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Hawaii Big Island Tour

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Experience Hawaii's warmth, color and history - on two wheels! Bicycle dappled banyan-lined roadways, past lush coffee plantations and immense lava fields pummeled by surf. Hike into the volcanic moonscape of Kilauea Iki's crater. Take a luxury catamaran to a private snorkeling bay. Be awed by the island's astonishing biological diversity. Visit many of its historic and sacred places and discover Kilauea’s secrets in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Hawaii is paradise - perfected on a bicycle.

Recreational, Road bike
6 days
362 km / 225 mi
$ 4,179.-
  • Pu’uhonua O Hõnaunau (City Of Refuge )National Historic Park
  • Kilauea (Hawaii volcanoes) National Park. October 2021 update: Lava is again visible in the Kilauea crater! and the park is open voor viewing
  • Manta ray snorkeling tour
  • Hiking and stargazing tour
  • Deposit for this tour is 25%

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Details

Type
Recreational, Road bike
Duration
6 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Easy
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
60-80 km / 37-50 mi
Total distance
362 km / 225 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Deluxe, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Included
Dates
16 Oct 2022 - 21 Oct 2022
23 Oct 2022 - 28 Oct 2022
30 Oct 2022 - 05 Nov 2022
04 Dec 2022 - 09 Dec 2022
11 Dec 2022 - 16 Dec 2022
26 Dec 2022 - 31 Dec 2022
01 Jan 2023 - 06 Jan 2023
08 Jan 2023 - 13 Jan 2023
15 Jan 2023 - 20 Jan 2023
19 Feb 2023 - 24 Feb 2023
Start date: Oct.16, 30 and Dec.4, 11, 26 are guaranteed
Start date Dec. 26 price $4278.-pp
Prices 2023: $4278.-pp single fee $1155.-
More 2023 start dates: Feb. 26, March 5, 12, Oct. 15, 22, 29, Dec. 3, 10, 27
Start
Kona
Finish
Kona
Airport at start
Kona International Airport
Airport at finish
Kona International Airport

Prices *Please note the prices are subject to change depending availability*

Price per person / please note the prices are subject to change depending availability
The tour price per person
$ 4,179.-
E-bike
E-bike Fastroad E+ EX Pro or E-bike THRIVE E+ EX Pro
$ 200.-
Optional
Single supplement
If you travel alone a single supplement is charged. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
$ 1,128.-

Itinerary

Included / Not Included – lodging


Day 1: Ride to the City of Refuge and Kona’s coffee country.


Meet us at the Royal Kona (public shuttle is available from/to the Kona airport) in the heart of downtown Kona. Bicycle south through Kona's coffee plantations. Continue past mango, banana and avocado trees down to the ocean. Lunch at the white sands of the City of Refuge, Pu 'uhonua O Honaunau national historic park. Long-ago Hawaiians who had displeased their king fled to this sacred place; many of its ancient ruins emain. This afternoon, stop for a tour and tasting at Greenwell Coffee Farm. Then head to the Royal Kona Oceanfront Resort to get ready for an early dinner, followed by a night snorkel with manta rays!
Meals L D Distance 20 miles Elevation +1673 ft / -1663 ft (options for more)

Day 2: Visit South Point and bike to Punalu’u black sand beach for an encounter with Honu (green sea turtles).

Shuttle to South Point in the morning to explore the scenic bluffs of the southern-most point in the United States. Pedal from near South Point to Punalu’u Black Sand Beach for a picnic lunch. The route takes us along the scenic southern flank of Mauna Loa to the macadamia and coffee farm-rich village of Pahala. Watch for the Hawaiian goose, the Nene, strutting here and there. Spy some honu (green sea turtles) bobbing in the waters or sunning on the rocky beach. Shuttle (or pedal) to Volcano for tonight’s stay at Chalet Kilauea Rainforest Hotel.
NOTE: The highway up to Volcano is open and safe for visitors, as are businesses and amenities in the town of Volcano.
Meals B L D Distance 27 miles Elevation + 1280 ft / -2997 ft (options for more)

Day 3: Spectacular Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Enjoy Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park today, either on a hike or a bike ride. The Park protects some of the most unique geological, biological, and cultural landscapes in the world and encompasses the summits of two of the world’s most active volcanoes – Kīlauea and Mauna Loa. Craters, lava tubes, lava fields, and more – there is so much to explore! Park geology has been quite active lately, so we will see what options are available to us and choose the best. In the afternoon, we shuttle to the Hilo Hawaiian for the next 2 nights’ stay with oceanfront views overlooking Hilo Bay.
Meals B L D Distance: 15 - 30 miles (or More) elevation: +2199 ft / -2198 ft (or more or less)

Day 4: Explore historic Hilo, make an offering to Pele, and cruise up Mauna Kea for stargazing


Spend the morning exploring the historic town of Hilo by bike or on foot. Sample as much as you like of the farmer’s market, the Arboretum, Tsunami museum, shopping and majestic Rainbow Falls. After lunch on your own, shuttle up to Mauna Kea to take in the sights and then join a local tour company to learn about the large telescopes and many observatories on Mauna Kea. Then enjoy sunset and dinner before stargazing.
Meals: B

Day 5: Explore storied Akaka Falls and dramatic Waipio Valley. Ride the Kohala Coast to Waimea and dine at Merriman's!

