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"Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace.' - Paul Theroux
Experience Hawaii's warmth, color and history - on two wheels! Ride along 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. Circumnavigate the perimeter of the Big Island, thrill to its phenomenal diversity, visit many of its historic and sacred places, and spend two nights discovering Kilaueaís secrets in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Hawaii is paradise - perfected on a bicycle.
The start of your Big Island bike tour: Meet in Kona. Ride the Kohala Coast and Waimea ranchland. Visit dramatic Waipio Valley. Explore storied Akaka Falls en route to Hilo.
Meet us at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott on the Kohala Coast just north of Kona (public shuttle is available from/to the Kona airport) or at the Kona Seaside if you'd prefer to stay in town. Ride from Waimea in the heart of Hawaiiís cowboy country down a scenic byway through lush, rolling countryside to a viewpoint overlooking dramatic Waipio Valley: thousand-foot cliffs swathed in tropical green stand like giant sentries over the sapphire sea. Hike to storied Akaka Falls. Bicycle gentle farm roads through former sugar cane fields reborn as banana and papaya plantations; follow sideroads along the rugged coastline to Hilo. Enjoy the oceanfront views overlooking Hilo Bay.
Bike pristine coastal roads through stands of banyan and eucalyptus. Soak it up in a natural oceanfront thermal hot spring.
Today, pedal a blissful network of quiet roads through a portion of this island the locals love, but of which tourists are generally unaware. Visit recent lava flows and marvel at roads that disappeared almost overnight when Kilauea threw a temper tantrum. Soak in natural volcanically-heated pools at a park overlooking the crashing surf. Bicycle through eucalyptus forest and farmland beside a spectacular rocky coastline. Spend the next two nights at either historic Kilauea Lodge or Volcano House.
Hike deep into Kilauea Crater. Explore the Thurston Lava Tube. Ride the rim of the volcano. Tonight, watch glowing lava flow from the volcano into the surf.
Hike across dramatic Kilauea Crater this morning. Explore its steaming crevasses; be astonished by its breadth and depth, and marvel at the Nene - the Hawaiian goose that lives in the barren lava fields. In the afternoon, go on another hike, visit the museum and volcano observatory along the way or relax at the lodge. If conditions permit, ride around the rim of the volcano. After dinner, head down to a point near the ocean, where - again, nature permitting - you'll witness a red river of lava spouting from deep inside the earth, flowing into the steaming surf.
Pedal to black-sand Punalu'u, famous for green sea turtles. Ride around the islandís most southerly point, then into Kona.
This morning, bicycle a 25-mile downhill from Kilauea Crater to lunch at Punalu'u, a black sand beach frequented by the protected Hawaiian green sea turtle, or honu. Explore the remote South Point area, whose rocky cliffs are the most southerly place in the United States. Up for a challenge? Ride all the way to our oceanfront lodging at the Sheraton Kona at Keauhou Bay, famous for giant manta rays who feed just offshore. Rays on the Bay - the Sheraton's restaurant - features underwater lighting with amazing views of these gentle creatures.
Ride to the City of Refuge and Kona's coffee country.
Bicycle south through Kona's coffee plantations, stopping for a tasting and tour. Continue past mango, banana, and avocado trees down to the ocean and lunch at the white sands of the City of Refuge's national historic park. Long-ago Hawaiians who had displeased their king fled to this sacred place; many of its ancient ruins remain. This afternoon, ride past a famous painted church and head to the Waikoloa Beach Marriott, the upscale hotel on the Kohala Coast which is home for the next two nights. Enjoy the resort's private white sand beach: snorkel, sunbathe, watch for green sea turtles or join a scuba dive boat. Tennis courts, an infinity pool and a full service spa are also on-site. Two championship golf courses, shopping, and restaurants are next door.
Cruise on a luxury catamaran to snorkel a hidden bay. Play a round of championship golf or tennis, or bicycle part of the Ironman course.
Board a 58-foot luxury sailing catamaran and sail to a great dive and snorkel spot along the coast. Snorkel equipment, instruction, food, and drinks are included in your trip fee. Watch for humpback whales during their January through March migration. Some groups are fortunate enough to spy as many as 40 whales and a dozen breechings ó an awesome experience!
Back at the resort, the afternoon is free. Swim, golf (two courses are adjacent to hotel, with equipment available), play tennis, go scuba diving from the hotelís beach, get a massage at the full service onsite spa. Want to ride? Tackle part of the Hawaii Ironman course, which goes straight past the Waikoloa property. We'll be there for support if you need it.
Ride the islandís north coast. Hike to Pololu Valley. Celebrate with a gourmet picnic lunch at one of the islandís most beautiful white sand beaches.
Head to Hawi on the north end of the island and bicycle to Pololu Valley. Hike down into a remote, roadless valley filled with lush vegetation, high waterfalls, exotic flowers, swaying palm trees and a black sand beach. Ride south beside the coast to finish at the white sands of Hapuna, the best swimming beach on the Big Island. Jump in for some body surfing! Enjoy a festive gourmet picnic, then we'll take you south again to the Waikoloa Beach Marriott, the Kona Seaside or the Kona airport.