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.
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.