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Big Island of Hawaii Bike Tour


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General Information

What we need you to do

  • Fill out your Guest Questionnaire
  • Make sure you have your travel documents in order
  • Spend a little time warming up for the tour

Guides

You will be getting a pre-tour email regarding your guide team prior to departure. In addition to basic info, such as their name, it will also have phone contacts should you need to reach them while in transit or if you can't seem to connect in the airport. You can also relay messages via our main office if you get delayed enroute.

Tipping

While tipping is not mandatory, it is always a nice way to say thanks for a job well done and greatly appreciated by your crew.

We would like to offer the following suggested amounts for your crew members, of course subject to how well or how far above the call of duty they went. Tipping in local currency is suggested and amounts listed are per guest per staff.
    Bike Guides: $150 - $200

Itinerary

Download Itinerary PDF

Travel Needs

Meeting Point & Time

Your guides will meet you and your fellow guests upon your arrival at the Kailua Kona Airport.

Please note that this will be the only pick up point(s), if you arrive earlier and are staying at a different hotel or location, you will need to make your way to the meeting point.

Flight Requirements

The Island Dreams tour uses Kailua Kona Airport as its gateway.

You need to plan your flights to arrive before the time listed below and to depart afterwards. The arrival time is earlier than the meeting time to provide the time necessary to clear formalities and claim your baggage. Please note that we can not accommodate flight times outside what is listed, as it would adversely effect all guests on your tour.
    Arrive: Kailua Kona Airport (KOA) before 4 pm on Day 1
    Depart: Kailua Kona Airport (KOA) after 10 am on Day 8

Visa and Passport needs

Passports are not required for US citizens (afterall Hawaii is the 50th state).

Passports are required for all non-US citizens joining the Island Dreams. You should check with the nearest US Embassy or Consulate for the rules regarding your country and status.

Guests are responsible for obtaining a passport and the necessary visas or other travel documents necessary for your trip (including any transit points enroute to or from the tour). No refunds will be issued if you are prohibited from traveling due to your failure to obtain the necessary documents, nor will Pedalers be responsible for any additional costs should you have to change your routing during the tour due to your failure to obtain the necessary documents.

Vaccinations & Health needs

There are no vaccinations or other travel inoculations required for visiting Hawaii.

Destination Info

Currency, Exchange & ATMs

ATMs are available throughout the island, even in smaller cities. Most take a wide range of cards, Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus, Plus.

Guests coming from outside the USA will be able to exchange foreign currency at Honolulu Airport but should not count of doing so at banks in Kailua Kona and Hilo. The easiest is to use a debit cards in an ATM to withdraw US Dollars.

Credit cards and debit check cards are widely accepted around the island for food, souvenirs and such.

Cell Phones & Internet

Cellular phone coverage is pretty good around the island. You need to check with your provider to see if they provide roaming statewide.

Guests coming from outside the USA & Canada need to make sure their phone supports the frequencies used in the USA & Canada, as they are different than the global GSM bands. The USA uses the 800/1900 MHz band (global GSM is 900/1800 MHz).

Most of our hotels provide wifi access to the internet. This service is free at some stops and at extra cost at others. While decent speeds will be available in the bigger cities, in the countryside it will be much slower. We suggest that you not plan on any video streaming or other such hi-speed oriented downloads.

Power

Hawaii has 110 V 60Hz power. The outlets are set up to use the flat bladed plugs common in North America.

Most modern electronics now accommodate voltage ranges from 110V to 220V, so a power converter usually is not necessary for guests coming from outside North America, if your camera, phone or laptop has been built within the last 10 years or so.

Weather

Hawaii sits in the tropics and enjoys consistent, warm temperatures year round. Short afternoon showers are common on the eastern side of the island, while it is usually dry on the west. And believe it or not, it does get cool enough for sweaters the night we stay up at Volcano.

Vog (volcanic fog) is occasionally an issue on the island. The current eruptions of Kilauea put numerous chemicals in the air and certain weather situations cause that vapor to stay low as it blows across the island. Vog is more of an irritant than a danger, but your guide team may decide to shuttle riders through an area if they feel conditions are not suitable.

