Hawaii Zip Line Tours - Zipline Adventures on All the Islands
Hawaii Zip Line Tours are among the most exciting and popular activities to be found in the islands. View your many options here at Tom Barefoot's Tours.
Zip Lines in Hawaii Are All the Rage!
Zip lining in Hawaii is such a new activity category that the industry itself can't yet quite even decide how to write its name! You will see it labeled zip lining in Hawaii, ziplining in Hawaii, zip-lining in Hawaii or just simply as Hawaii zip tours. Regardless of the many spellings it may have there is no question that zip lines in Hawaii are the newest and biggest rage in the world of island activities and they have been building to achieve this status since the early 2000's. From the modest beginnings of the first zip line course in Hawaii (actually it was also the first zip line course in the United States) built in 2002 in the forest region of Kula on the island of Maui, zip lines in Hawaii have now been built on all the major islands and at last count there are over twenty courses. The sheer number of zip line tours in Hawaii is testimony in itself to the popularity of these enormously popular activities. Zooming above the ground, often for great distances and at tremendous heights at speeds that can be up to 50 mph has proven to be a source of great adventure and excitement for many Hawaii visitors. Oddly, you might think this type of activity would be solely in the domain of the younger generations of X-treme sport types but Hawaii zipline tours have turned out to be just as popular among more senior individuals as well.
Every Hawaii Zip Line Course is totally unique!
Hawaii zip line tours take many forms but they all are based on the same basic principles of physics. A zip line rider is fitted into a harness which is attached above to a type of pulley mechanism which is in turn allowed to wheel freely on a metal cable that is attached between two points. The second point is always lower in height than the first and when one launches from the first position he is pulled via gravity to the second location. The principle is always the same but the experiences between the different courses can be completely different. Some courses are extremely short while others can span thousands of feet in the air. Some are fairly close to the ground below and others are hundreds of feet in the air traveling over gorges, waterfalls, streams and forest. Some zip line harnesses are very simplistic and similar to a parachute harness and others are more like comfortable chairs that you relax back in and glide along. Some zip line courses are called 'canopy' courses and they travel from one platform mounted in a tree to another platform and leapfrog in this manner through giant forests. Other zip line courses travel from giant mounted platforms sunk into the earth to other similar platforms often thousands of feet away on the other side of a valley. A number of courses have 'double lines' where two participants can launch at the same time and race each other to the finish. Variations of the zip line courses, called 'ropes courses' are also available and these are courses that are set up to encourage participants to master their fears of height and to work together with others on a team to succeed in a difficult physical challenge. Participants will climb high up on rope platforms, navigate difficult rope bridges, experience huge rope swings and they will be dared to defy their own fears as they launch themselves toward the earth from great heights only to be caught in mid air by the sturdy ropes they are attached to. Many of these Hawaii zip line courses are so sophisticated that the actual courses themselves cost millions and millions of dollars to construct and are engineering marvels in their own right.
Deciding which would be the 'Best Zip Line in Hawaii' would be a hard call!
The Islands of Maui, Kauai, Oahu and the Big Island all have zip line courses and each island lends its own flavor to the zip line experience. It would be very difficult to determine which island would offer the best zip lines in Hawaii because the zip lines on all islands are so premium. Kauai has zip line courses that span the island from Princeville to just outside of Poipu. You will have choices between speedy 'big zip' type courses or canopy course. Jungles, rivers and streams will be your constant companion and some of the areas you will be allowed in to see are on private property that would not be available to you otherwise. Maui has a great variety of courses ranging from large to small and from coastline to forest. Though most Hawaii zip line courses will begin and end at the same spot one Maui course actually spans great distances and ends in a different region than where it started. The Big Island of Hawaii has a large number of courses which are considered by many to be the most exciting of the courses available in Hawaii. All of the Hawaii zips found on the Big Island are in areas on the island's windward coasts and jungles, streams, waterfalls, botanical forest lands and ranchlands are the major themes for the Hawaii zips found here. Oddly, the island of Oahu which features the largest number of Hawaii visitors has the smallest number of zip line courses but more are said to be planned for the near future.
So what is a Zipline tour anyway? Zipline tours are a fairly recent activity to appear on Hawaii, but Hawaii Zipline tours are certainly one of the most popular activities on the island and are often booked weeks in advance.
imply, Zipline is an aerial runway consisting of a pulley suspended on a cable that is mounted on an incline. Ziplines are designed to allow a seated and harnessed passenger to traverse valleys, gorges or drop-offs along an inclined cable by being attached to a freely moving
Zip lines in Hawaii have been all the rage since about the turn of the century. Zip Lines have been a major part of the activity industry on virtually every island, except remarkably, zip lines on Oahu. Zip lines on Oahu have been noticeably absent from the landscape, taking some additional time to catch up to the zip-line explosion on all the other islands. The fact of the matter is however that the lack of zip line courses on Oahu coupled with the largest visitor capacity of any of the Hawaiian
Zipline tours are a fairly recent addition to the list of Kauai's spectacular activities. Kauai zipline tours are also among the most popular. Some zipline tours on Kauai zoom across huge spans of canyons or bluffs and some glide from tree to tree through the tops of magnificent pine forests. Zipline tours are exciting activities on Kauai, but are often booked for weeks in advance so be sure to call us early to assure that you will be able to go at the time you want, if at all.
Zipline tours are a fairly recent activity to appear on Maui, but Maui zipline tours are certainly one of the most popular activities on Maui and are often booked weeks in advance. These zipline tours are exciting and involve a little hiking as well.
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