Thanks to the combination of adrenaline-pumping thrills and picture-perfect views, it’s no wonder that zip lines are at the top of many must-do lists. Whether you’re zipping across a ship with a carousel and the tallest slide at sea below you or over private island destination Perfect Day at CocoCay and its 13 waterslides, zip lines of all lengths, heights and speeds await on a Royal Caribbean cruise.
Get a look at 10 of the world’s most amazing zip lines that you can catch while on a cruise, from an overwater ‘line in Haiti to those in the jungles of Belize.
Take on the 1,600-foot-long (487 meters) zip line course on Perfect Day at CocoCay for an exhilarating adventure over Royal Caribbean’s very own private island destination. As you swoop over this slice of paradise, you’ll have a birds-eye view of all the thrills and ways to chill at your fingertips. To name a few, there’s the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool, 13 waterslides—including Daredevil’s Peak, the tallest waterslide in North America—helium balloon adventure Up, Up & Away; and miles of white sand beaches. You can come down from the zip lining high by unwinding at Coco Beach Club, home to The Bahamas’ first overwater cabanas, which come with their very own cabana attendant, lunch from a private restaurant, an overwater hammock and more.
Where to find it: Perfect Day at CocoCay, The Bahamas
What you have in store on the action-packed ZipRider is a vertical drop of 1,320 feet (402 meters) over lush green rainforest near Hoonah, Alaska—home to the native Tlingit people. You’ll travel more than a mile (1.6 kilometers) and could reach speeds of up to 65 mph (105 kph) before swiftly landing on a harborside beach. Catch views of nearby Port Frederick as well as the majestic snowcapped mountains that are synonymous with the Last Frontier.
Where to find it: Icy Strait Point, Alaska
Enjoy breathtaking views of the Orocovis mountains in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from above the island’s dense jungle canopies on one of Toro Verde Eco Adventure Park’s 10 zip lines. You’ll fly down 4,700 feet (1,432 meters) headfirst on La Bestia (The Beast) at 62 mph (100 kph) or challenge yourself with speeds of up to 95 mph (153 kph) on El Monstruo (The Monster), the second longest zip line in the world at 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers).
Where to find it: San Juan (Orocovis), Puerto Rico
The private destination of Labadee, Haiti, is home to beautiful beaches like Columbus Cove; Arawak Aqua Park, a course with floating trampolines and waterslides; the thrilling Dragon’s Breath Flight Line and more. At more than 2,600 feet in length (792 meters), Dragon’s Breath is the world’s longest overwater zip line. You’ll be able to hitch a ride to the beach down below while you’re 500 feet (152 meters) in the air for views of turquoise waters, sand-swept beaches and lush green jungle. Whether you fly feet first or belly down, aka “Superman style,” the choice is yours.
Where to find it: Labadee, Haiti
Zip with a friend! Two people can zip line together on six lines and traverse two sky bridges that criss-cross above the lush tropical rainforest on St. Peter Mountain in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. With eight aerial platforms, you’ll also be able to stand still to enjoy the views of the island’s natural beauty, like the azure waters of Magen’s Bay. You can even zip backward and forward on the Yo-Yo line—the only one in the Caribbean.
Where to find it: Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
The Jaguar Cave zip line in Belize City, Belize, packs double the thrill; you can soar over ancient Maya caves as well as through caves, dashing between the stalactite and stalagmite formations of the open-air portion of the Jaguar Paw cave. You’ll also be able to get an up-close look at the Belizean wilderness when you fly under a lush jungle canopy that macaws, parrots, hummingbirds and more wildlife call home.
Where to find it: Belize City, Belize
For the ultimate ocean views, what could top zip lining in the middle of the ocean? You can soak in endless ocean views as you zip across the world’s largest cruise ships, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Class. When you look down, you’ll see the Boardwalk neighborhood (one of seven to eight neighborhoods to explore), the iconic carousel, restaurants and the AquaTheater nine decks—and even 10 decks on Wonder of the Seas—below.
Where to find it: Oasis Class ships like Harmony, Symphony and Wonder of the Seas.
Have your pick of 11 zip lines, which are up to 1,500 feet long (457 meters) and as high up as 100 feet (30 meters) at the local eco park. Soar between mountains with views of exotic plants, like giant African palms, as well as beautiful landscapes. With the new Zuperman Zip, you can even zoom toward the beach face first.
Roatan’s eco park also features eight suspension bridges that are up to 200 feet long (60 meters) on which you can traverse through the jungle—who knows, you may just have some wild encounters with local monkeys, sloths, iguanas and macaws.
Where to find it: Roatan, Honduras
Fly above the canopies of the Big Island’s Hawaiian rainforest as well as 160 feet (49 meters) over the many gorgeous waterfalls of the Honolii Stream. Eight zip lines cover about 2 miles (3 kilometers) of tropical river gorges. The longest line is more than 2,400 feet (731 meters), and, thanks to side-by-side lines, you can enjoy the experience with a friend zipping right alongside you.
Where to find it: Hilo, Hawaii
Take a scenic ferry ride through Hauraki Gulf before gearing up for three side-by-side, 656-foot-long (200 meters) zip lines that will take you through the native brush on the stunning island of Waiheke near Auckland, New Zealand. After soaring through the local flora and fauna, you’ll learn about the region’s natural sites—like golden beaches, olive groves and vineyards—and its forest conservation efforts while on a guided nature walk back to camp.
Where to find it: Auckland, New Zealand