Hotel List

Kailua Kona
Royal Kona Resort
75-5852 Alii Dr
Kailua-Kona, HI
1-808-329-3111

Pahala
Pahala Plantation Cottages
Pahala, HI
1-808-928-9811 (office number)

Volcano Village
Kilauea Lodge
19-3948 Old Volcano Rd
Volcano, HI
1-808-967-7366

Hilo
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
71 Banyan Dr
Hilo, HI
1-808-935-9361

Honoka'a
Waipio Wayside B&B
46-4226 Waipio Rd
Honokaa, HI
1-808-775-0275

Hawi
Kohala Village Inn
55-514 Hawi Rd
Hawi, HI
1-808-889-0404

Bicycle Info

Using Our Bike

Please note that Pedalers does not provide helmets or waterbottles. Due to the warmer & humid climates in which our tours travel, we don't feel that loaner helmets can be adequately cleaned between uses, so we request you bring your own from home. If you don't have a helmet, they can be easily purchased at most of our touring gateways.

We suggest bringing one large waterbottle to use. Our support vehicles carry plenty of water to refill during the day.

If you ride regularly at home and use clip in pedals or have a favorite comfortable saddle, feel free to bring those with you and our guides will be happy to swap them out for you.

To help our guides have the correct size bikes available, we will need an accurate measurement of your height and inseam. Height should measured while barefooted. Your inseam should also be measured in bare feet and please note that the inseam value listed on your pants is not accurate for sizing a bike, follow the directions below.

Stand with your back against a wall, your bare feet 6 inches (15 cm) apart on a hard floor, looking straight ahead. Place a book between your legs with one edge against the wall, and pull it up firmly into your crotch, simulating the pressure of your saddle while riding. Have a friend measure from the top edge of the book to the floor. Repeat two or three times, for consistency, and average the results to get your inseam length.

Bringing Your Personal Bike for the Tour

If your bicycle hasn't had its annual overhaul, now is the time to do it !!

We expect that your bike will be in suitable shape for this tour when you arrive, as we strike out on tour the morning after you arrive and don't have time to overhaul your bike for you. Take your bike into your favorite shop and ask them to do a complete overhaul, so you can enjoy your tour with us.

Some items that they should be doing during the overhaul:

  • Check, clean & repack all bearings
  • Check tires, replace if dry-rotted or bare treaded
  • Check, adjust or replace all brake and shift cables
  • Check, clean & oil chain
  • Check, clean & adjust brakes
  • Check all nuts and bolts holding accessories

While our guide teams try to have a wide variety of spares, such as cables, inner tubes, etc, it is always advisable to bring at least two or three spare inner tubes that fit you bike with you to the tour.

To prepare your bike for the flight, first shift your front and rear derailleurs to their inner most position (smallest gear in front, largest cog in back). This brings the derailleurs inside the protection of the frame.

Next loosen both your stem and handlebars, so that you can turn them to the right and then rotate the handlebars down, so that they end up curling inside your frame. Then retighten the bolts. This will protect your brake levers during shipping. Finally, loosen and remove your pedals. We suggest putting them in a plastic bag and packing them in your luggage.

In this form your bike will fit inside the boxes provided by the airlines or will fly as is (our guides send their bikes without boxes this way quite often). If your airline does not provide boxes and will not accept the bike unboxed (check when your book your tickets), then ask your local bike shop for a box (as big of one as they have). Disassemble the bike as little as possible, hopefully you can get away with only removing the front wheel and seat/seatpost. If you have to remove the wheel(s) take out the quick release skewers, as they will get bent otherwise. Be sure to put any small parts in a plastic bag and attach it to the bike frame.

Clothing & Equipment

To Wear

Cycling Gear
  • Cycling Shorts
  • Jerseys / T-shirts
  • Socks
  • Cycling Gloves
  • Cycling Shoes
  • Rain Jacket
  • Helmet
  • Waterbottle

Cool Weather Cycling Gear (for Volcano area)
  • Tights or Leggings
  • Lightweight Pile vest
  • Lightweight Gloves (poly-pro, pile or wool)

After Riding Clothes (casual wear)
  • Pants / Shorts / Skirts
  • Shirts
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Undergarments
  • Lightweight Pile Jacket or Sweater


To Use

  • Helmet
  • Waterbottle (large for bike)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera & spare batteries
  • Memory Cards
  • Favorite Energy Snack
  • Binoculars
  • Notepad or journal
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Scarf or Bandanna
  • Medications and Hygiene needs
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Travel Clock
  • Guide books and/or Language guides

Baggage
  • Duffel or softside suitcase
  • Fanny Pack or Day Pack
  • Passport wallet


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