The 10 Most Spectacular Zip Lining Experiences Across the Globe4 min read
Zip lining is an item on many travelers’ to-do lists. It’s an activity that packs just enough of an adrenaline kick for the adventurous types, it offers stunning views for those who travel to be awed by nature and it’s accessible enough that the whole family can get involved.
But with a whole wide world to explore and so many great zip lining options to pick from, where do you start? We’ve rounded up the best zip lining experiences across the globe, so all you have to do is choose which country, or even which area of the world you want to head to. From as far north as Norway to as far south as Zimbabwe; all the way east to the Philippines or as west as west can go in New Zealand, read on to learn more about the 10 most spectacular zip lining experiences in the world.
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
High speeds, long rides and picturesque views of an active volcano, lush rainforest and Costa Rica’s largest lake. These are just a few of the things you’ll experience while zip lining in La Fortuna, Costa Rica. By far the most eye-catching attraction is Arenal Volcano, which last erupted in 2010.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown is a beautiful city offering a bit of everything: sky-scraping mountains, a vibrant city life, and the crystal blue waters of Lake Wakatipu, just to name a few. It is also a city that is best experienced from above, making it a zip liner’s paradise.
Harvest Caye, Belize
Zip lining over Harvest Caye, Belize means soaring at speed over long stretches of white sand beach surrounded by an endless view of the turquoise Caribbean sea. The island is privately owned by Norwegian Cruise Lines and this stunning zip line is well worth booking a week-long ride on the high seas.
More than 2,000 feet of open sky zip line across a salmon-filled river toward a stout skyline of colorful and distinctly Nordic red, orange, and yellow buildings is the ride that awaits you on the zip line in Helgeland, Northern Norway. The starting point is accessible by a path designed by Nepali sherpas, who the Norwegian government hires to build paths to allow hikers to access the country’s many mountains.
Orocovis, Puerto Rico
If regular old zip lining isn’t enough of a thrill for you, head to Orocovis, Puerto Rico to take it up a notch. Here, bikes are rigged up to the zip lining system, allowing you to bike through mid-air while taking in views of the beautiful Puerto Rican mountains. This zip lining experience even has a Guinness World Record to it’s name.
Bohol Island, Philippines
If you thought Puerto Rico was the only place nutty enough to have a bike-able zip line, think again. Bohol Island in The Philippines is giving it a run for its money with a bike-able and surf-able mid-air zip line experience.
Another privately-owned Caribbean island featuring a jaw-dropping zip line, Labadee, in Haiti, is owned by Royal Cruises and boasts a 2,600-foot zip line that’s almost entirely over the open water.
Bokeo Province, Laos
If you’ve ever dreamed of zip lining through the jungle from a thatched roof treehouse, northern Laos is where to go to make those dreams a reality. This experience will bring you close to the Gibbon monkeys that call Laos home while offering a treetop to treetop view of the world, just like they experience it.
There’s plenty of nerve-testing adventures to experience in Western Canada, and zip lining across the mountaintops at Whistler Mountain is among them. The area might be best known for its winter ski and snowboard scene, or else its many picturesque summer hikes, but this zip line is a year-round activity that’s a must-do for any intrepid visitor.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
If you’ve been holding out for the most over-the-top zip lining experience on the menu, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe just might be the one. Where else can you glide through the air over one of the world’s largest waterfalls on the border of two different countries? Zip up and enjoy spectacular views of the Zambezi river as it zigs and zags between Zimbabwe and Zambia.
With these 10 incredible zip lining experiences awaiting you, you’ve got 10 great reasons to get out and explore, and 10 new destinations calling your name.