5 star rating: Highly Recommended 53 Reviews

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  • Location:Kauai, Hawaii
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Kauai Backcountry Tubing Adventure

Travel back in time as you embark on a scenic tubing adventure down the irrigation canals of an old sugar plantation in Kauai. See land that has never before been open to the public as you’re whisked down ditches and flumes in an inner tube. Relax and let the gentle current carry you, and take a post-tubing dip in a natural swimming hole and enjoy a picnic-style lunch. It's an exhilarating ride that is easy enough for all fitness levels!


  • Easy- to moderate-tubing excursion through Lihue Plantation and lunch in Kauai’s backcountry
  • Learn the history of Lihue Plantation’s tropical waterway, engineered and built circa 1870
  • Float down man-made ditches, tunnels, and flumes never before open to the public
  • Travel in and out of tunnels, one of which is up to a mile (1.6 km) long
  • Refuel with a picnic-style lunch near an enchanting natural water hole

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What You Can Expect

Kauai Backcountry Tubing Adventure

Backcountry Tubing in Kauai

Before you get your feet wet on your tubing adventure, meet your guide in Hanamaulu to get fitted with gloves, a helmet, and a headlamp. Once properly outfitted, you'll take a drive in a 4WD vehicle, traversing the former Lihue Plantation and Kauai’s lush green interior. En route, your knowledgeable guide will divulge the history of the more than 200-year-old defunct sugar plantation, and reveal insider tips for exploring the island.

When you arrive, you’ll receive your tube. Following a brief safety orientation, it’s time to finally get wet! The flowing current that originates near the top of Mt Waialeale—one of the wettest spots in the world— gently carries you through the tropical waterways. The calm waters don't require paddling, making it an easy ride for most fitness levels. For close to an hour, you’ll zip in and out of tunnels, including one that’s almost a mile (1.6 km) long. Flip on your headlamp to examine the hand-dug tunnels and consider the labor that went into creating the waterways across the 17,000-acre (6,880-hectare) plantation.

Please Note: Please put all passenger weights in the "special requirements" section during the checkout process. If you have children riding, please be sure to specify their ages in the "special requirements" section. Thank you.

Following your relaxing ride, get back on solid ground to enjoy a 45-minute lunch amidst the remote beauty of Kauai’s backcountry. Your picnic may include pita sandwiches, chips, cookies, and cold drinks. Take a dip in a natural swimming hole to cool off before saying goodbye to a seldom explored side of one of Hawaii’s most beautiful islands.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Truly enjoyable. Guides made the whole experience fun! Would highly recommend to others.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Really fun adventure! Staff were all helpful, pleasant and tolerant of us tourists. Tubing was really fun, including lunch after with everyone. Local staff gave us lots of history and recommendations along the way. Loved it and would do it again any time I'm on Kauai!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

What an incredible adventure, everything was so beautiful and unique, I sincerely recommend, the tour guides were so awesome!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We had such a great time. Our guides were very informative and enjoyable. We cannot wait to go back again and will be booking this adventure again. Thank you.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I really enjoyed our trip and the guides made it even more enjoyable

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The tubing was great we had a lot of fun specially that our guide serenaded us with his ukulele al the way.
Loved it

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was one of our favorite things on our trip to Kauai! Our guide, Derek, did a super job! He had loads of interesting facts to tell us and made the trip so much fun! Recommended this to several other people that we met on the island. Thanks for a terrific adventure!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

What a great, fun, exciting excursion. We took our 7 yr old son with us and he had a blast as well.
Our guides- Pu and Lēlē were amazing and so much fun!
I would totally recommend this excursion for families and just for people that want to have a great time!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fun, entertaining, and a great way to learn about the island of Kauai. Both Derek and Marty were both very professional, helpful and knowledgeable. We definitely will do this trip again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Best ever !

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