Bicycle gentle side roads through banana and papaya plantations along the rugged tropical coastline. Cruise under hanging vines along with the botanic gardens and local surf spots. Feeling like a challenge? Cycle up to Akaka Falls – or hop in the van to the view the home of the waterfall-climbing goby fish. Shuttle to the iconic viewpoint overlooking the thousand-food cliffs of the Waipio Valley. Walls swathed in tropical green stand tall, protecting this ancient valley on three sides; the fourth is the sapphire sea. Feel like a bit more cycling? Continue on through the “cowboy country” ranchlands of Waimea to the Kamuela Inn. Be sure to work up an appetite. Tonight we celebrate a wonderful adventure with dinner at the best restaurant in Hawai’i. Now world famous, Merriman’s has been serving delicious, locally sourced and sustainable, island cuisine for over 30 years!
Meals B L D Distance 22 - 55 miles Elevation +2500 - 5500 ft / -1250 ft / - 2900 ft

Day 6: Ride the stunning kohala coast from a hidden gem of a park to Hapuna Beach.

After breakfast, shuttle to hidden Keokea Beach Park on the Kohala Coast to begin cycling. It’s so inviting, you may want to relax here all day! Ride along the famous Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway – the most scenic part of the Ironman Kona course. At Hapuna Beach we will celebrate with lunch – and a final dip in the ocean, if you like! – before heading back to Kona for return flights home
Meals B L Distance 33 miles Elevation +2164 ft / -2151 ft

* This is a general itinerary. Tour itineraries are subject to change based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances such as the weather, local conditions, government intervention, that may affect the quality of the trip and/or safety of the participants. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.

Included:

Hotels
All meals include except one lunch and one dinner.
Bike
Luggage transfer.
Pu’uhonua O Hõnaunau (City Of Refuge )National Historic Park.
Kilauea (Hawaii volcanoes) National Park .
Manta ray snorkeling and stargazing tour

Not included:

Night before and after the tour
Flights to and from the tour
Gratuities guides

Lodging

Royal Kona Resort
Chalet Kilauea
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
Kamuela Inn
The hotels, Inns, and B&Bs we use are always among the finest the area has to offer. Our smaller group sizes(max. 13) allow us to stay at some award-winning places that can’t handle groups of 25 or more. We work closely with the innkeepers to make sure they understand your needs and ours, whether that is having a place to store your bike, an early morning breakfast or a convenient place to park the van, they are as committed to your vacation experience as we are.
Lodging is based upon two people to a room with a private bath. If you’re traveling solo on any of our trips, we’ll assign you a roommate of the same gender and often of the same age bracket. There is no extra charge if we can’t find you a roommate, even if you sign up the day before the trip starts. You can guarantee yourself a private room and bath if you pay the Single Room Fee. Occasionally a room with two beds consists of one bed plus a rollaway bed or sofa bed.

Vaccine or test: A negative Covid test will be required within 72 hours of departure for all non-fully vaccinated guests. or Proof of a completed Covid vaccination course can be used in lieu of a Covid test. A "completed Covid vaccination course" means that the guest has had 1 or 2 shots (depending on vaccine brand) and has completed the 2-week waiting period post final shot.
All of our guides are fully vaccinated.

Map & Routes

Map
Satellite

Bicycle

A road or Hybrid bike is included in the price,
E-bikes
are available for an extra fee.
Prior to your bike tour, we request your height in order to choose the right frame size for you. (If you have a fit sheet or sizing information on your personal bicycle, you are welcome to send that to us, and we will do our best to match your geometry and specs.) On the first day of each bicycle tour, your guides tweak your bike fit to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. If they can’t get the fit just right, we typically carry a couple of extra sizes. We try to make sure we have the right size and type of bike you need to enjoy your cycling vacation.

Giant Defy ADV 3

Choose the longer route. Climb higher mountains. This all-new endurance road bike is purpose-built to help you tackle long-distance road rides in all types of conditions. It’s smooth, it’s efficient, and it’s fast.
Ride farther and faster with an all-new composite frameset that’s engineered with endurance geometry and built-in compliance. Handcrafted with Advanced-grade composite material, it’s engineered with tube shapes that are optimized to absorb road shocks and vibrations. And the frame is still stiff in all the ways that matter—for pedaling efficiency as well as steering and cornering precision. It’s made with a specific carbon layup to give it just the right feel. And for added control, it features integrated disc brakes with flat mounts and 12mm thru-axles. The D-Fuse Seatpost and handlebar system also help reduce road vibrations, adding to its smooth, compliant feel on the road.
Components: Giant Conduct disc brakes, Shimano Tiagra groupset, 50/34 cranks, 11 x 34 cassette, Giant S-R2 tubeless wheelset 700x28c

Hybrid / flat Bar Road bike

The perfect balance of road bike speed and city bike versatility. Built on a lightweight ALUXX SL aluminum frameset, this new flat-bar road bike puts the rider in a comfortable position that’s smooth and efficient. The fast-rolling 700c wheels and vibration-absorbing composite D-Fuse seatpost help smooth out rough roads. The fast-rolling 700c wheels can accommodate large tires up to 32c, perfect for tackling rough roads with confidence and control, while integrated ergo bar ends keep your hands comfortable on longer adventures. Powerful disc brakes give you added control in all types of weather, and easy-to-use rack mounts make FastRoad SL a smart choice for commuting, fitness riding and weekend adventures.
E-Bike Thrive E+ EX PRO
With THRIVE E+ EX PRO, you get an all-access pass to speed no mater what your fitness level
Designed with Liv’s 3F Design Philosophy, Thrive E+ EX Pro is the first road E-bike built specifically for women. Get up to speed fast with the new SyncDrive Pro motor that provides a natural, yet powerful, E-bike experience. The new motor also features a Smart support mode that automatically adjusts the support level based on your ride. PedalPlus 6-Sensor Technology translates six measurements about your riding and adds the perfect amount of power at just the right time for a fast and fluid ride quality. The EnergyPak Smart 375 battery is so sleek, you’ll have your friends looking twice to know it’s an E-bike.
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