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Flumin Kohala Ditch Adventures - Big Island Kayak Tours at Historic Plantation Instant Confirmation


Flume the ditches of Kohala Plantation

Take a Flumin' Kohala ditch ride for totally unique kayaking on Big Island. Explore a man-made irrigation system built in the early 1900's on a Kohala ditch tour that's equal parts outdoor eco adventure and history experience.

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Although kayaking is one of the most popular activities on the Big Island of Hawai'i, Flumin Kohala Adventures is unlike any other Big Island kayaking experience! Hop on a fully-guided Kohala Ditch flume ride expedition and explore the ruins of historic Kohala Sugar Plantation on a four-person kayak. Make your way through three miles of man-made irrigation canals that were built over a hundred years ago. Experience one of the most popular things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii as you float through seven different Kohala flume ride tracks and ten pitch-black tunnels, all the while learning about Hawaii's fascinating plantation and cultural history.
Kohala Ditch History

Kohala Ditch was built between 1905 and 1906, and more than 600 Japanese laborers spent 18 months drilling through and blasting out solid rocks within the canyons of Kohala. These laborers built concrete and wood flumes under treacherous conditions, and the fact that the flumes are still in working condition to this day is a testament to their handwork and skill.

The flumes stretch approximately 14.5 miles in length and brought water and wealth to people living in Kohala. The ditch was able to transport millions of gallons of water, and was one of the major reasons behind the success of the Big Island's sugar industry.

Although damaged by earthquakes in 2006, a comprehensive restoration of the flumes has brought back these historic waterways, and offer guests to the area a unique look into Hawaii's beautiful natural wonderland.

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Adult (Age 12 & over)
USD 140.99
USD 140.99
Child (Age 5-11)
USD 78.33
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Adult (Age 12 & over)
USD 140.99
USD 140.99
Child (Age 5-11)
USD 78.33
USD 78.33
GE Tax included
  • Duration: 4.5 hour(s)
  • Available: Daily
  • Pick-up: Not available
  • Inclusion: Snacks / Kayak equipment / Rain poncho / Guide
Package detail / Schedule
Schedule & Location
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  • Check-in
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  • Check-out
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Starting time: 08:00 09:00 12:15 13:15
Starting time: 08:00 09:00 12:15 13:15
  • 07:45 Check-in at Flumin’ Kohala
  • 08:00 Safety Orientation
  • 4x4 Off-Road Trek Across Kohala (30 min.)
    FD #6 Head to the launch site in the mountains of Kohala in the comfort of an air-conditioned four-wheel drive van. Your guide will share with you the history of King Kamehameha and Hawaiian culture, as well as point out various historical spots related to the Plantation Days on the island.
  • Short Hike to Kohala Kayak Departure Point (10 min.)
    After heading past a locked gate and into private property exclusive to Flumin' Kohala Eco Adventures, hop out of the van to take a short hike across a 150 foot flume and waterfalls to the kayak launch site.
  • Three-Mile Kohala Kayak Ditch Adventure
    DSCF5192 Take in the beautiful views as you go through the lush rainforests, and listen as your guide regales you with more fascinating stories and history of the area. Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime as you go through a number of tunnels and well-maintained flumes.
  • Drive Back to Flumin' Kohala (15 min.)
    On your way back, drive through a Macadamia Nut Plantation and the Plantation Village as your guide points out interesting spots in Hawai, a quaint little town which was once the hub of the sugar industry.
  • 12:00 Check-out in Flumin’ Kohala
    • Children 14 years old and below must have an adult accompany them on the tour.
    • Guests must be able to walk over uneven ground and sit for at least one hour in an upright position without back support.
    • Guests must not be under the influence alcohol, illegal narcotics, or any medication that could impair their physical or mental faculties in anyway.
    • Guests who are pregnant are not permitted to participate in this activity.
    • Guests with neck, back or joint problems are not permitted to participate in this activity.
    • Children 5 years old and above can participate in this activity.
    • Guests must be below 300 lbs (136 kg) to participate in this activity.
    • Guests should not have serious fear of enclosed spaces (claustrophobia).
Required Items to Bring & Attire
    • Closed toe shoes (athletic, hiking or reef shoes)
    • Extra shoes or flip flops for after the tour since your shoes will get wet.
    • Clothing that can get wet and comfortable.
    • Please remove loose dangling jewelry, body piercings and valuables including rings, necklaces, bracelets and personal electronics.
    • No slippers, flip flops, or revealing clothing are allowed. All guests MUST be clothed on this activity at all times.
    • Towel
    • Sweatshirt / light jacket
Requirement(s) - Others
    • Anyone under the age of 18 will be required to complete their own Voluntary Participation Agreement and Waiver and have their parent or legal guardian sign the form for them.
    • Participants are required to sign a liability waiver at the time of check-in.
Additional Note(s)
    • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
    • The activity provider does not assume any responsibility for your valuables and/or personal belongings.
    • The tour guide has full discretion to refuse service to customers based on attire, behavior, physical fitness and condition.
    • This activity may be changed or canceled for your safety, medical issues or comfort.
    • Gratuity is not included in the price.
    • Complimentary parking available.
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Should I wear a swimsuit?
  • No, casual recreation clothing is fine. However, you will get splashed or doused while you are kayaking and your clothes will get wet. Wear clothes that you do not mind getting wet. Better to bring a towel and a change of dry clothing.
I can not swim... Should I be concerned?
  • Not at all. The water is only knee deep, so if you fall into the ditch, don't be panic and simply stand-up.
Should I take valuables, like my key with me during the tour?
  • Taking with you is probably not a great idea, unless you have them well secured in somewhere that will not fall away into the water. You can ask the receptionist to hold your items at the tour office while you are out on the tour.
Can I bring my camera?
  • Cameras are welcome on the tour! However you are responsible for its transport and condition.
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Payment/Cancellation policy
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Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made after 24 hours prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount. For parties of 6 to 10 people, reservations must be cancelled at least 48 hours in advance to avoid charges. For parties of 11 or more must be cancelled at least 72 hours in advance to avoid charges.

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USD 140.99
USD 140.99

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Pick-up Not available
Duration 4.5 hour(s)
Availability Daily
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Flumin Kohala Ditch Adventures - Big Island Kayak Tours at Historic Plantation