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Travel Blog #142 - Ziplining In View Of The Volcano At Pa'ani Ranch


The volcano is one of the Big Islands most popular attractions. The view from the Jagger Museum is something that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime. What many people do not know is that there is a zip line course that is located on the way from Hilo to the Volcanoes National Park. It's called Pa'ani Ranch Ziplines and we decided spend our morning checking it out.

When we arrived to the Pa'ani Ranch we quickly realized that there is much more going on here than just a zipline course. There were all kinds of livestock in the fields and a group of ranch hands building fence in the pasture. We pulled up to the main ranch house and walked over to the "Check in" sign where we were greeted by our guide for the day. She passed out our gear and showed us how to put on the harnesses.

Within a few minutes we were all ready to go. She took us up the tower to line number one. I immediately noticed that this course was constructed a bit differently from the others I have been on. Instead of being build using live trees or wooden structures this zipline was made with metal I-beams that were welded and riveted together. Also, instead of going through a forest it went through a very large open field. The openness of the field made it possible to get almost any camera angle that you wanted of the zip-liners (which is nice for anyone that is trying to document a family outing or special occasion). Our guide clipped us in and we made our way down the first zipline.

When we arrived to the Pa'ani Ranch we quickly realized that there is much more going on here than just a zipline course. There were all kinds of livestock in the fields and a group of ranch hands building fence in the pasture. We pulled up to the main ranch house and walked over to the "Check in" sign where we were greeted by our guide for the day. She passed out our gear and showed us how to put on the harnesses. Within a few minutes we were all ready to go. She took us up the tower to line number one. I immediately noticed that this course was constructed a bit differently from the others I have been on. Instead of being build using live trees or wooden structures this zipline was made with metal I-beams that were welded and riveted together. Also, instead of going through a forest it went through a very large open field. The openness of the field made it possible to get almost any camera angle that you wanted of the zip-liners (which is nice for anyone that is trying to document a family outing or special occasion).

Our guide clipped us in and we made our way down the first zipline. We made our way through the rest of the course fairly quick because there was only four people in our group. From the lines towards the end of the course we could see the plume of exhaust coming up off the volcano in the distance. It was quite a dynamic view. When we were done with the course our guide asked us if we wanted to see what she does at the ranch when she's not guiding tours. We accepted her invitation and followed her towards the livestock barn. When we got inside there were all kinds of baby animals. The one that I liked the most was this little baby goat that was very friendly. He came up to the edge of the cage so we could pet him which was very cute. We had a great time at the Pa'ani Ranch.

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