How does CLIMB Works compare to other zip lining companies?
I’m not going to lie: my friends were nervous for our zip line tour. Excitedly nervous, but still nervous. But I was sure a great time was in store – who needs to touch the ground, anyways?! We were going zip lining at CLIMB Works Keana Farms – a 3-hour guided tour on the north shore of Oahu. Note that they also have a Smoky Mountains location on the mainland.
I couldn’t have been more stoked as I adore zip lining, and was getting the tour for free for a review – a bonus for my budget calculator free lifestyle. Having done it in Jamaica, Belize, Minnesota, and even on a few adventure courses I was pumped. They, on the other hand, had never been and were afraid of heights.
We started the zipline tour with a short low to the ground zip line to put everyone’s mind at ease. Okay, my friends were still a bit scared, but that would quickly change.
The first thing that struck me here was as they geared us up they didn’t give us gloves; every other time I’ve zip lined we had one glove to slow us down. I wondered what on earth was about to happen, and honestly thought this seemed like something they were doing wrong.
Awesome Brake System
I was totally incorrect.
Instead of having to slow ourselves down near the end, the guides did it using a brake on the line. I had never seen this system before. We held onto handlebars instead of the actual zip line with gloves, which I thought was great.
Loads of Ziplines!
There were eight world class ziplines in total, so we were a little confused about why it would take 2.5 hours to 3 hours to complete the course. Then we saw our group – it was HUGE. Oh god, I thought. We’re going to have to wait forever between lines for all the people to go. Wrong again. Unlike other zip lining places I’ve been to, here they had dual lines on each and every one. So two people can go at once – awesome for couples and friends! This zipline canopy tour was definitely going to be a delight!
Then came the first repel. Repels aren’t often part of zip lining courses, but here at CLIMB Works zipline they do things differently. We jumped down, but the line caught us so it was a soft drop down.
Many other things greeted us on our adventure. Rickety bridges. A spot we had to pull ourselves up a rope. Fresh cherry tomatoes and apple bananas from the working agricultural farm we saw beneath us as we zipped that we got to – Hawaii specialties to eat. And the whole adventure ended with yet another repel, this time with the choice to repel slowly like the first one, or to quickly hop down. Every one of us chose the quick option. Besides, we’d already done some crazy things normal zip line companies don’t let you do. Example: our last two zip lines involved falling backwards and going upside down! I was definitely nervous, but so happy once I did them. Honestly, the whole thing just makes me want to be a zip line guide. Seriously. Lifestyle change? …Maybe one day.
Overall CLIMB Works Keana Farms canopy tour just rocked my world with its panoramic views. And my two friends had a blast despite their initial fears. We had a ridiculously great time with everything from the sky bridges to flipping upside down on the zipline! There was even a fun ATV adventure to begin! This adventure offers fun for any age and ability.
If you’re going to do anything in Hawaii, face your fears and soar through the air with the gorgeous ocean and mountain views, and a farm right below you! You get an ATV ride to start, how can you complain? This place was amazing, with so many wonders to be had. I absolutely adored my time here, and though I’ve ziplined quite a bit, this was my very favourite course! I can’t recommend these guys enough, so what are you waiting for?! Book your tour now! I’m keen to check out their other location in the great smoky mountains national park as well (where you can also take your mountain bike – they even provide the trail, the bikes, and everything else!)
Keen to zip line on another Hawaiian island? Check out zip lining in Maui! And don’t forget to check out other awesome things Oahu hast to offer, like helicopter tours, hang gliding, Hawaii Turtle Tours, and more! Or, get a random tattoo if you happen to be there for a Friday the 13th flash sale – cause why not remember your time in some odd way?! There are also a ton of great cheap things to do in Hawaii if that’s more your pace!