Day 7: Tubing a Former Sugar Plantation
We had another big day planned so we breakfasted at Living Foods Market & Cafe under the eye of a watchful lizard. Ryan had cinnamon apple crepes while I had a cinnamon roll and another local kombucha. This one was brewed by Kauai Island Kombucha (which the cafe has on tap) and the flavor was Turmeric Tsunami (turmeric, ginger, and pineapple). Ryan was thirsty too so we swung by the Koloa Rum Co. for a quick tasting. Ryan really liked their spiced rum!
From there we moved on to our next activity – tubing. When I first heard about this, I practically signed us up on the spot! We love tubing and the opportunity to do it through the fields of a former sugar plantation was something I didn’t want to miss. Kauai Backcountry Adventures is the company that organizes these tubing tours and their guides are knowledgeable and very entertaining. Lots of laughs! After a van ride up a mountain road (with a quick stop to peek at Mount Waiʻaleʻale), they gave our group a safety chat and popped us in our tubes.
We sailed along the old irrigation canals and through five dark tunnels (which were hand dug in the 1800s!). It was a fairly gentle ride but with a few twists and turns. The water was only a few feet deep so it was safe, chill way to spend an afternoon. Everyone had fun kicking off the rocks and bouncing into each other’s inner tubes. In the tunnels, the headlamps on our helmets lit up the lichen-covered walls and ceilings. It looked like golden glitter!
A picnic lunch was provided afterward which quieted our growling tummies and gave us a chance to chat with our guides, who were locals. One of the guides tipped us off to hula pie, an absolutely scrumptious dessert as it turns out. Macadamia nut ice cream piled high on a chocolate cookie crust and topped with chocolate fudge, whipped cream, and more macadamia nuts… where can you go wrong?! It was a great way to end the day.
Day 8: A Soggy Send Off
The sound of rain woke us up early. It ended up storming until dinner but we didn’t let that stop us from making the most of our last day in paradise. For breakfast we dropped by Aloha Aina Juice Cafe in Puhi for an acai bowl (a really thick smoothie that’s been topped with granola, fruit, or peanut butter).
From there we drove up to the north side of the island. We wanted to visit Ke’e Beach (the last beach accessible by car on the north shore) but were forced to turn around early because the road was flooded out.
When the rain picked up again, we hopped in the car and started to make the drive back down to the south shore. Along the way, Ryan saw a farmer’s market so we made a quick stop, dashed through the rain, and were rewarded with taro chips and an amazing piece of lilikoi cheesecake from The Right Slice.
Thankfully the clouds lifted once we reached Poipu. We took full advantage and ate supper outside (more kalua pork & pineapple pizza!). Just as we were leaving for the airport the skies shifted yet again revealing a beautiful farewell sunset.
Mahalo, Kauai! It was wonderful to experience the HI life with you. ❤