The Big Island Eco Adventures Zipline is located in the town of Hawi on the North Shore of the Big Island, right in the middle of the Kohala District. This area is known for it's grass lands, eucalyptus forests and thick jungles. The zipline course traverses through all three of these environments. When I found out that we were going to go ziplining though the area I was pretty sure we were going to get to investigate some beautiful terrain during our trip.
We checked in at the main zip line office, which is located right in the heart of Hawi. When we got there I was very surprised at how beautifully laid out their administration offices/company store was compared to the semi rustic nature of the rest of the town. They had all kinds of outdoor merchandise and apparel lining the walls, and the shops interior a very nice wood themed design. As soon as all the members of the group had checked in we were issued our equipment. After we were done putting everything on, one of our guides pulled up in a van and we all loaded onboard.
It did not take long before we made it to our destination and got out of the van to find ourselves in the middle of a beautiful eucalyptus forest. It was only a short walk from the van to the beginning of the first zipline. The ziplines progressively got larger and larger as we progressed through the course. Also, as we kept going the environment that we were in morphed dramatically. When we started we were in the eucalyptus forest; before we were done, we had gone through open pasture lands and then the last line took us over a huge jungle valley.
Even though I was born and raised in Hawaii it still amazes me how much the landscape can change in such a small distance. I think my favorite part of the tour was just getting to experience the more backcountry, private areas of the Kohala District. Riding the zip lines was a great experience, but I think the memory that will stick with me much longer is just getting to find out what was behind all the gates that our guides had the keys to open up.
The morning we went on the Body Glove I woke up and looked out the window and was delighted to see that there was not a breath of wind in the sky and the ocean was completely calm...... Perfect weather for snorkeling!
This morning we checked in for our days snorkel excursion down at boat ramp at Keauhou Bay, which is located on the southern end of Kona Town. As we pulled into the parking lot we could see the large blue shape of the Fair Wind II tied up to the pier.
There are few places on earth that have a landscape as diverse as the one you will find on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Big Island contains almost every kind of climate zone on earth (11 of the 13 to be precise).
Today we went out on a smaller sized sailing catamaran named the "Kamanu". We met the boat down at Honokohau Harbor to check in for the trip. As I entered their office I noticed some amazing pictures of Manta Rays on the walls that the receptionist told me were taken on the evening "Manta" snorkel, I was impressed.
After spending most of the day down in Kona snorkeling we had worked up quite an appetite. During the drive up to Waikoloa all I could think about was the huge luau buffet that was waiting for us once we got there.
The Navatek is not your normal boat. When it was built (and in many ways even to this day) it stood on the absolute pinnacle of maritime technology. It is a SWATH style vessel which is a design that is essentially a cross between a hydrofoil and a catamaran.
When we pulled into the parking lot at the Keauhou Bay we could immediately see that the day's ocean conditions were absolutely perfect for kayaking. We selected our two person kayak from a group of kayaks that were lined up on the shore.
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