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Hawaii Island Dreams

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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
$ 4,750.-
  • Punalu’u Black Sand Beach, with its resident Honu (sea turtles).
  • Volcano National Park, where we may witness the lava flows
  • Onomea Bay Road
  • Kohala Mountain Road
  • Parker Ranch
  • Deposit for this tour is 25%

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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
25 Apr 2022 - 02 May 2022
26 Sep 2022 - 03 Oct 2022
24 Oct 2022 - 30 Oct 2022
13 Mar 2023 - 20 Mar 2023
10 Apr 2023 - 17 Apr 2023
11 Sep 2023 - 18 Sep 2023
02 Oct 2023 - 09 Oct 2023
Start
Kailua/Kona
Finish
Kailua/Kona
Airport at start
Kona Int. Airport KOA
Airport at finish
Kona Int. Airport KOA

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
$ 4,750.-
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.
$ 1,025.-

Itinerary

Included / Not Included – lodging


Day 1: Arrive Kailua Kona, explore the old town, watch sunset from Humpies while enjoying local grinds (food) and local microbrews.

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.
Meals: D

Day 2: Discover Kona coffee, cycle through the plantations, enjoy a tasting, then descend through macadamia plantations to Pahala.


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.
Cycling: 59 mi, Terrain: hilly, Meals: B L D

Day 3: Look for sea turtles at Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, then ride to Volcanoes National Park.

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.
Cycling: 25 mi, Terrain: long slow climb, Meals: B L D

Day 4: Cycle the rim road around Kilauea Crater, then relax with a 30 mile downhill coast the historic Hilo town.

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.
Cycling: 25 mi, Terrain: long slow climb, Meals: B L D

Day 5: One of Hawaii's most scenic rides, the Hamakua Coast, thick rainforests, tropical gardens and the sea always to your right.

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.
Cycling: 43 mi, Terrain: hilly, Meals: B L D

Day 6: Visit Waipio Valley, landing site for the ancient Polynesian migration, bed down in the cowboy town of Waimea.

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.
Cycling: 40 mi, Terrain: two moderate climbs, then downhill, Meals: B L D

Day 7: Bike the Kohala Mountain Road to Hawi, then challenge the Ironman course to Kawaihae and the sacred Pu'ukohala Heiau.

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.
Cycling: 32 mi, Terrain: flat, Meals: B L D

Day 8: Bid the islands aloha, enroute to your next adventure.

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

* 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.

Tour level explained:

3 to 6 hours of activity in mixed terrain, flat, hills and mountains, faster water or moderate whitewater. Within reach of everyone mentioned for Leisurely, but we might suggest a bit of pre-trip conditioning. These are excellent choices for weekend warriors, outdoor enthusiasts and more serious adventure travelers.

Included:

Expert local guides
Daily breakfast, lunch, snacks*
Dinners featuring fine local cuisine*
Handpicked lodges, ensuite rooms, double occupancy
Support van with drinks, snacks and lifts
Free use of bicycles
Airport pick up and drop off
Entrance fees
*as noted in itinerary

Not included:

Airfare to/from Hawaii
Night after the tour.
Gratuity guides

Lodging

Royal Kona Resort - Kailua
Pahala Plantation - Pahala
Kilauea Lodge - Volcano Village
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel - Hilo
B&B - Honokaa
Jacaranda Inn - Waimea

Map & Routes

Map
Satellite

Bicycle

We provides Specialized Tarmac, a lightweight, sport road bike. For an extra fee a limited number of Giant eBikes are available, but must be reserved far in advance.
As a safe health measure, guests are asked to bring their own helmets and waterbottles for cycling. If necessary these can be purchased in Hawaii.

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