I wish I were the type of traveler who could lounge by the beach or pool for seven days and love every minute of it. However, I need a bit of excitement on my vacations or I get bored. When I heard about a zip-line experience in Maui, I was excited to try it for the first time. Even before I left on my trip, I had visions of that zip-lining pig with a pinwheel in the Geico commercial yelling Mauiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!
The Skyline Eco-Adventures rendezvous spot was within walking distance of my hotel, the Westin Maui, which is offering great rates through June. Somehow I was the first one there, which never happens. I naturally didnt read the release I signed, despite being a former attorney. I was also weighed on the spot, because if you arent heavy enough you wont get enough speed to make it all the way across the zip-line. (Dont worry, their scale is at least 10 pounds light because there is no way I lost weight after eating so much on my trip.)
The group was comprised of a brother and sister from Toronto, a couple from Chicago, two related families from Saskatchewan, and me. We all piled into a van and drove a quick ten minutes up the road to the base. After a brief intro (no 30-minute lectures on this tour; they explain it all as you go) and an awkward moment stepping into a harness while the guide held it, we all grabbed a helmet and piled back into the van for a bumpy, fun ride up to the side of the mountain.
This is not a tree-top tour; these zip-lines zigzag down a ravine facing the ocean. It's a breathtaking view, though the waterfalls that normally appear must have been dry when I was there. Our guides were young, laid-back jokers, exactly what youd expect. I admit that despite the jokes being directed at the wives and children, I was thoroughly entertained the entire time. (In case they use the same jokes on every tour, I wont repeat them.) The eco part of the tour was minimal, but interesting: some reading material on a plaque at each of the lines and a bit of commentary from the guides.
Even though it was my first zip down a line and I had a blast this tour felt on the tamer side. I didnt get chicken skin (as Hawaiians say instead of goosebumps), but the tour is perfect for beginners and children (over 80 pounds, of course). It's an excellent option if you need a break from all of that arduous beach and pool time.
For general trip-planning information, see our Maui destination guide.