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Kohala Zip & Dip Highlights
- Duration: 6-hours round trip, departs from Kohala Zipline headquarters in Hawi town
- Take a fun off-road drive through private lands
- Stroll through a private nature reserve and see three secluded waterfalls
- Swim under a private waterfall
- Eat lunch at our private picnic spot overlooking Polulu Valley
- Fly through Kohala Zipline’s full aerial canopy course, including 8 lines, 6 sky bridges, and a rappel
- Complimentary snacks and drinks are available throughout the tour
Kohala Zipline Zip & Dip Adventure
I’m not going to lie to you, this zipline tour is expensive. But, here is the but, Kohala Zipline provides the best zipline experience while being a close drive from Kailua-Kona and the Kohala resorts. Make a day of it as you can visit Pololu Valley, check out the town of Hawi, and have an amazing day exploring the canopy above Halawa Gulch.
Check out Kohala Zipline Canopy Adventure if you’re looking for a shorter tour.
Experience the only full canopy tour on the island, featuring 8 lines, 6 sky bridges, and a rappel, during the Kohala Canopy Adventure tour. Designed and built within a towering forest on a private nature reserve, this elevated adventure is perfect for all – whether you’re a beginner or seasoned expert. Kohala Zipline’s certified zipline guides promise both safety and comfort while sharing their knowledge of the area’s natural and cultural history.
Spend an exhilarating and inspiring day in North Kohala and experience a land of stunning beauty and profound cultural significance. Zipline well above the forest floor, picnic on the rim of Pololu Valley & swim under an exclusive waterfall fed by a cool mountain stream.
The tour starts at their store in Hawi at 55-515 Hawi Road, Hawi, HI 96719. Kohala Zipline will transport you in a Pinzgauer, an open-air, 6 wheel-drive all-terrain vehicle originally designed for the Swiss military. This 20-minute trek passes through Kapaau, a small plantation town and home to the statue of King Kamehameha, then climbs off-road through macadamia nut orchards with flocks of wild turkeys and open ranching lands with sweeping ocean views.
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Zipline Tour Facts
- 8-Line Zipline Canopy Tour
- 2 certified canopy guides on every tour
- Rated easy to moderate
- Approx. 2.5 – 3 hours, start to finish
- Rainwear, water, all safety gear included
- Schedule: Approximately 6 hours round trip, departs from Kohala Zipline Headquarters in Hawi
- Included in the Tour: Snack, deli-style lunch with assorted soft drinks and juices
- Gear Provided: Walking sticks, warm wear, towels, day packs, and rain ponchos
Zipline Tour Requirements
- Participants must be at least 8 years old
- Weigh between 70 and 270 lbs. Participants will be weighed at check-in
- Must be able to walk over uneven terrain and handle one short walk up about 25 stairs. This tour is not for expectant mothers.
- Guests must wear closed-toe walking shoes and pants, capris, or knee-length shorts. No tank tops, Short-shorts, or any clothing that may allow direct skin contact with the harness.
FAQs: Kohala Canopy Adventure Zipline
What to bring on the Zip & Dip tour?
Closed-toe shoes required. Bring a bathing suit (can be worn under clothes), hat, sunscreen, and a light jacket.
What is the water temperature in the cool mountain pool for the swim?
Water temperature varies by season and the amount of rainfall. Temperatures range between 65 and 75 degrees F.
What happens if I decide I don’t want to zip anymore? How do I get down?
Zipline tours are adventures, by definition unusual, exciting, and somewhat daring. Kohala Zipline on the Big Island of Hawaii accommodates participants who want to try a canopy tour only to find out that it’s not for them. You’ll have a chance to explore your comfort zone during your first two tree-based zips, after which you have an option to exit the course at Platform Three. While it is technically possible to exit at any time during the Kohala Canopy Tour, doing so may delay fellow participants in your and even in subsequent groups. Keep in mind, your safety and comfort are top priorities for our guides. Certified to the rigorous standards of the Association for Challenge Course Technologies (ACCT), they understand fear, and they will stand by you all the way as you jump and soar to your final triumphant rappel.
What if I have never zipped before?
The Kohala Canopy Tour on the Big Island of Hawaii appeals to experienced zip-line followers and first-time explorers alike. If you are new to ziplines, please know that your safety and comfort always come first and that we have one of the best guide to guest ratios in Hawaii (1 guide for every 4 guests). Your first zip at the beginning of the tour is a short practice run, with as sole purpose education: Our guides provide detailed, hands-on instructions and teach you how to adjust your speed and orientation. As you glide from tree to tree during the course itself, guides are available to help you at each platform, a strategy that’s part of our redundant safety systems. There is time on the platforms for the guides to answer all your questions, from basic know-how to place-based inquiry and technical intricacy.
Can I watch my family or partner if I don’t zip?
Right now, we don’t have an observer option available but hope to have that available soon.
Will there be other outdoor activities besides ziplining?
You’ll be in the trees most of the time, and zipping from platform to platform is at the heart of Kohala Canopy Tour. The zip line tour also features other activities that are integral to your experience. We’ll transport you to and from our Big Island site in a Pinzgauer, an open-air, 6 wheel-drive all-terrain vehicle originally designed for the Swiss military. This 20-minute trek passes through Kapaau, a small plantation town and home to the statue of King Kamehameha, then climbs off-road through macadamia nut orchards with flocks of wild turkeys and open ranching lands with sweeping ocean views. Within the zip line course, you’ll cross several sky bridges arching high above a gulch, and you’ll hike one short slope to a resting spot. Finally, you’ll get to test your skills at rappelling as well, but rest assured that our guides will assist you at all times.
About Kohala Zipline Team
Kohala Zipline was founded in 2011 by Rob and Cindy Pacheco, owners and operators of Hawaii Forest & Trail. With more than 20 years of experience in the tour industry, Rob and Cindy set out to build a canopy tour that would provide a completely unique experience from other ziplines in Hawaii. To design and construct the course they hired Bonsai Designs, one of the largest and most experienced zipline and canopy tour builders in the nation. No expense was spared, from top-of-the-line safety systems to design elements that maximize the guest experience. From these beginnings, our goal has always remained the same: to operate a world-class canopy tour for Hawaii Island, and we are proud to say that we do.
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