Have you ever wondered if ziplining was right for your family? If your kids would be safe strapped in high above cliffs and mountainsides? If your mama heart can take it?
I know those are the things that ran through my head the first time we let the kids zip in Costa Rica. After ziplining with Skyline Eco-Adventures in Maui on our recent trip I can tell you its AWESOME, SAFE and you will LOVE IT! The Haleakala Tour is for ages 8+ and I think it is the PERFECT tour for first timers. Here’s why:
Why Skyline Eco-Adventures Haleakala Tour is Perfect for Beginners
One thing is certain- Skyline Eco-Adventures has tons of experience under their belt. The Haleakala lines were the very first zipline course in the U.S.!
Let’s face it… the shorter amount of time your child is in the air (at least the first time around) the better right? Then you will appreciate the 4 short lines that work you up to the last line which is a bit longer and has a pendulum (back and forth) type ride.
Don’t Have to Learn to Break Yourself
This is HUGE!!! My kids in Costa Rica wore gloves and had to slow themselves down and break themselves. It was frightening and dangerous looking back. Skyline Eco-Adventures takes all the stress out of it. Their amazing guides safely slow you down and break you so all you have to do is enjoy the ride. Adults too!
Most importantly Skyline-Eco Adventures is incredibly safe. They have safely conducted over 2,000,000 guest zipline crossings since 2002. They use top notch equipment that is checked regularly internally and by third parties. They also have a rigorous training that every guide must go through to ensure all of their guests enjoy ziplining in a safe environment.
Fun Swinging Bridge
Whats cooler than crossing a bridge that looks like something out of an Indiana Jones movie? Its super awesome!!! You are strapped onto a cable so you can safely walk across although it still gives you the freedom to feel like you are doing it on your own. Your kids will love it!!
Guides can make or break a tour- trust me I have been on enough tours to know. Matt and Kalani were F.A.N.T.A.S.T.I.C.!!! Not only were they super well informed, kept everyone incredibly safe but they also educated us (more below) AND had us laughing the entire tour. They were also really great with the kids. They were patient, answered all of their
million questions and when Shea got scared they calmly reassured him and he went on happily afterwards.
Educational & Eco Friendly
To top off their fantastic service, hilarious guides and gorgeous setting Skyline Eco-Adventures is also a “carbon neutral” company and they are eco-friendly. Plus, throughout the tour the guides educate you on the local flora and fauna as well as endangered local birds. I had no idea that Maui only had 10% of their native forests left. I also wasn’t aware that Eucalyptus trees were brought over from Austrailia or that the Nene (local Hawaiian Goose) was endangered. Love when you can learn while having fun!!!
Overall I think that the Haleakala Tour from Skyline Eco-Adventures is an amazing tour for beginners. It would also be the perfect tour for a family (kids 8+ and 60lbs+ can zip). I know that my kids thought it was absolutely amazing. They especially loved the pendulum zip at the end where you zip back and forth a few times. As for me I enjoy something a little more advanced. I’m a thrill-seeker I guess? Crazy how you change because the first time I zipped I was scared to death the entire time for my life and my kids- ha!!
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*Special Thanks to Skyline Eco-Adventures for hosting the munchkins. My opinion is, as always, my own.
I love ziplining. Maybe Skyline Eco-Adventures should make my list since it was the first one in the US. Over 2,000,000 zips is amazing!
Mama Munchkin says
It’s got a fantastic record 🙂 That’s for sure!
This is definitely on my list when we visit Maui. My kids would have a blast. I like that the guides slow you down. I’m always paranoid, so this is a huge plus for me.
Mama Munchkin says
I am the same way especially when it comes to the kids. Makes it a much more relaxing experience 😉
Bethaney - Flashpacker Family says
This looks like an amazing experience! We’ve not tried ziplining yet because Reuben has been to young up until now but I’ve just found one here in Park City he can do. It sounds like so much fun!!
Mama Munchkin says
Yes… its honestly a blast. And, that’s coming from a huge wimp. So, its not unsafe or scary. I think Reuben would LOVE it and Park City is such a gorgeous place to try it in. We are thinking of heading back up that way this ski season. It’s been about 5 years since we were there 🙂
I went zipling here in California a few years ago and I don’t know if I can handle the height again. I’m a wimp. My 8yo? She can’t wait to fly. Or zip.
We did our first zip lining adventure this year in Puerto Rico. I never imagined doing it before, but it was a blast. Now we can’t wait to go again. This looks like a great adventure in Hawaii.
Mama Munchkin says
Puerto Rico– That’s way up there on my list for spring break or summer in 2016. I’ll have to check out your blog to find your posts 🙂 Ziplining is addictive. I’m usually super wimpy and was scared to death the first time we did it. Now I love it!!!