ZipLine Big Island Style

By June 28, 2009Hawaii Activites

The Big Island is home to a new and exciting activity that is in great demand. Once used as a mode of transportation for people and goods, zip lining started a craze for adventurous folks looking for an adrenaline rush. The start up of Big Island Eco Adventures Zipline Canopy Tour has combined the beauty of the Big Island with the thrill of the zip line.  This low impact activity requires low to moderate physical strength, which expands it’s popularity among more than just the adrenaline junkies.

Located in Kapa’au, just past the King Kamehameha statue is the check in base yard for the Zipline Canopy Tour. It is approximately an hour’s drive from Waikoloa Beach Resort. The maximum group count per tour will not exceed ten guests to ensure personal attention. Guests are then tucked into a Pinzgauer, a 6wd Swiss Army vehicle, for a 30 minute off road journey. The beauty of North Kohala provides gorgeous scenery as the ride takes you from a few hundred feet above sea level to the 2200’ level. Keep on the look out for wild pigs and wild cows.

Once you arrive at the course, a brief hike will deliver you to the first zip line which is in the 200’ long range. It is the keiki line, and it designed to gently welcome you to the ziplines. The remaining 7 ziplines increase in length, with the last one spanning approximately 1100’ feet. The ziplines give you an awesome view of the forest, ravines and at least 3 waterfalls. The last two will take your breath away with views of Maui, the Kohala Lighthouse and a waterfall. You may be an expert steersman by the end of the tour.

The course also includes a wooden bridge and a suspension bridge. A cantilevered pavilion affectionately known as the “Mac Nut Hut” offers a vantage point overlooking a 32’ waterfall. Delicious homemade snacks such as granola energy bars, pineapple or banana bread, or crackers with lilikoi butter have been prepared for you by a local children’s group. Home grown fresh fruits, macadamia nuts and Aloha drinks are also part of the snack stop.

The four hour adventure ends with your downhill Pinzgauer safari. During the winter season, you’ll also want to keep an eye out for whale sightings. This tour is one of the hottest new attractions, sure to leave you with a distinct memory of the Big Island that is only now available.

The tours are daily on the hour from 8 to 2.

One Comment

  • Mike and Linda Duckor says:

    Absolutely outstanding. A must adventure while on the Big Island. The ride up to the zip lines is great fun with beautiful scenery and the settings of the lines themselves are terrific. We can’t wait to do it again on our next visit. Our guides, Albert and Punan were the best. Ask for them to make your adventure even better.