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Hawaii's Big Island Family Multisport Adventure Tour

 
Biking
 
Walking/Hiking
 
Snorkeling
 
Kayaking
 
 
 
 

Big-Time Fun on the Big Island from Crater to Coast

  • Pedal the sensational Waipio Valley, where sheer cliffs are blanketed by thick greenery and strung with waterfalls
  • Bike on Crater Rim Drive before a huge descent to the stunning Kau Coast
  • Enjoy plenty of quality family time at the beach, along with stand-up and outrigger paddling
  • Snorkel and kayak with sea turtles and colorful fish 
  • Hike across a caldera with a certified naturalist

Aloha and whoa! Animal: parrot fish, sea turtles, butterfly fish. Vegetable: rain forest, flower leis, fresh pineapple. Mineral: sea caves, volcanoes, beaches. Add warm water, epic views, stand-up paddleboarding, hiking, snorkeling, biking, tide pooling and cool culture. Hawaii has all the ingredients for the best family vacation.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Explore the sensational Waipio Valley, with sheer cliffs blanketed by thick greenery and strung with waterfalls Bike along the flanks of Mauna Kea where postcard-perfect valleys and lush tropical hills greet you around every turn.

Days 2-3 Hike across a caldera and through a forest of ginger with a local guide in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park  Stand in awe of Kilauea, the Earth's most active volcano Spin past ferns and ohia lehua trees on Crater Rim Drive before descending 4,000 feet to the stunning Kau Coast  Is that rock moving? No, it's a sea turtle on the black sand of Punaluu Beach! Learn the endearing stories of people who sought refuge at Pu'uhonua long ago.

Day 4 Kayak past rocky cliffs and secluded sea caves in crystal-clear Keauhou Bay Want a closer look? Don a mask and snorkel for a swimming adventure among colorful parrot fish, Moorish idol and lionfish Fresh Kona coffee tempts at a small independent farm  Head to the beach, the pool or the Fairmont's luxurious spa  Dine on fresh local seafood and spectacular Pacific Rim cuisine.

Days 5-6 Kids spend a day at the beach, practicing their stand-up paddling and outrigger skills, exploring tide pools or learning to make leis Grown-ups spin along the sunny Kohala Coast, tracing 30 miles of the Kona Ironman Triathlon's cycling course Glimpse Hawaii's royal heritage on a visit to the temple of Kamehameha the Great.

Booked this trip in the hopes of finding a vacation that would be fun for all six of my family members - a tough trick with age range, fitness level range, etc. Backroads exceeded our expectations! Everyone found daily activities that suited them. The "kids" activities were enjoyable even for my 25/22/20/15 year old "kids" - no small feat. The Big Island offers its own unbeatable beauty but it was truly the talents of our three guides that made this trip work. All three worked very hard to ensure that each guest was satisfied, challenged, and content. Jenna, Russell, and Tyler were FANTASTIC. Many thanks :)
Iron Nurse - Stuart, FL

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.

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

Hawai'i 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

This Casual & Premiere Inn Trip includes one night at the Sheraton Kona, a large resort outside of Kona that is both bigger and busier than the typical Backroads hotel. We've chosen this property because of its impressive ocean views and convenient location for starting our kayaking journey in Keauhou Bay.
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Kohala Coast, Hawaii

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Volcano House Lodge

Volcano House Hotel

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (2 nights)

Originally constructed in 1846, this restored house has been catapulted into the 21st century while fully embracing the rich culture, environment and history of the surrounding region. 

Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhow Bay

Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa - Keauhou Bay

Kailua-Kona (1 night)

This renovated full-service resort overlooks an ancient lava flow on the Kona coast. (pool, spa)

Fairmont Orchid

Fairmont Orchid

* Premiere Inn
Kohala Coast (2 nights)

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

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There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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Booked this trip in the hopes of finding a vacation that would be fun for all six of my family members - a tough trick with age range, fitness level range, etc. Backroads exceeded our expectations! Everyone found daily activities that suited them. The "kids" activities were enjoyable even for my 25/22/20/15 year old "kids" - no small feat. The Big Island offers its own unbeatable beauty but it was truly the talents of our three guides that made this trip work. All three worked very hard to ensure that each guest was satisfied, challenged, and content. Jenna, Russell, and Tyler were FANTASTIC. Many thanks :)

