Zipline Tours on "The Big Island" of Hawaii

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There are 14 tours in this category that range in price from $125.00 to $482.90.

Zipline Tours

As you are probably aware zipline tours are all the rage in Hawaii on all the islands but the ziplines found on the Big Island of Hawaii are particularly unusual and exciting.

These fantastic zipline tours fly you through the jungle canopies past high trees, over immense gorges and over beautiful streams and waterfalls.

Big Island Zipline tours have it all: long double ziplines to enjoy with a friend, huge zipline lengths up to one half mile long, beautiful scenery as seen from you zipline tour, remarkable land tours on a four-wheel drive vehicle deep into forests to get to the starting point for your amazing zipline adventure, some of the most up to date zipline courses in Hawaii and for that matter around the world and some of the friendliest and most helpful professional zipline staff to assist you on your zipline tour.

If you're wanting to take a zipline tour, the Big Island of Hawaii is the perfect spot to choose for your zipline adventure.

So, what is a zipline anyway? Simply put, "a Zipline is an aerial runway consisting of a pulley suspended on a cable that is mounted on an incline.

Ziplines are designed to allow a seated and harnessed passenger to traverse valleys, gorges or drop-offs along an inclined cable by being attached to a freely moving pulley while using gravity as a motor".

So that sums up the basic physics of the experience but let's see how this all applies to the specifics of your various Big Island of Hawaii zipline tours.

What are the types of Zipline courses found on the Big Island of Hawaii? Primarily zipline tours can be characterized by the type of terrain they fly over and by the overall topography of the zipline course.

The Big Island of Hawaii is blessed with some of the most magnificent forests and these treetop canopies provide locations ideal for a zipline adventure.

Some of these zipline courses even require a special four-wheel drive tour through the densest of forests to even arrive at the starting point of the zipline tour.

Gorges and valleys are almost always the physical locations that are crossed over and these exciting crossings are some of the most beautiful landscapes to be found on the Big Island and add that extra touch of beauty to the zipline adventure.

What are the heights of the various Big Island of Hawaii Ziplines.

On the Big Island of Hawaii the heights above the ground of the various lines varies greatly between zipline courses and once again between the ziplines on the same course.

It could generally be said that the height above many of the valley floors and streams running through them would range between 250' to the lowest beginning ziplines or "training zips" of about 25' in height.

How fast are the Big Island of Hawaii Ziplines? The average zipline speed will depend on the length and steepness of the zipline, the individual weight of the participant and also upon the cross winds that may be happening at the time of your crossing.

Most of the longer ziplines will have you averaging speeds of between 25 to 35 miles per hour.

Another factor which determines zipline speed has to do with how you hold your body during your zip.

If you become aerodynamic and streamlined pointing your feet forward and leaning yourself slightly backwards during your zipline you will go faster.

If you present yourself with wide body surfaces facing forward you will slow up.

How long are the Big Island Ziplines? The ziplines vary greatly in length depending upon the valley to be traversed but the longest among them is about one-half mile in length.

How many Ziplines run on a single course? Once again this varies with the Big Island of Hawaii zipline courses but 7 or 8 is a good average.

Some of the zipline courses allow you to do just some of the ziplines or all of the ziplines if you choose.

Some of the zipline courses even offer "double ziplines" or "side-by-side" ziplines that can be traveled by two persons at the same time.

These ziplines are fun to go on with a friend as you race to the end of the zipline.

How easy are Big Island of HawaiiZiplines to use? This is probably the most often asked concern of clients wanting to participate on a zipline.

The simple answer is that it is very easy.

There are relatively few things that you need to remember but you do need to listen at all times to the directions of the zipline guides.

Landings require some degree of coordination but keep in mind that in most instances there will be a guide helping you in as you come to a stop.

I have personally seen people in their eighties on these zipline flights participating without the slightest bit of trouble.

This of course is a personal call for everyone.

If you don't think you will feel comfortable riding a zipline or if you think the heights will "freak you out" just don't sign up.

