There’s no nose-to-tail riding at this working North Shore ranch, owned by descendants of the area’s first missionaries. Instead, horses amble across wide-open pastures with mountain and ocean views as you learn about Kauai’s paniolo (cowboy) history and distinctive landscape. The popular “ride n’ glide” option ($149) takes you to a secluded valley that you then traverse via ziplines (see “Ziplining,” below), while the Waterfall Picnic Ride ($149) leads to a short (but steep) hike down to a trail leading to a swimming pool at the base of an 80-foot waterfall; after a picnic lunch, you’ll climb out via a 10-foot rock wall. Both rides last 3 hours, with 90 minutes in the saddle. Less exertion is required on the 2-hour Paniolo Ride ($119) through lush pastures and the occasional herd of cattle. Note: Tours go out rain or shine, just like the cowboys.
Princeville Ranch Adventures
Kuhio Hwy 56, just north of mile marker 27., Princeville, HI
Our Rating Neighborhood West Side Phone 888/955-7669, 808/826-7669 Prices Ride N’ Glide: $149; Mon–Sat 1:30pm; ages 10 and older. Waterfall Picnic Ride: $149; Mon–Sat 9am, noon, and 1pm (also at 8am June–Aug); ages 8 and older. Paniolo Ride: $119; Tues–Sat 10am; ages 8 and older. Rental shoes $5 Web site Princeville Ranch Adventures
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.