The Zipline Tours on Kauai are all very different. We'll help you choose the one that's best for you!
|Zipline Tours and Adventures in Kauai|
|Just Live - Tree-Top Zipline Tour and Adventure|
|Kauai Backcountry Zipline - Harness up and zipline across valleys and gulleys|
|Koloa Zipline - The longest zipline on Kauai|
|Outfitters Kauai - Hike to a Zipline Adventure|
|Princeville Ranch Adventures - Zipline Tour and Adventure|
Zip Line Kauai Guide - A synopsis of Kauai Zipline Tours
Kauai Zip Line Adventures
Before you get too far along in your planning for your Kauai vacation you should pay some special attention to this Zip Line Kauai Guide. Interest in zip lining in Kauai has zoomed in popularity over the short span of this century. The number Kauai Zip Line tour courses has increased to a total of four and the number of courses all toll in Hawaii has increased to almost twenty. The zipline tours have swelled to the point that they can customize to a person's special interest or needs. Certainly on Kauai you now have a geological advantage in attending a zipline in the sense that it is likely that one is located near to where you are staying. Secondly, zip line tours have gradations in terms of their degree of excitement. Kauai zip line tours also have slight gradations in terms of their perceived difficulty. In reality however, ziplines are not really difficult at all and almost anyone can choose to do one, but the excitement or thrill factor can go "off the charts" with some ziplines where other zipline courses are more suited for the "faint at heart". In a phrase then, there is a perfect Kauai zip line tour just waiting for you to experience. You may tend toward a canopy zipline course that flies through the tree-tops or prefer the swift moving and heart pumping grand gorge overflies that will ratchet your adrenalin output for hours to follow. Still yet you may enjoy the excitement and challenge of the close cousin to zipline courses known as "ropes courses" where you traverse difficult rope bridges, rope ladders and perform such feats as the "leap of faith" where you leap from a height of perhaps eighty feet only to be caught by the harness and pulley system before touching the ground. If you enjoy a bit of competition on your zipline adventure perhaps you'd like to speed off on a double zipline with a friend to see who can get to the end of the course first. How about a zipline off the face of a cliff then taking a free-fall into a delicious mountain pool? Your zip line tour options are seemingly endless on Kauai and this is a fun and exciting pursuit for the whole family.
It's no surprise that Kauai was among the first locations in the Hawaiian Islands to build zip line courses almost overnight and create a virtual zip line industry on the island. Kauai is a natural for zip lines as its natural topography is one of dramatic canyons, long valleys, scenic ridges, beautiful tall forests, and beautiful views to be seen in every direction. To be a good zip line course you simply need to have a number of these ingredients and Kauai has everything necessary to rival the best zip line courses to be found around the world. On Kauai you have your choice of zip line course and your choice of zip line locations and if the quality of zip line course is judged in any way by their popularity then it is clear the Kauai's zip line courses provide the highest quality experience.
For the uninitiated, let’s define what a Zip line tour actually is.
Simply put, "a 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 pulley while using gravity as a motor".
Now that you know the zipline basics, let's see how they apply to the various applications of ziplines used on the island of Kauai.
What are the types of Kauai Zip line tour courses?
Primarily ziplines can be classified by the specific terrain they traverse over and what the general topography of the zipline course is. On Kauai the majority of courses sail their zipline clients on harnesses suspended over valleys and gorges. In essence you travel on a zipline from one side of a gorge to the other side. The distance of these ziplines over valleys will vary considerably between zipline companies and also between ziplines on the same course. In addition, one of the Kauai zipline courses zips, not over valleys, but between tall trees high up in the forest from platforms like miniature tree houses.
What are the heights of the various Kauai Ziplines?
Here again the heights above the ground of the various lines varies greatly between zipline courses and once again between the ziplines on the same course. It could generally be said that the height above many of the valley floors and streams running through them would range between 250' to the lowest beginning ziplines or "training zips" of about 25' in height. With regard to the ziplines located in the trees in the forests the zipline platforms average about 80' up in the air.
How fast are the Kauai Ziplines?
The average zipline speed will depend on the length and steepness of the zipline, the individual weight of the participant and also upon the cross winds that may be happening at the time of your crossing. Most of the longer ziplines will have you averaging speeds of between 25 to 35 miles per hour. Another factor which determines zipline speed has to do with how you hold your body during your zip. If you become aerodynamic and streamlined pointing your feet forward and leaning yourself slightly backwards during your zipline you will go faster. If you present yourself with wide body surfaces facing forward you will slow up.
How long are the Kauai Zip lines?
The ziplines vary greatly in length depending upon the valley to be traversed but the longest among them are about 1800' in length.
How many Zip lines run on a single course?
Once again this varies with the Kauai zipline courses but 7 or 8 is a good average. Some of the zipline courses even offer "double ziplines" or "side-by-side" ziplines that can be traveled by two persons at the same time. These ziplines are fun to go on with a friend as you race to the end of the zipline.
How easy are Kauai Ziplines to use?
This is probably the most often asked concern of clients wanting to participate on a zipline. The simple answer is that it is very easy. There are relatively few things that you need to remember but you do need to listen at all times to the directions of the zipline guides. Landings require some degree of coordination but keep in mind that in most instances there will be a guide helping you in as you come to a stop. I have personally seen people in their eighties on these flights participating without the slightest bit of trouble. This of course is a personal call for everyone. If you don't think you will feel comfortable riding a zipline or if you think the heights will "freak you out" just don't sign up. Everyone has their own limitations and you know what yours are.
