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“Flumin’ Kohala Ditch” … the Big Island’s most popular family adventure tour is back once again! Guests paddle and coast on 4-person inflatable kayaks for approximately an hour, covering almost three miles of this historic irrigation ditch. Your guides will share the history and folklore of the area, and lead you on this floating adventure.
The tour experience starts in the town of Hawi where you will check in and receive an orientation for the tour. You’ll board a 4WD van and head out on a 40 minute ground tour of the area and visit scenic overlooks and sites on the way to the ditch. Your 4WD journey will then turn onto private lands in the Kohala Mountains … an area that is not open to the general public. You’ll enjoy an easy 10-minute nature walk to the spot where your floating adventure will begin. On the way there you will cross a walking bridge that passes directly over a 150′ flume that carries the water to the start of the tour. You’ll also pass a pretty little waterfall called “Banana Falls” along the way.
When you arrive at the spot where the flumin’ tour begins, guides will assist you in launching these inflatable kayaks. You will wear headlamps supplied for you so that you can see inside the many tunnels that you navigate. You will float through 10 tunnels, cross over 7 water flumes, and past vibrant native flora and fauna. At the conclusion of the kayaking you are again transported by 4WD vehicle through a macadamia nut orchard and back to the base area in Hawi. Total tour time including gearing up, transportation to the ditch, the floating, and transportation back to the baseyard is about three hours.