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Maui Zipline Tours were the very first zipline tours offered in the United States!

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Maui Zipline Tours

Did you know that a Maui Zipline Tour was the very first zipline course in the United States? Yes and that began the stampede to all the other Maui Zipline Tours and for that matter, all the various zipline courses in all the Hawaiian Islands. Tom Barefoot's Tours offers discount Maui Zipline Tours on many of the zipline options on the island.

What do Maui Zipline Tours have to offer?

  • Zip line courses come in all shapes and sizes on Maui. Some courses have lines of only four or five zips and others have as many as eight or so.

  • Some have lengths of as little as 75' and others will extend to about 3500'.

  • The height above the ground for various zip lines can vary dramatically and some actually can be as high as 600' which equates to the height of a sixty story building.

  • Some zip courses are located in beautiful forest areas and others extend throughout the tree tops of the forest from platform to platform high above the ground.

  • The speeds you attain on the various courses can extend from a range of 10 to 60 mph.

  • Many of them on Maui have beautiful views of the ocean from their various runs and others careen over huge mountain valleys from ridge to ridge.

  • Some courses include the use of various agility towers that allow the participants to maneuver over great spans in ropes courses high above the ground or allow you to crawl the towers on their rock climbing walls or traverse the various course bridges which swing in mid-air.

Maui has become a playground of options with regard to zip line courses and there is certainly one out there, or many, that will provide the perfect experience for you.

 

Zipline Speeds on Maui

Something everyone wants to know about Maui ziplines are the speeds you will be traveling. This varies greatly dependent upon the course you are on.

  • Generally the longer the zip line, the faster you will go, but this is not always the case. Zippers can travel at a great variety of speeds on the various courses ranging from an inpidual speed of 10 mph to some which actually can hit speeds of 60 mph.
  • Another determining factor of speed is the amount of descent between the departure point and the arrival landing zone. Some courses can have an elevation disparity of 500' to 600' and these courses are often among the fastest.
  • One other factor that plays with speed on a zip line course is the wind factor. Some courses offer rides between ridges high on the mountain tops or near prevalent and gusty trade winds which can have the effect of either speeding up your ride or slowing it down depending upon the direction of the wind and the direction you are traveling.
  • Keep in mind that you as a rider can also affect your speed of travel on the course. A maneuver often referred to as the starfish can be used to slow your forward momentum by providing more body surface area to slow you down and the reverse can occur when you streamline your body into a straight line position which will tend to provide less air resistance and speed you up.

Zipline Harnesses

Zip line harness on Maui basically come in two styles: the older style where you grip the carabineer with your steering hand and the newer style that allows you to sit back in somewhat of a lounge sling and simply enjoy the ride.

The older style, which is typically found on the original zip line courses in Hawaii, has you sitting in a more upright position. You are strapped in around your waist and thighs and a perpendicular strap which attaches to the zip line wheels trolley comes straight down from the cable above past your sternum to the harness. Your steering hand is used to control a carabiner which allows you to maneuver yourself in either direction, to the right or to the left.

The newer models are a bit more high-tech and to some feel a bit more comfortable. Your position zipping down the line is more prone and tending more toward horizontal to the ground below. Steering is not really a major factor in the newer models.

Keep in mind that no matter what type of harness you use you will ultimately be delivered to the exact point on the exit ramp whether you have the capability to steer or not.

Pride of America Cruise Ship:

The Maui Zipline 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 Maui zipline adventures are available on the Sunday and Monday of your Maui cruise itinerary.

Look for this symbol in the tour descriptions below to indicate if it is Pride of America compatible.

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Kapalua Zipline

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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 zipline 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 Ziplines

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North Shore Ziplines

This is Maui's Costa Rican style zipline 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 zipline 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 Zipline

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Family Zipline Tour

Maui Zipline at the Maui Tropical Plantration offers something for the entire family. With five side-by-side ziplines, 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 zipline 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 Zipline, Dragon Fruit Farm Tour, Zip and Sphere Ball, Sphere Ball and Zipline

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 zipline over the dragon fruit orchards and also participate in riding a 'sphere-riding aqua ball'.
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Flyin Hawaiian Zipline

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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

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Zipline Piiholo, Horseback Adventures Upcountry, Zipline 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 zipline 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

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Haleakala Summit Tours and Downhill Bike Tours, 7 Ziplines, Zipline Haleakala, Tree-Top Zipline Tour

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

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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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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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