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Frequently Asked Questions About Ziplining?

Ziplining isn’t a normal outdoor activityexcept 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.

Weight requirements for ziplining in Hawaii

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 canopythat’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.

Minimum weight

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.


Maximum weight

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).

Waist size restrictions

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


Are you weighed before ziplining?

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.


Are there height requirements?

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

Is there an age limit?

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


How much does it cost to zipline in Hawaii?

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.  


  • Brian K

    Brian K has been a writer and publisher for 10+ years and has worked for LiveYourAloha as a freelance author and content manager for several of them. There's not much about Hawaii he can't tell you about!