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New to Ziplining? Here’s What to Expect

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As you make your way around the Hawaiian Islands and enjoy every moment of your tropical vacation, you may notice a nagging question in the back of your mind – “Why aren’t I ziplining?”

It’s one of Hawaii’s most popular activities, a favorite among travelers from near and far looking to get the best view of the island of their choice. Maui, Kauai, the Big Island, Oahu – each major island features its own ziplining courses.

So what can you expect when you finally take the plunge and strap yourself in for the ride of your life? Nothing but thrills and excitement, of course!

Strapped In and Ready to Go

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Ziplining may look like a thrilling ride—and it really is—but “thrilling” doesn’t mean you need to put your safety at risk. The zipline courses across the Hawaiian Islands are equipped with state-of-the-art mechanics, engineered with rider safety and enjoyment in mind!

Before you even start your exciting decent from one platform to the next, you’re introduced to the harness system. Unlike earlier models, modern harnesses let you enjoy the ride without having to worry about manually braking at the next platform.

Once you’ve gone over and have an understanding of the equipment, you’re given one last, very important rule to follow: have fun!

Where to Look?

Where exactly do you want to look to make sure you’re getting the most out of your adventure?

The answer is simple: everywhere! Ziplines aren’t designed to offer one set point of focus. You want to drink in every bit of your surroundings, from the expansive rainforests to the sparkling Pacific waters in the distance.

Since your hands are free on these courses, feel free to bring a camera along for the ride; you’re bound to capture some truly stunning shots that will make everyone back home quiver with jealousy.

Who’s It For?

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Kids can soar, too

Being high off the ground and soaring at incredible speeds, it’s understandable if you question just who exactly ziplining is designed for. The fact is, it’s for anyone who’s eager to try out something new! The restrictions on most Hawaiian ziplining courses are pretty minimal, just a minimum age and a generous weight limit.

If there kids in your party who want to strap in and soar, as long as they meet the weight and age requirements, they’re good to go! Many ziplining courses also offer tandem rides so that the youngest guests are never left to their own devices.

What Should I Wear?

Dress with comfort in mind. That’s basically all you need to worry about. Avoid baggy or loose clothing and of course, always wear closed-toed shoes.

See? The Hawaiian ziplining experience is really not complicated at all, so take the leap and join in on the fun enjoyed by thousands of travelers each year.