This is a great course for both the novice and the experienced “zipper”.
The equipment is excellent, the guides are well trained and they provide a very useful “ground school” at the starting point. I appreciated the attention to safety, the excellent launching and landing platforms and the unique options to match your experience with your preferences.
The “Flyin’ Kaua’iian” harness allows you to be hands and feet free, comfortably suspended and “Flyin” like Superman. Another option is the “Aerobatics” harness that allows you to “Fly” upside down, backwards, spinning, in a spread eagle and starfish, and maybe in some other positions? “Tandem” allows you to “Fly” with your kids (7 years and older) which is a great way to introduce them (or have them introduce you) to zipping. Some of these options require a $20 upgrade fee and you can decide at the ground school.
Novices will want to ask for the rigging with the handlebar pulleys, allowing them more control as they fly between platforms.
Offering fantastic views, the course includes eight lines and takes about 3.5 hours to complete. It runs through Hawaiian forests and hillsides with lovely views of the ocean, forest, rivers, mountains and the largest fresh water reservoir on the Island. It includes three of the longest lines on Kauai with “the whopper” being Waita – ½ mile in length.
A snack including a tasty tidbit from Anahola Granola, plus juice and water. Only 12 at a time to minimize waiting and maximize “Flyin’”.
Minimum age for kids is 7 years, and those from 7 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Weight limit is 270 lbs. max for solo zippers, 280 lb. combined weight for tandems. You will have a couple of walks up the hill, each about 400 feet in length, and one is at a 45 degree angle, so low to moderate physical strength is required. Those of you with heart conditions, bone/joint injuries or a bad back should seek out a different excursion. Similarly, those of you who are pregnant are not allowed to participate.
A shirt with sleeves is recommended (no tank tops). Knee length or longer pants, bring a jacket just in case and sturdy CLOSED TOE shoes are required. Sneakers and boots are great. Sandals and Crocks or other slip-ons are not allowed. You can bring a small backpack for personal items. One bottle of water is supplied. You’ll have great still and video photo opportunities, but be sure the camera is secured to your body as they are very difficult to find if they fall.
It’s only 10 minutes from the hotel and transfers are provide from the hotel and the return.
Whether you’re a novice or expert, I think this course has something for you to really enjoy.
Be your own version of a “Flyin’ Kaua’iian”!
Don Klingborg, DVM