Big Island - Kona Zipline
New to the Kona area, a zipline course that is close by all the resorts and the cruise ship dock in downtown Kailua-Kona. We also offer zipline tours in the Kohala area and a waterfall zipline tour north of Hilo.
Kona Eco Adventures Zipline
Price: $149.00 per participant
Visitors to the Big Island now have the chance to experience the South Kona area in a new way ... zipping through a misty Hawaiian forest of ancient Ohia and Koa trees. Led by knowledgeable and well-trained tour guides born and raised in the Kona area, participants soar from tree to tree with a birds-eye view of the slopes above Kealakekua.
Check in is at the Keauhou Shopping Center at the south end of Alii Drive in Kona. Participants are transported from there to the zipline course at the 2000 foot elevation of Mauna Loa. The air here is cooler than sea level, and the air is often misty in this "cloud forest." The tour typically runs a little over three hours and includes eight ziplines and two suspension bridges that stretch between platforms mounted high in the trees. Part way through the tour you'll zip in and out of the Ohia Tree Hut where you'll enjoy a healthy local snack and views of the flora and fauna from above.
Location: Check in at their location in the Keauho Shopping Center, 78-6831 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Schedule: Tours are approximately 3 hours in length and are held seven days a week at 9am, 11am, and 1pm. Additional time slots may be added during peak season.
Tour Includes: Transportation from the checkin location to the course, 8 ziplines of various lengths with the longest line being 1100', 2 suspension bridges, snacks served at the Ohia Hut part way through the tour.
Weight Guidelines: Guests MUST weigh a minimum of 80 pounds and a maximum of 250 pounds. A scale is used at checkin and no refunds are given for anyone who misrepresented their weight when making a reservation.
Physical Limitations: No pregnant women, and no one with recent neck / back / bone injuries may participate. The zipline course requires a low to medium degree of physical stamina and is suitable for most guests who are in good health.
Group Size: Tour limited to a maximum of 8 guests.
What to Bring & Wear: Closed-toed shoes that fit securely on your feet (like sneakers or hiking boots), long pants or shorts that are longer (approaching knee length), shirts with sleeves (no tank tops). Also bring a water bottle, camera, day pack, etc.
Cancellation / Weather Policy: 48 hours advanced notice required to cancel a tour. No refunds are given for tours canceled within 48 hours. Tours go out rain or shine; no refunds are given for weather cancellations unless the tour operator cancels the entire tour due to extreme weather.
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Cruise ship passengers are able to do this tour while in port in Kailua-Kona. Allow plenty of time to make it to shore though since this is a tender port. A cab ride of about 10 minutes is required to get to the checkin location. You may be able to use the Keauhou Shopping Center Shuttle on the way back. We recommend doing the 10am or 11:100am tour time to allow ample time to make it to the tour, but still allow plenty of time to get back to the ship.
Kauai and Maui vacationers have enjoyed the luxury of multiple zipline tour options for years. Our Big Island clients have been clamoring for this kind of activity for some time. The wait for a zipline on the Big Island ended in 2009 and we were thrilled to offer the Big Island Eco Adventures zipline tour to our clients. Since then, a host of courses have opened up on the Big Island and we now offer a variety of zipline experiences there. But now with this expansion, the folks from Big Island Ecoadventures have opened a sister company in the Kona area and now there is a zipline tour in close proximity to the resorts in Keauhou and along Alii Drive in downtown Kailua-Kona.
This course offers an excellent zipline option for people who don't want to drive two hours to the northern tip of the island and one of the Kohala courses, which offer a similar zipline experience to this one. Some people may still be interested in our Hilo zipline tour page that features the Umauma Zipline Experience. While they are a further drive from the resorts, they do offer a thrilling zipline tour with amazing views of more waterfalls than I could count (while zipping past them at high speed)! If you plan to drive to Hilo to visit the volcano, you might consider that course because the waterfalls do add an element that is missing at this course here in Kona.
We recommend this tour for anyone who is staying in the Kailua-Kona area who knows they want to go ziplining and don't want to drive to the other side of the island. For guests staying in the Waikaloa Beach area, it's really about the same distance to drive to either the Kona Zipline or one of the Kohala Ziplines. For those guests, we suggest driving to Kohala because it really is a beautiful area.
By the way, 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 on 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! 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. But this process adds time and delays the tour. A person who is over the weight limit would come in just a little too fast on many lines, and create braking issues that could be jarring. So, weight limits are there for everyone's safety and enjoyment of the tour.