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. This side of the island is covered in a lush jungle because of the massive amount of rainfall that lands here. Luckily, the day we went we had fairly clear skies and it did'nt look like we were in danger of getting rained on.
We parked our car in front of the ranch store. The store is where participants check in, as well as where the final zip line ends. After check in we made our way to the area where we were to be issued our equipment. I stopped at the bathroom on the way there and was amazed to find that in addition to the standard bathroom furnishings, the bathroom was also equipped with a shower and a changing area for clients that wanted to clean up after their trip so they could skip having to go back to their hotel before they move on to their days next activity.
Our guide set out all the equipment for the group in rows on the concrete floor of the equipment room before the zip line participants arrived. After a quick briefing on the use of the equipment we began to suit up, the guides went around and checked the fit on every ones harnesses before we loaded onto the bus to make our way up to the beginning of the zip line course.
As we unloaded the bus I could see the sequence of zip lines making their way down the hill until they disappeared out of sight over the horizon. One of our guides job was to catch the zip liners at the end of the line. He was the first to cross the zip line and as soon as he began zipping the massive scale of the zip line course immediately became apparent. These lines were huge!
The first line was fairly long and took riders over a large pasture that ended on the edge of a ravine. The river at the bottom of the ravine curved causing the raving to make a massive bend to the left. The second zip line cut the corner, which put the zip liners directly above the river for most of the ride. When riding across the line if you looked down you could see that the river below you was actually passing over a series of waterfalls, it was so cool to zip line with such amazing scenery!
As we continued down the course the excitement levels of the group remained high, and the comfort levels of the riders grew more and more as we made or way across each line. Eventually everyone was trying different poses and even hanging upside down as they rode the massive Umau'ma zip lines.
When we finally made our way down the final line we found ourselves back at the gift shop where we initially started from. We said our good byes to our new zip line friends and loaded up into our car for our return trip to Hilo. When talking it over on the way home all the members of our group agreed that the staff, equipment and overall experience at Umau'ma ziplines was top notch.
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.
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.
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.
The Umauma Falls zipline experience is right off the main highway at mile marker 16. A great visitor center welcomes you. We offer 9 long ziplines, with almost 2 miles of spectacular zipping through paradise, with over 14 waterfalls and 8 great ocean views.
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