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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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Big Island Adventure Combo: Helicopter, Zipline and Lava Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 27 Reviews

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Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

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Best Big Island Kohala Canopy Zipline Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 32 Reviews

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Location: Kapaau, Hawaii
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Take your need for speed to new heights on this exhilarating zipline adventure and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park tour from Hilo or Kona. Enjoy views of some ...  Read more

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

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4.5 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

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Location: Waikoloa Village, Hawaii
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Hilo Zipline over KoleKole Falls

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Get ready for an exhilarating Hawaiian zipline adventure! Soar over cascading waterfalls and lush greenery on seven different ziplines – including one of the ...  Read more

Location: Honomu, Hawaii
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Hilo Shore Excursion: Hamakua Coast Zipline over KoleKole Falls

Inject some adrenaline into your port stop in Hilo with an exhilarating zipline shore excursion! Get close-up views of the stunning mountain, ocean and jungle ...  Read more

Location: Honomu, Hawaii
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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