Ziplining is a very family friendly outdoor activity that allows you to zip through the lush rain forest canopy of the Big Island. The lines are suspended high above scenic areas and geological features such as ravines, jungles, meadows, and forests. A zipline tour lets you explore these surroundings as you soar through them at a height between ~30 and 200 ft above ground.
At the moment most of the zipline operators on the island have resumed their tours, you can read more about them below.
Table of contents
Table of Contents
- Zipline tours near Kona
- Kohala Zipline (open)
- Zipline tours near Hilo
What happens during a zipline tour?
Most ziplining tours are part of a multiple-hour “adventure”. Ziplines connect several scenic points including lush rainforest and one or more waterfalls. The number of lines differs for each tour operator with an average of ~ 8 ziplines per tour.
The height of the rides varies between 30 and 200 ft above ground. The speeds you can reach while soaring down depend on a lot of variables (including your weight) but speeds up to 35 mph are reachable.
Zipline tours on the Big Island
There are more and more companies offering zipline tours on the Big Island and some shopping around can get you a good deal. The biggest difference between the different tour operators is the location of the zipline tours and thus their accessibility and ‘scenic value’.
Depending on your location (Waimea/Kohala or Hilo) you have the following options to find a zipline tour:
Zipline tours near Kona (Kohala):
The zipline adventures on the north side of the Big Island are organized by Kohala Zipline, a sister company of Hawaii Forest & Trail.
Kohala Zipline canopy tours
Kohala Zipline offers zipline and canopy tours on the most northern tip of the Big Island close to Waimea. Their tours include 9 lines, 5 sky bridges, and a rappel, all located on private property. For an added fee the ziplining can be expanded with a hike to several on-property waterfalls and a dip in one of them. Transportation to and from most resorts in Kona and Waikoloa can be arranged.
See the following video for a preview of what the canopy ziplines are like:
The two most popular tours organized by Kohala ziplines are the 3 hour Kohala Canopy Adventure and the full day “Zip and Dip“, which includes the Kohala Canopy Adventure, lunch, a short hike, and a swim under a private waterfall.
Kohala Canopy Zipline Adventure
8 lines, 6 sky bridges, and a rappel make this the only full canopy tour on Hawaii Island. Set within a towering forest on a private nature reserve, this aerial adventure is perfect for beginners and experts alike. Certified guides ensure safety and comfort and share their extensive knowledge of the area’s natural and cultural history.
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours
By: Kohala Zipline
Free cancellation: up to 24 hours before tour
You can read more about each tour on our website.
Zipline tours in Hilo:
If you are based in Hilo you have the choice between 3 zipline operators at the Hamakua coast:
Umauma falls & zipline experience
Located 16 miles north of Hilo on the lush and tropical Hamakua coast, the highlight of this zipling tour is a pass by the the very scenic triple-tiered Umauma falls, which makes it into the top 5 of our list of favorite Big Island waterfalls.
Umauma Falls 9-lines Zipline Tour
No experience necessary! Zip with up to 65 miles per hour on 9 long lines, over 14 rushing waterfalls, suspension bridges, and treetops of the lush Hamakua coast rainforest.
Duration: 1.5 - 3 hours
Free cancellation: up to 24 hours before tour
The tour includes a complementary visit to their gardens and consists of 9 lines (4 of which are dual lines) covering over 2 miles of zipping as well as a walk over a suspension bridge. You will also get to see 14(!) waterfalls including private views of the Umauma falls.
Good to know: The zipline tour above is also available in combination with a waterfall swim.
Hawaii Zipline Tours
Hawaii Zipline Tours1 (formerly known as Skyline Eco Adventures) are located 1 mile south of the ‘Akaka Falls State Park on the Honomu Coast. Their tour includes in total 7 ziplines and a 1/2 mile hike over uneven terrain. Highlights are  a zipline that lets you soar over the 250 ft KoleKole waterfall and  a zipline over a 450-foot ravine.
Botanical World Adventures Zipline
Located at Botanical World (botanical gardens with an on-property maze and waterfalls), Botanical World Adventures is located on the Hamakua Coast, just a few minutes from Hilo. Their tour includes 8 ziplines *and* a suspension bridge. The video below shows the 8th and most spectacular line in their course:
KapohoKine “Zipline through paradise” (permanently closed)
This was an 8-line zip tour covering almost 2 miles of tropical river gorges and crosses multiple waterfalls. The longest line ran over 2.400 feet long, with the tour lasting 3.5 to 4 hours. Optional upgrades include lunch and a hike and swim to/in some of their on-property waterfalls.
Zipline tours in South Kona:
Fly Hi Ziplines closed in 2016, and we are not aware of any current zipline tours in the south Kona district.
Zipline Tours on other Hawaiian islands
Because of the tropical nature, waterfalls, and volcanoes, ziplining is a popular activity on all Hawaiian islands. We have written comparisons of all zipline offerings in the state: