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Familiarize yourself with the basics with the help of an expert instructor. Strap into your harness and jump off for your first zip. Experience the adrenaline rush of accelerating up to 35 miles per hour (56 km/h) through a tunnel of banana trees.
Platforms 1, 4, and 7 offer ziplines over waterfalls ranging from 40 to 450 feet (12 to 137 m) in the air. Enjoy a breath of refreshing mountain air and light mist from the falls. While in midair, you can also catch glimpses of the verdant mountainside, 200-foot (60-m) deep ravines, and lush vegetation.
The last zip, called wailele (waterfall) is more than a half-mile long (the longest zipline in the state) and takes about 1 to 1. 5 minutes to get across. As you glide along this line, check out the picturesque ocean view and the 450-foot (137-m) waterfall plummeting below you.
Once you complete the course, cool off and plunge into a privately owned 50-foot (15-m) waterfall and swimming hole. Bask in the sun's warmth and enjoy a picnic lunch with this scenic waterfall as your backdrop. Read More close
The adventure starts with a van ride to Volcanoes National Park. At 4,000 feet (1,219 m), hop on your 21-speed mountain bike. Then set out on an 8-mile (12. 9-km) journey along the rim of one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The stark contrast between the volcanic landscape and tropical rainforest is breathtaking.
A stop at the Jaggar Museum offers a wealth of interesting facts and history about the volcanic activity in the area. From a panoramic lookout, take in the amazing views of a crater that has been continuously erupting since early 2008. Watch as steam and gas rise to the sky, and if you're lucky, you might even see a faint glow from the lava.
Take a break from bicycling and hike to scenic lookouts along the way. A short hike through a lush rainforest takes you to a lava tube where you can walk on lava that once flowed. Enjoy a scrumptious picnic lunch at one of the many stops in the park. Read More close
Begin at Jaggar Museum in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and get your first look at the incredible summit caldera eruption. Your interpretive guide gives an informative overview of the eruption history at the summit. Explore the museum and see exhibits about Hawaiian volcanoes and the work of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
Next, reach the biking starting point at the Kilauea Overlook and get fitted for a Giant Sedona DX hybrid comfort mountain bike. After a safety briefing, your guide leads you down an off-road trail along the rim of the caldera to the Steam Vents, where you literally feel the heat of the volcano.
Continue through the Hawaiian rainforest section of the summit and travel on a paved trail along the edge of the summit caldera on roads that partially collapsed in 1983 earthquake. The course rejoins Crater Rim Drive where you pedal through a lush, ancient Hawaiian Fern Forest.
Next, stop at Kilauea Iki Crater Overlook to admire the cinder cone, Pu’u Pua’I, and the crater. Just a short distance away you see the first pit crater on the course, Nahuku, and get a chance to hike through the famed Thurston Lava Tube. Finish your ride through the rainforest and end at the massive Mau Loa O Mauna Ulu lava flow from 1974. Read More close
Aloha Intro Tour:
A must-do experience, this 30-minute glide with a certified guide teaches you the basics of riding a Segway and offers a brief introduction to the wonders of the rainforest. Get practice gliding around trees and navigating rough terrain.
Ke Ola Tour:
If you want a longer experience, the Ke Ola Tour is for you. Invigorate your senses as you take time to enjoy the soothing trade winds. Taste, smell, and view the gardens as you glide comfortably along a easy Segway trail. See orchids in the trees and hundreds of exotic plants, taking your senses through a Hawaiian garden filled to the brim with stories and lore.
Mala Pua Tour:
Venture into lush, tropical gardens and understand "Aloha" as a Hawaiian lifestyle. This easy to moderate tour features plenty of flowers to smell, spices to taste, and soothing trade winds and waterfalls to listen to. See cashew, pineapple, cinnamon, and orchids in the trees, along with hundreds of exotic plants, transporting you to a sensuous Hawaiian world that you'll never forget.
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Your adventure begins with a brief orientation and instructions for safe navigation of a Segway personal transporter. An experienced guide leads you through the forest-like botanical garden with groves of avocado trees, wild orchids, and other flora of Hawaii.
Your 2-wheeled transporter allows 360-degree views that include the majestic Mauna Kea with its observatories, the paniolo cattle ranch, and the deep blue Pacific Ocean with whales occasionally breaching. Throughout your tour, enjoy impressive views as your guide shares stories and legends of ancient Hawaii.
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Your tour begins in Hilo, at the Imiloa Astronomy Center. Learn how the ancient Hawaiians used the stars and constellations to navigate the seas, and sit back for a captivating, full-dome show in the planetarium. From there, set out for a drive through the multiple climate zones that lead toward the top of Mauna Kea. Stretch your legs with a short nature trek through native koa forest at the mountain's base, and then climb from sea level to summit as you leave the tropical rainforest and enter into the barren lunar landscape of the volcano's highest reaches.
