Skyline Eco-Adventures is the place to go when you want to pair sightseeing with adrenaline-fueled fun. They offer two zipline adventure tours of Poipu, giving you a chance to see southern Kauai in a whole new way. You can either go on their five- or eight-line adventure tour, depending on how much time you have to spare.
The five-line adventure tour is the most popular as it only takes 1.5 hours to complete from start to finish. You’ll begin your adventure with a two-mile hike up to the launch platform all while hearing about the history and culture of the region. As your guides throw facts your way, they will keep the mood upbeat and often crack jokes to brighten things up even more.
Once you get up to the launch point, you’ll get in your harness, hook up to the zipline, and then get to take your leap of faith. You’ll want to take a good run at it and jump as far as you can to get going at a fast clip. You’ll drop about 200 feet as you move down the line, often hitting up to 50 miles per hour.
The eight-line adventure tour follows the same formula but just adds even more lines to the experience. You can expect this trip to take almost three hours, especially if you frequently stop hiking to take pictures. You’re welcome to bring your camera or cellphone along for the ride but be sure to put it in one of their free pouches while you zip along the lines. If you don’t have a camera available, no worries, just rent one of their GoPro cameras to catch your experience in full.
Despite the great heights, rapid speeds, and wicked drops, safety is the name of the game for the Skyline Eco-Adventures crew. They test all their equipment and inspect it all each day plus have all their guides go through extensive training. Beyond that, your guides always pay close attention to each adventurer and will even come out on the line if you need help getting to the next platform.
Although their daily focus is on fun and adventure, conservation and community support lie at the heart of all they do. In an effort to give back to the environment, they regularly plant native Koa trees, clean up the ocean, and fund environmentally-friendly non-profit organizations.
They also strive to support the local community by donating to local food banks and charities that help at-risk youth. So, each time you go on a zipline adventure, you can not only enjoy yourself to the fullest but also feel great about contributing to their causes.
-Spots fill up fast, especially during the tourist season, so use their online system to reserve your place as soon as you have your travel plans finalized.
-Although rare, it’s possible for a zipline to get closed for maintenance or due to adverse weather conditions. If that happens during your visit, you can count on the team to give you a prompt refund.
-Expect to weigh in at the start of the visit to ensure you fall somewhere between their 60 and 260-pound limits. If not, then you’ll have to sit this one out. People who have chronic heart problems, are pregnant, recently had knee surgery, or scuba-dived in the past 24 hours also cannot ride the ziplines.
-Wear sunscreen, protective clothing, and a good pair of walking shoes for your zipline adventure. Also, plan to lock up your purse, backpack, or other bag in the office during your ride.