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Waipio Horseback Riding tour offers special guided excursions in the beautiful and secluded Waipio Valley, also known as Hawaii’s “Valley of the Kings.” Your adventure begins at mile marker 7.5 on the road from Honokaa to the Waipio Valley overlook - where you check in for your ride and meet your guide. You’ll begin your tour with a memorable and hair-raising 4 wheel drive van ride to the bottom of the valley floor. The road is the steepest in North America with a vertical drop of 900 feet in less than a mile. The road is so steep that In places the grade hits 45 degrees! Don’t even think about taking your rental car down here. Getting into (and out of) the valley is half the fun of this tour.
When you arrive on the valley floor you find yourself in a land that is more lush and fertile than you can imagine. The valley is lined with steep cliffs and 1200 foot waterfalls. Near the back of the valley you get saddled up on your horse and begin your ride. The trek takes a leisurely pace, with guides narrating throughout the ride. They explain the history, legends, and facts of everyday life in the valley today. The trail meanders through lush jungle along the hillside, with many stream and river crossings. If you love to ride a horse wading through water, this is the ride for you!
Total time spent on horseback is about an hour and a half. Following the conclusion of the ride you still have to get OUT of the valley, and sitting in the back of the van gives you a great perspective on where you’ve been and just how steep the road really is!