5 star rating: Highly Recommended 55 Reviews

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

Kauai Backcountry Tubing Adventure

Take a wet ride through a historic backcountry setting on this Kauai tubing adventure! Hop aboard an inner tube and float down a network of irrigation canals that run through a 200-year-old sugar plantation. Relax on calm stretches and prepare to get wet as you splash down flumes and through tunnels. After your ride, enjoy a refreshing swim in a natural pool and recharge with a picnic lunch surrounded by lush tropical scenery.


  • 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

Discover a seldom-seen part of Kauai from aboard an inner tube on this backcountry adventure. Choose from four different departure times to suit your schedule, then make your way to Hanamaulu to meet your guide. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet, and gear up with a provided helmet, headlamp and gloves. 

Ride in an off-road vehicle through the tropical island interior while learning about the history of the 200-year-old Lihue Plantation; now shuttered, it was one of the first sugar plantations in Hawaii. You’ll arrive at an extensive network of irrigation canals that crisscross the 17,000-acre (6,880-hectare) plantation. These ditches and tunnels were dug by hand in the 1870s and have only recently been opened to the public.

After a safety briefing, climb aboard an inner tube and set out on the gentle currents of the waterways. No paddling is required, so the ride is suitable for all fitness levels. Sit back and relax through lazy open stretches and exciting flumes, and switch on your headlamp as you pass through dark tunnels as long as 1 mile (1.6 km).

At the end of your ride, refuel with a picnic lunch and enjoy the lush historic setting of the plantation. If you like, cool off with a swim in a natural pool before the return drive to the departure point.

Please Note: When making your booking, please put all passenger weights in the ‘special requirements’ section. If you have children in your group, please specify their ages in this section as well.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Lots of fun. One of the highlights of the trip. Better than helicopter rlde!

Kent S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

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

Andrea D

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!!!

Jamie C

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.

Karl M. Mike B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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

Alichia B

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

William S G

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!

Mar-Shay A

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!!

Ron B

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.

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