Kayaking - Hawaii's Big Island Multi-Adventure Tour
Hawaii's Big Island Multi-Adventure Tour
Cycling on Hawaii's Big Island Multi-Adventure Tour
Snorkeling - Hawaii's Big Island Multi-Adventure Tour
Hawaii's Big Island Multi-Adventure Tour
Hiking - Hawaii's Big Island Multi-Adventure Tour

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Hawaii's Big Island Multi-Adventure Tour

Volcanoes National Park & the Kohala Coast

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. This Hawaiian adventure vacation is engaging, entertaining and exhilarating. 

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere & Casual Hotels*

FROM: $3,799 - $4,749 pp dbl occ
($900 - $1,000 for sgl occ)

Hawaii Multi-adventure map
Hawaii Multi-adventure map


Start Kailua-Kona / End Kailua-Kona or Kohala Coast

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

  • Discover the Big Island's unique culture, savor fresh Hawaiian cuisine and walk in the footsteps of King Kamehameha
  • Hike with a local expert and discover Volcanoes National Park, exploring the geological features of an active volcano 
  • Bike through lush rain forests and across lunar landscapes, and enjoy sweeping coastal views along the famed Ironman Route 
  • Swim, snorkel and kayak in the warm waters of Puako Bay for an up-close perspective of Hawaii's fascinating marine life  
Hawaii Big Island Multi-Adventure Trip
Hawaii Big Island Multi-Adventure Trip
The Backroads Experience
The Backroads Experience
Backroads Multi-Adventure Trips
Backroads Multi-Adventure Trips
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere & Casual Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Hike along the southern coast to the Green Sand Beach, where Hawaii's best scenery is on display—sweeping ocean vistas, beautiful valleys, lush tropical gardens and dramatic cliffs | Travel through coffee farms and taste Kona's gourmet crop​ | Stargaze as you soak in a hot tub at our charming bed-and-breakfast | ​Explore a newly formed caldera with a local guide and walk through a dense forest in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, taking in the beauty of Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes on Earth | Cycle past giant tree ferns on a bike tour of Crater Rim Drive and discover Mauna Ulu, the "growing mountain."

Kilauea Lodge, Hawaii
Kilauea Lodge
Volcano Village
| *Casual Hotel

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

Days 3-6

Bike the Red Road, some of the Big Island's most scenic riding | ​Kayak past rocky cliffs and secluded sea caves in the crystal-clear waters around Puako | Snorkel among colorful parrotfish, Moorish idols and Hawaiian lionfish | At our oceanfront retreat, swim, find your balance on a stand-up paddleboard or bliss out on the hotel's half-moon beach | ​Start the day with a sunrise walk along the ocean on the Khakai trail | Ride along the sun-soaked Kohala Coast, tracing 30 miles of the Kona Ironman Triathlon's cycling course | Learn about historic petroglyphs and King Kamehameha the Great on a coastal walk. 

Fairmont Orchid, Waimea, Hawaii
Fairmont Orchid
Kohala Coast
| Premiere Hotel

A blissful resort on a half-moon beach offering abundant amenities and exceptional aloha hospitality. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)

Dates & Prices

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

Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.

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Activity Level: 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Daily Route Options

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles | 300 ft. gain
Day 2
Level 1 | 9 miles | 100 ft. gain
Level 2 | 16 miles | 500 ft. gain
Level 3 | 29 miles | 2100 ft. gain
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles | 300 ft. gain
Day 3
Level 2 | 17 miles* | 700 ft. gain
Level 3 | 30 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 100 ft. gain
& Snorkeling on Puako Bay (half day)
Day 5
Level 1 | 8 miles* | 500 ft. gain
Level 2 | 16 miles* | 1100 ft. gain
Level 3 | 33 miles* | 1600 ft. gain
Level 4 | 43 miles | 2300 ft. gain
Walking & Hiking
Kahakai Trail Walk (1 hour)
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 100 ft. gain
* Includes shuttle.

What's Included

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.

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
NEW! Electric-Assist Bike

Our newly redesigned titanium e-bike is a lightweight yet powerful machine unique in the world of e-bikes. It provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • 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

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 & Highway Riding

Because the Big Island is rugged and covered in lava fields, a limited number of paved roads traverse the island. While Backroads strives to find roadways that are quiet and off the beaten track, many of the routes on this trip include highways with fast moving traffic. Of course, you're always welcome to jump in the shuttle to avoid the busier roads.

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.

Weather on the Big Island

The Big Island boasts an astonishing array of climate zones. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is famous for its renowned active volcanoes, rain forests and weather that varies with the elevation. Despite the tropical latitude, it can be rainy and chilly any time of the year during our stay near the National Park and visitors should be prepared for a wide range of weather conditions, including heavy rain and strong winds. The Kohala Coast also experiences powerful winds, which may make cycling coastal roads difficult or require us to alter our planned activities.


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.

Peak Season

The holiday and spring break months are a great time to travel; however, with days off and the desire to escape for sunshine many others have the same idea. While we always aim to get off the beaten path, during certain times of the year crowds and delays are unavoidable.

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