The Best Zipline Course on the Hilo Side of Hawaii

The Umauama Experience is just that, an adventure zipline tour that you won’t forget.

Summary: Heading to Hilo, cruising down the Hamakua Coast, or you need a reason for an adventure then stop at The Umauma Experience for some zipline action. Begins by zipping up to 65 miles per hour on 9 longlines, over 14 rushing waterfalls, suspension bridges, and treetops. Experience exhilarating panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean in this one-of-a-kind tour. Ages 4 and up – great for the whole family!

Umauma Falls 9-Zipline Tour Highlights

  • Duration: 2 to 3.5-hours
  • 14 beautiful waterfalls as you follow the Umauma gorge down
  • 2-Miles of exhilarating ziplining fun!
  • Speeds up to 65 miles per hour
  • 9 spectacular ziplines
  • 4 dual lines!
  • Cross a suspension bridge over a river gorge, lava tube, and fern grotto
  • Great for the whole family!
  • Ages 4 & up!

Click the Book Online button to find a time that works best for your group! Book early to get a time that fits with your itinerary. This tour is a perfect addition to a day in Hilo or on the way to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

On our trip down the Hamakua Coast, we stopped for some zipping at Umauma Falls. Erica and Henry did the Garden and Waterfall tour as I conquered the 9-line zipline course. Watch the video to experience the action.


Umauma Falls 9-Line Zipline Tour

Hawai’i Island’s Umauma Falls zipline has nine long lines with 2 MILES  of spectacular zipping, over 14 waterfalls, and great ocean views.  The first four lines are exciting long dual lines.

If you love waterfalls as we do, this Big Island zipline is what you’re looking for!  It has been said by many people who have toured other ziplines that “this is the best zipline on all the Hawaiian Islands.” The Umauma Falls zipline is probably why you came to the Big Island of Hawaii, even if you don’t know it yet.

At line #2, you will have time to view the beautiful scenery which includes a view of a 100-foot waterfall as you look toward the top of Mauna Kea.  Most people who live on the Big Island of Hawaii have never seen this beautiful waterfall. You also visit a shelter that overlooks the river as another river joins the mighty Umauma. Keep an eye out for the native Hawaiian hawk (I‘o) that lives in this area. On line #4 you will zip over 2,000 feet of river water and many falls.

Cross a 200′ suspension bridge that takes you 100′ over a water-filled lava tube and fern grotto to get to line #5.  You will get a close-up view of the dual waterfall part of the famous Umauma Falls at the end of line #7. You also get to view Umauma Falls from a special shelter for zipline guests only. Line #9 sends you back to where you started at the Visitors Center.

The Umauma Experience Location

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The Umauma Experience at Umauma Falls is located 20-minutes (14.5-miles) north of Hilo, on the east coast of Hawaii. From Kailua-Kona, it is a little less than 2-hours. If you are staying in Hilo or doing a driving tour from Kailua-Kona down the Hamakua Coast as we did in this video, then stop at Umauma Falls for a couple of hours of adventure.

Zipline Requirements and Restrictions

  • Duration: Our Zipline tours generally last somewhere between 1.5 – 3 hours. The tour length varies for each tour. Instruction and travel time can add some additional time for each tour.
  • No experience necessary
  • Ages 4 yrs. and up. Weight: 35 lbs. min – 275 lbs. max
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Tours run rain or shine. Rain-wear will be provided in the event of wet weather.
  • Closed-toe footwear, such as sneakers of hiking boots required. Be sure to tie back long hair. Glasses should be secured with a strap. Make sure you remove any sharp objects from your pockets.
  • Moderate – advanced physical activity – must be able to climb 3 flights of stairs and walk for short distances.
  • Pregnant women and those with serious medical conditions as well as persons with prior back and neck injuries are not permitted to participate.

Cancellation Policy

24-hour cancellation policy: Bookings canceled less than 24 hours before tour time will be charged in full.

FAQs: Umauma Falls Zipline Tour

What to bring on the 9-Line Zipline Tour?

Closed-toe shoes required. You can buy some water shoes there if you forget your shoes as I did. Shorts and a shirt required. They provide all the safety gear.

What if people in my party don’t want to zipline?

For those who are too young or not interested in ziplining, they can partake in a self-guided tour of the Umauma Falls and Garden for $12 plus taxes and fees. Book here.

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. You’ll have a chance to explore your comfort zone during your first three zips. You can exit the course at any time as you will have numerous guides leading the group down the mountain zipline course. A van can take you back to the starting point in front of Umauama Falls. Keep in mind, your safety and comfort are top priorities for the guides.

Can I watch my family or partner if I don’t zip?

Family and partners can watch you on zipline #9 as you cross over the gorge with Umauma Falls in the background. It makes for a wonderful picture opportunity.

Does the tour run rain or shine?

Yes. Their tour runs rain or shine. There are covered shelters throughout the course.

Can we do both the Zipline and ATV Tours on the same day?

Of course! Each of their tours are 2 to 2.5 hours long. We have a 9:30 am ATV tour that finishes at 11:30 am, giving you the opportunity to jump on their 1 pm Zipline Tour. If you would like to start the morning off ziplining, you can reserve their 10 am Zipline Tour ending at about 12 pm or 12:30 pm, then end the day on our 1 pm ATV Tour. Either way, you can enjoy a fun-filled family day with The Umauma Experience.

Do you provide transportation? (From Hilo or Kona)

Unfortunately, not at this time.

Is there a cancellation policy?

They have a strict 24-hour cancellation policy. If you need to cancel for any reason be sure to call and notify them 24-hours before your scheduled tour. You will then be issued a full refund. If you call within 24-hours Umauma Experience can possibly reschedule you, but no refund will be issued.

Will there be other outdoor activities besides ziplining?

Yes, they offer ATV tours, Umauma Falls & Garden Tour, waterfall rappels, and a zip and dip tour. Make a full day out of it. Check out their other tours here:

Umauma river with zipline

About The Umauma Experience Team

For me, the guides leading our zipline adventure made the trip even better. Their instruction, stories along the way, smooth operation of the course, and friendly faces had everyone laughing and enjoying the zipline. It was pouring rain for some of the trip but no one seemed to mind. 

Let the team at Umauma Experience tell ou about themselves here and why you should go with them on this epic adventure.

A memorable adventure is only as good as the guide leading your way. At the Umauma Experience, we know Hawaii is so much more than a beautiful place to get away from it all. You’re here for a once-in-a-lifetime experience and know memories are made here. Our hope is to enhance your time on our island with guides who bring a unique and fun perspective beyond the usual experience.

The Umauma Experience guides love adventure. They have deep knowledge of the landscape and a passion for the history and cultural heritage of Hawaii. Hawaii is more than just a destination; it’s a way of life for those of us who live here. Our guides live and breathe the outdoor life and will take that love of the great Hawaiian outdoors and share it with you no matter what adventure you choose. We want to show you what makes Hawaii and Umauma Falls unique, sharing local history and our experiences here, and give you a hands-on experience you’ll never forget.

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