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Everything you need to know to zipline on Catalina Island

on January 29, 2020

Ever since it opened nearly 10 years ago, the Catalina Island Zipline Eco Tour has become one of the top attractions on Catalina Island. A high-octane thrill fest, the experience whisks thrill seekers down Descanso Canyon across five ziplines, with adventure seekers reaching speeds up to 45 miles per hour. Intrigued? Here’s everything you need to know about the zipline on Catalina Island.

It’s a lot of fun: There’s a reason the zipline is one of the most popular things to do on Catalina – it’s a lot of fun. From the moment you step off that first platform to the time you’ll spend reminiscing over all the fun you had, ziplining on Catalina will be a highlight of your trip to the island.

You can do it in a day: For many visitors, the zipline is the perfect thing to do on a day trip to Catalina.

There’s a weight limit: Solo zipline participants must weigh more than 80 pounds and less than 240 pounds.

You can tandem: As long as your combined weight does not exceed 235 pounds, you can zip together. Tandem ziplining is popular with parents who want to zip with their child as well as with teens who may want to zip together.

group of people preparing to zipline

It’ll takes longer than you think. Even though there will be some high speeds involved, the Catalina zipline experience takes about two hours, including safety briefing, transportation and instruction. You should also arrive 20 minutes early to make sure all of your paperwork is complete.

You can zip at night: During summer weekends you can take the adrenaline up a notch by ziplining at night.

There’s an age limit: Ziplining on Catalina is available for those ages five and up. Zipliners between the ages of 5 and 9 must ride tandem with a person older than 18 who will be considered their guardian during the adventure.

Appropriate gear: All zipline participants need to dress appropriately. Long pants are encouraged and closed toe shoes are a must. Those with long hair need to secure it, and dangling earrings are discouraged.

Be nice and sober: As thrilling as it may be, don’t overdo it on the liquid courage before ziplining. Anyone who is obviously impaired will be turned away, as will anyone who is rude or disruptive to the zipline guides or other guests.

Adventure is addictive: The zipline isn’t the only adventurous thing to do on Catalina. For more adventure, check out snorkeling, parasailing, scuba diving and more.

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