Just when we thought our list of the best things to do in Kauai was complete, we stumbled upon another must-do activity – the Mountain Float Tubing experience offered by Kauai Backcountry Adventures! Nestled in the historic Lihue Plantation, this unique adventure is a total blast for families.
I highly recommend this experience for anyone eager to get outdoors and try something thrilling and unique. Here’s everything you need to know about our adventure and some handy tips to ensure your experience is just as fantastic!
All About the Mountain Tubing Adventure
On our latest trip to Kauai, we were on the hunt for an outdoor adventure that our older kids could enjoy together, and we quickly discovered Kauai Backcountry Adventures. Their Mountain Tubing Adventure immediately caught our eye as it looked incredibly fun! Before we knew it, we had booked the adventure, and Mike, our teens, and Olivia were all headed out for some fun.
The adventure began with a scenic journey in a rugged 4WD vehicle, transporting us to the heart of the Lihue Plantation. This historical plantation, once bustling with sugar cane production, now marks the start of an exhilarating tubing journey. The plantation’s irrigation system, an engineering marvel from the 1870s, has been transformed into a series of canals, tunnels, and flumes that form the pathway for this unique water adventure.
We grabbed our tubes and headlamps, and off we went! The moment you hop into the gently flowing waters, you’re transported into a world rich in history and natural beauty. Gliding through open landscapes, you get panoramic views of the island’s lush beauty.
You’ll float for about 2 miles along the open canals and navigate through 5 tunnels before reaching a picnic area and swimming hole for some relaxation.
Is it Family-Friendly?
Absolutely! The tour caters to both young adventurers and adults looking for a thrill, with a minimum age requirement of 5 years old.
Our youngest, Olivia, had a blast, finding it thrilling but not overwhelming. The teens were equally enthralled by both the adventure and the beauty of the surroundings. They all came back to the condo raving about how fun it was to be in the long tunnels and said the drops were awesome.
There is a part of the tour where you turn off your headlamps while in a tunnel creating a pitch-black environment that’s honestly super cool! It’s brief, but it might be a bit daunting for those uncomfortable with darkness or confined spaces. It’s definitely something to consider if you’re deciding whether this activity is suitable for your kids.
What really enriches this adventure are the stories and facts shared by the knowledgeable guides. As you float, they narrate the history of Kauai and the plantation. The best tours are those where you have a great time and also come away having learned something new, and that’s exactly what Kauai Backcountry Adventures offers.
3 Tips to Keep in Mind
To ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience, here are a few practical tips!
- Aim for a warm day, as the water can be cool.
- Water shoes are a must, but don’t worry, you can rent them on-site.
- Don’t forget to pack a swimsuit, towel, dry clothes, reef-safe sunscreen, and bug repellent.
This adventure perfectly combines thrills, natural beauty, and historical significance all while being a safe, fun, and a very unique experience!
Whether you’re in search of adventure, a family bonding experience, or a unique way to experience Kauai, this tubing adventure offers all this and more. Ready to book your adventure? You can do that here!
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