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.
If you’re ever driving around the island of Oahu along its Eastern Shore, make sure you stop for a few minutes at the Halona Blow Hole for a spectacular natural sea show.
A Blow Hole is generally made up of a lava tube or fissure in the lava rock at the ocean’s edge. As the surf rushes toward the rock, the water is compressed as it moves upward, erupting into a spray of water, not unlike a small geyser. During windy, high tide periods, the Blow Hole can spray water up to 30 feet into the air, making for a fantastic natural show. Here’s some video footage of the Halona Blowhole in action:
That’s not all you can see, though. From the viewing point, you can also observe Humpback Whales cavorting in the ocean during the migration season, or view the Honu (Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles) swimming about. If you can, bring a good pair of binoculars with you when you visit.
Please keep your common sense about you, and don’t approach the blow hole beyond the barriers. This area is dangerous, and has resulted in deaths when unsuspecting onlookers were actually sucked into the hole and drowned.
The Blow Hole is located near Oahu’s Sandy Beach and Hanauma Bay, off of Kalanianaole Highway. You’ll see a lookout area on a rock outcropping and a parking lot on the ocean side of the highway, making it hard to miss. The best part? Access is FREE, making it a grand bargain for the largest of groups!
Note that the Honolulu City and County will embark upon a substantial upgrade to the lookout area beginning in 2008, to repair some of the wall areas and repace railing sections. In addition, wheelchair access will also be made available.