This heavenly realm sits above the clouds, and with its dry environment, stable winds, and lack of light pollution, it's a prime spot for stargazing. Admire the 2 telescopes of the Keck Observatory—the largest optical and infrared telescopes in the world—and check out the University of Hilo 2. 2-Meter Telescope, which helped discover the existence of objects in the farthest extents of our solar system. By the time you leave the arid and otherworldly peak of the Hawaiian Islands, you're sure to have a richer understanding of both ancient astronomy and modern tools for exploring the celestial mysteries of the night sky. Read More close
Meet your ranger-trained guide at the Visitor’s Center flagpole inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and follow them to the entrance to Thurston Lava Tube. As you explore the park with many stops along the way, listen as your guide identified native birds and shares information about the volcano, area eruptions, and plants.
Led by your interpretive guide, descend through a lush rainforest to the floor of the solidified—but still steaming—lava lake at Kīlauea Iki Crater. At the bottom of the Pu‘u Pua‘i cinder cone, your guide shows you remnants of the vent that erupted in 1959, reaching about 1,900 feet (579 m) and the tallest lava fountain ever recorded in Hawaii.
In addition to learning from a Hawaii Volcanoes National Park-certified guide, enjoy the freedom of exploring more of the park on your own without a set schedule. After hiking the Kilauea Iki Trail, one of the top-rated hikes inside the park, your guide is happy to suggest places for lunch and other sites to visit inside the park. Read More close
In an air-conditioned aircraft, take to the skies and head toward one of the most geologically active areas in the world. Kilauea volcano has been erupting continuously since 1983, and it's just one of the volcanoes you see through the helicopter's over-sized windows. Be on the lookout for surface flows and steam vents as your pilot safely navigates over the volcanic landscape.
Soar above lush, tropical rainforest and multiple waterfalls, taking in the 422-foot (129-m) Akaka Falls and Rainbow Falls' 80-foot (24-m) drop into a freshwater pool. Back on the ground, take a scenic drive to your zipline adventure.
Certified guides get you geared up and for an 8-line zipline course that hugs the lush Hilo forest reserve. The tour kicks off with a climb up a suspension structure that takes you to the first platform. Experience side-by-side zipping with dual ziplines that change elevation more than 1,000 feet (304 m) and extend more than half a mile (. 8 km) long.
After you're done soaring across river gorges and waterfalls, break for a deli-style lunch before a return transfer takes you back to your hotel.
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Your guide picks you up and drives you through the "saddle" between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea volcanoes along Saddle Road. Make a quick stop in Hilo for provisions before heading to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Preserve. Stop at the Kilauea Visitor’s Center, enjoy a picnic-style lunch, and visit the Jaggar Museum.
Then, make your way to the renowned Thurston Lava Tube. Hike down through the lush rainforest to the Kilauea Iki crater and venture across the steaming crater floor. This 4-mile (6. 4-km) hike culminates in a walk through the cave-like Thurston Lava Tube.
Next, visit the Volcano Winery and take a private tour of the vineyard and tea orchard. Sit down to a delicious meal served with local wine. End your adventure with a stop at the Halemaumau Crater to view the glow up close before returning to your hotel. Read More close
Kick off your adventure at Volcanoes National Park—an International Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site. Meet your guide and head to the lush rainforest, where you can hear the chirping of native birds and marvel at the colorful Hawaiian flora and fauna.
Next walk into a lava tube, a cave formed by once-flowing lava, and then witness the explosive power of the Halema’uma’u Crater. Continue to Kapoho-Kalapana Road, also known as the "Red Road," along the breathtaking coastline of the Puna district. Here, you can peer over jagged cliffs to see the black sand beaches that line Kaimu, a small town annihilated by the eruptive lava flow of the Kilauea volcano in 1990. Read More close
Your cycling adventure—mostly level terrain with a few small uphill and downhill sections—takes place around the rim of the Kilauea Volcano and along the Chain of Craters Road. Hike through the rainforest to the impressive Thurston Lava Tube and see the heart of the volcano's eruptions at Halema'uma'u Crater. During your ride stop at the Jaggar Museum, home of many seismographs which monitor every twitch of the earth.
