I am not much for roller-coasters and I consider myself to be a big chicken. So, zip-lining in Maui was both nerve racking and something I anticipated. I was so excited about going zip-lining at Piiholo Ranch Zipline Toursfollow, we decided on the Canopy tour 9 line, which is the tour with the most lines to zip across. Piiholo Ranch Zipline Tours are located in the lush tropical rainforest in Makawao. After a quick show on how we do a cannonball and starfish.. cannonball is just what you would think, it helps you go faster, the starfish is where you make yourself as big as possible to slow down. Then we were ready to head up the first of 4 aerial bridges. While we were in the air we were always tethered to something, even though we did sign a disclaimer releasing the company of all liability! Somehow when we got to the first line I ended up in the front of the line… I was pretty nervous, but our guides Jon and Andrew were funny and helped ease my nerves. So after Andrew went down the zipline it was my turn… at least I had someone to catch me on the other side. After I stepped off the platform I was exhilarated! It was awesome, flying through the air, but feeling completely supported and comfortable. It was beautiful zipping over the trees and various island plants. Jon and Andrew were very knowledgeable and pointed out the different trees and plants and told us the stories behind them. Every plant or tree that is native to Hawaii has a story behind it, I love these stories. There are stories about Pele the Volcano goddess and how she turned a man into a tree because he chose another women over her and the women he chose went to the gods and asked that he be turned back, when they said it could not be done they also offered to turn her to a flower on the tree to be with him. About halfway through the tour we had the option to stop for snacks and drinks at the big treehouse. The other group zipping with us wanted to keep going and the guides said we could have our snacks when we were done. I could have ziplined all day after the initial line. The last line we zipped was the longest at 930 feet. I was the first to go speeding down the line, because it was so long near the end there was a rope we were supposed to grab onto to ensure we made it all the way across. Well, I was ready for the rope….but didn’t quite make it. I stopped about 15 feet from the rope and then went back and forth 400 feet. It wasn’t scary and Andrew was in contact with me the entire time making sure I was okay. I just spent the extra time enjoying the scenery… I wish I had the camera! Everyone was having fun watching me dangle and making jokes at my expense, but I thought it was funny too. Especially since earlier when we were talking about people not making it and getting stuck, the guides told us they would leave us there to think about what we had done. I responded, “that will give me extra time to look at everything”…I hope I get stuck. Ha Ha.. the joke’s on me! Andrew had a rope that he tied out to string himself out to where I was hanging, clipped onto me and pulled me back in. I felt bad for him having to pull both of us back to the tree. I always wondered what they do when people get stuck…now I know. The scenery was gorgeous, the guides were funny, friendly and informative. The adventure was amazing, I cannot wait to zipline again!
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April 20, 2013
Aloha Jennifer, If you ever want to be our Ranch writer let me know. I really enjoyed your review. I read all of our reviews so I'm up to speed (haha) on what's happening on our course and to make sure our guest are happy. Your review was a great tale that told the story from start to finish. Thanks again and Happy Trails until we meet again.
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