Ziplining Destinations in Hawaii Worth Trying

Kualoa Rock, Mokolii Island
Kualoa Rock, Mokoli'i Island | © mauritius images GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo
Kalena McElroy

Experiencing Hawaii on land is enjoyable enough, but experiencing it from the air offers an entirely new perspective. With a range of options, ziplining is an unmissable island activity. Here are six of Hawaii’s best ziplining spots.

Hawaii is a destination for adventure seekers. Specifically those looking to see the islands through its trees, hanging by what feels like a thread in the air. Across the islands, visitors will find an array of options for ziplining. Tours will go through everything from adventurous spirits within the mountains, and soar across valleys and towering waterfalls. Here are six worth checking out.

1. Kualoa Ranch Zipline, Oʻahu

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Landscape of Kualoa Ranch & Zipline, Oahu Island, Oahu, Hawaii, Aloha State, USA
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Kualoa offers many excursions including horseback riding, ATV tours, boating, and a movie site tour in addition to the extremely popular ziplining tour. This working cattle ranch is located on the east side of the island and is the most filmed location in the state. Guests zoom over the iconic Kaʻaʻawa Valley used as the backdrop for the Jurassic Park films, Windtalkers, King Kong, and many more Hollywood blockbusters.

2. Koloa Zipline, Kauaʻi

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The daring have the option to fly head first – Superman-style – across eight lines on Kauai’s Koloa Zipline. Skimming over a marsh and zipping through the forest are just a two of the unique lines guests can expect on the tour. It’s also possible to book a sunset or night excursion and fly under the light of the full moon.

3. Flyin Hawaiian Zipline, Maui

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Visitors take a 4×4 vehicle to the start of the zipline in Waikapu Valley in West Maui where over 2.5mi (4km) of cable awaits—making it the longest zipline tour in Hawaii. Highlights of this experience are definitely the panoramic views of the north and south shores, as well as the majestic Haleakalā volcano off in the distance.

4. Skyline Eco-Adventures, Maui, Big Island & Kauaʻi

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Akaka Falls. Akaka Falls State Park. Hawaii, The Big Island
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Skyline Eco-Adventures runs zipline tours on three islands – with tours at Akaka Falls, Poipu, Haleakalā, and Kaʻanapali – and all of them are impressive. Each offer jaw-dropping views, but the Akaka Falls tour on the Big Island is a definite showstopper. Adventurers fly right over a 250ft (76m) rushing waterfall before soaring over the river and gulch – remember your camera on this one.

5. Kohala Zipline, Big Island

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Kohala Forest Reserve, North Kohala, Big Island of Hawaii
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Visitors take flight from the canopy of the Kohala forest as part of an aerial trekking course that includes bridges, rappelling, and ziplines. From up in the air you can view the coastline, ancient Hawaiian agricultural terraces, and on a clear day the nearby island of Maui. There is also an option to extend the expedition and swim under a private waterfall – a great way to cool off from the heat and end the adventure.

6. CLIMB Works Keana Farms, Oʻahu

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CLIMB Works is located on a working tropical fruit farm not far from the famous waves of the North Shore – also perfectly situated to grab lunch at one of the famous Kahuku shrimp trucks. This excursion is unique because there are eight sets of parallel ziplines, so guests can go at the same time as their friends. The tour includes flights with constant views of the ocean, rappelling, sky bridges, and a short ATV ride to the mountaintop.

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