After biking in Volcanoes National Park, journey to the Puna area by van. Travel the "Red Road" to admire the scenery as you weave through the forest and marvel at the jagged cliffs overlooking the crystal blue waters of the Pacific before walking out to the black-sand beach at Kaimu, forever changed by lava flows in the early 1990s. Read More close
Get on a Segway X2 and head into the rainforest. Travel along the Hanapueo Stream and get scenic views of the rainforest from under zip lines and through interesting topographical challenges, truly a one-of-a-kind gliding experience. Go to areas of the gardens typically only visited by avid hikers or zip line riders. From Mauna Kea to the wide Pacific to Kamaee Falls, the views from the trail are spectacular
See 360-degree views including Mauna Kea, the Paniolo cattle ranch, and whales breaching the water off the Hamakua coast. Explore the scenic Hawaiian countryside, visit historic areas with guidance from an expert, and ride through the gardens and explore the rainforest on an unforgettable off-roading experience. Read More close
Leave the Honokohau harbor behind and travel 20 minutes up the Kona coast as the sun sinks down over the horizon. The experienced staff shares tips and instruction and gets you fitted with wetsuits and water gear prior to arriving, so you have plenty of time to actually jump in and swim among the rays.
Once at the manta viewing area, grab your dive light and jump into the ocean. Hold onto a flotation raft as you get your bearings and prepare for the experience of a lifetime. As the light from the boat shines out into the darkened tropical waters, the phytoplankton that mantas feed on swarm toward the glow. Watch as the graceful aquatic creatures swim around you with mouths wide open, feasting on plankton during this stunning underwater ballet.
At depths of only 30 feet (9 m), you can clearly see the ocean floor and observe how the rays appear from the darkness. With their calm nature and nothing that bites or stings, manta rays are one of the safest and most fascinating animals you can encounter in the wild. Read More close
If you love waterfalls, then make sure you don't miss the Umauma Falls, where the river drops through 3 separate waterfalls in quick succession. Your zipline route carries you past a 100-foot (30-m) waterfall, offering you a look at the top of Mauna Kea along the way, before you zip over 2,000 feet (609 m) of rivers and waterfalls.
A walk across a 200-foot (60-m) suspension bridge takes you 100 feet (30 m) above a water-filled lava tube and fern grotto, and you can get a spectacular view of the Umauma Falls after your zipline ride. Take a moment to appreciate the incredible jungle scenery before you head off on your next adventure. Read More close
1 hour 30 minutes
The first 4 lines are exciting long dual lines that offer views of a 100-foot (30-m) waterfall and the distant Mauna Kea. Next, you zip over 2,000 feet (609 m) of river and waterfalls, and then cross a long suspension bridge that takes you 100 feet (30 m) over a fern grotto and water-filled lava tube.
After an up-close view of the dual waterfall that leads to the famous triple-tier Umauma Falls, the last zipline sends you back to the visitors center where your adventure began. Read More close
Kīlauea Volcano has been continuously erupting for 30 years, and even at 500 feet above the flowing lava and open vents, you will feel waves of hot air rolling off the subsurface flows, which can reach temperatures of 2,000 degrees! Along the way, cool off as you soar over Hilo’s lush rain forests, Mauna Loa’s vistas and the plunging Wai‘ānuenue (Rainbow Falls), so named for the rainbows you can see in the mist when the early morning sunshine hits the water.
There’s no better vantage point than a helicopter, and there’s no bigger thrill than leaving the doors behind so there is nothing between you and the sights!
Enjoy a doors-off helicopter experience like no other. Fly a mere 500 feet (152 m) above one of the most active volcanoes in the world before cooling off with a flight above lush rainforest and past plunging waterfalls.
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Get geared up and go over safety instructions before zipping across duck ponds, raging rivers, green pastures, rushing waterfalls, and deep valleys. Some of the longest ziplines in the state are found here. While zipping, take in the views of Hilo's magnificent coastline, rising steam from the Pu'u 'O'o vent of Kilauea Volcano, and lush, tropical rainforest.
Your last zipline is more than a half-mile (. 8 km) long, completing your adventure at exhilarating speeds. Gain a new and unique perspective of Big Island as you zip directly above a riverbed, multiple waterfalls, and rapids on this unforgettable experience.
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After a scenic ride along Saddle Road, get geared up and head to your first platform, high above the Hilo Forest Reserve. When you’re ready, push off into a sea of green. You can zip by yourself or with a friend on the island’s only tandem zipline. Soar through a blurred alley of leaves and vines as the calls of exotic birds welcome you to the second leg of your 8-part zipline tour.
Zip between suspended platforms and fly over the turbulent Honolii River, wiping mist from your face as you plunge past cascading mountain waterfalls. Take a deep breath before the last leg of your zippy tour. The final segment of your adventure in the air ends with the longest zipline in Hawaii, which stretches over 2,400 feet (732 m). More than half a mile from where you started, cruise to a stop and enjoy a picnic lunch while you recover from the adrenaline rush.
The adventure continues with a narrated trip to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Experienced guides trained by local park rangers take you between craters and steam vents, offering insights into Hawaii’s geologic giants. Wrap up your evening with dinner at the Volcano Winery, getting a tour of the vineyard and tea orchard before sitting down to a delicious meal served with local wine. Read More close