 
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From the moment we arrived at the first grand and luxurious hotel and were greeted with special Kukui-iki Nut Leis we knew we were in for a great week. We loved the structure of the trip and the variety of activities ~vbiking, hiking and kayaking through this lush, diverse and beautiful landscape. Hiking through the Kilauea Iki crater one day, kayaking, snorkeling and cliff jumping another, and biking a portion of the famous Iron Man route another, and always finishing with a delicious meal with local fish and fruits was heavenly. Our accommodations were spectacular, and the hotel pools and bars were enjoyed as well. It truly felt like spending a week in Paradise, and when the trip was over we didn't want to leave! This was a wonderful way to celebrate our son's graduation from High School.

 
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Basically, fabulous! Wonderful leaders and great sights. Terrific bonding experience with group. Kids almost immediately connected to one another and became inseparable by the end of the first day.
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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.

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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.

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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 Biking 12* 200 23* 600
2 Biking 17* 200 33 1900
Walking/Hiking 5 900
Kids Activities at Pa'ani Ranch (2–3 Hours)
3 Biking 11* 100 30* 200 37* 1200
4 Kayaking and Snorkeling in Keauhou Bay (3–4 Hours)
5 Biking 16* 1100 35* 1600 44* 2300
Other Optional Swimming, Tennis or Golf
Kids Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Canoeing (3-4 Hours)
6 Other Cultural Walk (1 Hour)
 

Note: On this Family Trip, our routes follow gentle terrain with some gradual climbs. Liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels 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.

Why Travel with Backroads in Hawaii

We Have Family Here, Too

Our Trip Expert for this Multiport adventure was born and raised in Hawaii and can draw on a network of local friends and experts, along with our team of highly experienced Trip Leaders, to deliver what we believe is the most thoroughly researched, carefully designed and seamlessly executed trip of its kind on any of the islands. Whether you're biking, hiking, snorkeling, kayaking or canoeing – just hanging out at the hotel – we ensure you enjoy a dream vacation.

Like You, We're Family Experts

At Backroads we've honed our expertise in active family travel over many years and a lot of trips. We host at least 20 times more family guests than any other active company, so we're constantly gaining new insights that make our trips even better. Detailed planning, behind-the scenes logistics, unrivaled support from three Trip Leaders—all backed by a team that proudly creates the kind of experiences we'd want to share with our own families.

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 multisport concept, and we're constantly adding new dimensions and fine-tuning the experience to make it even more enjoyable.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Hawaii trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road and trail—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

The Value of Casual Inn Trips

In addition to the ideal balance of comfort and hospitality in our choice of lodgings, this Casual Inns trip includes nearly all of your meals, plus everything from cocktail receptions to the best snacks along the road. So there's rarely a need to reach for your wallet – we've got you covered.

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

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.

Our Superb Bikes Included

A great bike is obviously critical for a great multisport 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.

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 Great Trip for Teens

This Family Adventure, with its blend of challenging activities and cool places to explore, is ready to erase the doubtful looks of the toughest travel critics around: teenagers. We're not saying there won't be a single eye-rolling response (or the odd WhatsApp exchange with the gang back home), but this trip has plenty to keep teens in the moment and part of the family.

Leaders Focused on Families

When everyone's together, there's lots going on; and when kids' and adults' priorities diverge, it can seem like two different trips. That's why our Family Adventures in Hawaii have three Trip Leaders—including a dedicated Kids Activity Expert who regularly takes younger travelers off to do their own thing. Other companies try to get by with two leaders; we step up and do it right. For more on our family focus, check this out.

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.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for a single family of three or four people, 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.

Time Together, Time Apart

Backroads is the leader in designing trips that ensure everyone, young and young-at-heart alike, has an amazing time. Your Backroads Family Adventure balances family activities with diversions designed exclusively for the kids—giving the adults a welcome break from making decisions, other than choosing whether to explore a few more miles or just enjoy each other's company. A family vacation where everyone gets to relax, recharge and have fun – what a concept!

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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. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $3,298 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,598 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,698 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,298 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,498 pp dbl occ

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