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Maui Zipline

Were you aware that the first zipline course in the United States was a Maui Zipline. This is where it all began about the turn of the century. Maui Ziplining has since expanded to about 20 different courses throughout the island and to all the other islands as well. Because each Maui zipline tour is different we have made it easy for you to quickly review all the advantages of each to make sure you arrange for the best one for you. Find out everything you need to know about Maui ziplines such as the weight and age restrictions, how good of shape you should be in, how long it takes, how soon you should be making reservations, which courses offer multiple lines, how long the lines are and how fast you will be traveling.

Maui Zipline Tour. What you should know. 

  • What are the weight restrictions?

Each Maui Ziplining course has different restrictions regarding weight but the average falls between a minimum of 40 lbs and a maximum of 275 lbs. Please keep in mind that the minimum can be somewhat higher and the maximum can be somewhat lower with individual companies.
  • What are the age restrictions?

Once again each course will vary somewhat but the parameters are generally between the ages of 5 to 10 years old on the down side with usually no age restrictions in terms of older guests if they are physically in good shape.
  • How good of shape do you need to be in to participate?

Generally speaking you just need to have a moderate level of fitness. You should be able to walk a short distance between ziplines on the course and you should be able to navigate a couple flights of stairs to get to the takeoff platforms on some of the courses. Also you should have no back, ankle, foot or knee problems that would impede your ability to land safely on a platform on the bottom end of a particular zip run.
  • How long does a tour take?

Your time on the course can vary between 1.5 and 3.5 hours with some rare exceptions.
  • How many different ziplines will be on the course?

Generally each course will have an average of 5 or 8 lines with some even more, and some will include suspension bridges and additional walkways as well.
  • How soon should you make your reservations for Maui Ziplining prior to your tour?

This is a very important point. You should make your reservation at the time you've made the decision to go. You will be better off making these reservations before you leave home for vacation. These tours are often booked well in advance so book early to avoid disappointment.
 

What are the types of Maui Zipline Tours available?

  • Canopy courses are ones that fly through the tree-tops in the forests.
  • Zipline courses that fly swiftly over valleys and gorges and provide heart-pumping crossings that will ratchet your Adrenalin output for hours to follow.
  • Double line courses where you can speed off with a friend to see who can get to the end of the course first. 

What are the heights above the ground of the various Zipline Tours?

The heights above the ground of the various lines vary greatly between different courses and also between lines on the same course. The height above many of the valley floors and streams running through them will range between 600' at the highest to a mere 20' on some of the beginner 'training zips'. With regard to the ziplines located in the tree-tops, the platforms average about 60 - 80' up in the air.

How fast are the ziplines?

The average speed will depend on the length and steepness of the line, 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 lines will have you averaging speeds of between 25 to 35 miles per hour but some will go much faster reaching speed of about 50 miles per hour.

Another factor which determines zip line 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 flight you will go faster. If you present yourself with wide body surfaces facing forward you will slow up.

How long are the individual lines?

Ziplines can vary greatly in how long they are but some of the longest lines in the state are located on Maui with the longest being about 3600' (almost 3/4 of a mile).

 
Here is a brief description of the various Maui Zipline Tours and the areas of the island they are located in.

West Side

  • Kapalua Zip-line

    Located on the northwestern slopes of the West Maui Mountains above the resort town of Kapalua, this is one of the newest and most modern of the courses on the island. There are a couple of route choices you can pick from and the harness is a comfortable 'chair' design. Double zips allow you to race with your partner at a fast clip.
  • Skyline Eco Adventures - Kaanapali.

    This Maui Ziplining course is highlighted by the absolutely most beautiful views of the Lahaina Roadstead all the way across the channel to the island of Lanai and with striking views up the mountain toward the West Maui summit. This is one of the longest courses on the island with 11 separate zips. You'll be able to get some additional exercise as well as you will be hiking between the zips on the course.
  • Paradise Eco Adventures

    It's single line makes it the shortest course on the island but you can ride it multiple times. It is actually more of a farm experience as you will be treated to a tour of the 'Dragon Fruit' operation on the property as well as some other interesting rides such as the 'Aqua Ball'.

