Soaring through the rain forest – Big Island Zipline
Zipping through lush Hawaiian rainforest, soaring high above the trees, a sea of green engulfing you as you fly through…This is ziplining in Hawaii!
We had a spare day while on the Big Island and it didn’t take us long to decide that we’d spend it ziplining. Previously the closest I’d ever come to ziplining was using the flying fox at the local playground so naturally I was a little apprehensive about it!
We chose to go with Skyline Eco Adventures for the following reasons, they actively participate in aiding in the preservation of island land and culture, they’re a certified Hawaii Ecotourism tour operator, priding themselves in sustainable tourism, they rank very highly on Trip Advisor and are the most awarded ziplining company in Hawaii for 2017, enough reasons to go with them right?! I knew I’d be in good hands!
Located in the surrounds of the Akaka Falls, the tour incorporates seven ziplines, each getting higher, faster and more challenging as you go.
The three ziperoos! 😉
Zip One: UA (Rain) – This is your introductory zip, where your guides outline the the do’s and dont’s, give you a rundown of what to expect and finally show you exactly how it’s done!
Zip Two: Maiá (Banana) – What makes this tour stand out is that the guides take every opportunity they get to inform you about the unique flora and fauna growing on the island. They share the land the ziplines are on with local produce growing farmers and with this particular line, you’ll zip through rows of banana trees.
Zip Three: Wai (Water) – This is where you’ll zip past the first waterfall of the tour, the fall is 12m/40ft. While this one is really cool, it’s just a taste of what you’ll get later in the tour!
Zip Four: Kalo (Taro) – You’ll see the taro growing at the platform, just before you take off, being the longest line to this point, soaring over the tree tops will get you excited! I was beginning to feel like a pro at this point was comfortable enough to hold on with just one hand 😝
Can you spot my foot in the corner?
Zip Five: Ko (Sugar Cane) – This line offers panoramic views out to the Hamakua Coast and of course the nearby sugar cane crops!
Zip Six: Puaá (Pig) – This line gets its name from the numerous pig sightings here and this is also where you’ll get to zip over a 61m/200 ft ravine…This will get your adrenaline pumping!
Zip Seven: Wailele (Waterfall) This is the final zip and it’s a spectacular one! With over a minute of airtime, you’ll soar over the beautiful Kolokole waterfall, which crashes into the 121m/400ft ravine below you! I’ll let you in on a little secret, I was the only person on the tour who screamed as they leapt off the platform for this zip but I soon left my fears behind, the magnificent view was far too distracting!
Kolekole Falls in the background
After the final zip, your wonderful guides will help you out of your harness before directing you towards the locally grown produce you saw along the way, you’ll be treated to delicious custard bananas and freshly cut sugar cane.
The final photo 🙂
In case you’re wondering, this isn’t a sponsored post, I’m writing it because I had an awesome time on this tour and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a little adventure 😊
Happy Travels, Priti X