Kohala Zip & Dip

Kohala Zipline
North Kohala
Transportation Included
Lunch Included
Tour viewing waterfall


  • Thrilling morning with 9 ziplines & 5 suspension bridges, all in the tree canopy
  • Afternoon hiking adventure to multiple waterfalls on private land, including swimming opportunity
  • Gourmet deli lunch at private spot overlooking stunning sea cliffs at Pololu Valley
  • Small group tour with expert guide who will share Hawaiian history and culture
$270 per adult
  • All Day
  • Duration 8 - 11 hours

Pricing & Availability


Fully experience North Kohala with thrilling zipping through the trees, hiking to waterfalls, and stunning coastal views. You’ll start the day with a 3 hour zipline canopy course, flying through the forest across 9 ziplines, climaxing with a 1,150-foot long zip 120 feet off the ground with speeds up to 45 mph and an exciting rappel from the final tree.

Afterwards, you'll be transported to the very end of the road of the northern tip of the Big Island, where you'll enjoy lunch at a private spot overlooking the famous Pololu Valley. You’ll then traverse an old cane road on private property to a trailhead. On a 1 mile loop trail hike, you’ll learn about sugar cane plantations of the 1900s and the innovative irrigation systems they used, as well as delve into ancient Hawaiian history, while also searching for tropical fruit to possibly pick and taste. You’ll pass 3 beautiful waterfalls, the last of which you can take a dip in the pool and play under the cascade.

COVID-19 UPDATE: For the foreseeable future, the tour is capped at 8-9 people max (often ends up less), and transportation from your lodging is not available (you need to meet in Hawi). A new private tour is also now available (transport may be available if needed on a case-by-case basis); pricing is $1,600, which includes up to 4 people and then $199 per additional guest (up to 8 people total). A private tour can be booked by selecting the second option (rather than Shared) in the booking form above. For larger groups (8+) or customizations, please contact us. This tour is also taking multiple steps to enhance sanitation and safety practices to minimize COVID-19 risks for guests and staff. For more details, see FAQ below.

Booking Tips

  • The zipline course is sometimes closed due to windy or stormy conditions, so please book early in your trip if possible in order to be able to reschedule if needed. 
  • Not available on the only day you can do? You can combine our half-day waterfalls hike/swim as a separate tour for the morning (8 am to around 1 pm) with our ziplining tour for the afternoon (1:30 pm or later), so booking 2 different tours, which are very near each other. However, you would be responsible for your own transport. Alternatively, if at least 2 days out, you can contact us with # of people and date, and we'll see if we can open up that date.
  • Don't have time for a full day tour? You could book ziplining on one day and then book the half-day waterfalls hike/swim as a separate tour on another day. The stand-alone waterfall tour is longer and sees more waterfalls than the "dip" part of Zip & Dip.

TravelShack's Choice

Why we recommend this option over others
  • Convenience: closest zipline course to Waikoloa and Kona, and the only one on the western side of the island
  • Newest course on the island, and therefore the safest and most cutting-edge technology, including the only one with WhisperLine-coated cables that reduce noise by over 50% and increases the durability of lines
  • Total of 9 ziplines is greater than most of the others (none have more)
  • Small group size for ziplining (maximum of 8-9 with 2 guides) means less waiting time and more personalized attention (others can be as much as 24 people)
  • You remain elevated on tree platforms throughout the tour (40-120 feet above the ground), which also means lots of shade and no walking up and down stairs between zips
  • You are an active, not passive, participant in control of your own speed and body position
  • Suspension bridges allow you to soak in the surroundings at a slower pace and also exciting since you have to be in control of every step from impressive heights
  • Hike and lunch are on private land that the tour has exclusive access to, so no other tour groups or buses are around
Traveler Reviews
TravelShack Customer rating:

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October 2019

Laura W wrote:

Wonderful trip! The views are amazing and the zip line was so much fun. We also thoroughly enjoyed the waterfall hike. All of the guides are fantastic.

September 2019

Suzanne L wrote:

It was so much fun. Our tour guide Nick was great and gave us a ton of information. I am scared of heights but felt so safe in the harness that it was no problem to go across the ziplines. Brett (who helped us along the zipline) was fun and made us feel comfortable with reaching the far platform. The "hike" to the waterfall was more of a short path, but the waterfall was pretty and the water was very refreshing. Overall, it was one of the highlights of our trip. I highly recommend it!

July 2019

Marian C wrote:

What an AMAZING experience!! Nic & Bren were great to give such great history & local information about the region in addition to being great zipline instructors!! We told everyone we saw afterwards that it was a wonderful trip!! If we go back to the Big Island, we will be back to Kohala Zip & Dip!!

Guidebook Reviews

Fodor's Guidebook:

One of the few ways to really see the untouched beauty of the Big Island is to fly over its lush forests, dense tree canopies, and glorious rushing waterfalls on a zipline. An exhilarating adventure for all ages

Kohala Zipline features a thrilling, above-the-canopy adventure in a small group. It’s designed for all ability levels and focuses on fun and safety with easy, confident braking. You’ll feel like a pro by the last platform.

Lonely Planet Guidebook:

Ziplining has grown enormously popular in Hawaii as a thrilling ride among the treetops.

Kohala Zipline: Must-Visit Recommendation


  • North Kohala
  • Kona, Waikoloa, North Kohala
Near town of Hawi

Distance from Main Areas
30-45 min from Waikoloa (pick-up included)
1-1.25 hours from Kona (pick-up included)
1 hr 45 min from Hilo
Frequently Asked Questions
  • Tree platforms were built to not hinder the growth of the trees and so they can be easily removed, and all course elements use sustainably harvested lumber from onsite
  • Supports conservation & education organizations with in-kind and financial support
  • Supported by Kohala Preserve Conservation Trust
  • Recognized at the local, state, and international levels as a leader in sustainable tourism
  • Certified by the Hawai’i Ecotourism Association
Terms and Conditions
Cancellation Policy
  • Fully refundable until 24 hours prior to the tour
Tax added at checkout
  • 4.712% Hawaii sales tax (GET)
  • Must weigh 70-270 lbs and you will be weighed at check-in.
  • Tours go rain or shine. Weather cancellations at sole discretion of Kohala Zipline
  • Must wear closed-toe shoes
  • Not recommended for those fearful of heights
  • Should not have neck or back problems, health conditions that could require immediate attention, or expectant mothers
  • No children under 8. Children 8-13 must be accompanied by an adult on tour. Minors must have parent or legal guardian sign a Participation Agreement.