The rugged mountains, lush forests, deep valleys and verdant plantations of Maui make it a destination for everyone from experienced zip line aficionados to newcomers to the activity. Factoring in both traveller sentiment and expert opinion, U.S. News determined that the following tours are the best available to make the most of your airborne adventure.
Note: Zipline tours have age and weight restrictions, which can vary from one company to the next. These tours are not recommended for anyone who’s pregnant.
Skyline Hawaii – Kaanapali 8-Line Adventure
A platform positioned over a 1,000-foot-deep valley and eight zip lines that sit as high as 150 feet above the ground are two of the standout features of this tour in Kaanapali. Its guides win enthusiastic praise for their adept assistance, knowledge and good humor. Tickets for this three-hour jaunt cost around $160 per person.
Tours start at 8 a.m. and noon daily except Sundays and select holidays. Skyline Hawaii offers a number of different zip line tours, including longer and shorter options, as well as one that combines the activity with a hike to a waterfall.
Piiholo Ranch Zipline – 5 Line Premiere Tour
This tour’s five zip lines – including side-by-side lines that are popular with families – speed over the gulches, forests and meadows of its namesake ranch. After riding a 1,420-foot line, tour-takers are driven back to the mountaintop for unimpeded views of the island. The lauded fifth ride, which is the longest side-by-side line available on Maui, takes travelers up to 600 feet in the air. Guides consistently win praise for their helpfulness, professionalism and knowledge about the sights. Tours take place several times daily, usually with 9 and 10 a.m. start times. However, schedules can vary by season, and afternoon tours may be available.
Tickets for the three-hour outing start at $165. (People who prefer to walk the course and forego zip lining can do so for $25.) Shorter tours and one that covers both zip lines and a 23-mile bike ride are available as well.
Maui Zipline – 5 Line Tropical Adventure
All the zip lines on this 1 ½-hour excursion are side-by-side so those who wish to race have that option. Lines range from 300 to 900 feet long. The family-oriented outing begins with a scenic walk to a point providing views of mountains, Haleakala and the island’s coast. Along the way, guides provide commentary about the region and its culture, which participants tend to find both amusing and informative. Tours take off daily at 10 a.m. and 12:30 and 3 p.m.
Tickets cost approximately $125 per person, but if a member of a group wishes to wander the grounds of the plantation without using the zip lines, they are welcome to do so for free.
NorthShore Zipline Co – Seven Zipline Adventure
The zip lines, towers, platforms and suspension bridges on this North Shore tour boast ocean views. Speeds on the lines, including one that extends 900 feet, can reach 40 mph. Tour-takers routinely describe the guides as patient, reassuring and entertaining.
Tours have several morning and afternoon start times every day except Sunday. Tickets for the approximately two hours of activity start at $119. (There’s a “Scaredy-Cat” refund offered to anyone who does not want to continue after the first two lines.) An added bonus for veterans and history buffs: The course is located on land that was once part of Camp Maui, the former headquarters for the U.S. 4th Marine Division during World War II. Related memorabilia and vehicles can be viewed on-site.
Jungle Zipline Maui – 8 Lines Zipline Eco Tour
In addition to offering eight zip lines, this tour features a tree-to-tree suspension bridge and two swinging bridges, as well as an optional free-fall ride. Tours occur hourly from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Tour-takers enjoy both the valley views and the friendly, knowledgeable and safety-committed staff. The ticket price – which is $135 for participants 17 and older and $67.50 for youngsters ages 6 to 16 – covers the two-hour tour, as well as snacks and beverages.
(Those who prefer to walk through the course’s tropical park can do so for $10.) Groups are usually limited to 10 people, but larger parties can be accommodated on request. Jungle Zipline Maui also offers a five-line version of the tour.
Kapalua Ziplines – 7 Dual Zip Line Tour
All seven zip lines on this tour – which measure nearly 10,000 feet in total – are dual cables that allow riders to zip along side-by-side and race another member of their group, if they so choose. The approximately 3 ½-hour expedition also includes hikes through the surrounding rainforest, plus an all-terrain vehicle ride on the mountains. Patrons deem guides knowledgeable about the area’s plants and animals, as well as capable of assisting riders. Outings begin daily at 8:30 and 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. from June through August. The price of tickets – about $210 per person – includes a locally grown pineapple and a reusable souvenir bottle.
Tours using five or six of the company’s lines are also available.