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Zip Lining and Time: Is There Such a Thing As Too Much?

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When it comes to time, people have vastly different ideas about how much time it really takes to complete a zip line run. Most people think it’s done quickly – all in one step. They think of it more like a water slide at a water park. The whole ride only lasts a minute – maybe two if it’s a long one.

The truth is that zip lining is much different, and it’s hard to compare them to water slides or even roller coasters. Zip lines can take more time – if you prefer – or they can be short and sweet. It mostly depends on preference, but unlike roller coasters and water slides, you get to control how long these rides go for.

Keep reading to learn more about zip lining tour lengths and how you can spend your zip lining time wisely.

How long are tours?

Generally, there are two lengths of zip line tours: half-hour ones and two-and-a-half-hour tours.

The short half-hour ones are like long roller coaster rides. You still get plenty of time to see the amazing views, and if you love the rush, you’ll definitely feel it as you go along. If you have a full day planned, these tours won’t keep you in one place for too long.

The two-and-a-half-hour tours can sometimes take three hours, depending on the tour. These tours usually involve crossing sky bridges, and the tours themselves are more involved. Your tour guide will tell you about the areas you’re swinging over, and you’ll get to ask questions and learn more about the region.

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Time concerns to keep in mind

When planning your zip line adventure, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Before you choose a zip line tour, go through this time checklist.

  • How much time do you really have: For some people, vacations are brief. For visitors to Oahu especially, there’s so much to see and do that spending a whole afternoon zip lining just isn’t possible. That’s okay. There are tours of varying lengths so choose one that works for you, and don’t miss out on anything Oahu has to offer.
  • What else do you want to do: Some zip lining tours include much more than just the zip lining itself. They might include time to swim on a beach or a walk across a beautiful sky bridge. If you wanted to save time for swimming at the beach, a zip line tour that include swimming may help you save a little time in the long run.
  • Do you want to swing and go: For some people, taking in the scenic view on a zip line is enough for them. They don’t want the whole package. They just want the adrenaline rush. That’s okay too. If you’re looking for a quick tour, a short tour will be best.
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    No matter which zip line tour you choose, it’s important that you remember two things: sunscreen and close-toed shoes. You’ll be out in the hot sun all day, and you’ll need something to protect your skin. Most zip line tours won’t let you on if you have open-toed shoes, so bring something that ties. You don’t want to lose a shoe as you go.