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Every Hero Needs a Guide

rappel maui guide in the wildYou’re The Rappel Maui Hero. They’re the Rappel Maui Guides. Together You Can Do This Thing!

If you aren’t familiar with rappelling, that’s no problem. Most visitors to Maui or Rappel Maui guests are not acquainted with rappelling, climbing or canyoneering.  No worries; beginners welcome! Rappelling  is an adventure for active couples, families, solo travelers and colleagues  who relish the opportunity to explore places that are off the beaten path. It’s also a safe activity, thanks to your guides and other safety measures that go into the activity.

Who Are Your Guides?

They are outdoor lovers with a heart for sharing their home and showing hospitality to visitors. They are also highly trained in the mechanics and best practices of rappelling, along with first aid, outdoor rescue and swift water disciplines.

What Do Rappelling Guides Do?

First, they will spend some time during and/or after the drive explaining some basic rappelling and safety concepts to you. They’ll show you some of the gear that’s used, and how it works. They’ll explain and demonstrate the visual and audio signals used during descents, and why those signals are important. Ask questions, not just about the activity, but also about the island and Hawaii. You’ll learn some cool things about Hawaiian history and nature and you’ll see some beautiful sights along the Hana Highway. Once you’re at the activity site, your guides will help fit you in appropriate safety gear such as helmets, harness, flotation jacket and footwear.  Finally, one guide will demonstrate the rappelling technique before heading to the bottom of the descent to belay you. You will take that first step yourself with the help of the guide that stays at the top.  You got this!

The most important thing that guides do is maintain a full set of safety standards. Safety is the top priority, so listening to their instructions and then following them is the best way to make sure that you have a great day in the rain forest.

What Makes This Activity Safer Than a Day at the Beach?

The things that make any outdoor activity unsafe are a combination of environment and behavior. We’ve outlined what makes rappelling a safe, enjoyable activity at this blog post. Spoiler: it has to do with equipment, location and respecting nature.

What People Say About Their Guides

“Great day with Elena and Anna! Made my wife who is terrified of heights comfortable with the process and she completed all 3 lines! Thank you both! Great adventure on Maui!!!” Tim

“Yes! Do it. Our guides Emily and Janoah were fantastic. Cheering us on all the way down and giggling at us ALL the way back UP to the tool shed. Our experience with Rappel Maui couldn’t have been better, Mahalo” The Colliers 2019

“Taylor and Jamie, I wanted to let you know you two made this experience so amazing for me. I cannot thank you enough. I will not forget our time together even the trip back was memorable Thanks for the Great Times and Memories” Victoria

“Travis and Chris were hilarious, knowledgeable and so professional. We never felt unsafe and had a blast. It was an experience I will never forget.”

“Mike and Naomi were great guides and we could not have had more fun. They prepared us for everything and boosted our confidence. Grandparents, kids and grandkids all had a great experience.” June

“The leaders were the best ever. Safety, fun and overall made my trip the most adventurous and enjoyable.”

“This was our favorite excursion of the whole trip! We had a great time, despite the rain. We were not able to rappel directly down the waterfall, because they were concerned with flash flooding. The guides were very knowledgeable and seemed to enjoy their jobs. This is a tour I highly recommend and would definitely do it again if we are in Maui!”

“The guides were knowledgeable and professional, and they did everything they could to make sure we had the best experience ever, rain or shine! Definitely a must, but be ready for a real challenge!”

“Rappel Maui did not disappoint. Their employees were terrific. Our guides were thorough and made us feel very safe throughout the experience.”

What is Canyoneering and Rappelling?

q&aAnother Frequently Asked Question we get from a lot of first-timers who are interested in taking a tour, but are new to rappelling and canyoneering in general is, of course:  What exactly IS canyoneering, anyway?

We’re glad you asked!  The simplest description of canyoneering is: The exploration of canyons.  To go a little more in-depth, let’s take a page (literally) from Canyoneering: A Guide to Techniques for Wet and Dry Canyons, second edition, by David Black. (pp. xi, 1-2.) First off, a canyon is a deep, narrow valley or chasm with steep sides or cliff walls that have been carved and shaped by moving water. (For you trivia fans, a gorge is usually steeper and narrower than a canyon.) The exploration of a canyon (and descending/ascending it) may require any number of activities, such as hiking, scrambling, jumping, sliding, rappelling, and swimming.  In North America, there is a vague distinction between “canyoning” and “canyoneering,” but more often than not, the terms are used interchangeably, with “canyoning” being the favored term in English-speaking countries outside the United States.  Other names for canyoneering include “kloofing” (S. Africa) and the Welsh phrase”cerdded ceunant.” One thing that separates canyoneering from hiking is equipment, such as ropes and harnesses.  It can be summarized as a hybrid of rock climbing, hiking, river running, and wilderness skills. For those of you who are wondering, we keep our canyoneering day tours on the recreational side. There is some hiking and swimming during the tour, but no technical rock climbing,  navigating or camping.   

 Canyoneering in America is at least several hundred years old, but during the late 20th century, canyoneering became popular with aging climbers who had the skills and penchant for exploring some of the world’s loneliest places.  Word spread via guidebooks and the media, and by 2000, canyoneering was one of the fastest growing adventure sports.

You can sample a tasty morsel of canyoneering during  a Rappel Maui day tour. These are recreational experiences for the uninitiated and experienced alike, and last about 6 hours. The tour is great for those looking for a unique outdoor activity that weds incredible tropical scenery with excitement and fun.  It’s great for families, couples, groups, conferences and solo travelers.  Learn more online or call us at 808.270.1500 7 AM-7 PM any day of the week to ask your own questions.

For a deeper dive into the principles and practices of canyoneering, take a one-day or multi-day class in canyoneering.  Classes cover the full range of canyoneering subject matter, with lots of hands-on practice, from introductory to advanced, plus the availability of specialty classes.  Have something special in mind?  Call 808.270.1500 to learn more.