When we checked in at the Outfitters Kauai office in Poipu the clouds were close to the ground, covering the ground with a light mist. It seemed like it would probably burn off in the next few hours, but for the time being it provided a much cooler climate then is normally found on the sunny south side of Kauai. As soon as we got inside, we were fitted with our zipline harnesses and helmets. Our guides briefed us on what we could expect from the days adventure and then we loaded up into the van and began our drive to the zipline course.
In the van on the way to the course we got more acquainted with each other and our guides. Once we arrived to our destination we got off the van and made our way down a short trail that led us to the beginning of zipline number one.
All of the zipline courses have been constructed to "out do" their competitors in one way or another. While the course at Outfitters Kauai is not the longest or the highest, it does have some very creative elements to it. Some of the most unique are the "rappelling zipline" and the "water zipline".
The "rappelling zipine" is a zipline that goes down a steep incline. The rider descends the line backwards holding a braking cable in their hand. The rider tugs the braking cable to slow (or speed up) their descent. The guide has another backup brake cable that they can activate if the rider fails to properly brake themselves. At the base of this line is a large deck that is built into a banyan tree that acts as a rest area between the end of the rappelling line and the beginning of the first racing line.
The racing lines are ziplines that have two lines going down next to each other, they allow the riders to race each other and see who can make it to the end fastest. Something that was unique about these lines as that they were high up off the landing. They are designed so that the rider has plenty of clearance to ride upside down without having to worry about hitting your head on the landing. This freed up the riders to do all sorts of things like: the headfirst "Super Man", the sideways leaning "Burt Reynolds on a Lazy Suzan", or the fully inverted "upside down zip". To dismount the line at the end a guide would roll a ladder up to the rider so the rider could grab onto it, then be unclipped from the line.
From here the lines continued to get longer until we reached the last line. The final line was the "Water Zipline". The water line did not use a harness and required the rider to hold on to a trapeze like bar that was connected to a zipline that went into the middle of a natural freshwater jungle pool. Launching off a platform built on the side of the pool the rider would zip out into the middle where the line abruptly ended, dropping the rider into the deep end of the pool. We took our time here and went on the water zip line many times. It was a very refreshing way to end a great day of ziplining with Outfitters Kauai!
I think it is safe to say that if there is any single activity that an equestrian would enjoy on their trip to the Hawaiian islands, it is CJM Country Stables.
Today we did one of the premiere tours that is offered on the island of Kauai. We paddled sea kayaks down the entire Napali Coastline. We started at "Tunnels Beach" and made our way underneath the cliffs all the way to the immense Polihale Beach on the far west side of Kauai.
The first of all of the Hawaiian Islands to have helicopter tours on it was the island of Kauai. Once you go to Kauai, you will understand that this was no coincidence.
Rarely will you find a boat that is so well suited to the excursion that it goes it as the boat that is operated by Liko Kauai Cruises. Their 49 foot catamaran is powered with twin 260hp inboards and the overall design is fairly narrow.
We met up with Captain Zodiac office at their office, located on edge of the Honokohau Harbor about ten minutes north of Kona. When I showed up the people at the office greeted me and then directed me where to meet up with the boat.
Island Adventures is the only kayaking company that goes up the river through the Hule'ia National Wildlife Refuge. This river eventually goes up towards the Kipu Ranch.
If you are in decent shape and want to do something worth telling your friends about once you get home you should consider doing a Kayaking trip down the Napali Coast on Kauai.
Since "Cruiser Bob" first pioneered the original Haleakala bike ride decades ago the format of the rides has changed, but the industry has remained the same in many ways.
Umauma Ziplines is located on the northern coast of the Hilo side of the Big Island. The location requires participants from Hilo to take a short drive up the Hamakua coastline to the ranch.
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