Everyone has their own limitations and you know what yours are.

Popularity of Big Island Ziplines.

Wow! This is amazing! We have gone from a position of having no zipline courses on the Big Island to having a number of different courses in a matter of a short number of years.

During that time we of course started with zero popularity and quickly grew to a point where it is often very difficult to arrange zipline tours for willing participants on any of the courses at a given time.

Some of the zipline courses are booked up for days at certain times of the year.

So the lesson is---if your know you want to do a zipline while visiting the Big Island, please book it early.

Pride of America Cruise Ship: Please view the following Zipline Tours on the Big Island of Hawaii to see which ones will actually pick you up directly at the ship. They will be listed in bold letters in the descriptions. The rest of them can be reached by a Rental Car that can be arranged by Tom Barefoot's Tours that will pick you up at the dock with a shuttle. These Zip Line adventures are generally available to you on the Tuesday of your cruise itinerary while docking in the port of Hilo.

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

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Walk across a 150 foot suspension bridge over waterfalls that stretch as far as you can see. Ride on 7 exciting ziplines that range from 200 feet to the dual racing zip on the final 1,100 foot run, allowing…

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This 30 minute introductory glide will teach you how to ride a Segway and give you a brief taste of the rain forest. Silently glide past lush flower gardens on Hawaii's only rain forest Segway tour.…

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The 90 minute Mala Pua Gardens tour will teach you how to ride a Segway and allow you to experience lush tropical gardens. You'll smell the flowers, taste the spices and listen to the soothing trade winds…

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Enjoy 2 hours on an exotic rain forest Segway tour that takes you along a gentle section of the stunning Hamakua coastline. Smell the sweet scent of the forest and hear the soft trade winds as you glide…

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Feel like you're flying with this accelerated zipline adventure. Available upgrades to hike or swim and have lunch allow you to create a fun day! With nearly two miles of impressive tropical river gorges,…

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Join in for a zipline canopy experience like no other. Perched in the midst of a 100-year-old towering mahogany forest and nestled in a serene lush valley, the Kohala Zipline features 5 unique canopy suspension…

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Double the adventure and soak up the Hawaiian scenery as you zip through the trees and across 9 lines, 5 suspension bridges, 1 rappel and 14 tree based platforms in the Halawa Lands of Kamehameha. Enjoy…

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$125.00 - $482.90

This family tour combines two great adventures in one trip, a helicopter tour with ziplining! Soar over Hawaii Island and see the strikingly beautiful landscapes in a way only possible from the air. Whether…

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Enjoy a helicopter flight a zipline and swim experience in one trip. Helicopter FlightSoar over Hawaii Island and see the strikingly beautiful landscapes in a way only possible from the air. This adventure…

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$179.95 - $229.95

With seven ziplines that pass above jaw-dropping scenery along unrivaled spans, the Skyline Eco Adventure is one of Hawaii's most amazing zipline experiences. Cascading nearly 250 feet, one of the…

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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,…

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The first four lines are dual, enabling you to zip side by side. At line 2 you will have time to view the beautiful scenery, including a 100 foot waterfall as you look toward the top of Mauna Kea. Most…

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$189.00 - $239.00

Enjoy our 9 line zipline tour which includes 4 dual ziplines and suspension bridge, and tour Umauma River for refreshing swimming, kayaking and waterfall jumping.

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Combine 2 of the best Big Island activities in one day! Enjoy a full 9 line zipline experience at Umauma Falls then explore the world's most active volcano - Kilauea! There's so much to see and do and…

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Kohala Zipline

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Whether you are a real zipline enthusiast or a first time adventure seeker, the Kohala Canopy Adventure will be an unforgettable experience. From the moment you enter the aerial trekking course, you'll be enthralled by the Magic of Kohala. Exclusive features, such as twin Whisperlines and smooth stop braking, ensure your safety and comfort and deliver an experience like no other.
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Umauma Experience

