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Take a wet ride through a historic backcountry setting on this 3-hour 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.


  • 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 that 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

Kenneth E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was one of the highlights of our trip. Our guide Johnny and the others were very entertaining and informative. It was a unique experience we will never forget. Don't miss it!

Lee Ann G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This trip was amazing and so much fun. The guides were great. So glad we made it part of our trip to Kauai.

Beth R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very fun! The guides were excellent!

Debra W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fun trip. Mosquitos, not so fun!!

Steven L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This is a fun trip that you will remember forever. Your guides are great and the experience is enhanced by them with stories and tunes. I would say that this is a must do when you come to the island.

Francis A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

tour guides did an outstanding job. My grandsons tube deflated and they were right on the spot to get him into their tube and made him feel safe.

Jennifer B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Awesome trip. Guides were great.

Dave P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Had a very enjoyable time. Our guides were great and assisted with al of our needs, Would love to go back and do it again.

Warren T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had a great time, always felt safe and informed, thanks to Hollywood our guide. Thrills and laughs and great suggestions for our time on Kauia. Hey Hollywood, I got me a shiny Spork.

Diane G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great guides. Knew the aria made it lots of fun.

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