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Hawaii's Big Island Bike Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • Circumnavigate the Big Island on two wheels, passing lava fields, rain forests, coffee plantations and scenic beaches
  • Up for a century? How about two? Options abound on your Hawaii adventure
  • Feast on Pacific Rim cuisine, fresh fish and tropical fruit
  • Explore the Kilauea Iki Crater and Punaluu black-sand beach
  • Bike 30 miles of the Ironman Triathlon's cycling course

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Coastal Roads & Volcanic Slopes

Some people come to Hawaii to relax. Some come to play. This trip is for those who love doing both. Sure, you can spend the entire trip on two wheels, testing your legs on climbs through some of the world's most incredible scenery and relishing exhilarating long descents to picture-perfect coastline. Even ride two centuries in a single week if you like. And what if your ideal vacation also includes swimming, snorkeling and basking on a pristine beach with an icy Mai Tai in hand? But of course! Whatever you choose, the Big Island awaits.

Straight Talk We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. Read the Straight Talk

Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.


The Kilauea Lodge is a fairly rustic property that reflects its picturesque location near the stunning Volcanoes National Park. Although clean and comfortable, the guest rooms are basic and are not equipped with phones or televisions.


While Backroads strives to include routes that are quiet and off the beaten track, the Big Island's rugged topography limits the number of smooth paved roads. Our shuttle is always available to help you bypass more heavily trafficked or rough sections.

Day 1 Circumnavigate the Big Island on your bike, starting amid rain forests, Kona coffee plantations and scenic beaches Fantastic ocean views highlight the route to Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, an impressive archaeological site known as the Place of Refuge.

Days 2-3 Explore Volcano Village and Kilauea Iki Crater with a local guide Descend along the Kau Coast, passing the southernmost point of the United States Gear down for a 4,000-foot climb past black-sand Punaluu Beach, where green turtles lounge, and up through lava fields to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park  Hilina Pali Overlook dazzles with sweeping vistas of the Pacific and the Kau Desert.

Day 4 Feast on Pacific Rim cuisine, fresh fish and tropical fruit  En route to Hilo, gravity does the work to bring you to the island's "wet side," with its verdant hills, rugged cliffs and lava-rock beaches Grassy highlands and sprawling cattle ranches? You'll find them while pedaling in paniolo (cowboy) country.

Days 5-6 Bike 30 miles of the Kona Ironman Triathlon's cycling course No guilt here! Sumptuous meals are well deserved after the challenging rides along the Kohala Coast and the small communities of Puako and Hawi Return through fields of black lava to quiet Pauoa Bay.

Guests Reviews About This Trip

The place of refuge valley was a wow. The back roads near Hilo were a wow. The road from Waimea to the coast was a wow. Excellent trip - rigorous enough to keep me amused. Well supported enough to make life easy. Gorgeous big blue sky and blue ocean. On Hawaii it is all about the headwinds and they are fierce!! Thanks for a fun week.
Sandra Shewry - Sacramento, CA
Awesome trip - had a great time!! The Hawaii trip was very special. Seems like it's a great trip for the novice rider or someone who wants to pound out the miles. Broad shoulders and relatively light traffic make the ride around the island very safe. It was very easy to drop the novice rider off at the top of the hill and let them ride a bunch of descent miles and feel like they accomplished a lot. For the experienced rider, the trip provided a very challenging course and several epic rides. I loved the trip!!
Greg Rodrigues - San Francisco, CA
I just returned from my Hawaii bicycle trip and as usual, the trip was fabulous! I personally want to express my thanks to a wonderful organization. Backroads goes the EXTRA mile to make each guest feel comfortable with their trip. I never feel "short-changed" on a Backroads trip. The accommodations, meals, equipment and last but not least, the group leaders are superior, top of the line. I am a devoted Backroads supporter.
Jack Berman - Los Angeles, CA

Casual & Premiere Inns*

Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay

Kailua-Kona (1 night) This recently renovated full-service resort overlooks an ancient lava flow on the Kona coast. (pool, spa, tennis)

Kilauea Lodge
Kilauea Lodge

Volcano Village (2 nights) An up-country bed-and-breakfast with ideal access to Volcanoes National Park.

The Fairmont Orchid
The Fairmont Orchid
* Premiere Inn

Kohala Coast (2 nights) A blissful resort offering abundant amenities, a lovely half-moon beach and sweeping views of the Pacific. Condé Nast Traveler Gold List. (pool, spa, tennis, golf) 

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick any open date for your group of 8 or more except for trips departing during the last two weeks of December, where a 16 guest minimum is required. Call us for date availability.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2 - 3 guests $4,598 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests $3,598 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests $3,998 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests $3,198 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests $3,698 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests $2,898 pp dbl. occ.

This Trip Is Rated Level 2-5

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 12* 500 29 2000 42 2000
2 28* 1000 38* 1500 54* 2500
97 7500
3 15* 0 39 1800
20* 0
Hiking (5 Miles)
4 38* 1000 48* 1500 75* 1500
113 5000
5 15* 1000 35* 1500 43* 1500 72 2300
Optional Afternoon Swimming, Tennis or Golf
6 9 100
17 400

* Includes a shuttle

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Hawaii tour experts. See our award-winning USA biking tours, USA walking and hiking tours and USA multisport tours.


Casual & Premiere Inns*

6 days, 5 nights
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Trip Price**
  • $2,898 to $3,298 pp dbl. occ.
  • (+$900 for sgl. occ.)

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All meals included except 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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