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Seventeen miles north of Hilo is a gorge famous for its series of picturesque waterfalls and tropical gardens. Triple-tiered Umauma Falls has been a major attraction of this area for decades … but now the Umauma Zipline Experience takes people higher up the gorge for a zipline adventure of a lifetime. The upper falls area is not open to the public except for participation in this zipline tour. The Umauma Zipline offers 9 lines with nearly 2 miles of zipping excitement. The two longest lines are 1700 feet and 2200 feet and both of lines soar above the gulch with views of one waterfall after another.
Line 1 provides an exciting introduction to the zipline experience, and leads you to the edge of the gulch where you can look upstream for views of a 100 foot waterfall in the distance. Line 2 is a fun tandem “racing line” … guests zip side by side on a 1700 foot line with waterfall views that will take your breath away! Line 3 runs parallel to the gorge and is typically where the upside down action begins. That’s right! For those who are really looking for a thrill you can zip upside down on this course!
Line 4 is the signature line of the course … at 2200 feet in length it is the longest line … and from start to finish this line passes directly over (down) Umauma Stream. This line offers the very best waterfall views, passes very close to some trees on the far side of the stream, and offers a view of a the spot where Umauma Stream actually passes through a natural lava arch.
A short walk up to the start of Line 5 and as you zip you get another look down at the stream and the natural lava arch. Lines 6-8 offer garden and ocean views zipping close to palm trees. As you walk from line to line, you stop at a pavilion for a photo op at the world famous Triple-tiered Umauma Falls.
Finally you come to the final line. Line 9 starts deceptively tame as you are just a few feet off the ground. Then you pass through a narrow opening in the trees and suddenly you emerge out over the gorge one last time. The landing platform is right next to the visitor’s center. The tour length varies depending on the speed of the group … typically the 9 line course takes between an hour and a half and three hours.
There are now several zipline tours on the Big Island of Hawaii and almost every one shows pictures of a waterfall that’s somewhere near their course. There are only two courses that really zip directly over what you can really consider a beautiful waterfall, and Umauma Zipline takes that up one huge notch. There are so many waterfalls you see while on this zipline tour that you lose count! Click the video below and watch in amazement, then book this tour today!