Ziplining on the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island

Big Island Guide Travel Guide

Ziplining on the Big Island: Why Hamakua is Heaven for Adrenaline Junkies

A family-friendly activity that doubles as an excellent way to see the Big Island from the air, the zipline tours in Hamakua are built above popular scenic areas and take visitors over ravines, through jungles, and near waterfalls between 30 and 200 feet above ground.

Because most ziplining tours involve a combination of activities, sightseeing, or scenic points, you’ll need to dedicate several hours to the experience. Larger ziplining tours offer multiple ziplines that carry you between different points, but you can expect about 8 different rides during your adventure, with some visitors reaching speeds up to 35 mph.

If you’re looking for a ziplining experience on the Big Island, you can’t go wrong with the following tour providers:

Zipisle
Located at Botanical World near Hilo along the Hamakua Coast, Zipisle’s standard tours include 7 different ziplines and a suspension bridge that takes you over lush tropical rainforests. During your tour, you’ll see volcanoes, waterfalls, dense forested regions, and even whales – if you’re lucky enough to visit Hawaii during the winter months. Open 7 days per week, this is probably the best bang for your buck ziplining adventure on the island.

Umauma Falls Zipline Experience
16 miles north of Hilo, the Umauma Falls Zipline Experience takes guests across 9 ziplines covering more than two miles of the Big Island. You’ll see 14 waterfalls, suspension bridges, and get an excellent view of the ocean at the end of your tour. This is also the only legal way to see Umauma Falls up close, as the falls are located on private land.

Skyline Eco Adventures
Positioned a mile south of the gorgeous ‘Akaka Falls, Skyline Eco Adventures offers a tour encompassing 7 ziplines and a brief hike over lava fields. While you won’t see ‘Akaka Falls as part of this tour, planning ahead and checking out the falls before your ziplining adventure is a great way to spend an afternoon on the Big Island.

KapohoKine
Ziplining with KapohoKine means an 8 zipline adventure carrying you over two miles of river valleys and last almost four hours. The longest line on the Big Island, KapohoKine’s massive 2,400 foot line is a singular experience, providing a sense of momentum and speed unlike any other tour provider. You can also upgrade your tour with a hike and swim beneath a waterfall if you want to make a whole day of your eastern Big Island expedition.

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