During your vacation to Lanai, you may want to include a day of horseback riding on your list of things to do. In 1803, horses were introduced to Hawaii, and ever since then, Lanai horseback riding has become a popular pastime among visitors and locals alike. Horseback riding on Lanai is one of the best ways to see the wide-open countryside and spectacular views of the island.
The Stables at Koele, located near the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele, offer a number of excursions around the island. One of the beginners' tours is the Koele Trail Ride, which takes place on a wooded trail behind the resort itself and leads up to a vista point overlooking Lanai City and the neighboring islands of Maui and Molokai. For more experienced riders who wish to ride horses on Lanai, the Paniolo Trail winds through scenic hills filled with wildlife and guava groves. At the end of this trail as well, there is a point overlooking Lanai City and other surrounding areas of forest and scenery. A newer trail, called the Mahana Trail, offers a much better view of Maui and Molokai, and riders will also enjoy sights of ranch plains and the highest peak in Lanai, Mount Lanaihale.
While having a four-wheel-drive vehicle for your car rental can be helpful in getting to many places, horseback riding on Lanai will take you to many more that might otherwise be unreachable. There are several options offered to visitors that range from $65 to $150, and they also range from walking to trotting to cantering, each varying in price and on the rider's experience.
Often, your hotel or bed and breakfast may offer an activity package deal including Lanai horseback riding, so it would be prudent to check with your accommodations choice for such deals and packages. If you plan ahead and book your accommodations and activities in advance, visitors can often find Lanai vacation packages with lodging and activities such as horseback riding included.
If you choose to ride horses on Lanai, it is important to know what to bring. Long pants or slacks and proper footwear are a must for horseback riding on Lanai. Helmets are almost always provided, so don't worry about packing one with you. It also is recommended to bring along a light jacket or sweater as the weather can be somewhat chilly in the forested areas.
For inexperienced riders, lessons are offered at the Stables at Koele. There is no need to worry about spirited stallions here—the horses are almost always so well-trained and calm that the rider can merely sit back and enjoy the ride. That is not to say you don't have to learn the rules of riding, as you should know the basics of steering and guiding a horse in case of an emergency.
On your Hawaiian vacation, if you choose to ride horses on Lanai, you will certainly enjoy the experience and the scenery. Lanai horseback riding is truly a treat for the adventurous and those who love the island's scenery. Booking in advance will surely save money, so be sure to look into packages with your preferred hotel.