Hawai'i - Island Dreams

an 8 day bike tour on the Big Island


 
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. Pedalers brings 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.

Starting in Hawaii's renowned Kona coffee countryside, we roll past coffee farms and macadamia plantations perhaps stopping to sample a bit. We explore Punalu'u Black Sand Beach with its resident Honu (sea turtles). And then head into the clouds visiting Volcano National Park, where we may witness the lava flows that keep expanding the size of the island. A final long, 30 mile downhill run takes us to the quiet, big town of Hilo on the Big Island's lush northern shores.

The tropical forests and diminutive plantation towns of the Hamakua Coast highlight our next rides. We ride the lush Onomea Bay Road and the dramatic high Kohala Mountain Road. Pedal across the Parker Ranch, home to the Paniolo, the Hawaiian Cowboys. At night bed down in small historic hotels, with their inviting lanais and traditional tin roofs. Our route finishes by following most of the famed Ironman cycling course back to Kailua Kona. Come discover traditional Hawai'i, its warmth, charm and scenic wonders.
 
The Hulilee Palace in historic Kailua town
DAY

01
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
Pahala Planation an overnight stop on our bike tour of Hawaii
DAY

02
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
Sea turtles resting on Punalu'u Beach
DAY

03
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. 25 mi
Cycling: 25 mi, Terrain: long slow climb, Meals: B L D
View of Kilauea Crater during the bicycle tour
DAY

04
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: 30 mi, Terrain: downhill, Meals: B L
One Hawaii best cycle touring roads
DAY

05
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
Bike tour group emerging from the rainforest into the grasslands
DAY

06
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
Historic Hawaiian heiau - temple
DAY

07
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
Sunset at the end of our Hawaii cycling holiday
DAY

08
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

From Our Guests . . .

 We had a great tour around the island and really appreciated all of Tom's local knowledge. All of the logistical details both before and during the tour were all taken care of, which allowed us to concentrate on having fun. Great mix of "resort," hostel, and locals hotels. Must admit that we really loved the spa robes and hot tub at the Kilauea Lodge (great for after a day of cycling uphill). Also liked the cozy "house" at the Pahala Plantation (finding a washer/dryer there was a pleasant surprise after a somewhat rainy day...not to mention the fantastic meals they served up).    
 This tour was an awesome way to celebrate my 50th birthday! We stayed at some very beautiful historic inns and had great weather and great scenery. Thank you for a memorable vacation.    
8 days (6 days cycling)
Inn to Inn
Level: B

Boutique inns and resorts
3 and 4 star    See some of our hotels

Tour meets and ends in Kailua Kona, Hawaii (KOA)
Paved roads, moderate traffic, hills

Total: 228 mi / 367 km
Daily Avg: 38 mi / 62 km


Scheduled Departures:
Tour Cost: $3450
Deposit: $400

Private Trips:
6 or more people: $3550
2 to 5 people: $4095
1 person: $4950

Extras:
Single Supplement: $750
Bike Rental: free of charge
(All costs per person in US $. Seasonal supplements may apply on private trips.)

More Ideas

Here are some other great bucket list trips to check out.

Comfortable Boutique Accommodation

Royal Kona Resort
Ocean front resort hotel within walking distance of historic Kailua town

Pahala Plantation Cottages
Delightful lodging in historic plantation cottages

Kilauea Lodge
Elegant lodge built from a 1938 YMCA Camp in the lush forests of Volcano.

Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
High rise resort hotel facing Hilo Bay, a short walk from historic downtown

Waipio Wayside B&B
Charming B&B built in a 1932 Sugar Plantation Home.

Kohala Village Inn
Small Hawaiian inn located in the eclectic art town of Hawi .

The hotels listed here are our preferred properties, but may not be available for all dates. When alternates are used, they will be of the same quality and style.

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