Central Maui

  • Flyin Hawaiian

    The views of the Central Valley from this course are the best ever. The unusual layout of the course has it traversing each of the seven valleys in succession from Waikapu to Maalaea and a van then brings you back to where the course started. These zips are often high above the valley floors and on the long side. The longest single zip-line in Hawaii is in fact located on the final leg of the course which extends 3600' in length and you can reach speeds of 50 MPH.
  • Maui Zip line

    This course is located on the grounds of the Maui Tropical Plantation which is famous for showcasing the various agricultural produce that is grown on the island. The five side-by-side lines on this course fly above the planted fields and are generally somewhat shorter than most courses. This is a fantastic course for children five years and older.

Upcountry Maui

  • Piiholo Ranch

    Located in the Eucalyptus forests in the enchanting Olinda region above the town of Makawao in Maui's Upcountry region, the Piiholo Ranch actually operates two separate courses. One course soars high above the valley's of the Maliko Gulch while offering perhaps the fastest zip on the island, and a 2nd 'canopy course' travels from one tree-top to another in the forest. These duel courses are among the most recent on Maui to be constructed and are technologically very sophisticated. The valley course offers double zips allowing you to zip with a partner.
  • Skyline Eco Tours Haleakala Course

    This was the very first zip line course to be constructed in Hawaii and in fact the United States as well. The course has five different lines which are all somewhat modest in length except for the fifth which is longer and much, much faster. This is a great course for beginners who may be fearful of large gulch crossings.
  • North Shore Zip

    Located at 'Camp Maui', the historic Marine Corps WWll military camp in the upcountry area of Haiku, this course offers seven zips, multiple platforms, suspension bridges, and giant towers. This course is 'kid friendly' and can take children 5 years and older.

Pride of America Cruise Ship:

The Maui Ziplining tours will not pick up at the cruise boat pier but these courses can be reached via a Rent-A-Car that can be arranged through Tom Barefoot's Tours and you can be picked up by the Rent-A-Car shuttles right at the cruise ship dock. These adventures are available on the Sunday and Monday of your Maui cruise itinerary

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Checkout Tom's Tips and Insights about Maui Zip-line Tours

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  • Tom's Tips - Maui Zip-line Tours

    In the course of this century, the Maui Zip-line industry has adjusted in its appeal to visitors, probably more than any other category of activity. This makes sense at first blink because the zip-line industry really only had its start on Maui, and in Hawaii, and for that matter in the United States, in the early days of this century. Obviously, the notion of change in the industry would go without saying. But the true extent of the change I am referring to is the change that has occurred in the minds of the visitors that come to Maui for their vacations. Where something like ziplining in the nineties would have been viewed as somewhat of a dare-devil sport it has now been accepted in the main stream as a still adventurous activity but one that has been relegated to the likes of one that is 'doable' by vast amounts of people. Rarely do we hear any more the shrieks of shock from clients when we ask if they would be interested in fitting a zip-line tour into their itinerary. Its not hard to remember not so long ago when it was common for a person who had just realized that they had stepped above their limits, would stand motionless at the top of a zip-line run and tearfully refused to take that first step and in fact would beg to be returned to the starting point at the zip-line office. The general public has been so changed over the past decades in their belief that they could do this, as well as other adventurous activities, that the market place has expanded to satisfy this raised level of bravery in the body politic by bursting forward with a construction frenzy of new zip-line courses. And on Maui we have a variety of courses... read more.


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Kapalua Zip-line

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Ziplining over the West Maui Mountains

Get an adrenaline rush on your Hawaiian vacation with aerial views of tropical forests, pineapple fields and a 50 foot waterfall. With nearly two miles of parallel zipping, Kapalua's zip-line course is one of the largest. Fly across lush valleys on the West Maui Mountains, climb rock walls, swing from a giants swing. A days adventure awaits you.
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North Shore Zip-lines

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North Shore Zip-lines

This is Maui's Costa Rican style zip-line tour. Harness up and zip Costa Rican style from tree to tree and tower to tower. You'll soar through the canopy of giant eucalyptus trees while enjoying 7 different zip-line runs entwined with multiple aerial deck transfers, giant towers, tree-to-tree swinging suspensions bridges and unsurpassed tree top views of the Pacific Ocean and Maui's verdant North Shore. Designed to thrill first time as well at experienced zippers.
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Maui Zip-line

