Ziplining

Kohala Zipline
North Kohala
2 women ziplining parallel from tree-based platform

Highlights

  • Thrilling activity using safe, state-of-the-art ziplining technology
  • 3 hour course includes 9 ziplines, 5 suspension bridges, 13 tree-based platforms, and 1 rappel from the final platform to the ground
  • In the tree course the entire time, no climbing up and down stairs for each zip
  • Only zipline course on the west side of the island, and the closest to Kona & Waikoloa
From
$181 per adult
  • Morning, Afternoon
  • Duration 3 hours

Pricing & Availability

Overview

This canopy tour traverses a forested, stream-rich land on the slopes of the extinct volcano, Kohala. With soaring platforms built into majestic trees, arching suspension bridges, and progressively longer ziplines, this aerial trekking course is both serene and thrilling at once. During this unique adventure, you will be securely clipped into a safety harness and equipped with your own braking system, and you will fly via a pulley system 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. Also enjoy a fun off-road drive on a 6-wheel Pinzgauer, as well as complimentary treats of local macadamia nuts, trail bars, and other snacks.

For those who want to more fully experience North Kohala and enjoy pick-up/drop-off service (optional) from Kona or Waikoloa, the full day Zip & Dip tour is for you! Combine ziplining in the morning with an afternoon hike nearby to private waterfalls (with option to swim) and a lunch overlooking stunning Pololu Valley from a private spot.

Booking Tips

  • The booking calendar above shows real-time availability. If the date/time is available (including for today), just select it and finish the booking process as soon as possible to claim your spots. There are only 8 spots per time slot, so don't wait too long!
  • 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. Mornings generally tend to be less windy than the afternoon.

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 (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 it's also exciting since you have to be in control of every step from impressive heights
Traveler Reviews
TravelShack Customer rating:

4.9 out of 5 stars
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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.

This Zipline Course: Must-Visit Recommendation

Location

  • North Kohala
Check-in: town of Hawi

Distance from Main Areas
30-45 min from Waikoloa
1-1.25 hours from Kona
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
  • No refunds after 48 hours prior to tour
Tax added at checkout
  • 4.4386% Hawaii sales tax (GET)
Restrictions
  • Must weigh 70-270 lbs and you will be weighed at check-in.
  • Tours go rain or shine. Weather cancellations at sole discretion of tour operator.
  • 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.