People often fantasize about going to zip line in Oahu, or any exotic location. And what better time to fulfill that fantasy than on your next trip to Hawaii? It is the perfect way to spend a day on this beautiful island of Oahu.
You’ll see amazing views (of course!). You’ll see film locations for major motion pictures. You might even spot an animal or two as you race across the sky.
Why zip line in Oahu?
Zip lining offers a beautiful view of the surrounding landscape. But you already know that, right?
What you might not know is that it also provides a serious adrenaline rush! Rollercoasters give you a falling sensation that definitely isn’t for everyone. On the other hand, zip lining gives you the sensation of gliding, or flying across landscapes!
Tips for your zip line experience
Zip lines can vary in height and length, which determines how fast a rider can go on the zip. This also allows for a multitude of intensities depending on which ride you experience. Choose an intensity level that’s right for you to ensure you have the most fun possible.
If it’s your first time zip lining, we recommend that you start on a shorter zip line. Once you’ve had a go at one of the more rudimentary setups, you’re ready to work your way up. This provides the opportunity to get a feel for what it is you’re getting into.
The longer the zip line, generally, the taller the line. Which in turn means the faster you’re going to fall. If you suffer from a fear of heights, try to look at the horizon while on the zip line. This keeps your focus on the road ahead, and all the wonderful sights.
Don’t look down, you can explore all that later!
A few words of warning when zip lining
Now for a few warnings and heads up; sorry to spoil the fun! Most zip lining companies have similar rules for who can and can’t ride. If you’re 18 years or older, the zip line company will have you sign a waiver and you should be golden.
If you’re under 18, your guardian is required to do so for you. Also, for the most part, children under age 7 are unable to ride. Other guidelines include weight and height minimums and limits. They don’t mean to discriminate, as the idea is to have fun and be safe too.
You must weight at least 80 pounds to ride most zip lines. The ceiling for weight varies by provider, but 300 lbs. tends to be the maximum.
How to choose a zip line operator
When choosing which zip line tour company you want to go with, take a look at the lines offered. In Oahu, there are a limited number of tour operators. The number does change as you travel from island to island.
Ask yourself a few questions as you choose your zip line tour operator:
- Do they offer great scenic views?
- Are they better suited for people who have never done it?
- How high off the ground are they?
- Are they child friendly, or more geared towards adults?
These basic questions will help you make the right decision when choosing a zip line tour.
What to bring for your zip line in Oahu
In preparation for your zip line excursion, you will need to bring a few things.
- First, guests will want to wear closed-toed shoes. Operators will not allow you to zip line without them.
- Second, pack bug repellent and wear long pants. You never know what type of environment you will be in.
- Last, bring a camera as there will likely be a lot of picturesque spots you won’t want to miss out on capturing!
Choosing the perfect zip lining experience can seem daunting. Luckily, Oahu has several great zip line tour operators to choose from. Listed below are a select few that we find our guests have had success with:
Climbworks Keana Farms
$169 / person
The farm offers a wide arrange of zip lines, from 500 feet long to almost a half a mile long. Offering 8 zip lines to choose from, the lines are designed to provide a great view of the nearby beaches and mountains.
Zip line tours here aren’t just about the zip lines; you’ll also take a two mile ATV ride to the the zip lines, get to taste local, fresh fruit and experience Keana Farm. Tours are three hours long.
$159.95 / person
Here you can zipline through Jurassic Park! Kualoa Ranch is home to several locations that were used in films, including Jurassic Park.
The ranch has seven zip lines, which range in length from 200 feet to over a quarter mile in length. Kualoa Ranch also offers tow suspension bridges and three miniature hiking trails. Tours last two and a half hours and start every half hour from 9 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.
Bay View Mini-Putt and Zipline
$40 for 3 rides
Bay View offers a different zip line experience in that you zip line over their putt putt golf course while enjoying a view of Kaneohe Bay.
The zip line is 400 feet long, and riders can experience speeds up to 25 miles per hour. Bay View offers zip lining for $40 for three rides. There are also combo deals available for those who want to zip line and putt putt.
Ready to zip line in Oahu?
Looking to try something different? Want to add some more adventure to your life? Or maybe you just love zip lining, and are trying to figure out who’s the best provider. No matter the situation, Oahu offers a few different choices of zip lines for you to ride and enjoy.
Each zip lining experience will be different and offer something unique to every person. We hope we’ve given you ample information to make an informed decision. Now go out there and spread your wings!
Have you seen all of Oahu?
If you want to get the total picture of the island of Oahu, then be sure to also check out our circle island tour, Island and You, where we take you around this amazing island and share it’s history, culture, vistas and food with you. Island and You is the tour where you can “Eat Local, Feel Local”, so click here to learn more and book your tour today!