Ziplining on the Big Island: A Complete Overview

Big Island Guide Travel Guide

A family-friendly outdoor activity, ziplining is an adrenaline-filled way of seeing the natural wonders of Hawaii’s Big Island in a fun an exciting activity. Zipping through the lush, tropical rainforests of the Big Island, these ziplines are constructed above canyons, jungles, open meadows, and dense forested terrain. Only a zipline tour allows visitors to witness these natural features while soaring above them between 30-200 feet in the air. Like so many activities on the Big Island, it’s a fun and memorable experience that won’t be easily replicated elsewhere.

What’s a zipline tour like?
The term zipline tour begs the question: just how many ziplines could there be? Answer: plenty, and you’ll likely be ferried between multiple locations in order to experience the vastness of the Big Island from the air. That’s why you should review each zipline tour company and see what access they have to which areas of the island before making a decision.

Most zipline tours last multiple hours, with several scenic points being connected throughout the experience. You’ll see lush tropical rainforests on one zipline, waterfalls on the next, and deep, mountainous valleys to follow. Most tour operators promise between 5-8 different ziplines per tour and some include swimming at waterfalls or other optional activities.

Heights vary between 30 and 200 ft above ground, with speeds reaching up to 35 mph. Not for the faint of heart or those who fear heights, but each zipline company touts being licensed and insured with safety at the forefront of their tour packages.

How much does it cost?
Depending on the season and tour, prices for a zipline tour range between $200-$300 per person. Much of the cost variation depends on which package you choose and how many lines are included.

Available Zipline Tours on the Big Island
There are several zipline tour companies on the Big Island, so it’s a good idea to review each one before choosing who to go with. You’ll want to consider a few factors: location, accessibility, and price. While a zipline tour on the other side of the island may offer more variety in the environment, the cost and time spent traveling may turn you toward another option closer to where you’re staying. Most of the tours are on the Hamakua and Northern Kohala coasts.

Find out more about Hilo and Hamakua Zipline Tours

Umauma Experience Tours
Soar above waterfalls, marvel at the ocean views and enjoy an exciting adventure with over two miles of zip lines.
31-313 Old Mamalahoa Highway
Hakalau, Hawaii 96710

Zip Isle at Botanical World
31-240 Old Mamalahoa Highway
Hakalau, Hawaii 96710

Find out more about Kohala Zipline Tours

Kohala Zipline
Kohala Zipline Canopy Tour and the Kohala Zip and Dip Tour offer multiple ziplining experiences along the Big Islands rugged, geographically diverse northern region.
55-515 Hawi Road
Hawi, HI 96719

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