Ziplining with a Difference – the Unforgettable Kohala “Zip & Dip” Experience
What sort of holiday experience ticks all your boxes? Do you like to challenge yourself to do something new and something which takes you out of your comfort zone? Do you like a bit of an adrenaline rush, something to really make you feel alive? For many of you, we bet that the thought of jumping out of an aeroplane (ideally while wearing a parachute) or jumping off a bridge (preferably attached to an elasticated cord) would be fantastic things to do if they just weren’t so scary. Does a part of you secretly feel like you may be missing out on something special?
Explore the natural riches of Hawai’i
Of course, when you come to the islands of Hawai’i it is impossible to ignore the beautifully rich landscape that surrounds you, particularly towards the north of the main island of Hawai’i with the Kohala Forest Reserve, the Kohala Watershed Forest Reserve and Pu’u O Umi Natural Reserve. Now, here’s the dilemma. Perhaps you want to do something more exciting than ‘sightseeing’, but still want to discover more about the natural landscape of Hawai’i. Well, how about combining the two?
What, exactly, is ‘Zip and Dip’?
What we are referring to here is the Kohala ‘Zip and Dip’ experience, a six-hour day trip packed full of excitement and discovery. Oh. Did we mention a swim as well? This experience has something for everyone and one thing’s guaranteed after your day out. You’ll sleep well!
So, what’s involved with the Zip and Dip experience? Well, your day will begin with being picked up at one of a number of chosen locations in the Waikoloa or Mauna Lani areas, or the Hawai’i Forest and Trail Kona headquarters in Kailua-Kona. Then, you will have an enjoyable drive through the countryside before transitioning into an off-road trip into a nature reserve. You will be able to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the tropical rainforest, while visiting the site of three beautiful waterfalls, under which you will be able to take a refreshing and exhilarating swim (that’s the ‘dip’ part.)
By now you will have probably worked up a bit of an appetite, so you can take a lunch break at a private picnic spot which overlooks Polulu Valley. Now irrespective of the food you get to eat, this will remain a very memorable lunch when you take in the stunning vista in front of you. But for some of you, the best will still be to come. The ‘Zip’ part of ‘Zip and Dip’!
From high up in the verdant canopy you can begin your ‘ascent’ with nine individual ‘zips’ down separate lines, while also crossing five breath-taking ‘sky bridges’, ending up with a relatively short rappel back down to ‘terra firma’. If you want to get a better idea of what is involved watch this great video. Also, if you are new to ziplining and this is your first experience, you will be pleased to know that each ‘zip’ is not too long, unlike the “Jebel Jais Flight” in the UAE, currently the world’s longest zipline at just over 1.7 miles in length and where you can reach speeds of up to 90 mph!
What experience has shown us is that while some of you may feel a little anxious when you set off down the first zipline, by the time you get to the fourth one you will have cast aside all your worries and you will be loving the feeling of flying freely through the treetops without a care in the world. This is a great chance to get a ‘bird’s eye’ view of the world and feel as though you are flying like one too!
To find out more or to book the Kohala ‘Zip and Dip’ experience please visit our Kohala ‘Zip and Dip’ page. You can also get in touch with us here at LeaLea and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.