5 Fun Hawaiian Volcano Adventures


Zipline Tours

If the idea of sailing through the sky at 20 to 30 miles per hour gets you fired up, a zipline tour down Maui's Haleakala volcano might just make you erupt with excitement. Father and son Buck and Danny Boren of Skyline Eco-Adventures launched the Haleakala zipline, America's first zipline tour, in 2002. They both experienced a zipline in Costa Rica and fell in love with the adventure. "You fly down a cable that's thinner than your pinkie," said Danny Boren in a 2003 interview with the Honolulu Star Bulletin. "You're out in the open air. It's...a real rush!"

From the beginning, it was important to the Borens to use Skyline's tours to educate clients about Hawaii's ecology. Skyline Eco-Adventures pledges a percentage of its profits to environmental concerns, and in 2007, they pledged to become a carbon-neutral operation.

Skyline Eco-Adventures offers zipline tours at Ka'anapali and Haleakala in Maui and at Akaka Falls on the big island of Hawaii. Of the three, the Haleakala tour is the one that promises to send you soaring through the trees along the slopes of Haleakala, one of the world's largest volcanoes.

If plunging down a volcano on a thin wire offers a little more adventure than you can stand, there are plenty of other ways to experience volcanoes up close and personal.