My boyfriend and I recently visited Maui for 10 days. On our last day there, we finally got around to doing the Zipline trip, which we really wanted to do. Both of us were somewhat nervous before going on this adventure, but I can honestly say we both thought it was not scary at all. There was a 10 year old girl in our group who was really nervous, but she had a blast as well.
Our guides were Steve and Cliff, and they were wonderful. They were both very funny and kept us laughing the whole 3.5 hours! Cliff grew up on the island and knows a lot about the history of the island, and Steve has been working there for 3 years so he was very experienced and had some great stories to tell.
We did the 8:00 tour, which i would recommend if it's hot out. It can get hot up on the mountain. We arrived at the location and they gave us instructions, had us fill out a waiver form, and they weigh you. Then you get in a van and drive up to the site where you get "geared up". They have bins for you to lock up your valuables in, so it's ok to bring stuff with you. Then you drive up the mountain a little more to get to the first zipline. There are 8 ziplines, that are increasingly longer, so you start out easy and work your way up.
After the first 4 ziplines, we stopped and had a light continental breakfast that was delicious. Fresh fruit, banana bread, etc. There is also a bathroom stop at that point. Then we did the last 4 ziplines and then they take you back down the mountain. When you get back to the facility, they have these delicious coconut macadamia bars that are freshly made, and ice tea. Delicious way to end the trip. It was 3.5 hours start to finish.
Some tips...I would recommend you bring some cash so you can tip your guides at the end. We didn't know that, so we didn't bring any cash and felt really bad that we couldn't tip them. Also, bring a camera. The guides will actually take a video for you while shooting down one of the ziplines if you want. Your shoes will be full of dirt, so if you have a pair that you don't mind getting REALLY dirty, wear those. Also, they say you have to be able to hike 2 miles, but it's broken up into many short little hikes, in between the ziplines, so don't think you have to hike 2 miles all at once.
There are less expensive trips, but I can't imagine that they compare to this one. We felt it was well worth the money. My boyfriend said he was sort of glad we waited until the end of our trip to do this, or he would have wanted to do it again! You have to try this!
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