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Big Island Zipline Adventures

By Viator, October 2014

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Hawaii was the first state in America to offer zipline adventures, and in the past decade the popularity of ziplining has exploded to all of the islands. Today, whizzing across a verdant valley is one of the best ways to see the islands, and many tours offer access to areas you’d never get the chance to see otherwise.

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.

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Best Big Island Kohala Canopy Zipline Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 34 Reviews

Location: Kapaau, Hawaii
Duration: 3 hours

From USD $176.04

Big Island Super Saver: Helicopter Tour plus Zipline Adventure

4.5 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

Location: Waikoloa Village, Hawaii
Duration: 7 hours

From USD $447.61

Big Island Zipline Tour and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park from Hilo or Kona

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Location: Hilo, Hawaii
Duration: 10 hours from Hilo; 14 hours from Kona

From USD $379.16

Hilo Zipline over KoleKole Falls

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Location: Honomu, Hawaii
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

From USD $176.99

Hilo Shore Excursion: Hamakua Coast Zipline over KoleKole Falls

Location: Honomu, Hawaii
Duration: 3 hours

From USD $216.99

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