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Hawaii's Big Island Bike Tour
Hawaii's Big Island Bike Tour

Ready to relax? To play? We suggest a little of both. Sure, you can spend the entire trip testing your legs on spectacular rides amid some of the world's most incredible scenery. Even pedal two centuries this week if you like. Prefer swimming, snorkeling, beach basking and Mai Tai sipping? 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.

Accommodations

The 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.

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.

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  Relish sumptuous meals 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.


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
  • Kilauea Iki Crater and Punaluu black-sand beach
  • Bike 30 miles of the Ironman Triathlon's cycling course
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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.

The Fairmont Orchid (2 nights): A blissful resort offering abundant amenities, a lovely half-moon beach and sweeping views of the Pacific. (pool, spa, tennis, golf)


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 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 10* 200 25 2100
38 2600
2 26* 1700 46* 3100 65* 4000
98 9100
3 10* 500 37 2500
21* 800
Hiking (4.5 Miles)
4 40* 1000 50* 1800 75* 2300
114 6500
5 15* 1100 34* 1600 43* 2300 72 4000
Optional Tennis or Golf
6 9 400
17 800
 
note:

* Includes a shuttle


2015 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 8/10-15 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/13-18 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
  • 11/1-6 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
  • 11/29-12/4 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
  • 12/18-23 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
  • 12/31-1/5 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
SINGLES-SOLOS TRIPS
  • 12/5-10 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.


2016 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 1/10-15 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
  • 1/24-29 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
  • 2/21-26 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
  • 3/8-13 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
  • 4/5-10 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
  • 5/15-20 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
  • 5/22-27 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/14-19 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/9-14 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/4-9 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/11-16 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/25-30 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
  • 10/23-28 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
  • 10/30-11/4 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
  • 11/27-12/2 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
  • 12/14-19 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
  • 12/30-1/4 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1090 for sgl. occ.)
SINGLES-SOLOS TRIPS
  • 3/1-6 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $990 for sgl. occ.)
  • 12/4-9 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $990 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)

2015

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.

2016

2 - 3 guests from $5,298 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $3,898 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $4,498 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $3,498 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $4,098 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,198 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.
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

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.
Michael Mozer- 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.
Nancy Rooney- Libby, MT

A delight! What a coup having a certified volcanologist and small coffee grower share their experiences with us!!
Bruce Beaumont- Troy, MI