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.
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.
AccommodationsThe Kilauea Lodge is a fairly rustic property that reflects its picturesque location near the stunning Volcanoes National Park. While this property is simpler than the typical Backroads standard, we've chosen it because of its proximity to our favorite routes and the fantastic views. Please note that the lodge is not equipped with phones or televisions.
TrafficWhile 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 Tempting after a morning ride, the pristine waters of Kealakekua Bay are home to an underwater state park and ideal for spotting spinner dolphins 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.
- 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
- Kilauea Iki Crater and Punaluu black-sand beach
- Bike 30 miles of the Ironman Triathlon's cycling course
Casual & Premiere Inns
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay (1 night): This recently renovated full-service resort overlooks an ancient lava flow on the Kona coast. (pool, spa, tennis)
Kilauea Lodge (2 nights): An up-country bed-and-breakfast with ideal access to Volcanoes National Park.
Fairmont Orchid (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)
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.
Routes For All Abilities
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|Hiking (4.9 Miles)|
|Optional Afternoon Swimming, Tennis, Spa Treatment or Golf|
* Includes a shuttle
2014 Dates & Pricing*
- 12/25-30 Price: $3598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 1/11-16 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
- 1/25-30 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
- 2/23-28 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
- 4/26-5/1 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
- 5/17-22 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/15-20 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/10-15 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/13-18 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
- 10/4-9 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
- 10/25-30 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
- 11/1-6 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
- 11/29-12/4 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
- 12/18-23 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
- 1/1-6 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
- 3/2-7 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/29-7/4 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/27-8/1 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
- 10/11-16 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
- 12/5-10 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
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 $4,598 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests from $3,598 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests from $3,198 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests from $3,698 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $2,898 pp dbl. occ.|
|2 - 3 guests from $5,098 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests from $3,698 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests from $4,298 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests from $3,298 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests from $3,898 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $2,998 pp dbl. occ.|
Guest Trip Reviews
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.- 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!!- 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.- Los Angeles, CA
Biking the Big Island was wonderful. The days were planned very well with many options that allowed significant miles as well as beach time in the afternoon. The Kilauea Lodge and hiking through the volcano was a highlight. The Fairmont Orchid was the nicest hotel that I've ever stayed in. The property and food at Brown's was excellent. I also really enjoyed lunches at Punalu'u Bake Shop and What's Shakin'. Seeing the volcano after dinner at Thai Thai was also a highlight. It was a fantastic vacation.- Hoboken, NJ
Another fantastic Backroads trip! Our first trip to Hawaii and what a great way to see the Big Island. I keep coming back because Backroads continues to provide the best of what I am seeking.- Libby, MT
A delight! What a coup having a certified volcanologist and small coffee grower share their experiences with us!!- Troy, MI