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UMAUMA FALLS & ZIPLINE EXPERIENCE
59. 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 ces over a series of cables like Tom Cruise in a
flick. Mission Impossible Once you're buckled up, you'll dip through leafy-topped old-growth h trees, fly over unique volcanic terrain, and soarar 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.
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 Whisper Lines and smooth-stop braking, ensure safety and comfort.
skyline eco-adventures— the first zipline operator in the United States—takes guests directly above multiple waterfalls, and its awe-inspiring tour, located just below the world-famous akaka falls, has you soaring over a 250-foot waterfall! This zipline tour also happens to be a long one,one measuring in at a staggeringsta 3,350 feet! And situated within theth spectacular world botanicalb gardens & waterfallsw in Hakalau, you'llyou find ziP isle ziP line
adventures.adv Just minutes from Hilo,Hilo Zip Isle Zip Line Adventures offers 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.
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. BOTANICAL WORLD ADVENTURES (808) 963-5427 OR (888) 947-4753 KOHALA ZIPLINE (808) 331-3620 SKYLINE ECO-ADVENTURES (808) 419-3756 UMAUMA FALLS & ZIPLINE EXPERIENCE (808) 930-9477
60. SOAR IN A PARASAIL
Parasailing in Kailua Bay is an easy-to-master thrill ride in a gorgeous surrounding. The water in the bay is so clear you can almost see the ocean floor, and most days, you'll be drifting through cloudless blue skies.
Travelers wanting to venture high above Big Island's waters will particularly enjoy
ufo Parasail. Since 1985, UFO has operated some of the most popular and best winch boats in the world (learn more at ufoparasail.net). UFO Parasail's
Premium 28 Parasail winch-system
boats take up to 12 people on a high-powered adrenaline ride. When it's your turn to “fly,” as the towline is released, you'll soar into the sky. With skilled helmsman as your guides, you'll safety glide through shifting wind clocks and ever-changing tides. With a ride running from eight to 12 minutes, this is a quick—and exciting—thrill. UFO Parasail's Premium Parasail Winch System boasts a high degree of transverse stability amidst high wind conditions, assuring both maximum safety and thrills. You can fly single, tandem
or triPle, and no experience is necessary. UFO PARASAIL (800) 359-4836
61. FLY ABOVE IT ALL
It would be a mistake to rely on synonyms or metaphors to describe a flying tour of Hawai‘i Island. One could say it's like a mythical ride on a magic carpet, or a scene from a James Bond thriller, with a chopper skirting a live volcano as lava oozes down the mountain slopes.
But really, it's one of those awe-inspiring things you simply have to see for yourself.
The aerial view of the Hamakua Coast, from Hilo to Waipi‘o Valley, is truly magical. Expect to witness roaring waterfalls, vertical forests and tiny villages during a Hamakua flight. And when you reach Waipi‘o Valley, you'll be thrilled by the island's version of Eden.
kilauea volcano is by far the most popular destination—the sight of a lava flow is spectacular. blue hawaiian helicoPters offers numerous helicopter tours around the Orchid Isle that cover a whole lot of aerial ground: valleys, mountains, volcanoes, ocean, lush rainforest—you name it. They even boast private charters and a tour that takes passengers over Big Island and Maui. Learn more at bluehawaiian.com.
big island air conducts night flights over the volcano. Paradise
helicoPters also offers flights over Kilauea.
Whether you buy a ticket on a helicopter or a fixed-wing
airPlane, the view from above will give you a new appreciation for the island's natural wonders. BLUE HAWAIIAN HELICOPTERS (808) 961-5600 HILO, (808) 886-1768 WAIKOLOA OR (800) 786-2583 PARADISE HELICOPTERS (855) 653 0647 SAFARI HELICOPTERS (808) 969-1259
62. TAKE OFF FROM WAIKOLOA
Most Hawai‘i Island helicoPter
tours originate from Kailua-Kona or Hilo. But there is one company that flies out of Waikoloa on the Kohala Coast. blue hawaiian helicoPters maintains a Private heliPort in the high-end tourist area, making it convenient for Kohala Coast visitors to book a tour.
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, which conducts tours throughout the islands, is a well-respected company with more than 25 years of experience. One tour flies over an active volcano and lava flows in hawai‘i volcanoes national Park, then turns to explore the magnificent rainforests and waterfalls of the hamakua coast. Another tour takes you to the
kohala coast, where more waterfalls, towering sea cliffs and ancient Hawaiian settlements blend into deep valleys and acres of rainforest. BLUE HAWAIIAN HELICOPTERS (808) 961-5600 HILO, (808) 886-1768 WAIKOLOA OR (800) 786-2583
63. BOARD A CHOPPER RIDE MADE FOR ADVENTURE
There are helicopter tours, and then there are helicoPter
adventures. Sightseers will want to book a tour; adventurers will go for the doors-off, multiPlelanding option. Paradise
helicoPters can accommodate either mood.
Along with views of an active volcano, lava flows, waterfalls and gorgeous terrain, Paradise Helicopters has designed tours that touch down in intriguing spots. Fly to a remote valley, land at a zipline course, hike the rim of the exquisite Waipi‘o Valley or say hello to a legendary lava field resident.
