Suit up in mountain climber’s gear, ship out to the Kohala forest in an RV—hang tight to “seatbelts” strapped on to the ceiling—and glide high, high away into the tree canopies at Kohala Zipline. If you get acrophobic, you can opt to take a “chicken run” back to the car, but be prepared for some good-natured, Hawaiian-style ribbing. The three-hour-long course is a thrill-seeker’s ultimate playground, with five elevated suspension bridges (shaky, Indiana Jones-style contraptions), 14 tree platforms, nine ziplines and two rappels.
What sets this course apart from others: It’s the only one that uses “WhisperLines,” special cables so guests can still hear the noises of the forest in the underbrush below. Instructors also teach zip riders how to perform a hand brake on their own. (Just don’t death grip the line—we learned the hard way and had to pull ourselves in with “monkey climbs.”) Race your husband in the grand finale: A 1,100-ft. duel-cable tandem rider! By the time your feet are back on the ground, nearly a mile will have passed underneath. Visit kohalazipline.com to book ($159 plus tax for adults).
Photo Credit: Hawaii Forest & Trail