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, old­growth 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. The course, which also fea­tures a 2,000-foot line, 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! This new tour also hap­pens to be

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