If you are interested in doing something exciting when you are in Kaanapali you should definitely consider signing up for one of the Kaanapali ziplines during your vacation. There is a zipline course located right in Kaanapali, another in Lahaina and another in the nearby town of Kapalua. Let’s go over what the similarities and differences are between these west maui ziplines so you have all of the information that you need to choose the tour that will be the best for you.
Kaanapali Ziplines (Skyline Eco Adventures)
The Kaanapali Zipline Course is the original course that was built on West Maui. It uses a climbing style harness which suspends the rider from a single rope that allows them to spin 360 degrees while riding the line. This can make for some great views, and the ability to try out some entertaining poses for photo opportunities. If you are apprehensive about zip lining, the Kaanapali course might be a little bit much for you. The Lahaina course is set up for more beginner riders.
Lahaina Zipline Course (Maui Dragon Fruit Farm)
If you are nervous about going zip lining and are looking to get started on something a bit more mellow than you definitely should look into the Maui Dragon Fruit Farm. The ziplines here are much shorter than the ones you will find at the Skyline Kaanapali Zipline course. The lines are not nearly as high of the ground and the top speeds are much slower than you will find on the Kaanapali or Kapalua courses. There is also a “zorb” course where riders can take their chances getting in the massive clear plastic ball and roll down the hill. The inside of the ball has some water in it so when you are riding inside the rider will experience a very similar sensation to sliding down a waterslide. If you’ve never tried Zorbing before it would definitely be something different that you might want to try the next time you’re staying in Kaanapali.
Kapalua Zipline Course
This course is one of the most advanced courses on the island. The lines are very long and are all side by side “racing lines”. This allows the riders to go down the ziplines in pairs so they can share the experience with each other. The racing lines also make for great photo ops. One of my favorite things to do is to allow the other rider to get a 5-10 foot head start so I can get a “chase view” shot of the other zipline rider. Really fun, but not something that we recommend for first timers, or people who are a bit afraid of heights.
If you are coming to looking for things to do in Kaanapali and thinking about a zip line adventure please be aware that during the busy seasons (Summer/Winter) they do sell out for days if not weeks in advance so make sure to make your reservations as soon as you decide that you would like to go hipline. Do not wait to make your bookings, once you decide a zipline tour is something you would like make your bookings immediately. If you delay the zip line trip could sell out and you might not be able to go.
Jeremy Stice is the Author of the Maui Real Estate Guidebook.
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