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Hawaii's Big Island Multisport Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • Amid sheer emerald-green cliffs and dramatic waterfalls, enjoy an eyeful at the Waipio Valley Lookout
  • Bike from the black lunar landscape of Kilauea Iki crater to the stunning Kau Coast
  • Big on beach time? There's plenty on this trip!
  • Go snorkeling and sea kayaking for an up-close perspective on Hawaii's fascinating marine life
  • Pedal part of the Kona Ironman Triathlon's cycling course

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From Kilauea Crater to the Kohala Coast

This trip is a perfect blend of flavors, colors and everything Hawaiian. Behold an active volcano from afar, then explore it up close. Bike from rain forest to a black-sand beach, kayak on a sparkling bay, then finish off the day lounging oceanside beneath the palms. You're engaged, entertained and exhilarated by your Hawaiian experience.

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.

Accommodations

This Casual & Premiere Inn Trip includes one night at the Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, a large hotel in the heart of Kona that is both bigger and busier than the typical Backroads standard. We've chosen this hotel because of its access to quintessential Hawaiian activities and proximity to our other hotels. 

Traffic

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.

Shuttle Distances

In order to bring you the full gamut of the Big Island's splendor, we spend more time shuttling on this trip than on many other Backroads trips. Our time in the shuttles will allow us to experience the incredible variety of ecosystems, scenery and activities that Hawaii has to offer. So sit back and relax, knowing that someone else is doing the driving, and enjoy the beauty of the journey.

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.

Accommodations

This Casual & Premiere Inn Trip includes one night at the Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, a large hotel in the heart of Kona that is both bigger and busier than the typical Backroads standard. We've chosen this hotel because of its access to quintessential Hawaiian activities and proximity to our other hotels. 

Traffic

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.

Shuttle Distances

In order to bring you the full gamut of the Big Island's splendor, we spend more time shuttling on this trip than on many other Backroads trips. Our time in the shuttles will allow us to experience the incredible variety of ecosystems, scenery and activities that Hawaii has to offer. So sit back and relax, knowing that someone else is doing the driving, and enjoy the beauty of the journey.

Itinerary

Day 1 Bike along the sensational Hamakua Coast, where beautiful valleys and lush tropical hills greet you around every turn Grassy highlands and sprawling cattle ranches? You'll find them while pedaling in paniolo (cowboy) country at Parker Ranch.

Days 2-3 Explore a calderarealm of Kilauea, the most active volcano on Earth Spin past giant tree ferns on Crater Rim Drive before descending 4,000 feet to the stunning Kau Coast Wander down one of the Big Island's wonders: the black-sand beach at Punaluu.

Day 4 Get to know Kailua-Kona on foot or on the water Kayak past rocky cliffs and secluded sea caves in limpid Keauhou Bay Want a closer look? Plunge in for a snorkeling adventure among colorful parrot fish, Moorish idol and Hawaiian lionfish There's nothing like the flavor and aroma of authentic Kona coffee—enjoy a taste at a small independent farm.

Days 5-6 Spin along the sun-soaked Kohala Coast, tracing 30 miles of the Kona Ironman Triathlon's cycling course Back at the hotel,  snorkel, do yoga or paddle an outrigger canoe Rather relax? Bliss out on white sand or treat yourself at the spa Visit a temple rising majestically above the Pacific, a testament to Kamehameha the Great, Hawaii's most renowned king.

Casual & Premiere Inns*

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the Dates & Prices tab.

Kilauea Lodge
Kilauea Lodge

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

King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel

Kailua-Kona (1 night) Located in the heart of downtown Kailua-Kona and at the site of King Kamehameha the Great's royal residence, this hotel offers a little something for everyone. (pool, spa, tennis)

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. (pool, spa, tennis, golf)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

There's no better way to explore the entire island of Hawaii than this Backroads Multisport adventure. You'll bike, kayak and hike your way from Hawaii's active volcanoes to its misty rain forests and stunning coasts. It's the perfect mix of activities and the best combination of scenery...what's not to love?
Pam Fritz- Regional Manager, Hawaii

Trip Dates & Prices

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This Trip Is Rated Level 1-3

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
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
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 Biking 17 500 27 2000
Walking/Hiking 1 100
2 Biking 9 500 36 1800
Biking 20* 0
Walking/Hiking 5 900
3 Biking 14* 1000 33* 1500 42 1600
Other Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Snorkeling or Canoeing in Kona Bay (2 Hours)
4 Kayaking on Keauhou Bay (3 Hours)
Other Coffee Tour (1 Hour)
5 Biking 15* 700 35* 1000 43* 1500
Other Optional Tennis or Golf
6 Walking/Hiking 1 200
 
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* Includes a shuttle

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)

2015

2 - 3 guests from $5,198 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $3,798 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $4,398 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $3,298 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $2,998 pp dbl. occ.

2016

2 - 3 guests from $6,198 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $4,098 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $4,998 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $3,498 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $4,398 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,198 pp dbl. occ.

For 36 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Hawaii tour experts. See our award-winning USA multisport tours, USA biking tours and USA walking and hiking tours.

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Kohala Coast, Hawaii

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