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What Is Koloa Known For?


Koloa is known for its intimacy and its deep history.

When you visit Koloa, you’ll get to see the incredible views of the, over a hundred year old, Waita Reservoir (also referred to as Hauiki Reservoir, Marsh Reservoir or Kōloa Reservoir) and the Old Koloa Sugarmill!

The reservoir is nuzzled right by Kauai’s Tree Tunnel and Old Koloa Sugar Mill. The reservoir is an inland body of fresh water, one of the biggest in Hawaii. It appears as a huge Oasis with the background of the Black Mountain Range and Mt. Haupu in Koloa as seen in Jurassic Park. 

The Waita Reservoir was built in the 1900s in an area that was then the Koloa Swamp. It’s purpose was to supply water to the sugar cane fields that were in full swing at the beginning of the 20th century.

It was Expanded in 1931 to include 525 acres and it holds 23 billion gallons of water. The reservoir is still irrigating water to farms all over the island, today. Agriculture is very much still alive on Kauai, with the help from the Waita Reservoir.

The Waita reservoir is fed from the Waiohai-Kauai Aqueduct system and is home to a host of wildlife such as Muscovy ducks (Koloa), Hawaiian Coots (Alae ke’oke’o), Hawaiian Gallinule (‘Alae ‘Ula), Stilts (Ae’o), Pheasant  (Kalij), Hawaiian boar (Pua’a), chickens (Moa or Jungle Fowl).

The reservoir also hosts largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, Peacock bass, Tilapia, and Koi. The koi found in the Waita reservoir are what remains from the Japanese camp gardens that existed in that region during the plantation years. The reservoir now sits on private Grove Farm property and can be viewed only by reserving a space with Koloa Zipline!

The Koloa Sugar Mill stands as a testimony to Hawaii’s booming sugar industry. From 1912-1996 The Koloa Mill was the highest producing sugar mill in the state of Hawaii.

After the closure in 1996, the mill became a popular tourist attraction popping up in countless vacation photos and home movies. Closed to the general public, it is still a favored site for Hollywood movies.

Experience All The Great Places Koloa Is Known For!

Koloa Zipline is Kauai’s longest zipline course including 3 of the longest lines on island including the half-mile Waita line.

What sets us apart from other ziplining companies is our Kauai’s only Ground School, which teaches you the basics of ziplining before the tour so you’ll be fully prepared before you take the leap.

Another bonus is Koloa Zipline is the only zipline tour on Kauai to offer our custom full torso Flyin’ Kaua’ian Harness which allows you to zip upside down, backward, head first, traditional or any other position you can imagine.

The course consists of 8 lines and lasts approximately 3.5 hours. Zip through the sets of Jurassic Park and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw!

Koloa Is Known For Fun Family Friendly Adventures

Ziplining is a great activity for parents, small children and teenagers to spend time together on family vacation.

There’s nothing like feeling the Hawainin air rushing by you as you all zip over Koloa. Ziplining is not only a breath of fresh air but also an exhilarating rush that is safe for the whole family. You will never forget a family Ziplining Trip!

Take a break from technology and live in the moment with Koloa Zipline. So many of us miss out on quality time because we are all so consumed by our computers and our phones. Koloa Zipline launches you into the present.

Come Prepared

You’ll need long shorts or light pants. Shorts should be long enough to go under the harness (mid-thigh and longer is best). Short shorts aren’t the best with the harness due to brush burns and chaffing. Loose shorts can and will ride up.

We supply the helmets but something you might want to bring is a ball cap to wear underneath, to help block the sun. Sunglasses are allowed but you’ll want them to have a strap in case you decide to get acrobatic with Koloa Zipline! We highly recommend wearing sunscreen on your Kauai zipline tour.

There will be wind and possibly lightweight showers so a light jacket isn’t a bad idea. Bug spray is also a necessity, especially when it’s cloudy.

Wear sturdy, comfortable closed-toe shoes you don’t mind getting wet or dirty. Gotta love that Kauai red dirt! While water shoes are technically “closed-toe shoes” they are not advisable, but acceptable.

Minimum age to participate is 7 years old accompanied by an adult (parent or guardian) All minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian All bookings must be made by adults age 18 and over.

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Visit Koloa and see all of what Kauai has to offer, with Koloa Zipline and book your zipline tour today!