Kōloa is an awesome small town on the south side of the island that hosts many fun things to do. Fortunately, we had the opportunity to go zip lining with Koloa Zipline (the same company also does ATV tours, bass fishing, snorkeling, and other things), which was super fun!
Koloa Zipline was an absolutely phenomenal group to go with because they kept the spirit light-hearted (even when some in the group were nervous or scared) and offered immense insight to history and life on the island. Our guides were Val, Spencer, and a newer trainee that Spencer was working with. All of them were hilarious and talented, making for a great experience.
Our tour started with us attending “ground school,” which is basically the rules and how-to’s of zip lining. Each person was fitted to a harness and given their handles so that we could clip into the lines. We also were provided helmets, which conveniently have GoPro mounts already attached, so I didn’t have to worry about losing mine.
From there, our guides told us the numerous positions of how one can zip line, including upside down, tandem, spread eagle, super man, or more. If you are smaller or have kids, make sure you or they are comfortable going head first or tandem because you’ll need to reduce drag in order to make it through the longer lines.
The tour starts with a brief drive up to the first line. The guides talk about some of the history of the island, including the sugar plantations, which shut down in the last century. One of the last mills is even visible from the road. Additionally, there is a large history of movie making in Kaua’i , from “Jurassic World,” to “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” to “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark,” which many of the sights you can see on tour. The guides showed us some of the explosive scenes of the Jurassic movies and the tunnel where Harrison Ford ran from the boulder in the “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” which was super cool.
The truck brought us up to the first line which is short and most people do in a sitting position. The guides catch you at the end, so there is no need to brake or slow yourself down. The other lines vary in length, with the longest being line eight at a half mile long. Some offer great views, including that of a reservoir.
Overall, this was a great experience that got many of us out of our comfort zones and into something new. This entire tour was fantastic and the people involved couldn’t have been better. I loved the incorporation of history, nature, adventure, and humor. I would love to take one of their tours again and would recommend their services to anyone and everyone.