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Hawaii's Big Island Family Multisport Tour

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  • The sensational Waipio Valley, where sheer cliffs are blanketed by thick greenery and strung with waterfalls
  • Bike on Crater Rim Drive before a huge descent to the stunning Kau Coast
  • Plenty of quality beach time - and canoeing if you like
  • Snorkel and kayak with sea turtles and colorful fish 
  • Hike across a caldera with a certified volcanologist

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Big-Time Fun on the Big Island from Coast to Crater

Aloha and whoa! Animal: parrot fish, sea turtles, butterfly fish. Vegetable: tropical rain forest, fragrant flower leis, fresh pineapple. Mineral: sea caves, active volcanoes, black-sand beaches. Add crystalline water, staggering views, stand-up paddleboarding, hiking, snorkeling, biking, tide pool exploration, horseback riding and fascinating cultural traditions. And plenty of opportunities to lounge poolside, hit the waterslide or head to the spa. Hawaii has all the ingredients for the perfect family vacation.

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

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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 Volcano House Hotel is a fairly rustic property that reflects its picturesque location in stunning Volcanoes National Park. Although clean and comfortable, the guest rooms are basic and are not equipped with 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 The sensational Waipio Valley, with sheer cliffs blanketed by thick greenery and strung with waterfalls Bike along Hamakua's high coastline, where postcard-perfect valleys and lush tropical hills greet you around every turn.

Days 2-3 Hike across a caldera and through a forest of ginger with a local guide in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home to Kilauea, the Earth's most active volcano Spin past ferns and ohia lehua trees on Crater Rim Drive before descending 4,000 feet to the stunning Kau Coast Kids: get ready for an authentic paniolo experience with horseback riding on a working ranch Is that rock moving? No, it's a sea turtle on the black sand of Punaluu Beach! Learn the stories of people who sought refuge at Pu'uhonua long ago.

Day 4 Kayak past rocky cliffs and secluded sea caves in limpid Keauhou Bay Want a closer look? Don a mask and snorkel for a swimming adventure among colorful parrot fish, moorish idol and Hawaiian lionfish Fresh Kona coffee tempts at a small independent farm.

Days 5-6 Kids refine their paddling skills in the water with the Kona Boys and explore tide pools or learn to make leis  Spin along the sun-drenched Kohala Coast, tracing 30 miles of the Kona Ironman Triathlon's cycling course Back at the resort, snorkel or play tennis   Rather relax? Lounge on white sand or indulge at the spa  Glimpse Hawaii's royal heritage on a visit to the temple of Kamehameha the Great, Hawaii's most renowned king.

Casual & Premiere Inns*

Volcano House Hotel
Volcano House Hotel

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (2 nights) Originally constructed in 1846, this restored house has been catapulted into the 21st century while fully embracing the rich culture, environment and history of the surrounding region. 

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)

Fairmont Orchid
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)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

The best leaders on a Backroads trip I've experienced. Their knowledge of the area, culture, animals, plants, myths/stories was excellent. They were all encouraging and worked to make sure everyone got to do what they wanted (levels, activity, whatever). I appreciated the downtime built into the schedule.
Jaynie Kind - Los Altos Hills, CA
This was the best family vacation we ever had, and a great part of that was due to the wonderful leaders we had, who were simply outstanding. They not only were sensitive to our every need and concern, they were wonderful with the children, all of whom clearly ended up worshiping them and wishing - like us - that the trip would not end. I think our son would have preferred to go with them at the end than to come home with us! All in all, we're with Backroads for the long haul and look forward to another trip soon.
Stephen Block - Manhattan Beach, CA
Superb operation, wonderful (WONDERFUL) family vacation experience. Taking the logistics/planning out of the equation made everything better. And the guides did a tremendous job enabling everyone in our family and our group to customize their daily activities to match their individual preferences. Truly a wonderful family experience.
Jake Durling - San Francisco, CA

Trip Dates & Prices

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December 2014
February 2015
March 2015
April 2015
May 2015
June 2015
July 2015
August 2015
December 2015

Don't see your ideal travel date? Call us at 800-462-2848 for Private Trip date availability.

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This Trip Is Rated Level 1-4

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 Biking 17* 500 23 2000
Walking/Hiking 1 100
2 Biking 15* 0 38 1800
Walking/Hiking 5 900
Kids Activities at Pa'ani Ranch (2 - 3 Hours)
3 Biking 7 500 21* 500 40 500
Other Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Park Visit (1 Hour)
4 Kayaking and Snorkeling in Keauhou Bay (3 - 4 Hours)
5 Biking 15* 1000 35* 1500 70 2500
Other Optional Swimming, Tennis or Golf
Kids Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Canoeing (3 - 4 Hours)
6 Walking/Hiking 1 200

On this Family Trip, our routes follow gentle terrain with some climbs. Liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary to facilitate our activities and mileage is kept moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own.

* 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)


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.


2 - 3 guests from $5,398 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.

Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.

For 35 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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All meals included except 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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