Popularity of Kauai Ziplines
Wow. This is amazing! We have gone from a position of having no zip line courses on Kauai to having a number of different courses in a matter of a short number of years. During that time we of course started with zero popularity and quickly grew to a point where it is often very difficult to arrange zipline tours for willing participants on any of the courses at a given time. Some of the zip line tours are booked up for days at certain times of the year. So the lesson is---if you know you want to do a zipline while visiting Kauai, please book it early.
Tom's Tips - Kauai Zip line Tours
- A good "primal scream" on a zipline makes it all the more fun!
- Enjoy yourself at all times but make sure to listen, pay attention and follow the directions of the guides at all times.
- Many of the ziplines offer a dip in a refreshing mountain pool at some time during the zipline adventure. Go ahead, take the plunge. That's part of what it's all about to be on Kauai.
Just Live Zip-line is a bit different as zip-line companies go. Instead of traversing valleys or gorges the majority of the zip-line course is located in the tree-tops of a beautiful pine forest. Once you first zip from a hillside to your first landing deck with Just Live Zip-line, you'll be in the forest and up in the treetops for a good long while. This is a remarkable experience. You're about seventy feet in the air above the forest floor at all times and you are always secured to a cable with your safety clips. In addition to the "zip runs" you will also be negotiating rope bridges in various forms and you are always curious to see what the course has in store for you next. The crew is very, very attentive to each and every participant and by the time you finish you feel "bonded" with everyone in your small group. In addition to the regular zip-line experience they also have a separate eco-challenge "ropes course" which is one of very few in the state. These are courses that are designed to build confidence in your individual abilities and in some cases bring you to the brink of what you think your limitations are. This tree-top adventure will include rappelling, rock wall climbing, a giant "monster swing" and an unforgettable "leap of faith". You'll probably come out of the forest a different person than when you went in. All activities on this tour are optional but you are encouraged to try them all. This is an adventure like no other.
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If you like long zip-line experiences over valleys, ravines and gullies Kauai Backcountry Zip-line is probably just perfect for you. Located at the foot of the mountain that is the wettest spot on earth the Kauai Backcountry Zip-line course traverses back and forth through various valleys that ultimately lead you to a refreshing mountain pool dip. This zip-line course is located on a huge 17,000 acre tract of private property that is not available to the general public. You'll initially be transported to this beautiful location via 4-wheel drive vehicles and the views and vistas you will experience on this activity are breathtaking.
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Koloa Zipline features Kauai's longest course and the longest line (2500 feet). They have 8 unique lines at approximately 1.5 miles long. They are also the only zipline on Kauai that offers Tandem Ziplining for light-weight guests ideal for 7 to 9 year olds to go with an older sibling, parent, guardian or guide with a weight limit of 235lbs combined.
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Outfitters Kauai is fond of providing you with multiple activities during the same tour experience and hiking is an activity they combine with zip lining, kayaking, a motorized farm-wagon, swimming and rope swinging. Dreaming up magical tours is not a creative faculty that has gone dormant in the minds of the Outfitters Kauai staff. This day you will experience with them is certainly one that you will remember for some time to come. You will begin with a two mile paddle up the Huleia River on the Kipu Ranch which is so beautiful that it has been the filming location for some of Hollywood's famous blockbuster movies. Next you'll find yourself hiking along the river to a spot with an overhanging rope swing which will allow you to swing out over the river for an exciting jump. Another hike will lead you up some meadows and through the forest to an awaiting motorized farm wagon which will take you to your zipline launch location. A further hike up a ridge and you are at the site of one of the most beautiful forest pools and waterfalls you could ever imagine. This time an even larger rope swing will await you and after your plunge you will be hiking again back to the river, this time to board a motorized canoe back down river to your original starting point.
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The Princeville Ranch Adventures offers one of the premier zip-line adventures on the island of Kauai. First off, the setting for this zipline is in an area known as the region of Hanalei and the views from every section of the zipline course are beautiful beyond words. Ocean views are seen from every vantage point and the green and verdant rolling pastureland with intersecting valleys and streams backs up to the breathtaking Hanalei Mountains. The zipline course itself at the Princeville Ranch Adventures is a series of nine separate picturesque ziplines and a suspension bridge which spans over a waterfall. Each line has its own personality but the last line, called the King Kong line, has the largest personality of them all. From a twenty-six foot platform two separate side-by-side zip lines (designed for two people to launch at the same time as they race each other across the course) descend at blistering speeds twelve-hundred feet across the valley. A hidden swimming hole and waterfall are also a part of your day's zipline outing where you'll enjoy swimming, jumping, diving and floating on inner-tubes.
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Kauai Zipline Tours - 10 years ago we had no idea what a “zip-line” was in Hawaii. Today it is an important activity on each of the major Hawaiian Islands. Seldom has an activity taken such a foothold in the landscape of Hawaiian activities as has the zip-line. Part adventure, part adrenaline, part hike and always scenic, the zip-line experience has captivated the imagination of the island visitors and made it into a tour that is quite often impossible to book within a week or two of the event. So here’s my advice. It’s highly likely that you or one of those in your party will want to participate in a Hawaii zip-line adventure. Just make sure you book early so you won’t be disappointed.