Cruise Ship Passengers
The Big Island zipline tours, Umauma and Akaka Falls Ziplines are available for cruise ship passengers in Hilo. A cab ride of about 30 minutes is required, or we can arrange a rental car with cruise ship dock pickup. Because of the distance from the docks in Hilo and Kona, the Kohala Zipline is not practical for cruise ship passengers.
Big Island Zipline Tours do not require any special levels of upper body strength … guests wear a harness and are clipped into the zip line pulley using redundant lines. When you see photos of zippers holding onto a bar or a strap, it’s just for steering purposes to keep facing forward. You don’t actually have to hold yourself up! These courses are professionally installed to the highest level of zipline industry standards. Weight restrictions have nothing to do with the ability of the line to hold someone’s weight … the lines are engineered to hold the weight of a pregnant elephant! A person who is over the weight limit could come in just a little too fast and create braking issues that could be jarring or dangerous for the guides trying to slow them down. If a person is too light, they may not make it all the way to the other side. This isn’t really a safety issue as the guides can easily deploy a line and pull the partially unzipped zipper to the other side … or in the case of Kohala Zipline you can easily get the rest of the way by pulling yourself over. But this process takes extra time and delays the tour for everyone else so weight limits are there for everyone’s safety and enjoyment.
One word of caution: after you do one of these zipline tours you will never want to go anywhere on vacation if they don’t have a zipline for you to ride! Yes, it’s that much fun!