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101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - IT’S A BIG, BIG ISLAND -

If you think go­ing on a “ditch tour” means you’ll be splash­ing around in few feet of muddy ir­ri­ga­tion water, think again—Ko­hala Ditch Ad­ven­tures is a multi-part adren­a­line rush that in­volves kayak­ing, ATVs and a num­ber of stun­ning views.

The tour starts with an off-road ex­cur­sion on Pinz­gauers to a jun­gle set­ting high in the Ko­hala Moun­tains. From here, guests hike over a 150-foot flume bridge over­look­ing a wa­ter­fall to get to the be­gin­ning of the kayak seg­ment of the trip. Tour guides then lead ad­ven­tur­ers along 2.5 miles of Ko­hala ditch sys­tem, which weaves through a Hawai­ian rain­for­est lush with is­land flora and fauna, 10 tun­nels and water flumes. Fi­nally, af­ter pad­dling to shore, vis­i­tors fin­ish their tour with ATV rides through Ko­hala’s ma­cadamia nut or­chards that over­look the ocean.

Tour guides spice up the tour with lo­cal his­tory and Hawai­ian lore. Lo­cated just past mile marker 24 on the left of High­way 270.

• Ko­hala Ditch Ad­ven­tures (808) 889-6000

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