5 star rating: Highly Recommended 44 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 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 !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We loved it! I think I was the oldest on the trip 71, but there was nothing I didn't enjoy. Tracy and Sierra wrong spelling were so much fun. The water was perfect and the scenery was awesome. Took my GoPro and was glad I did. Got some excellent shots. Can't wait to do it again in the future.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great fun adventure. quick drive thru beautiful canyon ends at the launching point where we got lots of interesting tidbits of history, biology, and culture of Hawaii. After a quick safety debriefing, we were in our tubes under a beautiful rain shower. The water temp is perfect in August... It was hot and humid outside and the water felt cool and refreshing. By the time we exited the second tunnel, the rain showers had passed and we had great warm sunshine. The lunch was a nice touch, build your own sandwiches with chips and drinks. Great awesome family fun! the excitement and energy and great cool info from our guide, Hollywood definitely added to our experience.... Thanks much

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Totally fun trip for the entire family, young and old. Don't let anyone tell you the water is cold. It's not that cold and felt amazing. And the tour guides give great advise on what to do in Kauai and what restaurants to eat at. And you really get to see a part of the island that is normally off limits. Helicopter tours were flying by because of the beautiful plantation, but it's better to see it on the tubing adventure.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This is something you have to do if on the island -

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The guides were great and they were very informed and gave us great facts. We would do it again!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was a very unique experience. The staff did a great job of making everyone feel at ease for those of us who didn't quit know what to expect going in. They were with us and guiding us as we traveled down the canal. I'd highly recommend this tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Tubing was fun and the guides (John and Li) were great. The lunch was average. The historical perspective was interesting (how water was moved to water sugar cane plantations). We had fun and it was worth the money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

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