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Schedule: Tours 3-4 days per week. Approximately 8-9 hours round trip, departs from Hawaii Forest & Trail Kona Headquarters, Waikoloa Queen’s Marketplace, the Shops at Mauna Lani, and Kohala Zipline Hawi Headquarters.
Rated: Easy; Ages 8 and up welcome.
Included in the Tour: Snacks, deli style lunch served with assorted drinks, juices, and water, chips, and a dessert.
Gear Provided: Walking sticks, warm wear, towels, day packs, rain ponchos, harnesses, helmets, and gloves.
Prices: $299.00 per person, plus tax.
Group Size: Tour limited to a maximum of 8 guests.
Restrictions: Physical – Must weigh between 70 and 270 lbs. Participants will be weighed at check-in. Must be able to walk over uneven terrain and handle short climb. This tour is not for those with back or neck problems, expectant mothers, or those who are fearful of heights.
What to Bring & Wear: Closed-toe shoes required. Bring a bathing suit (can be worn under clothes), hat, sunscreen, a light jacket or sweatshirt, and your own water bottle.
North Kohala is a land of stunning beauty and profound cultural significance. Towering waterfalls and resplendent forests create the backdrop on which the story of King Kamehameha the Great begins. Join us for an exciting and educational adventure in the lands of Hawaii’s first king. Old Hawaii comes alive on the Kohala Zip & Dip as you zipline high above the forest floor, picnic on the rim of Pololu Valley and swim under a private waterfall.
The tour begins with a wonderful drive of contrast and change from the dry-side resort area to the lush green country of Kohala. Along the way you’ll journey up the North Kona and Kohala coastlines over lava flows from Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea and the Kohala Mountains. Often from the shoreline you are able to see splashing spinner dolphins or in the winter months, breaching humpback whales.
Past the quaint plantation town of Hawi, we arrive at our first stop – the Kohala Zipline Station. After gearing up and a safety orientation by your ACCT Certified Guides you’ll journey to King Kamehameha’s traditional family land holdings. In this area known since ancient times as Halawa, elevated platforms are built directly into majestic trees to form a jungle-like course while a stream meanders below through ancient remnants of taro terraces. Travel high up in the trees on thrilling ziplines and suspension bridges. You will soar amid plants that perfectly mirror the evolution of Hawaii, its rich cultural and environmental history. At the end of the course, rappel from the final tree back onto solid ground.
Leaving Halawa behind, we travel to the “end of the road” at Pololu Valley before venturing through locked gates and heading into the mountains. We’ll enjoy a delicious deli lunch at our stunning cliff side site with unparalleled views of Pololu Valley below. Venturing deeper into the mountains we arrive at our private trail site for a short hike. Along the trail you’ll see tunnels blasted and carved from solid rock, walk over an aqueduct bridge, and learn the century old story of the tremendous effort it took to build the Kohala Ditch irrigation system stretching over 22 miles. You’ll also delve into ancient Hawaiian history, visit several beautiful waterfalls, and take a dip in a mountain stream with cascading falls overhead.
With stunning coastline panoramas, lush green valleys, and abundant water, the Kohala Zip & Dip is a truly memorable way to experience the very best Hawaii has to offer.
- How much hiking do we do? There are two short hikes on this tour. The first one is less than 150 yards, the second is about 500 yards.
- Is there elevation gain? Both hikes do have short ascents and descents. The first hike elevation gain is approximately 90’, the second hike elevation gain is approximately 50’.
- What is the water temperature in the pool we swim in? Water temperature varies by season and the amount of rainfall. Temperatures range between 60 and 70 degrees F.