Inner Tubing In Waterways at Lihue Kauai

Inner Tubing in Hawaii? Not the first image that pops into your head is it? Well, inner tubing is alive and well in Lihue, Kauai, and can make for a fun, highly memorable adventure for individuals and families alike.

The beginning of the tour involves a 4-Wheel vehicle tour of the lush greenery of old Lihue Plantation, where sugar cane was grown for processing into sugar. Irrigation waterways for the sugar cane were hand dug by plantation workers in about 1870 for watering of the sugar cane crops. A scenic section of these waterways has been reserved by Kauai Backcountry Adventures for an inner tube adventure.

At the launch point, you’ll receive a hard hat with a lamp, and ride an individual inner tube down the gentle flowing waterways of the Lihue Plantation. You’ll float through open canals, through tunnels, and flumes. The ride will allow you to see areas of Kauai unseen by most visitors, including spectacular views of the Mountains, Valleys, Ocean, and coastline. The waters originate from high atop Mt. Waialeale, the wettest spot on earth!

At the end of the tubing tour (about 3 hours), you’ll be treated to a picnic lunch near a natural swimming hole. Cost is $99 per person – Children over 5 are welcome, but they must be 43 inches tall or taller. You’ll need to bring swimming clothes, towel, water friendly foot gear, sunscreen, and bug repellent. Call 1-888-270-0555, or visit

Check out a Kauai Tubing video here:

Yes Virginia, there is inner tubing in Kauai!


  1. Kauai Vacation Rentals said

    am June 13 2007 @ 3:57 pm

    We almost tried this when I was at Kauai researching to put together the website for Hale Makai cottages.

    Spent over a week on Kauai and still didn’t get to do everything. We’ll have to try this the next time we head over!

  2. Jamey said

    am February 27 2010 @ 11:35 pm

    It was terrific!
    Relaxing, fun, and great guides who were really knowledgeable about the topography and history of Kauai….
    The caves were really interesting inside… It was not white water rafting, but it wasn’t meant to be, and after a challenging hike the day before, it was just what we wanted… A mellow adventure.
    Colleen and I both think it was one of the best parts of the trip.

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