Hawaii Cycling:
Big Island Bike Tour

Classic Inn to Inn » 8 days » Moderate

Do you want to ?  ✦  Cycle entirely around the Big Island  ✦  Go out for broke da mouth grinds*  ✦  Explore the active volcano at Kilauea  ✦  Bike through Kona coffee country  ✦  Talk story on the lanai of historic plantation inns

Our island dream tour leads you away from the resort chains and tourist traps to experience the Big Island's true natural beauty and indigenous charms. On this 8-day tour you'll bike smooth country and coastal roads through shady coffee farms and macadamia plantations. You'll get close to wild sea turtles basking on the black sand beaches of Punalu'u. You'll even get the chance to see real molten lava ooze across the land at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and this is just the beginning. Recognized as one of the best new tours in 1996 by Outside Magazine ( we've been been leading cycling tours in Hawaii for quite a few years : )

* Hawaiian slang for very delicious local cuisine

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Arrive Kailua Kona, explore the old town, watch sunset from Humpies while enjoying local grinds ( food ) and local microbrews.
Our Island Dream begins in Kailua Kona, as we meet your inbound flights. As we have no activities planned, the day is yours to explore town or relax poolside after the long flight. We'll gather for orientation, then enjoy sunset and dinner at a nearby cafe that features local grinds ( food ) and big assortment of island craft beers.
Meals: D

Discover Kona coffee, cycle through the plantations, enjoy a tasting, then descend through macadamia plantations to Pahala.
Rather than cycling through the morning rush, we will shuttle up to coffee country to start our ride today. Our rolling ride takes us past numerous coffee farms, quaint country towns and vast lava fields, en route to the southern most city in the USA of Waiohinu. We continue along the coast to the plantation town of Pahala with its vast Macadamia orchards, where we bed down in some historic plantation houses.
Cycling: 59 mi, Terrain: hilly, Meals: B L D

Look for sea turtles at Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, then ride to Volcanoes National Park.
Today is a short ride taking us up to Volcano National Park. It is a continuous climb, but only a couple of percent grade so easily done by even beginner cyclists. Before we start up, we will take a warm up side trip to the Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, where we may encounter Honu or sea turtles. Upon reaching Volcano Village, you have the afternoon free to explore, perhaps a wine tasting at Volcano Winery or a spin into the National Park. If conditions are good, we will have an early dinner and then hike out to see the fresh flowing lava at sunset. 25 mi
Cycling: 25 mi, Terrain: long slow climb, Meals: B L D

Cycle the rim road around Kilauea Crater, then relax with a 30 mile downhill coast the historic Hilo town.
Another leisurely day is in store. After breakfast we will explore the Crater Loop Road inside the park, enjoy lunch at Lava Rock Cafe and reward ourselves with a 30 mile downhill run to Hilo. Visit to an orchid farm en route and then upon arrival in historic Hilo you have the balance of the day free to do as you please.
Cycling: 30 mi, Terrain: downhill, Meals: B L

One of Hawaii's most scenic rides, the Hamakua Coast, thick rainforests, tropical gardens and the sea always to your right.
Hawaii's scenic Hamakua Coast highlights today's ride. This region which was heavily dependent of agriculture, still reflects traditional Hawaii. Small communities line the winding road, with the wooden walled, tin roofed houses. We pedal down diminutive side roads through lush tropical forests, enjoy Hawaii's best smoothies and take in the sweeping vistas of blue Pacific waters. Tonight we bed down in Honoka'a, another old plantation town.
Cycling: 43 mi, Terrain: hilly, Meals: B L D

Visit Waipio Valley, landing site for the ancient Polynesian migration, bed down in the cowboy town of Waimea.
After breakfast we enjoy an out'n back ride to Waipio Valley, where the Polynesians first landed, with its black sand beach and towering valley sides. A quick bite at Tex's Drive Inn, famous for its malasadas, the up along the original Queen Mamalahoa Highway to the paniola town of Waimea, home the the US's largest privately owned ranch. Dinner finds us at the local microbrewery for some island favorites.
Cycling: 33 mi, Terrain: two moderate climbs, then downhill, Meals: B L D

Bike the Kohala Mountain Road to Hawi, then challenge the Ironman course to Kawaihae and the sacred Pu'ukohala Heiau.
Our last day of riding takes us along the Kohala Mountain Road with its dramatic views, then down to diminutive Hawi. Picking up the Ironman route, we roll along the coast, with the historic sites of Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site and Lapakahi Historical Park, provide some diversions from our pedaling, before reaching Hapuna Beach the end of our riding. We end our tour at one of Kailua's best seaside restaurants.
Cycling: 40 mi, Terrain: flat, Meals: B L D

Bid the islands aloha, enroute to your next adventure.
Sadly, all things must end and we must say goodbye to Hawaii. Shuttles to Kailua Kona Airport will be provided. a hui hou kakou
Meals: B

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What better way to experience a gorgeous and varied island than on the quiet of a bicycle ? Burn calories by day in order to indulge pool or oceanside in the afternoon, with a whole lot of history, culture, vistas, and friendly group banter rounding out the trip. While some beginning cyclist may find the climbs challenging, the satisfaction of reaching the top was always rewarding. Friendly, helpful guides ensure you stay on track do that you can focus on enjoying yourself.

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details details

8 days / 7 nights
Fun: Bicycling
Sleep: Classic
Level: Moderate
Avg Rides: ∽38 mi / 62 km
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Tour meets in Kailua Kona HI ( KOA ), fly in before 3 pm on Day 1.

Tour ends in Kailua Kona HI ( KOA ), fly out after 10 am on Day 8.

You Will Get
  • Expert local bilingual guides
  • Handpicked lodges, ensuite rooms, double occupancy
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, snacks*
  • Dinners featuring fine local cuisine*
  • Drinking water
  • Support van for baggage and lifts
  • Free use of bicycles
  • Airport pick up & drop off
  • Entrance fees
*as noted in itinerary

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27 Sep 21$4225$850$400BOOK
25 Oct 21$4225$850$400BOOK
7 Mar 22$4225$850$400BOOK
25 Apr 22$4225$850$400BOOK
26 Sep 22$4225$850$400BOOK
24 Oct 22$4225$850$400BOOK

go with just your friends

Book a private departure for your family and friends. Travel sans souci.

Go Private for only $4325 per person for groups of four or more. Contact us for pricing on smaller parties. Book with confidence as dates can be changed if necessary without penalty or fees.

When To Go ?  Tour is available year round. Please be aware that December, January and July are busy periods with heavy traffic.

where you will sleep

Royal Kona Resort - KailuaPahala Plantation - PahalaKilauea Lodge - Volcano VillageHilo Hawaiian Hotel - HiloWaipio Wayside B&B - HonokaaJacaranda Inn - Waimea