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Hawaii's Big Island Multi-Adventure Tour

Walk/Hike
Bike
Kayak
Snorkel
Canoe

The Big Island—Kilauea Crater to the Kohala Coast

From $3,198 - $4,298 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,150 to $1,550 for sgl. occ.)

This trip is a perfect blend of flavors, colors and everything Hawaiian. Behold an active volcano from afar, then explore it up close. Bike through lava fields along the coast, 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.

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Hawaii

Start/End Kona/Kona or Kohala Coast

Big Island Hawaii Map

Highlights

  • Explore some of the Big Island's most scenic routes where natural, historic and cultural splendors abound
  • Hike with a local expert through the Kilauea Iki Crater and learn about this incredible geological formation
  • Bike through the black lunar landscape of Volcanoes National Park and on the famous Ironman Route
  • Swim, snorkel and kayak in Puako Bay for an up-close perspective on Hawaii's fascinating marine life
Hawaii

Start/End Kona/Kona or Kohala Coast

Big Island Hawaii Map

Itinerary

Day 1 Hike along the coast from Hookena Beach Park | Hawaii's best scenery is on display—sweeping ocean vistas, beautiful valleys, lush tropical gardens and dramatic cliffs | Visit Puuhonua, an ancient place of refuge and a sacred healing ground for locals today | Splash around in the warm waters of the Pacific | Stargaze as you soak in a hot tub at our charming bed-and-breakfast.

Days 2-3 Explore a caldera with a local guide and walk through a lush forest in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, taking in the beauty of Kilauea, the most active volcano on Earth | Spin past giant tree ferns on Crater Rim Drive and discover Mauna Ulu, the “growing mountain” | Ride the Red Road, some of the Big Island's most scenic coastal riding.

Day 4 Kayak past rocky cliffs and secluded sea caves in the crystal-clear waters around Puako | Snorkel among colorful parrot fish, Moorish idol and Hawaiian lionfish | Bask on our hotel's half-moon beach.

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, find your balance on a stand-up paddleboard or bliss out on white sand | Venture out in an outrigger canoe onto the Pacific at sunrise | Learn about historic petroglyphs and King Kamehameha the Great on a coastal walk.

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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2017 December
2018 February
2018 March
2018 April
2018 June
2018 September
2018 October

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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 from the selection of dates below for your group of 8 or more. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $3,198 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,698 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,198 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,998 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $7,498 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $3,198 - $4,298 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,150 to $1,550 for sgl. occ.)

Reviews

Premiere & Casual Hotels*

Kilauea Lodge
Kilauea Lodge

Volcano Village (2 nights)

Fairmont Orchid
Fairmont Orchid

Kohala Coast (3 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-3

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Hawaii

More On This Trip

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Premiere & Casual Hotels*

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 View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Kilauea Lodge

Kilauea Lodge

Volcano Village (2 nights)
* Casual Hotel

An up-country bed-and-breakfast with ideal access to Volcanoes National Park.

Fairmont Orchid

Fairmont Orchid

Kohala Coast (3 nights)

A blissful resort on a half-moon beach offering abundant amenities and exceptional aloha hospitality. (pool, spa)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-3

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 (drag to see full )

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 Walking/Hiking 3* 100 4 200
2 Biking 10 500 18 600 30 2000
Walking/Hiking 5 700
3 Biking 10* 300 21* 600 31 1500
4 Walking/Hiking 2 50
Other Kayaking & Snorkeling in Puako (3 Hours)
Other Beach Activities
5 Biking 16* 1100 34* 1600 44* 2300
Other Optional Tennis, Golf or Snorkeling
6 Walking/Hiking 2 100
Other Sunrise Outrigger Canoe (30 Minutes)
 

Note:

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Road Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Burley Kazoo trailer bike (Included in your trip price)

The Burley Kazoo trailer bike, for children up to 85 pounds, attaches to an adult bike with your child providing some of the pedal power for a real team effort! It's ideal for kids who may be comfortable pedaling around the neighborhood but aren't yet ready for bike touring.

Burley Kazoo trailer bike

Burley Cub trailer (Included)

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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.

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.

Volcanoes National Park – Climate

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is famous for its volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa. The Park has distinct climate zones that vary by elevation and despite the tropical latitude it can be rainy and chilly any time of the year. While in the park, we will be approximately 4,000 feet above sea level and you should be prepared for a wide range of weather conditions.

Accommodations

Kilauea Lodge is a fairly rustic property in a stunning location near Volcanoes National Park. Although clean and comfortable, the guest rooms are basic and are not equipped with phones or televisions.

Why Travel with Backroads in Hawaii

Our Superb Bikes Included

A great bike is obviously critical for a great multi-adventure trip; you don't want to gamble on one that's been sourced locally to trim costs. This trip features our acclaimed Backroads Custom Titanium bikes, expertly tuned and fitted, and included in your trip price. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders.

Get the Most Out of Each Day

Coordinating multiple activities throughout a single day can be tricky, but with Backroads you'll never know it. When you explore Hawaii with us, you switch activities seamlessly without missing a beat. We invented the multi-adventure concept, and we're constantly adding new dimensions and fine-tuning the experience to make it even more enjoyable.

The Best Leaders in Hawaii

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Hawaii, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Hawaii—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

Your Hotels Are Locked In

It may seem obvious to say the great hotels we tell you about are the ones you'll actually stay in. But the fact is many companies haven't even booked the places they promise and are later forced to settle for inferior alternatives. We book our hotels and exact rooms long in advance—often over two years—so you stay where you expect to stay.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Hawaii trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for one or two people (or a family of three or four), subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Hawaii you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

We Were Born Here (in 1979)

Backroads has been inviting active travelers to explore our own backyard since Jimmy Carter was in the White House. We offer more trips than anyone else in Hawaii, and we've spent more years finding the best ones. What keeps it real is having a consistent vision and the same passionately committed leadership for nearly four decades.

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

Videos

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.

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.

Volcanoes National Park – Climate

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is famous for its volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa. The Park has distinct climate zones that vary by elevation and despite the tropical latitude it can be rainy and chilly any time of the year. While in the park, we will be approximately 4,000 feet above sea level and you should be prepared for a wide range of weather conditions.

Accommodations

Kilauea Lodge is a fairly rustic property in a stunning location near Volcanoes National Park. Although clean and comfortable, the guest rooms are basic and are not equipped with phones or televisions.
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