Gearing up before heading out to the zipline course at Piiholo Ranch.
Crossing Piiholo's 317-foot suspension bridge to the zipline course's first line.
Your first zipline at Piiholo's course is this training line.
Piiholo Ranch—zipline no. 2
Piiholo Ranch course line no. 2—coming in for a landing.
Several of Piiholo's landing platforms are built around eucalyptus trees clinging to the ravine. To the zipliner zooming in, the effect is akin to landing in a treehouse.
Climbing to take-off platform of zipline no. 4 at Piiholo.
Piiholo Ranch line no. 4.
We were promised a stunning view of Haleakala and upcountry Maui just before final zipline no. 5.
The view here was so breathtaking, we stuck around for a while before heading off to the final zipline.
It takes almost a full minute to leisurely traverse Piiholo's 2,800 foot long final line—tied for second-longest zipline in Hawaii. Here's the view from the take-off platform.
Here's the view from the end of the same line. If you've got sharp eyes, the take-off platform is visible near the top of the hill.
A 20-minute drive from Kapalua Resort in this Mercedes-Benz biodiesel "unimog" takes zipliners to Kapalua Adventures' zipline course way up in the West Maui Mountains.
The longest suspension bridge in Hawaii—366 feet long, and 225 feet above a ravine floor—which you walk across en route to the first line of Kapalua Adventures' upper course.
The view from the other side.
Kapalua Adventures' upper mountain course requires some forest hiking to get from line to line ...
... But the views from the course are stunning. That's Molokai, across the calm blue waters of the Pailolo Channel.
The view from the take-off platform—Kapalua Adventures upper mountain course zipline no. 1.
The climb to zipline no. 3 take-off platform—Kapalua Adventures' upper mountain course.
A view of the verdant forests and valleys of the West Maui Mountains Puu Kukui Watershed Preserve, from Kapalua Adventures' upper mountain course.
Kapalua Adventures' upper mountain course: zipline no. 4.
Skyline Eco-Adventures: Haleakala course is strung mostly beneath the canopy of a eucalyptus forest on the lower slopes of the mountain.
Most of Skyline's Haleakala ziplines are only about 30 to 40 feet off the ground ...
... But that's part of what makes it a perfect course for first-time zipliners.
I also quickly warmed to ziplining in the thick of a forest canopy rather than above it—an experience unique to Skyline's Haleakala course.
The sights, sounds and smells of the forest were wonderfully up-close.
Crossing Skyline: Haleakala's ravine-crossing rope bridge. The key to a smooth-crossing? Tread lightly so the bridge doesn't shake as much.
A view of upcountry pasture lands and central Maui, just before Skyline: Haleakala's anomalous-to-what-came-before-it final zipline.
The view from the take-off platform of Skyline: Haleakala's zipline no. 5, which requires zipliners to take a running leap of faith off a 150-foot-high cliff.
A view of the same take-off platform, from the end of the zipline. Doesn't look long like a long zipline from here. But it's actually a 750-foot zipline that takes riders barely above the treeline at speeds of up to 50 mph.
Skyline Eco-Adventures: Kaanapali course is ideal for adventurous zipliners who haven't tried ziplining with a rock-climbing harness.
Skyline Eco-Adventures' Haleakala and Kaanapali zipline courses use rock-climbing harnesses, which are less heavy and bulky than the "seated, forward-facing" harnesses used on other Maui zipline tours.
I enjoyed the unencumbered feeling of the rock-climbing harnesses and additional skills required to "steer" them while riding.
There's some hiking required—mostly downhill—between Skyline: Kaanapali's ziplines.
But the views from the West Maui mountains of the Kaanapali-area coastline, and Lanai and Molokai across the Pailolo Channel, were stunning on our late afternoon tour.
Getting ready for Skyline: Kaanapali's eighth and final zipline as the sun begins to set behind the island of Lanai.
Flyin' Hawaiian Zipline's course takes zipliners directly from a training line just a few feet off the ground to this line—tied for second-longest zipline in Hawaii, 2,800 feet across a valley.
Flyin' Hawaiian's is a visually breathtaking course that begins and ends in two different Maui towns, taking zipliners over a north-to-south chain of nine West Maui Mountain valleys.
Flyin' Hawaiian's course claims the longest ziplines lines on Maui. Except for a training line, none of the ziplines are less than 500 feet long.
Flyin' Hawaiian's admission fees go almost entirely toward keeping the course's privately-owned valleys and ridgelines wild and unspoiled, and restoring native plant life.
Each Flyin' Hawaiian zipline tour group carries with it an endangered native Hawaiian hibiscus ma'o hau hele seedling to plant on one of the course's remote ridgelines. This seedling area is almost filled after a half-year of twice-a-day tours.
The last of Flyin' Hawaiian's eight ziplines—the longest zipline in Hawaii and third-longest in the world. Don't look for the end of the zipline in this photo. You won't see it.
The landing platform of Flyin' Hawaiian's final zipline. Spanning two-thirds of a mile—including three ridgelines and two valleys—the final line takes more than a minute to zip at speeds of up to 60 mph.