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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
  • 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

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Itinerary

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 Watch for colorful birds, such as the iiwi, with its red body and salmon-colored bill.

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're not in Scotland—you're pedaling in the Big Island's 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 through the atmospheric small communities of Puako and Hawi Return through fields of black lava to quiet Pauoa Bay.

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. (pool, spa, tennis, golf)

Guest 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

Trip Dates & Prices

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2015 August
2015 September
2015 November
2015 December
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2015 December
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2016 December

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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
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
 
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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 $5,098 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.

For 36 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.

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All meals included except 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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