Backcountry Tubing on Lihue Plantation

Although it might not seem like it from all of the pictures, meetups can be hard work. On my most recent meetup, we spent most of our time focused on workflow, efficiency, team goals, and discussion. But as usual, we managed to sneak some fun in as well…

Mid-week, we took a break from work and went tubing through an old sugarcane plantation with Kauai Backcountry Adventures. The tour started with a bumpy drive in an off-road vehicle that took us to our put-in. Along the way, we had a chance to see the beautiful scenery and snag a few photos. After a brief safety demonstration, we boarded our tubes and headed down river.

The tour took us through the former irrigation channels on the plantation. We passed through five tunnels – the longest of which was just under a mile long. The current varied from lazy river to mild rapids. In the last tunnel we all shutoff our headlamps, and drifted through in complete darkness. I fought the urge to turn my headlamp back on, and accepted the surreal feeling. And I’m glad that I did.

I took my GoPro along, so I was able to take some pictures and video along the way. Even with the headlamps, it was still too dark in the tunnels for the GoPro to capture much. But you can check out some photos and a video below.

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