. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of Maui's native rainforests and the beauty of Pacific Ocean. Their trail guides will take photos of you along the way with your camera. As you experience the natural side of Maui, you will also learn about its history. All rides are offered Monday thru Friday, and the tours include complimentary refreshments.

Morning Horseback Ride
$140 per person (plus 4.167% Hawaii sales tax)
On this 2 to 2.5 hour ride, you will climb 2500ft and also ride along the coastline. Check in time is at 8:15am.

Afternoon Horseback Ride
$110 per person (plus 4.167% Hawaii sales tax)
On 1 to 1.5 hour ride, you will also journey alongside the Pacific Ocean. Check in time is at 12:15pm.

Mule Rides
$140 per person (plus 4.167% Hawaii sales tax)
Go up into the West Maui Mountains and along the oceanfront. Check in time is at 8:15am or 12:15pm.

Minimum age is 7, and minors must be accompanied by an adult. Maximum weight is 250 pounds. They recommend wearing long pants, closed toe shoes, and sunscreen. Maui Mountain Activities will provide helmets and saddlebags.

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Cruise Ship Clients

NCL cruise ship passengers are able do Maui Mountain Activities on the morning or afternoon of their second day in port in Kahului. This is a 10-12 minute cab ride to the ranch, or we can arrange a rental car with shuttle pick-up at the harbor for $39 per day. This can also work for

Lahaina cruise ship passengers on the afternoon of their first day(as long as your ship is running tenders until at least 8pm) or on the morning of their second day in port but you will need a rental car and the drive time is about an hour. For rental cars with cruise ship shuttle pick-up see our rental car page.

ACTIVITY TIPS

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Many people don't realize that Hawaii has a rich cowboy tradition and that ranching is big in the islands. The Hawaiian language even has a word for cowboy ... "Paniolo." You'll tap into that history if you do a horseback ride on Maui. Because horseback riding takes place in small groups, reservations should be made well in advance of your arrival ... we suggest three weeks as a minimum.

Mendes Ranch is the largest and most well-known horseback riding operation on Maui. They have stunning ocean views from their ranch which is nestled at the top of a 1,000 foot bluff along the north shore of the West Maui Mountains. You ride from the upper ranch down a gently sloping trail that leads all the way to the ocean and then back again. This ride has a slow enough pace for beginners who have never been on a horse before, but there are one or two places where the more experienced can canter for short distances. This ride scores well on scenery; less so for the actual horse experience as these horses seem to be in control of the rider and not the other way around. Overall it's a good experience for beginners, or for more advanced riders we recommend their private rides. Mendes Ranch recently changed the length of their rides from 2 hours to an hour and a half. They said that the 2 hour ride was taking 2 and a half hours, so they adjusted the ride to 90 minutes so that it now takes 2 hours ... haha. I think it's safe to say the ride there will last between an hour and a half and two hours depending on the speed of the group. A nice BBQ lunch is available with either the morning or afternoon ride, but if you plan to eat lunch we recommend you do the morning ride and then eat lunch. The afternoon ride eats lunch and THEN goes on the horseback ride, and if you eat too much you might feel more like taking a nap than riding a horse!

Lahaina Stables certainly has a convenient location close to Lahaina town. When doing their ride I found their horses to be responsive and spirited (i.e.. hold onto your hats!). Their location is HOT during the day and lacks shade ... which iswhy we recommend the sunset ride (that's a great time of day to enjoy this area). The views coming back down at the end of the ride at sunset can be stunning as you see the sun setting over the Pacific with Lanai and Molokai across the channel.

Maui Mountain Activities' tips coming soon!

Please note maximum weights and minimum ages for riders when making your reservations.