Experience The History and Culture of Old Hawaii on Horseback

As we take you by horseback across the beautiful property of Wailea and enjoy matchless views of the hidden waterfalls of Umauma…

Knowledgeable, Local Trail Guides

We have been guiding horseback tours on the Big Island for over 30 years! Our guides are all local to the area with extensive knowledge of the local and native plants and animals, stories of the land, and the culture of Hawaiians.

Enjoy a picnic break and private access to swim at the foot of Umauma Falls

Wailea Horseback Adventure enjoys private access to Umauma Falls and our horseback tour is the ONLY Hawai‘i Island tour to feature a waterfall swim break.

Wailea Horseback Adventure Waterfall Swim Ride

The Only Hawai‘i Island Horseback Adventure & Waterfall Swim

Ride with Wailea Horseback Adventure at Umauma Falls on an incredible 2.5 hour adventure with unforgettable, breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Maunakea and Umauma River. Enjoy private access and swim at the foot of Umauma Falls. We are located within the Umauma Experience in Hakalau, approximately 20 minutes outside of Hilo.

Great for families, friends, honeymooners, and solo travelers!


No experience necessary!

Wailea Horseback Adventures trail horses

Seasoned Horses, Experienced Local Guides

Wailea Horseback Adventure LLC is the newest incarnation of the successful Waipi’o Ridge Stables. Our family has moved to take advantage of the beautiful Umauma Falls and surroundings that our privately owned trails explore.

This ride is great for all levels of skills, no experience necessary. The horses you’ll meet are trail broken and patient, and our guides are experts at picking the right horse for you. Our family has over 30 years of guiding horseback tours, and we will teach you Hawaii’s own Paniolo style of riding! Our friendly, knowledgeable tour guides are locals of the area, and will lead you through rural countryside, historic plantations, lush tropical environs and to the majestic, hidden falls themselves. Along the way, you will learn about local and native plants and animals, stories of the land, and the culture of Hawaiians.

Tours include a 45 min picnic break where you can snack, swim and paddleboard at the foot of the majestic falls. The river flows from the peak of Maunakea, and its cold refreshing waters are perfect for cooling off. Along the trail, you will see unforgettable, breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Maunakea, and enjoy our own private access to Umauma Falls.

Join us for amazing experience and an incredible adventure that most visitors to Hawai’i never get. Book today, we’re happy to share with you what nature has blessed us with!

2.5 Hour Horseback Tours available Monday through Saturday.
Sunday tours are available through prior arrangement only.

Morning Tours: 9:00am check-in  //  Afternoon Tours: 12:30pm check-in

More to Do at Umauma Falls

There's tons to do at Umauma Falls, check out more activities offered by our partner, The Umauma Experience! Ride with Wailea Horseback Adventure, then book a zipline or ATV experience to complete your day!

Such a great fun time horseback riding

July 20, 2019

“Such a fun time with my granddaughter horseback riding, such beautiful scenery, it was her first time on a horse and she loved it.  The staff was so knowledgeable, and the horses were well taken care, and very calm for my 9 year old granddaughter. She did not want the ride to end she was…

Horseback riding to Umauma Falls waterfall!

July 19, 2019

My daughter and I went on an afternoon ride with Maile & Jaime.  The ride was amazing & fun. Jaime shared with the history of the beautiful landscape & trees.  We rode great horses (we are experienced riders) well trained & athletic. Our guides led us to Umauma Falls where we swam & used paddleboards.…

Wonderful Ride with a Twist

June 5, 2019

The stables moved in the spring of 2019 and the new location is fabulous.  Each of our four riders had a beautiful, well-mannered, and well-loved horse.  Our guide was Leah and she was fantastic with the horses and the guests, providing an informative narrative during the ride.  We rode through open rangeland overlooking the ocean.…

Hidden Paradise

May 12, 2019

Nice easy ride, with the greatest surprise.  The waterfall is a must and the best highlight of the ride.  Miley was great. Only suggestion I can make is make the water trip a must lunch break stop…Thank you for the memories.  Double anniversary riders, Texas, New Jersey – Paul O., May 2019

Great Trip

May 1, 2019

This was a fantastic trip. Mia and Leah were great guides and the horses were well behaved and friendly.  They waterfall was a lot of fun and just in time for a dip to cool off. Highly recommended!  – DTMotors, May 2019

A great experience while visiting Hawaii!

April 12, 2019

This is now called Wailea Horseback Adventures, and they just moved to their current location next to the zip-lining a month ago. Maile and Jamie were wonderful guides full of knowledge of the local flora and fauna, which made for excellent conversation along our ride.  This was my boyfriend’s first time riding, and the horses…