Big Island Zipline Adventures
By Viator, October 2014
Even though much of the Big Island is arid, dry, and volcanic, all of the zipline adventures on the Big Island take place in lush, green rainforests on the island’s windward slopes. Most zipline adventures begin with easy, short, introductory lines where visitors get the feel for what it’s like to sit in the harness, and lines will often progress in length so that the final line is the most dramatic and the one you’re sure to remember.
On the seven-line course on the outskirts of Hilo, the final, seventh line is a 3,350 ft. screamer where you pass directly over a waterfall thundering 250 feet. Located close to the famous Akaka Falls, this zipline course passes over Kolekole Falls and is easily the most thrilling way to experience the Hamakua rainforests.
For those staying on the Waikoloa side of the island, the Big Island’s original zipline course is tucked in the valleys of North Kohala on the outskirts of Kapa’au. This small, country town in North Kohala has rainforests extending all the way to the sea, and views of the Pacific and neighboring Maui are available on parts of the course. The ziplines pass over numerous waterfalls, and the canopy tour places you on rugged suspension bridges which weave their way through the Kohala treetops.
Most zipline adventures on the Big Island also include environmental components, and visitors will learn about the surrounding forest and ways to preserve the sensitive ecosystem. Closed-toed shoes are always required, and be sure to check with zipline operators about minimum age and weight.
Tours & Tickets
Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 14 hours
Location: Kapaau, Hawaii
Duration: 3 hours
Location: Waikoloa Village, Hawaii
Duration: 7 hours
Location: Hilo, Hawaii
Duration: 10 hours from Hilo; 14 hours from Kona
Location: Honomu, Hawaii
Duration: 3 hours