It’s not zip lining, it’s not rock climbing… it’s rappelling! This guided rappel tour takes place on our private property that overlooks the Hule’ia watershed and Ha’upu Mountain range and has two secret waterfalls.
We start the day with our Rappel 101 training area and picnic area comes with gorgeous views of the Hule’ia National Wildlife Refuge, Hule’ia River, and the surrounding Ha’upu and Kahili Mountain Ranges. After a detailed safety lesson, and a practice run on the drywall, guests hike to two secluded waterfalls.
Next, you will access two private waterfalls. Your group will have these beauties all to yourselves! The 30 foot Bamboo Falls is named for the towering stand of Japanese Bamboo which surrounds the base of these falls. Papakolea Falls stands 60 feet tall, and is our main attraction! Customers will first rappel the cascading 30′ Bamboo Falls, followed by the towering 60’ Papakolea Falls. You can climb behind, swim in, or experience the all natural “Hawaiian Massage” underneath the falls!
Next, our tours stop by the Menehune Fishpond overlook on the way back to the shop. This pond is one of the most ancient archeological sites in all of the Hawaiian Islands and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The 900 yard long rock wall sections off a natural bend in the river to form a pond which fish could be trapped in. Ask your guides to tell you the legends about the Menehune and the impressive engineering feats it took to build this pond roughly 1,000 years ago!
Guaranteed to be the most unique experience of your vacation! Snacks, water, and juice provided throughout the tour. No previous rappelling experience is necessary.
Rappelling is a descent over a vertical or near vertical rock face using a rope that is fixed at a higher point. You can rappel dry walls like in our training area, or waterfalls, which is especially popular here in Hawaii.
In order to descend down the rock face, a rappeller must release friction. Friction is provided by a friction device, and serves to slow, and therefore control, the descent of a rappeller. Your guide will set your friction device properly according to your body weight and skill, and teach you during the Rappel 101 safety lesson, how to add and release friction in order to control your descent.
On our tours we make use of the Fireman’s Belay in which a second guide stands at the bottom of the wall or waterfall, and holds on to the end of the rappeller’s rope. The belayer leaves slack in the rope as the rappeller descends, but should they slip and fall, or let go of the rope, the belayer will pull the rope tight, locking the rappeller in place and preventing a fall.
Specific details, as well as basic do’s and don’ts of rappelling will be provided during the Rappel 101 safety lesson. At this time you will have the opportunity to have a practice run on the dry wall prior to rappelling the waterfalls.
If you choose to be a spectators, you will still get water, juice, and snacks just like rappellers. Specators will be given shoes to hike in, and a dry bag if needed. The spectator will stay with the tour the entire time. You will hike with the rappellers, and then stand at the bottom of the waterfalls to watch the others in the party as they rappel. You may swim in the waterfalls as well, so long as it doesn’t interfere with rappelling or belaying.
Guides reserves the right to refuse to honor bookings at the time of the tour if participants are in anyway unfit for the activity. If you are unsure if you meet the restrictions for this tour, please call to inquire prior to booking.