Let Your­self Go on a Zi­pline

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - IT’S A BIG, BIG 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 Matt Da­mon in a Ja­son Bourne 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.

On the Big Is­land, you’ll find two tours on the Ha­makua coast and an­other op­er­at­ing in the North Ko­hala Moun­tains.

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. This course features a 2,000-foot line that’s the long­est zi­pline on the is­land. The course is lo­cated on the Ha­makua coast off of High­way 19 near Hakalau.

Big Is­land Eco Ad­ven­tures, the is­land’s orig­i­nal zi­pline tour, has con­structed its course in the gor­geous Ko­hala Moun­tains, where you’ll find quaint vil­lages like the charm­ing town of Hawi, which also hap­pens to be this out­fit’s head­quar­ters. Vast stretches of open space give way to tracts of wild, breath­tak­ing ter­rain and pro­vide the back­drop for the eight-line run.

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!

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 are also avail­able. Zip Isle and World Botan­i­cal Gar­dens are lo­cated north of Hilo, off High­way 19, at mile marker 16. Open daily, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Each of the cour­ses of­fers its own dis­tinc­tive char­ac­ter­is­tics, but all give safety a high pri­or­ity. Be­fore har­ness­ing up, zi­plin­ers are given thor­ough in­struc­tions and are safely out­fit­ted.

• Big Is­land Eco Ad­ven­tures (808) 889-5111 • Ko­hala Zi­pline (808) 331-3620 • Sky­line Eco-Ad­ven­tures (808) 270-8753 • Umauma Falls Zi­pline Ex­pe­ri­ence (808) 930-9477 • World Botan­i­cal Gar­dens & Wa­ter­falls

(808) 963-5427 or (888) 947-4753

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