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Hawaii Island Dreams

Summary

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A visit to Hawai'i has been at the top of most everyone's to do list, deep blue waters, lush green tropical forests, bright orange lava erupting from the ground, colorful sunrises over jagged peaks and fresh pink Ahi Tuna laid out on crisp salad greens. We bring this paradise to you from the seat of a bicycle, rolling through the quiet countryside of the island of Hawai'i (aka the Big Island). We explore beyond the tourist stops, pedaling scenic back roads, hitting the drive in for ono grinds and talk story on the lanai of small Hawaiian style hotels.

Road bike
8 days
367 km / 228 mi
$ 3,450.-
  • Boutique lodges with local style and atmosphere.
  • Scenic routes, mostly along quiet secondary roads.
  • Knowledgeable local guides and drivers.
  • Dinners at carefully selected local restaurants.
  • Lunches at small family run cafes along the route.

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Details

Type
Road bike
Duration
8 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Moderate
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
40-60 km / 25-37 mi
Total distance
367 km / 228 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
24 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
14 Apr 2018 - 21 Apr 2018
28 Apr 2018 - 05 May 2018
19 May 2018 - 26 May 2018
02 Jun 2018 - 09 Jun 2018
25 Aug 2018 - 01 Sep 2018
08 Sep 2018 - 15 Sep 2018
20 Oct 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
03 Nov 2018 - 10 Nov 2018
Start
Kailua/Kona
Finish
Kailua/Kona
Airport at start
Kona Int. Airport KOA
Airport at finish
Kona Int. Airport KOA

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 3,450.-
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.
$ 750.-

Itinerary

Day 1

Our Island Dream begins in Kailua Kona, as we meet your inbound flights. As we have no activities planned, the day is yours to explore town or relax poolside after the long flight. We'll gather for orientation, then enjoy sunset and dinner at a nearby cafe that features local grinds (food) and big assortment of island craft beers.

Day 2

Cycling: 59 mi, Terrain: hilly, 
Rather than cycling through the morning rush, we will shuttle up to coffee country to start our ride today. Our rolling ride takes us past numerous coffee farms, quaint country towns and vast lava fields, en route to the southern most city in the USA of Waiohinu. We continue along the coast to the plantation town of Pahala with its vast Macadamia orchards, where we bed down in some historic plantation houses.

Day 3

Cycling: 25 mi, Terrain: long slow climb, 
Today is a short ride taking us up to Volcano National Park. It is a continuous climb, but only a couple of percent grade so easily done by even beginner cyclists. Before we start up, we will take a warm up side trip to the Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, where we may encounter Honu or sea turtles. Upon reaching Volcano Village, you have the afternoon free to explore, perhaps a wine tasting at Volcano Winery or a spin into the National Park. If conditions are good, we will have an early dinner and then hike out to see the fresh flowing lava at sunset. Meals:

Day 4

Cycling: 30 mi, Terrain: downhill
Another leisurely day is in store. After breakfast we will explore the Crater Loop Road inside the park, enjoy lunch at Lava Rock Cafe and reward ourselves with a 30 mile downhill run to Hilo. Visit to an orchid farm en route and then upon arrival in historic Hilo you have the balance of the day free to do as you please.

Day 5

Cycling: 43 mi, Terrain: hilly
Hawaii's scenic Hamakua Coast highlights today's ride. This region which was heavily dependent of agriculture, still reflects traditional Hawaii. Small communities line the winding road, with the wooden walled, tin roofed houses. We pedal down diminutive side roads through lush tropical forests, enjoy Hawaii's best smoothies and take in the sweeping vistas of blue Pacific waters. Tonight we bed down in Honoka'a, another old plantation town.

Day 6

Cycling: 40 mi, Terrain: two moderate climbs, then downhill
Cattle and cactus, sights not expected in Hawaii, highlight our ride today across Parker Ranch, the largest privately held ranch in the US. After lunch in the paniolo town of Waimea (paniolo is a Hawaiian cowboy), we cycle along the Kohala Mountain Road, a quiet road that hugs the shoulder of the Kohala Mountains offering dramatic vistas of the Big Island's southern shores. We relax in the old sugar cane town of Hawi tonight.

Day 7

Cycling: 32 mi, Terrain: flat
Our last day of riding takes us along the Kohala Coast, pedaling through the dry landscapes that mark the southern side of the island. The historic sites of Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site and Lapakahi Historical Park, provide some diversions from our pedaling, before reaching Hapuna Beach the end of our riding. We end our tour at one of Kailua's best seaside restaurants.

Day 8

Sadly, all things must end and we must say goodbye to Hawaii. Shuttles to Kailua Kona Airport will be provided. a hui hou kakou.

Map & Routes

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