Mendes Ranch – Hawaii covers over 3,000 acres on the island of Maui, the second largest Hawaiian Island known for white sand beaches and lush tropical foliage. The working cattle ranch sits on the north side of Maui in the Iao Valley near the village of Wailuku, an agricultural area away from bustling Lahaina. Guided horseback rides cross trails through grassy meadows, tropical rainforests and along the rugged sandy coastline.
All ages and levels of experience are encouraged to participate in the horseback riding adventure offered by the Mendes Family Ranch. The guided trips traverse for two hours meandering across serene farmland, into a rain forest with views of the thundering Waimoku Falls and up cliffs to view spectacular ocean scenery and look for whales.
The guides are trained horsemen and cattle ranchers (paniolos) who help select the appropriate horse for each rider and narrate details about the terrain and history of the ranch during the trip.
What to Expect
The weather in Maui is always mild but rain can come and go at any time. Proper footwear, a sunhat and light rain jacket for the ride is advisable. The morning ride begins at 8:15 and the afternoon ride begins at 12:15. Refreshments are served and a BBQ lunch can be purchased if desired.
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During the summer months, a two week reservation is required.
Horseback Riding Costs
The two hour ride costs $110.00 per person, not including tax. The BBQ lunch can be purchased for $20.00 per person. Private horseback rides can be booked at an additional cost.
A combination helicopter tour and horseback ride with BBQ lunch is available and prices will be quoted by calling (808) 871-0722.
How to Get There
The Mendes Ranch is located approximately 45 minutes from Lahaina. Car rentals are available at the airport or in town. To get to the ranch, take Highway 30 S. to Wailuku, turn right on Main St. Drive two blocks to North Market St. turn left and continue on Hwy. 340. The property is located before the #7 mile marker.