Ziplining isn’t a normal outdoor activity—except in Hawaii—where natural landscapes offer a sense of adventure with amazing views. Not a lot of people get the opportunity to go ziplining, so it helps to understand the rules that govern this unique fun ride.
For those who have never been ziplining, the first safety concern that comes to mind is whether the zip line can support their weight. The simple answer is yes.
In fact, commercial zip lines are designed to hold up to 5,000 pounds. So imagine a pickup truck zipping over the forest canopy—that’s how strong they are. Harnesses are designed to hold over 2,000 pounds when worn correctly.
Actually, weight requirements for ziplining tours in Hawaii exist to control the speed and momentum of the rider. This ensures a safe and enjoyable ride for everyone.
Not all zipline courses have the same weight requirements. Weight limits depend on location, course length and type of harness used.
If the rider is too light, they may slow down to a stop in the middle of the zip line.
Most zip line tour operators require riders to weigh at least 40 to 80 pounds depending on the course.
If the rider is too heavy, they will travel down the zip line very quickly and approach the landing zone at a dangerous speed.
Most zip line tour operators require riders to weigh under 235 to 280 pounds depending on the course. This includes the combined weight limit for tandem zipping (two riders).
Although zip line tour operators do not typically enforce waist size limits, there is a specific range that most harnesses can comfortably support.
Minimum circumference: 22 inches
Maximum circumference: 50 inches
Yes, you should expect most ziplining tour operators in Hawaii to weigh you at check-in. See the weight requirements listed above.
Weight requirement policies are strictly enforced for the safety of all participants. You should assume that weight limits for ziplining in Hawaii are only suitable for individuals weighing 250 pounds or less (as slightly higher amounts may only apply to tandem rides).
Keep in mind, that you could lose any reservation deposit if you fail to qualify at check-in.
Yes, there may be height requirements at certain locations (although the vast majority of adults will meet the requirement):
Minimum height: 4 feet 8 inches
Maximum height: 6 feet 9 inches
Age limits only restrict the participation of children or unsupervised youth. Every location is different, but there is usually a bare minimum age limit:
Minimum age: 5 to 7 years old
Adult supervision: 10 to 15 years old
Ziplining tours in Hawaii can last anywhere from 2 to 4 hours (or more if swimming is included), making them exciting adventures for the whole family.
They typically involve a series of zip-lines traversing lush rainforest landscapes and valleys.
Depending on the length and itinerary, you can expect the cost per adult to range from $139 to $287.