After researching zip-lining locations, I knew I wanted to try Navitat but the cost was prohibitive. My husband and I were concerned that we would be spending a lot of money to be stuck with others doing something "touristy" when we could be out on our own on the trails. We finally signed up for the Moody Cove tour on a whim and we enjoyed it immensely!
Our guides were tremendous, enthusiastic and passionate about their jobs. They respect the environment and are happy to educate you as much or as little as you would like throughout your tour. We felt safe the entire tour but still enjoyed an adrenaline rush. It is truly incredible to be flying through and above the trees on your own, just looking around.
We can also now understand why the tours are so expensive. There are 2 buildings on site that you'll visit. The first is the welcome center and the second is where the gear is stored. Both buildings are clean and well maintained. The equipment also feels top notch. You will feel like the first person to ever wear your harness, which is a great thing when you're flying between trees on ropes. Furthermore, you'll be on an excellent safety system, not something every zip-lining venue can boast.
However, I would imagine the leasing, care, and keeping of the land is the biggest expense. We learned from our guide that Navitat is actually leasing the land they are using. In 2+ decades when the lease agreements end, Navitat will likely move. This is so they do not tax the environment too heavily. Additionally, the entire operation was built to be easily disassembled and moved. In summary, they practice what they preach! The other high cost, in my estimation, is that they are good stewards of the environment. Navitat seems to invest highly in ensuring the health of the habitat they are in by providing care for sick plants and trees and doing their part to sustain the forest.
If cost is your hesitation, I encourage you to give it a try. It is well worth it!
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