Let Yourself Go on a Zipline
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