At sunset, we will drive down the Chain of Craters Road to try to get an up-close look at a live volcano. If the lava isn’t flowing, then we’ll check out the petroglyphs at Pu’uloa. The fascinating images in the hardened lava have been geologically dated back to the year 1200. 0 miles.
DAY 5: We’ll get on our bikes again this morning to circle the rim of Kilauea Caldera with close-up views of the Hale’ Maumau Crater. Take the time to stop at the volcano museum to learn more of this fascinating geological wonder. Then we’ll begin a glorious descent down to Hilo on the coast. You can break up the quick ride with stops along the way at a macadamia nut factory, an orchid garden, and to see the work of a wood carver craftsman. 43 miles.
DAY 6: Today’s beautiful ride is along the wild, lush rainforest coast with lava-rock beaches, brilliantly colored flowers and fragrant guava trees. Cycling inland, we will follow the lightly trafficked Mamalohoa Highway through forests and pastures dotted with cattle and horses. Much of the land is part of the Parker Ranch, one of the largest ranches in the country and home to the paniolo, the Hawaiian cowboy. 25 – 58 miles.
DAY 7: As we pedal our way along the ridge of the Kohala Mountains, we will enjoy magnificent views of the island and sea before beginning the descent back to the warm, dry Kohala Coast. Along the route we will pass the Hapuna Beach State Recreation area where the beautiful white sand beaches offer great body surfing. We’ll overnight at the elegant five-star Hapuna Beach Prince Resort, and a farewell dinner will officially conclude our tour. 46 miles.
DAY 8: After breakfast, we say our good-byes and shuttle back to the Kona Keahole Airport by 11:00 am.
Explore the Big Island of Hawaii by bike. Cycle with us as we experience Hawaii’s myriad of different ecosystems first hand: from the dry, sunny coast of Kona, to the barren moonscape of Kilauea Caldera, to the lush rain forests of Hilo.
We will tour the entire island by bicycle. See black sand beaches and white sand beaches, palm trees, cacti and wild orchids. Bike by stunning waterfalls, peaceful cattle ranches and colorful hedges of bright bougainvillea and poinsettias. It is arguably one of our most beautiful tours, and the weather is always perfect.
DAY 1: We meet in Kona for an orientation at 1:00pm, bike pick-up, fitting and assembly at 2:00pm and then dinner. Take a walk on the beach by our oceanfront lodgings. 0 miles.
DAY 2: Today’s ride begins from the Kona Coast as we ascend into the hills of brightly colored bougainvillea, papaya and monkeypod trees. Then it’s back down to the ocean and the Pu’uhonua o Honaunau (“place of refuge”) National Historic Park, for a picnic lunch and some snorkeling. Then we have a gradual ascent to the town of Captain Cook and our authentically Hawaiian Manago Hotel high above the ocean. 35 miles.
DAY 3: We begin the day with a rolling hill descent to the spectacular coast of Ka’u and the southernmost point of the U.S. The van awaits us at the black sand beach of Punalu’u. Black sand is caused from volcanic lava flowing into the ocean. Look for the sea turtles that love to swim and sunbathe on this beach.
The van will take us up to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, or you may choose to attempt the gradual 4,000’ climb to the top. If the Volcano House Park Lodge, perched on the rim of the fascinating Kilauea Crater, is still closed for renovation, we’ll stay nearby at a beautiful inn in the small colorful village of Volcano. 53 or 85 miles.
DAY 4: Today we explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with a fascinating 6-mile hike through the surrounding lush rainforest and then across the barren moonscape of the crater. We’ll walk through the Thurston Lava Tube and by vents spewing volcanic gases. Look for the nene, Hawaii’s state bird and an endangered species. Evolved from the Canada goose, its smaller feet are better equipped to walk on rocky lava flows, and it has learned to survive on moisture from fog and dew.
8 Day Inn Tour
Meet: Kona, HI
Time: 1:00 pm
Terrain: Long rolling hills and a couple optional long climbs. Moderate to advanced cycling level.
Trip Price: $3090
Includes:Includes:7 nights lodging, 5 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 5 dinners, snacks, detailed cue sheets, van support & trained guides.
Travel Arrangements: Fly into and out of the Kona, HI airport. Upon your arrival at the airport, take a taxi to our starting location.
Rental Bike: Approx. $175. Rent road bikes from Bike Works in Kona 808-326-2453.
Tour Lodging (subject to change):