Tours can run from one to five hours, depending on what's going on when you touch down. PARADISE HELICOPTERS (855) 653 0647
64. EXPERIENCE A NIGHT FLIGHTOVERAVOLCANO
A night flight over a simmering
volcano is an eerie and spectacular sight, and big island
air is the only tour operator in Hawai‘i that conducts volcano flights after the sun goes down.
From a seat in the company's jet prop CE-208 Cessna Caravan, surface lava takes on higher definition. And from the sky, you're likely to see some natural
fireworks when liquefied rock, heated to 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit, steams out of a lava tube and hits the ocean.
For a safe ride, the aircraft is equipped with a sophisticated ground-proximity warning system, global positioning and traffic collision avoidance systems, including onboard weather and terrain mapping radar.
Weather permitting, tours are offered daily and depart from Kona International Airport.
65. TOUR IN A FIXEDWING AIRCRAFT
Helicopters aren't the only birds that tour the island. Try a fixed
wing flight for longer travel time. Unlike most helicopter tours that cut across the saddle of the island to get to the volcano, a fixed-wing plane has enough fuel to cover all 266 miles of
coastline, including the oftenignored southern end of the island.
Tours are conducted in planes with various seating capacities, but all seats have a window, including the seat next to the pilot.
kilauea volcano is a popular destination, but there are other tours to choose from.
In addition to their regular air tours, charter plane companies also offer additional services, including custom air tours.
66. SPREAD YOUR WINGS AND FLY
If floating above the surface in a two-person flying machine sparks your imagination, take to the sky in a Powered hang glider.
During your flight, you'll learn the basics of weight-shift control, aerodynamics and safety, as well as a bit about weather and its effects on aviation.
Once you've reached a relaxed flying altitude, an interesting phenomenon sometimes takes hold. There's a tendency to forget that a pilot is navigating your course, that an engine is powering the way and that you're strapped into a two-seater flying machine, attached only to a wing. All that fades into a new feeling, one that resembles wingless flight.
Anyone who's seen Hawai‘i Island from above knows its magic. But if you want to get caught in its spell, take a lesson in a powered hang glider. Check out advanced recreation hawaii to learn more.
67. KNOW YOUR VOLCANOES
No matter how you choose to fly, an air tour of hawai‘i island is likely to bring into view the island's intriguing assortment of volcanoes. Here's a short preflight briefing on some of them: kilauea: One of the Earth's most active volcanoes, it is located in hawai‘i volcanoes
national Park on the southeastern flank of mauna loa. This volcano has been pumping molten lava over the landscape since 1983, simultaneously developing new real estate and leaving destruction in its wake. In March 2008, the volcano caused a commotion when, for the first time since 1924, it let loose an explosive eruption. It's still spewing an ash-laden plume from a crater at the summit,
and sending molten lava across the landscape.
mauna loa: A massive volcano that spreads over ver half of the Big Island's 4,034 4 square miles, Mauna Loa rises 13,680 feet from sea level. Measured from its flanks on the ocean floor, the mountain reaches 30,080 feet at its ts summit. Sixty miles longg and 30 miles wide, Mauna Loa is the largest volcanic mountain in the world and the third largest shield volcano in the solar system, smaller only than volcanoes on Venus and Mars. It has erupted 39 times since 1832, the most recent being in 1984.
A massive volcano that spreads over half of the Big Island's 4,034 square miles, Mauna Loa rises 13,680 feet from sea level.
mauna kea: The tallest islandmountain in the world, Mauna Kea stands 13,803 feet above sea level, and rises 33,476 feet from the ocean floor. At its summit, where snow sometimes falls, the world’s largest astronomical
observatory houses telescopes operated by astronomers from all over the world.
kohala: The oldest of five volcanoes that make up the island of Hawai‘i, Kohala is estimated to be one million years old— so old that it experienced (and recorded) a reversal of magnetic field 780,000 years ago. The volcano is cut by multiple deep gorges and, unlike typically symmetric Hawaiian volcanoes,v is shaPed like a foot, due to a huge landslideland 250,000-300,000 yearsye ago that destroyed itsit northeast flank. hualalai: Though notn nearly as active as MaunaM Loa or Kilauea, HualalaiHua is the third most historicallyhisto active big island volcano. Six different vents erupted between the late 1700s and 1801, two of which generated lava flows that poured into the sea on the west coast of the island. Keahole Airport is built atop the larger flow. lo‘ihi: Fifteen miles off the southeast coast of the island, Lo‘ihi thunders 3,000 feet beneath the Pacific Ocean. Someday, thousands of years from now, the
submarine volcano will emerge to form a new island.
68. GET HIGH ON KITESURFING
From the technological advances of windsurfing, paragliding and wakeboarding has come a hot new water sport called kitesurfing, or kiteboarding. This extreme sport takes wind, guts, the right equipment and a lot of practice. The surfer stands on a
kiteboard (a small surfboard with straps) and is pulled across the water by a big kite. Sounds easy enough, but don't be fooled— it could take many sessions of kitesurfing before a pilot becomes competent.
Kitesurfing enthusiasts say the sport, though challenging and sometimes dangerous, is more fun than and not as dependent on high-wave and wind action as windsurfing. lessons and
rental gear are available all over the island.