1 Activity Option

Family Zip-line Tour

Maui Zip-line at the Maui Tropical Plantration offers something for the entire family. With five side-by-side zip-lines, ranging from 300 to 900 feet, this tour is perfect for both children 5 and up and adults - come soar over the gardens of Maui Tropical Plantation and savor the taste of Hawaii's favorite fruits on this tropical zip-line adventure. Non-zipping guests can enjoy the Tropical Express Tram Tour, the Country Store, two onsite restaurants or take photos from the Treehouse.
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Paradise Eco Adventures

2 Activity Options

5+ Year Old Zip-line, Dragon Fruit Farm Tour, Zip and Sphere Ball, Sphere Ball and Zip-line

Are you looking to do something really different? Paradise Eco Adventures certainly fits the 'bill' for different. Taking place on a 'dragon fruit' farm on the slopes of West Maui you will be introduced to this unusual fruit with a brief tour of the facility. In addition you will have the opportunity to partake in a zip-line over the dragon fruit orchards and also participate in riding a 'sphere-riding aqua ball'.
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Flyin Hawaiian Zip-line

1 Activity Option

Zip-line from one Zip Code to another!

Zip-line from one Zip Code to another! (well, almost!........ at least from one town to another).Yes that's right. Flyin Hawaiian Zip-line is so long (it is the longest continuous zip-line in the world when you add together the length of the seven zip-lines on the course) that it extends from the district of Waikapu to the area known as Maalaea. The Flyin Hawaiian Zip-line is remarkable in the sense that it extends along much of the length of the east facing slopes of the West Maui Mountains and provides the most beautiful views of the central valley that can be seen from any location.
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Piiholo Ranch

4 Activity Options

Zip-line Piiholo, Horseback Adventures Upcountry, Zip-line Tours and Adventures

Found of the slopes of Haleakala at about the 2500' level just a couple of miles above the 'cowboy' town of Makawao is found the Piiholo Ranch. This working cattle ranch is the home of the most beautiful meadowland horseback riding area on the island as well as the home of two of the most popular zip-line courses to be found on Maui. The extreme beauty of the green rolling hills, the fresh mountain air and the scent of the mountain forests in themselves are enough of a reason to come for a visit.
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Skyline Eco Adventures

6 Activity Options

Haleakala Summit Tours and Downhill Bike Tours, 7 Zip-lines, Zip-line Haleakala, Tree-Top Zip-line Tour

Skyline Eco-Adventures offers a Road to Hana tour, zip-line tours (originator of zip-line courses in the United States) and one of the exclusive providers of tours to the Haleakala Summit.
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Hike Maui

1 Activity Option

Half Day and Full Day Hikes

Hike Maui has been the largest hiking tour company on the island of Maui for decades. Started years ago by eco-tour pioneer Ken Schmidt, he initially gave all the tours himself and has since hired a host of naturalists to take clients to all areas of the island. Tours include waterfall hikes and hiking tours to Hana and the crater of Haleakala.
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Video Transcript

So this video segment is on zip lines on Maui. So now we're ready to have some fun.

Did you know that Maui is the place that has the original and oldest zip line in the United States? Well that's true. Not only is it the first place where we had zip lines in Hawaii, but really in the country. And this was only 2002. Since that first zip line, which is here on Haleakala, there has been literally an explosion of zip lines all through the state. And through the country as well, but we're dealing with Hawaii here. There are now over 20 zip lines throughout all the different islands. It is one of the most popular and exciting activities that we have throughout.

I think that probably one of the most exciting islands to do a zip line on, though, is right here on Maui. We have, oh, seven or eight that are all over the island, they're all very different in terms of what they do and where they are. One thing that they all have in common is that they're all exciting and they all have beautiful views, one way or another.

