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Whether clients want to focus on a single Hawaii Island activity or tackle several challenges in one day, chances are good they can do so with The Umauma Experience.
Umauma, which is located 17 miles north of Hilo, offers plentiful pastimes to please a range of travelers, from kayaking and horseback riding to rappelling and ziplining.
The inspiration behind all the company’s tours is the Umauma River, which flows year-round. The waterway originates on the slopes of Maunakea volcano and tumbles across the 240-acre attraction.
“We are the only property on Hawaii Island offering a variety of adventures in one location,” said Ilima Livingston, director of sales and marketing for the family-owned and -operated business.
As guests embark on Umauma’s enticing escapes, guides share the destination’s culture and history, striving to create a sense of togetherness.
“We want visitors to experience our numerous adventures while building a connection to our home,” Livingston said. “We are truly blessed to work day in and day out on such a spectacular property.”
As Umauma continues to grow, it’s also in the process of setting up ground transfers, Livingston notes.
“We feel that providing transportation would be a great added value to our property,” Livingston said.
Here are six Umauma options designed to delight just about every visitor.
ATV ToursUmauma’s ATV excursions are a sure way for clients to feel wind-in-your-hair thrills. Guests can power their own rig or ride with a guide who sits behind the wheel.
Tours crisscross a beautiful 5.5-mile course, with stops for Instagram-worthy photos of remarkable tropical scenery.
The group also takes a 45-minute break to cool off with a swim and dig into a tasty snack.
Giant SwingOn the giant swing, clients hoot and holler as they find themselves lifted to new heights.
Three people can fit into the swing, which sways to and fro and dangles 150 feet over the Umauma River.
Participants can try the swing during a quick stop at Umauma, or they can combine it with other adventures at the property. Either way, it’s a lofty diversion.
Horseback RidingSome of Umauma’s outings carry guests across pastures to secluded areas that they can only see via horseback. Panoramas from the mountains to the sea add visual drama to the 2.5-hour ride.
The gang learns about native plants, Hawaii’s paniolo (cowboys) and what it was like to live on island plantations in days gone by.
A break for swimming and savoring a picnic rounds out the tour.
Kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)Umauma’s natural setting is so lush that popular ABC television show “The Bachelorette” filmed an episode there.
Clients can immerse themselves in the same gorgeous landscape on a kayak/stand-up paddleboarding/swim sojourn. Paddle in hand, guests glide around the sparkling waters, then plunge in for an invigorating dip.
A catered lunch at Umauma’s private pavilion ices the cake. Better yet, the food arrives by zipline.
RappellingDescending cliffs may sound scary to some travelers, but this tour calls to anyone who’s game for an adventure.
Wearing protective wetsuits, footwear and safety gear, clients learn how to boulder down a cliff, then float feet-first downriver.
They also hike, waterfall rappel and — for the brave — take a giant leap into a pond. It’s 3.5 hours of fun that guests won’t soon forget.
ZipliningNine ziplines, four dual lines and a 200-foot-long suspension bridge create high-flying memories during Umauma’s 90-minute zipline tours.
Clients soar as fast as 65 mph above 14 waterfalls. They get a look at a lava tube and a fern grotto, and they watch for Hawaiian hawks that frequent the region.
Views of Maunakea enrich the zipline experience, which is one of Umauma’s top sellers.
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