One of Jeff Whelan’s passions is to build long-lasting relationships with other people and to share their experiences with everyone he meets. Inspired by the rapidly growing field of eco-tourism and wanting to share with all the beauty of his beautiful alpine ranchlands, Jeff went about designing a huge zip line system on a remote corner of his Ranch. Piiholo Ranch is an exceptionally challenging and awe-inspiring area, consisting of a massive 4.5 acre “Ranch” surrounded by spectacular mountains, sweeping sandy beaches, dramatic river drops, lush vegetation, rich wildlife, and deep forests.
We spent the better part of a week on the Piiholo ranch zipline getting a feel for the area and for the zip line itself. The terrain varies from steep rolling hills to a low sandy beach that goes down to the water’s edge. There is a lot of variety and it will all affect the experience you have while onboard. If you like the idea of “zipping through” nature and wildlife then the trail riding was really enjoyable. On our second day, we tried the zip lining experience. We were fortunate enough to be guided through this area by one of Maui’s very own expert instructors.
This was a great experience and it definitely made us realize that when going on any of our Maui vacations that this is the place to go. The scenery is simply breathtaking and the views are spectacular. It really is an experience that few should forget and if we were fortunate enough to take part in a pinhole ranch zipline tour then we know that it would be a life-time memory.
This is part three of our Mauna O Hawaii reviews. In our third paragraph, we’ve discussed how easy it is to get to the top of Piiholo Ranch. Once you’ve got past the manual and can hike on up to the trailhead. The trailhead is at the end of a very long dirt road that takes you straight up to the ranch. From here you just follow the path that has been created by Hiking Staff so as to direct you onto the correct path for the actual ranch.
Now we get to the good stuff! The Piiholo Ranch Zipline Tour starts out by taking you under the huge white arch. As you pass under this white arch, you will notice a path that leads straight up to the top of the zipline. You will see two poles sticking out of the ground at the top and at the bottom. This is actually your guide up the zip line and if you want to continue, then you just go right ahead. If you decide to stop or go back down, then the staff will let you know and you can come back up or start the journey all over again.
As you continue your walkway along the path, the next set of poles will guide you onto the second level of the zipline and then the third level which is even higher! Once you cross over the wooden boardwalk and proceed into the main building, you will see a receptionist who is going to help you get your passport and other needed documents. Then there is the office itself with a large table, computer, and two phones on one side and a counter for filing. On your left, there is a canopy where you can set up your picnic.
From here you will go up the spiral stairs to enter the main building where you will be greeted by a security guard. There are also security guards at each of the different levels so you won’t have to worry about getting lost. He will lead you through each section explaining the purpose of that area and then give you a wristband that you will need to enter the Piiholo Ranch Zipline Tour. The last thing you will see is a big screen TV where they will air some of the most popular shows of your day. Then it’s back down to the parking lot where you can pay for your vehicle or stay and enjoy the rest of your day enjoying the rides, the views, and the gardens.
If you haven’t taken a Hawaii Maui vacation yet this is one of the places to do it. With a Piiholo Ranch Zipline Tour, you get to see all of the sights that make Hawaii the greatest vacation spot on the planet. If you love animals then this is the place to go to and do your bird watching, hiking, kayaking, swimming, or just taking in the scenery. You’ll also have the chance to run into some of your favorite celebrities and have your picture taken with them while doing so. This is a great experience and one you will never forget.