Kauai Tubing – Kauai Backcountry Adventures

Kauai Tubing

One of the most popular activities in Hawaii is Kauai Tubing with Kauai Backcountry Adventures. One of the reasons Kauai Tubing is so popular is because it is a great activity for everyone. Some age and weight restrictions apply but for the most part Kauai Tubing is an activity the entire family can enjoy together. From grandkids to grandparents, everyone in our family of 8 was excited to tube down an old sugar plantation irrigation canal.

Kauai Tours Tubing


When we arrived at Kauai Backcountry Adventures in Lihue we were fitted with helmets, gloves, headlamps and shoes. The guides made sure we had a great fit.



We hopped into a van and took a scenic drive to the launch point. Our friendly guides told us about the history of Lihue Plantation. At the launch point we were given a safety briefing. Next we entered the water!

Kauai Activities Tubing Sugar Plantation


It was relaxing as we were pulled down the canal by a gentle current. The waters originate near the top of Mount Waialeale, one of the wettest spots in the world. The water is channeled through a ditch and tunnel system that was once used to irrigate sugar crops. Sugar was taken out of production in 2000 and the irrigation system was no longer needed. Kauai Backcountry Adventures opened a portion of the canal in 2003 to allow guests to see some of the most gorgeous land in Hawaii via a Kauai tubing tour.

Kauai Tubing


Along the way we encountered amazing tunnels and flumes hand dug around 1870. We wore headlamps so we were able the truly appreciate the wonder of each tunnel.

Kauai Tubing Lihue


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Everyone in our group enjoyed Kauai Tubing – from the youngest…

Kauai Tubing Irrigation Canal Sugar Cane


To the patriarch and matriarch of the family…

Kauai Tubing Tours


And everyone else in between!

Kauai Backcountry Tubing


As we floated out of the final tunnel I was sad to see the tubing portion of the Kauai Tour come to an end. Once we got out of the canal and returned our tubes we were treated to a picnic lunch at a beautiful water hole.

Kauai Backcountry Adventures Tubing


The gently flowing waters, gorgeous scenery, and spectacular tunnels made for a fun and relaxing afternoon. Being able to do enjoy this with my entire family makes Kauai Tubing one of the most memorable Hawaii Activities I have experienced.

Have you ever been Tubing on Kauai?

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Elizabeth has been blogging about the best Hawaii Activities for over 7 years. She loves sharing the Aloha Spirit.
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2 Responses to Kauai Tubing – Kauai Backcountry Adventures

  1. Had a wonderful time! Gauge was a fun guide! It was a great balance of relaxing and exciting!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Aloha Dana! Thank you for the comment! So happy you had a wonderful time with Kauai Backcountry Adventures!

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