PHOTO: HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY (HTA) / TOR JOHNSON

HORSEBACK RIDING is unquestionably one of Hawai‘i Island’s premier attractions. The island’s diverse terrain, eye- popping vistas and wealth of working cattle ranches make it an exciting location for horseback adventures.

Situated on Kohala Mountain within Ponoholo Ranch, PANIOLO ADVENTURES (panioloadventures.com) specializes in OPEN-RANGE RIDES on its 11,000-acre working cattle ranch. The panoramic views are stunning, and if you’re up for a workout, try an open- range trot through elevated country terrain.

WAILEA HORSEBACK ADVENTURE (waileahorsbackadvenature.com) offers guided horseback tours of WAILEA and UMAUMA FALLS. Knowledgeable guides share the history of the area as you take in the beautiful vistas of Wailea, located between Hakalau and Honomū.

Another company, WAIPI‘O ON HORSEBACK (waipioonhorseback.com), transports riders into the valley in four-wheel-drive vans. Guests then saddle up for a narrated journey through the history, legends and wild beauty of this revered Hawaiian valley.