Kaanapali Zipline Tours
3.5 hour tour ... $149.95 per person (plus tax)
High above Kaanapali Beach on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains lies a hidden adventure you can't see from the resorts below. The Kaanapali Zipline course is 8 lines ranging from 350' to 1000' feet. The adventure begins with check in at the Kaanapali Skyline storefront location in the Fairway Shops along Highway 30 in Kaanapali. From there you will be transported on an exciting off road vehicle into the rugged foothills of Mount Kahalawai (the West Maui Mountains).
From the zipline tour site you'll enjoy sweeping views of West Maui, and the islands of Lanai and Molokai. The Pacific Ocean looks bigger from up here than it does down at the beach, and it provides the perfect backdrop for each of the Kaanapali zipline crossings.
Zipping high above a seasonal mountain stream and over two different valleys, guests get to experience an otherwise inaccessible area of Maui (and soar above it)! Halfway through the tour a delicious breakfast or lunch is served on the edge of a panoramic 1000 foot overlook. Then it's on to the second half of the tour as the lines get longer and faster!
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Minimum age for this tour is 10; anyone under 18 must have a legal guardian present at checkin. All participants must sign a waiver of piability prior to taking this tour. Minimum weight is 80 pounds and maximum weight is 260 pounds. No one who is pregnant may participate and anyone with a history of neck, back, or joint injuries or chronic heart problems should use their own discretion about their capabilities to safely participate in this tour. Guests who are zip lining must be in good enough health to hike for two miles. No smoking on this tour. All tours go out rain or shine; a minimum of 48 hours notice is required for cancellations or changes. No scuba diving within 24 hours of the start of this tour.
Hiking boots or athletic shoes are required (no Tevas, Keens, Crocs, etc). Shorts and a short-sleeved shirt are recommended. White clothing is NOT recommended.
|NCL cruise ship passengers are able to do this tour on Sunday afternoon or Monday morning; drive time is almost an hour from the dock so we recommend a rental car which we can arrange for you. Lahaina cruise ship passengers can do any of these tours with a 10 minute cab ride from the Lahaina dock if it fits your arrival and departure schedule. Please note that Lahaina is a tender port ... allow ample time to wait for a shuttle boat to take you to shore.|
This tour is operated by the folks who started the zipline craze here in Hawaii with Maui's first course on the slopes of Haleakala. This Kaanapali course represents the second generation of zipline tours as there are more lines here and the lines are longer.
There are two different "technologies" used in zipline tours today. The classic zipline tour uses a climbing harness, carabiners, and a single attachment point to a small trolley which rides on the line. The newer and more heavy duty system that has popped up on many courses installed in the last few years uses a paragliding harness that feels like a built-in seat, with two attachment points (one on either side of you) to a much larger trolly. This type of equipment allows for longer lines and higher speeds (think lines that are a half mile long or more), but it feels more like a "ride" than a classic zipline. The Kaanapali Zipline tour uses the classic climbing harness, but has lines that are really long. Both types of ziplines are fun, but this classic type will make you feel more like an action hero in a "Die Hard" or "James Bond" sequel!
Please note the weight limits ... guests must weigh between 80 pounds and 260 pounds. If you weigh 280 and say on the reservation form that you weigh 255, you will regret that decision. All participants are weighed upon check in, and if you fall outside of the range you will not get to do the tour and you won't get a refund. The reason for the weight restrictions? Participants who weigh less than 80 pounds will consistently run out of speed near the end of a zipline and when they fail to reach the other side they will stop and then roll back to the middle of the line. This isn't dangerous at all (as a matter of fact it can be fun to get stuck in the middle), but it takes significant time for a guide to rig up and extract the stuck individual. One or two guests who consistently come up short would throw their tour schedule into disarray. Participants who weigh over 260 pounds would cause a different problem. This one IS safety related. It isn't that the equipment can't handle the weight ... it could handle the weight of a pregnant elephant. But heavy passengers can come in too fast exceeding the capacity of the braking system to safely slow them down. If someone in your party is right on the line at the weight limit, be honest about their weight when making a reservation and take appropriate measures (usually dieting). Then at least 48 hours before the tour stop by their location and get weighed. Anyone can be dropped from the reservation and get their money refunded if it is done at least 48 hours before the start of the tour. This gives them a chance to sell the space to someone else.
This course has 8 lines, and they have one tour option ... once you cross the first line you are committed to doing the other seven. And because of it's remote location no observers are permitted to ride along.
There is a modest amount of hiking on this tour, but it isn't paticularly demanding as it is mostly downhill. The tour operator says that participants must be able to hike for 2 miles to do this tour; there isn't nearly that much actual hiking during the tour, but they don't want people out there for whom the thought of doing a two mile hike is out of the question. You don't have to be a buffed athelete to do this tour, but you should be in reasonable physical condition and in overall good health. Oh, no upper arm and body strength is required. The harness and lanyard carry all your weight and you are securely clipped in. You wouldn't fall if you let go.