Zipline

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October 29, 2014

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Zipline Activities in Kaanapali, Haleakala, Kapalua

A zipline is a wire that is strung very high above the ground, attached to trees or other anchors at each end.  You dangle from that high wire, attached by straps or harness or ropes or pulleys.  You then ride for a few seconds at a time, very fast, along the wire, from one platform or hill or tree to another.

There are several zipline sites on Maui, with significant differences between the lengths of the rides, how to get to them, their costs, and what comes with the ride.  So see the section below for a discussion about those choices of Maui ziplines.

Ziplines can be dangerous.  As with all activities, discuss the risks with the tour operator and investigate on your own before deciding.  You will need closed toed shoes.  Ziplines are not for pregnant women or people with back problems or other medical conditions.

See photo below.  See comparison of various Maui zipline companies below.

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Maui Zipline tours compared

Note that only a short part of the total tour lengths are spent actually riding on the ziplines.

Maui Zipline Company

This zipline tour offers five lines at the Maui Tropical Plantation.  It’s the only Maui zipline that can accommodate people as young as 5 years old and between 50-250 lbs.  The ziplines range from 300′-900′ and all lines are tandem, allowing two people to zip side by side.  The tour is centrally located in Wailuku, which is about 30 minutes from Wailea and 45 minutes from Lahaina.  The tour lasts about 2 hours and is one of the the lowest priced ziplines on Maui.  Non-zippers can walk along free.

Maui Zipline Company details, prices, or reservations

Maui zipline

This zipline company has a 7-line adventure that includes lunch in the middle.  Lines are 525 to 2060 feet long, all with double lines running parallel so two riders can go side by side.  Total tour length is four hours, beginning with a ride in a 4-wheel-drive vehicle up the West Maui Mountains, to a 2000 square foot observation deck at 1400 feet elevation.  The views are beautiful from the deck and from the ziplines.  It’s one of the country’s largest zipline courses, and is near Kapalua, about 15 minutes north of Kaanapali.

Haleakala Skyline Tour

This is one of two ziplines offered by Skyline Eco-Adventures, a company founded in 2002.  Their Haleakala Skyline Tour includes a short hike plus five zipline crossings.  It’s in the cool Upcountry area of Maui, on the side of Haleakala volcano (not in the crater).  You have to drive up to Highway 378, which is over an hour away from the resort areas of Kaanapali and Wailea.   This is one of the the shortest time tours and one of the least expensive Maui ziplines.

Haleakala Skyline details, prices, or reservations

Kaanapali Skyline Adventure

This is the second of the two zipline areas offered by Skyline Eco-Adventures.  Their Kaanapali Skyline Adventure includes a ride in an off-road vehicle up into the hills, hike, lunch, and eight ziplines.  It’s in a warmer part of Maui than the above Haleakala tour.  You meet first at the Fairway Shops on the main highway in Kaanapali, so this is a close location if you are staying on the west side of Maui (Lahaina-Kaanapali-Honokowai-Kahana-Kapalua), but over an hour away if you are staying in Wailea or Kihei (south side).  This is a longer tour, lasting about 4 hours, including ride and breakfast or lunch, and so is more expensive than the above Haleakala Skyline tour. Or you can take their unique “Zip & Dip” tour where your first zipline ends with a dip into a freshwater mountain pool.

Piiholo Ranch Zipline

This company offers more choices than the above ziplines.  You can go on four ziplines or on five, and can add climbing on their “Tango Tower.”  It’s also the only Maui Zipline in which up to four people can zip side-by-side.  Or you can skip the ziplines and just do a walk-along.  The Piiholo Ranch even offers horseback riding too.  Your startup location for this zipline is near Makawao, a town in Upcountry, so not near the resort areas, but not quite as far as the Haleakala Skyline.  Cost is higher than either Haleakala or Kaanapali Skylines.

Flyin’ Hawaiian Zipline

This course has 8 ziplines, including the longest zipline in Hawaii.  That longest line is 3200 feet across three ridgelines and two valleys, and takes more than a minute to zip, with speed reaching as high as 60 mph.  The tour starts at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Maui’s central valley, about 30-45 minutes drive from the resort areas of West Maui or South Maui.  The total tour, including all 8 ziplines and hiking and being driven to and from the start and end points by their guides, takes up to 5 hours.

Flyin’ Hawaiian Zipline details, prices, or reservations

Maui zipline

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