You’ve checked off the first few items on your Kauai to-do list: sipping cocktails in a poolside cabana, walking on the beach, sampling poke at a local farmer’s market, taking a dip in the Koloa Landing Resort pool. But now it’s time to embark on the more adventurous items on your list. Booking a zipline adventure takes your Kauai vacation to another level with a fun, exhilarating experience that lets you soar above tropical forests and lush valleys. To get you started, here are a few of the best options for ziplining in Kauai.
Outfitters Kauai Zipline Tours
With a wide variety of ziplining tours and 10 different lines that glide over an array of stunning vistas, Outfitters Kauai has something for everyone, from experienced zipliners to those going on their first zipline experience. Take a tandem zipline tour, or soar like Superman on the longest zipline on Kauai (a full 3/4 miles of high-flying adventure!). Accepting kids age 7 and up who meet the height and weight requirements for the safety equipment, Outfitters Kauai offers a fun family adventure that everyone from your grade schooler to your picky teen can enjoy.
Skyline Kauai Zipline Adventure Tours
Zip into a harness and take flight over untouched Hawaiian rainforest on a Skyline Kauai zipline adventure tour. This zipline company offers two separate courses, a five-zipline option and an eight-zipline option. Both zipline tours offer amazing views of the Garden Isle, and you get instructions on how to safely travel above the canopy via ziplines before you take off. Skyline Kauai accepts zipline participants who are 10 and up and meet the physical requirements.
Koloa Zipline Tour Over the Waita Reservoir
Zoom over the gorgeous Waita Reservoir on a sturdy zipline as one of eight lines on this tour. Lessons on the basics of ziplining help first-time zipliners feel confident before leaving the ground, and snacks are provided at stops between each zipline. Kids age 7 and up are welcome to take part in the fun, making this particular tour a great choice for families with younger kids. Young children participating in ziplining with Koloa Zipline are often paired with a parent to meet weight requirements. For the more adventurous members of your group, Koloa Zipline also offers the Flyin’ Kaua’ian Harness as an option, which lets you do in-flight acrobatics such as upside-down or backwards ziplining.
Kauai Backcountry Adventures Zipline Trip
Ride a course of seven lines down a gorgeous mountainside with Kauai Backcountry Adventures. The course begins at the top of a mountain and ends at a bamboo grove and natural swimming hole at the bottom of a lush valley. Kauai Backcountry Adventures accepts participants age 12 and up who meet the weight requirements, so families with young teens can book a tour. The company also offers a mountain tubing adventure, so you can return for a relaxing ride down a gently flowing canal system that once irrigated the historic sugar plantations of Kauai.
Planning Your Hawaii Zipline Adventures
If you’re a fan of outdoor activities, a Kauai zipline tour is an ideal addition to your vacation itinerary. There are a few things to consider before you book your tour, though.
Age Restrictions for Ziplining in Hawaii
Not all zipline tours are suitable for all ages, so if you’ve got kids with you, seek out a tour that can accommodate smaller guests. In some cases, weight restrictions limit who can join in the fun.
Hours and Zipline Status
COVID-related restrictions and changes in tourism patterns have caused some companies to limit their zipline tours or even cancel them altogether. Princeville Ranch was once a premier zipline experience on Kauai, but the ranch permanently closed its zipline course in 2021 to concentrate entirely on horseback riding and related adventures. Call to check with your favorite Kauai zipline tour operator to make sure there’s availability on the days you want to go.
A zipline tour on Kauai is generally a safe and fun experience for those who meet the weight and height requirements set by the operators. Commercial ziplines are maintained and inspected regularly to keep them safe, and your guide can provide instruction and safety tips before you make the jump off the platform, so you can glide through the air completely confident in your safety gear. Zipline guides can also explain the safety procedures and equipment to nervous first-time zipliners to help you feel safe during the experience.
Dressing for a Zipline Tour
Most tour operators recommend athletic wear for your zipline experience. Wear something similar to what you’d wear on an island hike, avoiding loose clothes that could catch on something or get tangled up around you to spoil your view of the amazing scenery below. Closed-toe shoes are another requirement for traveling on ziplines over the lush forest canopy, and sunscreen is always a good idea whether you’re ziplining, swimming, kayaking or riding horses on a sunny Kauai day.
The cost of a zipline tour on Kauai depends on the specific location, the length of the tour and what comes included, but tours tend to run between $100- $200 for a zipline course lasting 2 to 3 hours. All tours include a guide who shows guests how to safely fly through the air in a zipline harness, as well as all the safety gear you need to have fun on your ride. Some might include snacks, water and lunch to keep you satisfied and hydrated during the adventure. You might also seek out a zipline tour operator that also offers other ways to explore the island, such as kayak tours and four-wheel-drive backcountry adventures, so you can book multiple things at once.
If you’re ready to explore life soaring above a gorgeous island landscape, contact Koloa Landing Resort to book your Kauai ocean-view villa and start planning an amazing zipline adventure the whole family can enjoy.