Are you planning a cruise? My family LOVES cruises. One reason we love to cruise is the unique opportunities at each cruise port.
If you are like me, there is one special vacation experience you love to talk about. Mine is the Dragon's Breath Flight zip line in Labadee, Haiti.
Dragon's Breath is the world's longest over water zip line and can only be experienced if you cruise with Royal Caribbean to their private island of Labadee. This zip line is unlike any other zip line excursion I have done. From a platform 500 feet above the beach you will zip down 2600 feet care free over the water at a high speed to the beautiful land below while soaking in the view of your ship and the island.
Here are a few tips that will help you take full advantage of this exhilarating excursion.
Pay attention to your instructors
You will be given lots of instructions before taking flight. Safety rules are given as you get harnessed up. Next is a practice run on the low height zip line where you will be shown how to brake. Then you have your final launch directions on the top platform telling you how to reach high speeds. Make sure you listen carefully at each spot to ensure you have a smooth flight.
Pack the right camera
Make sure to bring a GoPro or other camera with a secure strap if you want photos from the top. You are allowed to video and take photos on the excursion. In order to take photos you must secure the camera on your wrist with a strap. If all you have is your smart phone for photos you will need to lock it up in the island locker rentals. Here's a video of my first time on the Labadee Zip Line.
Book an early flight time
By getting on one of the morning flights you will have plenty of time to explore all the activities (there are a lot of options) on the island without feeling rushed to get to your tour.
Try it even if you have a slight fear of heights
There is a practice line that helps get you comfortable with the harness, the seated position and braking. Being able to practice before the real thing can calm you down and give you feelings of being prepared. Just focus straight ahead at the top platform. They will hook you up to wires the moment you step on the platform. Once it is your turn, you will be harnessed into your lane and the time of your life will begin!
Want more tips for making the most of your day on Labadee? Click the Next button below to read about Allison's experience at this fun Royal Caribbean port.
Good To Know
Where: This excursion is only available through Royal Caribbean because it is located on their private island of Labadee in Haiti.
When: Available on any Royal Caribbean cruise that stops at Labadee.
How Much: Prices start at $99 per person.
Restrictions: Must be a minimum of 48 inches tall with a minimum weight of 75 pounds and not exceeding 275 pounds.
How Long: The excursion takes approximately 1 hour but you have all day to enjoy the island before or after your zip line adventure.
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is that not scary?
How long is it 5mile or more?
The Dragon’s Breath Zip Line is 500+ feet and you’ll reach 40-50 miles per hour. 🙂
Kathleen A Prion
I have COPD and cannot walk up a lot of stairs but once at the top I can zip line. Is this zip line handicap accessible?
Hi Kathleen, this writer is no longer with Tips for Family Trips, and I did not personally ride this zip line when we visited Labadee. Here’s what I’ve been able to find out.
The official Royal Caribbean website lists this activity as Strenuous. “Guests with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour – particularly tours categorized as ‘strenuous.’ Guests who have concerns must consult with their personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be strenuous for them.”
You do not have to climb all the way up to the launch tower. There is a short walk, a few stairs and a bumpy truck ride that some people describe as the scariest part of the excursion.
Hope that helps!
can 2 people zipline at the same time?
my son has special needs so curious if I can go or another instructor can go with him ..
I would contact the cruise line about this. This article was written by a contributor, so I didn’t ride Dragon’s Breath myself. But I’ve done other ziplines and the harness is always built for one person. I assume that the same is true for this one, but it never hurts to ask.