Princeville Ranch - Waterfall Horseback Ride
This adventure combines a guided horseback riding tour with spending some time swimming at a waterfall pond. Prior to heading out, you’ll take part in a brief horsemanship orientation. Then enjoy riding across open pastures with scenic views of the mountains and valleys. Your tour guide will share ranch and paniolo (cowboy) history with you.
You’ll then hike for about half a mile down a rainforest path with rough-hewn stairs and rope railings. At the end of the trail is a gorgeous 80-foot waterfall where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the fern-lined pool if you wish. Then relax before the 15-minute hike out.
This hike includes a waterfall crossing and a scramble up a 10-foot rock wall, where you’ll be secured by a safety belt and assisted by your guide. Enjoy fascinating views of the waterfall tiers – from the top down! Your adventure ends with a 30-minute ride back across open pastures.
Princeville Ranch has very strict weight/ height ratios for their rides. Please review the chart below to confirm you qualify.
- Guided horseback ride on Kauai’s north shore
- Walking only tour is great for novice riders
- Ride across open pastures and to special spots with beautiful scenery
- Relax or swim in a waterfall pond
- Scramble up a 10-foot rock wall
- Hike through lush forest (1 mile)
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- Where and When:
- Tour 1: Check in at 8:45 am. Tour Time 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Tour 2: Check in at 11:45 am. Tour Time 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Tour 3: Check in at 12:45 pm. Tour Time 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Check-in office location is one mile past the Princeville Airport on the ocean side, at the intersection of Kuhio Highway (Highway 56) and Kapaka Road.
From Princeville Resorts & North: Princeville Ranch is located on the left hand (ocean) side of Kuhio Highway (Rt. 56). If coming from the Princeville resorts, turn left onto Kuhio Highway, and the Office is the next left (Kapaka Rd.) off the highway. If you are coming from destinations north of Hanalei, follow the highway south into Princeville, and go a half mile past the Princeville Shopping Center. Turn left at Kapaka Road at the red and white flags.
From the South: Follow Rt. 56 (Kuhio Highway) north to Princeville. You will pass the towns of Kapaa, Anahola and Kilauea. Cross over the Kalihiwai Bridge and go past Princeville airport about two miles. The check-in office is just past mile marker 27, on the right hand (ocean) side of Kuhio Hwy., at the cross road of Kapaka Road. Turn right onto Kapaka Road at the red and white flags. Church of Pacific is also at this intersection. If you get to the Princeville Shopping Center, you've passed the office by a half mile.
- Princeville Ranch welcomes riders ages 8 and above.
Weight and height restrictions apply. Maximum weight per rider is 250 pounds (113 kg). Maximum height of 6'5" (195 cm).
Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Children under 18 must have written consent from a parent.
Riding double on one horse is not allowed.
Riders must be in good physical condition and fit comfortably and securely in the saddle.
Princeville Ranch reserves the right to refuse anyone whom we determine is in poor physical condition or in any way impaired so that they are unable to safely complete a Ranch ride or related hike.
The hike is rated moderate-to-difficult and includes a steep trail, up and down (500-foot gain) rough hewn steps with rope handholds.
- Special Notes:
- Riders must fit within the weight and height ratio on the yellow chart above.
Group horseback rides are walking only. Only on a private ride might guests trot or canter after evaluation by the guide.
Tours go out rain or shine.
- Operation Days:
- Monday through Saturday
- Total tour time is approx. 3.5 hours. Total time on horseback is one hour, round trip. The waterfall swim lasts 1 to 1.5 hours. Total hiking time is 30 minutes.
- Princeville Ranch
- All rides are led by professional guides. They are CPR and first aid certified. They all carry two-way radios and first aid kits. Western saddles only. Helmets are available upon requests and required for children 8-12.