So what is a zip line? Perhaps you've never been on one, not familiar with a zip line course. Well, think of a golf course. Golf course, you've got eight or nine holes on the first side, anyway, and eight or nine holes on the other. These are courses, so you have one hole and you go to the end and then you go to a second hole, and so on. That's exactly what happens with the zip lines. So you may have eight zip lines on a particular course. They're all set up differently. The course is kind of figured out from the perspective of the terrain and then some engineers some in and they figure out how to actually make the best use of the geography to produce a zip line course, and then they set it up. You start off in one and zip over a valley, and you'll be at another place, and then you'll, from that ridge perhaps, you'd get number two zip line that would zip over the next valley, and maybe you kind of double cross over the same valley a couple times. In this way, they're all very, very different and very unique.

There's two different kinds of zip line courses. The most popular that you'll find are the ones that go over terrain, over valleys and that sort of thing. Streams and maybe see waterfalls and all that. And then the other kind of zip line course are the ones that we call canopy courses, and then you're in the wind. Excuse me, in the wind. In the trees. Starting at one location on a platform, and then you will zip to another tree in the forest to another platform. Usually when you get up in the canopies, you'll be staying up in the trees until the course is finished, and then you're back on terra firma.

So we have both kinds of courses here on Maui and we have these courses all over the place. We've got them in Kapalua, we have them in Ka'anapali, above the central valley in Waikapu. We have them in Lahaina on the north shore, up in Olinda, and in Kula. These are some of the most interesting courses that you will find in the state.

The courses can be ... If you look at the very first course that we had here. It was in Kula, and here it was the first course in the United States. It was a really big deal. I remember everybody going up and checking it out and going, "Cool!" Or zooming along. It was five zips and the last one was a little bit longer than the others, and you got going really kind of fast on it. It was kind of a big deal. Well today, that course is one of the smallest that we have in the state. That same company has gone on to make much larger courses elsewhere, in Ka'anapali, on Kauai, on the Big Island. They've really pioneered a lot of the different courses. But just as an example. I mean, that one course is really considered quite small in comparison to what goes on now throughout the other courses that we have on Maui.

The largest course, actually ... Or let me put it this way. The course that has the single largest zip, which is about 3,600 feet in one span, takes forever to finish going from one side to the other, is right here on Maui. That'll probably be topped as someone else makes a larger course, but currently that's the way it is. People just keep making more and more bigger and bigger ones. So we've got courses like that, and then we have the one like up in Kula which is really nice for people that really want to start off or want something just a little bit tamer, something a little bit more for children that is not too overly exciting. So we really have what you ... All the courses that you could possibly want right here.

We also have courses that are on ... One person, a single line that you would go down, and then another person would come down after you, and so on. You usually go in groups of maybe eight people, so you'll go with a tour of eight people and everybody does a zip, then the next people go down and do a zip. So it can be done singly like that, but also we have courses that have double lines. These are particularly fun because you sort of get to race whoever your friend is or whatever. You start at the same time and go. You really can maneuver these in a way that you can go faster. You can kind of curl up like a ball or make yourself a little bit more aerodynamic and cut through the wind and you'll go faster. At times you'll need to slow up, especially when you're coming in for a landing, and then you make yourself really big. They call that maneuver a starfish sometimes. You have more air resistance against your body and you'll slow up. But these are fun to enjoy in that way, kind of playing with each other.

So, as far as speeds, you really get a chance to go pretty fast too. The actual top speeds that we have on any of the courses are gonna approximate about 50 miles an hour, which is really, really fast. And some of these are just really high, too. You can get as high on some of these lines that go across valleys, as high as like 600 feet. You're really way up there.

And far as the views, these are exceptional, because you're getting up into areas that you typically would not really even be allowed to go in. There's no way that you would ever be up in these areas. But because you're on this course, you're going from valley to valley and spanning oftentimes large distances and you're very high. You're looking at incredible vistas, either vistas from the west Maui's, looking out into Lahaina Roadstead and the other islands out there, or you have views down upon the central valley and Haleakala in the distance. Each course has its own special location, special views.

But it's more than just the excitement of the zip lines that make these exciting and a great experience. It's really getting out into the beautiful, beautiful areas of Maui and really getting a chance to appreciate them.

So if you have any questions about Tours or Activities in Hawaii, just give us a call or check out TomBarefoot.com. We're here to help.


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