Let Yourself Go on a ZiplineBig Island
Somewhere in the gap between helicopter tours and hiking has emerged a rainforest adventure called ZIPLINING.
Strapped safely in a harness, the zipliner races over a series of cables like Tom Cruise in a “Mission Impossible” flick. Once you’re buckled up, you’ll dip through leafy-topped old-growth trees, fly over unique volcanic terrain and soar past waterfalls—lots of them.
UMAUMA FALLS ZIPLINE EXPERIENCE has a lock on an exclusive waterfall view. Expect to come face to face with a dozen spectacular falls (including a stunning three-tiered cascade) and, for good measure, a LAVA TUBE. The course, which also features a 2,000-FOOT LINE, is located on the Hamakua coast off of Highway 19.
True to its motto of “extreme fun for everyone,” ZIPLINE THROUGH PARADISE BY KAPOHOKINE ADVENTURES is the only zipline to offer the safest completely automatic braking system, complete with redundant safety systems. The whole family can enjoy this SIDE-BY-SIDE COURSE that flies through native rainforest canopies and over stunning waterfall gorges.
Perched amongst the trees of Halawa, KOHALA ZIPLINE’S KOHALA CANOPY ADVENTURE features elevated suspension bridges, soaring tree platforms and thrilling ziplines. Exclusive features, such as twin WhisperLinesSM and smooth-stop braking, ensure your safety and comfort.
SKYLINE ECO-ADVENTURES—the first zipline operator in the United States—takes guests directly above multiple waterfalls, and its newest awe-inspiring zipline tour, located just below the world-famous AKAKA FALLS, has you soaring over a 250-foot waterfall! This tour also happens to be the LONGEST ZIPLINE COURSE IN THE ENTIRE STATE, measuring in at a staggering 3,350 feet!
And situated within the spectacular World Botanical Gardens & Waterfalls in Hakalau, you’ll find ZIP ISLE ZIP LINE ADVENTURES. Just minutes from Hilo, Zip Isle Zip Line Adventures offers high-flying adventures on seven ziplines and a suspension bridge all located within a tropical rainforest. NIGHTTIME ZIP RIDES also are available. Zip Isle and World Botanical Gardens are located north of Hilo off Highway 19 at mile marker 16.
You’ll also want to check out Fly HI Ziplines Kona. Enjoy a nine-line canopy tour on one of Big Island’s diverse cattle ranches—with wild horses and bison below. Find them at the Kealakekua Ranch Center. Visit flyhiziplineskona.com for details.
Each of the courses offers its own distinctive characteristics, but all make safety a top priority. Before harnessing up, zipliners are given thorough instructions, and then are safely outfitted. Passenger weight and/or height restrictions may apply. Consult each company for specifics.