As zipline tours grow in popularity, one Kauai firm has improved
its existing facilities to keep a leg up on the competition.
In December 2003, Outfitters Kauai introduced a single
275-foot-long zipline, located on Kipu Ranch at the base of the
3,000-foot Haupu Mountain Range.
“When we further explored the stream above our site, we found a
beautiful, narrow slot canyon winding its way down to our existing
zipline, bridges and treehouse,” said Outfitters Kauai owner Rick
Haviland. “The canyon was terribly overgrown with exotic, invasive,
non-native plants and vines that obscured it from view and made it
difficult to negotiate. As we started removing the invading plants,
we discovered a strikingly beautiful canyon and waterway, including
Haviland’s team has been revegetating the area with pan-Pacific
plants ever since.
During its recent course expansion, Outfitters Kauai has
incorporated extra elements into the guest challenges, including
three new ziplines, a canopy walk and a bridge that dips and winds
its way through a majestic banyan tree grove. Clients can
experience the improved set-up during the Kipu Falls Zipline
As Outfitters Kauai designed the new course, it called on
elements of canyoneering to help clients negotiate the terrain.
“Canyoneering is an exciting sport common in Europe but somewhat
new to America,” said Haviland. “Specialized equipment is used to
traverse a canyon. In our case, the equipment includes lines, ropes
and elevated walkways and bridges.”
The new Kipu Falls Zipline Trek encourages clients to test out
unfamiliar techniques while enjoying the beauty of a previously
As on other zipline adventures in Hawaii, Outfitters Kauai’s
clients are dressed in mountain-climbing harnesses and helmets. Two
guides oversee the action as participants start at the top of the
course and work their way down. One of the pleasures of the
improved course is a side-by-side zip, so clients can fly through
the air at 30 mph, 50 feet above the ground, next to a friend or
“It’s double the pleasure, double the fun,” said Haviland.
The second half of the three-hour tour remains the same as
before: a short hike through the jungle to Kipu Falls, a little
pocket of Eden where clients can swim and jump off a rope swing,
complete with Tarzan-like yells.
The three-hour Kipu Falls Zipline Trek is offered twice daily.
Clients check-in at Outfitters Kauai’s Poipu headquarters at 8 a.m.
or 1 p.m.
Tour rates, commissionable to travel agents, are $99 per adult and
$80 per child ages 7-14. Guides provide cold bottled water, cookies
and juice. Clients must weigh less than 275 pounds to fit into the
zipline safety harness, and the minimum age requirement is 7
2827A Poipu Rd.
Poipu Beach, HI 96756