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The Umauma Zipline and the other activities of this beautiful area along the Hamakua Coast that are collectively referred to as the Umauma Experience, provide one of the best ways to spend a day on the Big Island. You will be able to enjoy zip-lining, hiking, kayaking, swimming, picnics, riverside strolling and beautiful gardens in these forested areas created by the Umauma River Valley.
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Botanical World

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The Botanical World Ventures and Botanical Gardens is located in the beautiful jungle area of the Big Island's Hamakua Coast. Combining a rare look at some of the most amazing botanical gardens in the state with Segway tour adventures and a first class 7-line zipline course you will be able to enjoy an entire day here on the Hilo side of the island and enjoy every minute.
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KapohoKine Adventures

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Upscale sightseeing tours of the Big Island are offered by Kapohokine Adventures. Tours range the gamut between the Kona Side and the Hilo/Volcano side of the island and the smaller sizes of tours make them very personalized. In addition Kapohokine also offers a tremendous zipline course on the Hilo side of the island with 8 separate double lines the last of which is one-half mile long.
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Paradise Helicopters

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Paradise Helicopters is one of the premier helicopter touring companies that services both the Big Island and Oahu. One of the biggest differences between this company and many others is the fact that they will offer you the opportunity to take a flight with the doors off. As nerve racking as that may sound, you are completely strapped in an just a secure as you would be in an enclosed helicopter. The big difference is that your view from this perspective will be absolutely amazing.
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Skyline Eco Adventures

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Skyline Eco-Adventures is the originator of zipline courses in the United States and one of the exclusive providers of tours to the Haleakala Summit. The very first zipline in the U.S. was opened by Skyline on the slopes of Haleakala on Maui in 2002. Leading the explosion of zipline courses to later be constructed in Hawaii they have since built beautiful courses in Kaanapali, at Akaka Falls on the Big Island and in Poipu on Kauai.
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So, all of the major islands of Hawaii nowadays have zip lines and zip line courses. But the big island gives the other islands a real run for the money, in terms of the best zip lines that happen in the state.

Let me pull up the map. So, here is the island of Hawaii. Oddly enough, all the zip lines that we have in Hawaii are actually located on this side of the island. The Hilo side. Whereas actually, most of the snorkeling and fishing and all the luaus and everything happens on this side of the island. If you're into doing some snorkeling ... If you're into doing some zip lining, it's gonna be over here.

And it's probably not an accident that they chose this area to build this great zip line courses, because this is all the windward side. This is where we have all the jungles and forested areas. This is where we have all the rainforests and rivers and giant waterfalls, and huge crevices, and mountain areas, and valleys that make it really great to put a zip line course together with these natural features, and have these zip lines go over these valleys and into these areas.

Extremely beautiful, but extremely exciting because of the thrills that are provided by going over these valleys and going at such speeds, and so on.

We have kind of a number of different courses that are over here. They vary from somewhat timid, and that fits in for some people. You don't want to get too excited to the extreme where you've got 2,000 foot zips. We have one 2,000 foot zip itself that goes over six waterfalls as you're cruising down. It is one of the most amazing zip lines that you will find anywhere in Hawaii.

Another zip line course that goes over a 250 foot waterfall that is just off to your right as you're going down. These are incredibly exciting and incredibly beautiful. They're worth the drive out there. If you're gonna be going from Kona it's probably gonna take you ... You know, you're gonna go over there, you're gonna enjoy the zip lines, then you're gonna come back. It's gonna be a full day. But it's worth doing it. You might want to stop and enjoy Hilo, too, or the volcanoes. The national park while you're there, as well.

But doing one of these zip line courses is really worthwhile. We've got them that are suitable for more beginners, and suitable for people who are ... just really want the thrill. We've got single lines that go down, and we've also got double lines that launch where you can kind of race your friend. But the one thing about these courses up here is that they all ha
tremendous views, they're in forested areas that are so beautiful that they're almost beyond compare. And many people would make the argument that these are the most beautiful zip lines that you will find in the state of Hawaii.

So if you have any questions about tours or activities in Hawaii, just give us a call, or check out

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