Tubing the ditch on Kauai


Lots of HawaiiMagazine.com readers still click daily on our February post titled, “What happened to Flumin’ Da Ditch kayak tours?”

The answer remains: It’s closed due to damages caused by the November 2006 Big Island earthquake, under repair, and currently doesn’t have a re-opening date.

But that doesn’t mean there’s no ditch flumin’ going on in Hawaii. It’s just happening on another island.

In the July/August issue of HAWAII Magazine, writer Jan TenBruggencate spends an afternoon with Kauai Backcountry Adventures, tubing down that island’s old sugar plantation flumes.

That’s right, “tubing.”

Instead of paddling a kayak down the irrigation canals once used by sugar planters to bring cold highland water to the lowland fields of east Kauai, TenBruggencate plants himself in a large innertube and lets gravity take control. The two-mile run down the Hanamaulu Ditch floats riders along a fern- and fruit-tree lined tropical rainforest and through five manmade tunnels.

It’s a shorter journey than Flumin’ Da Ditch’s 16 miles of canals, but still seemed fun.

Guides give you the history of the ditch along the way. You get a headlight-equipped helmet, gloves and water-safe shoes for the trip.

Just be sure to show up sporting clothes you won’t mind getting wet.

tubing_ditch_KauaiClick here for more information on Kauai Backcountry Adventures, or call (808) 245-2506. Click here for a brief video of the tubing experience.

And be sure to read about Jan’s Kauai ditch-tubing adventure in the current issue of HAWAII Magazine—available now at bookstores and newsstands, by print subscription, and in a digital version you can download now.

And if you do tube the ditch on Kauai, please let us and other HawaiiMagazine.com readers know what you thought about it.

Categories: Kauaʻi