Get adventurous by riding an inner tube along a flowing manmade canal that has you traveling down cascading flumes and through several tunnels in the breathtaking Kauai backcountry.
It's a short transfer from the pier into Kauai's emerald-green interior and the historic Hanamaula Ditch. Painstakingly carved by hand out of the gorgeous countryside in the early 1900s, the canal originally served as an irrigation system for the Lihue Plantation, one of Hawaii's oldest sugar cane plantations. It takes approximately 500 gallons of water to produce one pound of sugar, so the canal was essential to business. Nevertheless, by the beginning of this century, demand waned and the plantation closed. Before long though, the canal was re-opened for float trips, as it cuts through some of the island's most beautiful and remote land, land which was never before open to the public.
Upon arrival, you will receive your safety briefing and make your way to the start point. No skills are involved in your ride other than sitting in the center of a large inner tube and going with the flow. The waters, which originate from rainwater off Mount Waialeale, will gently carry you along. Your float travels down approximately two miles of the canal, which is flanked by tropical rainforest and includes some exhilarating flumes and several tunnels. Some of the tunnels are quite lengthy, but you'll still be able to see easily as your headlamp will light the way.
Afterwards, you'll travel to a nearby swimming hole where you will have time to relax, be treated to some complimentary snacks and go swimming in the pristine waters before it's time to head back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes a limited amount of walking; however the trails can be muddy and slippery and there are several stairs to negotiate to enter the canal system. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, those with mobility concerns, back problems, or pregnant women. It is not recommended for those who suffer from claustrophobia. Guests must be at least 5 years old and children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. There is a minimum height requirement of 43 inches and the maximum allowable weight is 300 lbs. Swim suits or quick drying shorts and shirts; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; a towel; and flat comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Water shoes and headlamps will be provided. Guests participating in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. The tour operator may require participants to sign a waiver before being allowed to participate in the tour.