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 www.kauaibackcountry.com.
Humpback Whales are beautiful creatures and can be seen in the waters of Hawaii between the months of November and May. They travel thousands of miles south and west to the warmer waters of Hawaii, where they breed, give birth, and nurse their newborns. Newborns, or calves are about 10-15 feet in length and can weigh up to 3000 pounds.
The Humpbacks got their names due to their arching backs as they go partially airborne, just before taking on a deep dive into the ocean. Here’s a photo of a whale breaching the water just before diving:
If you are in Hawaii during their migratory period, chances are you will encounter more than one. The Humpback whale is currently an endangered species – from a population high of between 750,000 to 2 million, only 30- to 40,000 are now believed to exist.
Humpback whales produce a song that can last between fifteen to thrity minutes in length. No one really knows exactly why they sing this song, but that it is a sign of their social community and might be part of their navigation mechanism.
Whale watching boat tours are available on the islands of Kauai, Maui, Oahu, and the Big Island of Hawaii. The whales are visible from shore, but if you want a sigificantly closer experience, choose a boating tour. In either case, see them if you can while you are visiting Hawaii. You’ll be amazed with their sheer magnificence and grace!
Did you know the wettest spot on Earth is on Kauai?
Yep. Its in Kauai on Mount Waialeale, where the average rainfall averages over 460 inches each and every year!
It’s northern position in the Hawaiian Island chain gives it more exposure to weather fronts, the round/conical shape of the peak provides all-point exposure to rain, and the peak lies just below the point where clouds cannot rise above. This “perfect storm” of conditions creates the substantive moisture at the Waialeale’s summit.
So, the next time you’re headed to the mountainous area of Kauai, be sure to bring an umbrella!