Big Island Bike Tours

Bike tours offer a very different perspective of viewing certain parts of The Big Island with a safe and supervised tour guide. There is no need to worry about lugging your bicycle and gear with you on your vacation to the island, as everything will be provided to you by the tour you decide upon taking. All you need is your desire to view The Big Island in a nice pace with a few bicycle riders enjoying the scenery much slower than you would in a car, plane, or helicopter.

When taking a bike tour, you will be fortunate in not only taking in the beauty of what The Big Island has to offer you, but taking in the beauty with your sense of smell. The island has a beautiful sea breeze where you can smell the ocean, a sensory mountain breeze to inhale the fresh, clean air of the endless lands, and although not that pleasant, the smells of the volcano that will ensure your experience is to the fullest. You will learn about the history and culture of The Big Island, as well as the importance of taking care of and respecting the land that you are enjoying.

The main bike tours on the island operate out of Kona, offering tours at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, North Kohala, and the Kona area. These tours are great adventures as most of the weather you will experience will be sunny, making your experience even that more enjoyable. There is one part of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park that usually has a slight misty rain, but once you travel through the park to different areas, it becomes dryer and much warmer. To be prepared, it is best to bring your biking clothes, shoes, and a light jacket. You may bring a backpack if you desire, but it is not necessary as water and meals will be provided to you.

Whether you are an experienced bike rider or just ride at a moderate level for recreation, there will be a tour designed for you to experience The Big Island from areas of spectacular views that would probably be missed if you were in a vehicle. Riding the bike on the paved roads and the off-roading paths is a one-of-a-kind experience that you can enjoy alone, with your partner, family, or friends. Tours are kept at a minimum of six people.

Orchid Isle Bicycling

Orchid Isle Bicycling, located on the west side of the island in Kona, offers four different deluxe bike tours on The Big Island. Tours are run daily by reservation only, with a minimum of four people. They offer pickup and shuttle service from either the airport or from your hotel, nightly accommodations that include breakfast, and trained tour guides that are very familiar with the terrain and best viewing spots on the island. You will be provided with a bike and all equipment, including a safety van that follows along the tour. The Mauka Makai (in Hawaiian means mountain and ocean, respectively) island tour is approximately four to five hours with a ride from Kohala Mountain at the 3,500 foot elevation to sea level at approximately 55 miles. This tour is for experienced riders. You will be provided with snacks and water.  The Wiki Wiki tour is a four to five hour tour over 21 miles. The tour begins in Waimea and ends at the Waipio Valley lookout traveling through a colder climate with chances of light rain. Bike riders for this tour can be at any level. The Kohala Downhill tour is four to five hours, covering 21 miles. You will start at the top of Kohala Mountain, stop at Hawi, and head to Kapaa Park. The tour ends at a beautiful ocean spot that is breathtaking. The final tour offered is the Alii Tour that is designed completely around what you want to experience and what you want to see. It can also be a modification of their other tours. You will still have a guide, and snacks and water will be provided. These are also available for single riders at an extra fee. Private tours are also available for all tour packages for an additional charge.

Bike Volcano

Bike Volcano offers an exclusive means of viewing the volcano from the summit of the active Kilauea Volcano and its lava flow for the perspective of a bicycle. Three different tours are offered to give you a one of a kind experience and the leisure of viewing the native plants and birds that reside in this area. All bicycles, related equipment, lunch, snacks, beverages, and a personal guide are provided. Bike Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a full day tour starting at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 3:00 p.m. In five hours you will cover almost 15 miles of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Much of the tour is downhill and on level areas that are paved, but there are some paths that are not paved. You will travel through the Volcano’s Native Hawaiian forests, make many stops for picture taking opportunities, and see old and new lava flows. The Bike Volcano Summit Tour Special takes you on a two to three hour ride across 8.5 miles surrounding the summit of Kilauea Volcano. There are two departure times – 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. You will visit the area of the first lava flow of 1982, steam vents, native forests, and travel along the Crater Rim Drive. A light jacket should be worn. The Bike to Pele tour is only held on Wednesdays. One tour begins in the afternoon at 1:00 p.m. and a sunset tour at 8:00 p.m. This tour is held only when the lava flow is within safe viewing areas. You will then travel to the town of Kalapana that received much of the volcano’s destruction for a hot meal and an active lava flow if possible. The glory of these tours is that you don’t have to be an experienced bicyclist, but you should have moderate experience to be comfortable and safe on a bike. If you want to have someone else come on the tour who does not want to ride a bike, he or she can ride in the accompanying van for an additional charge. This person must be able to keep up with the tour and enter and exit the van without assistance. Bike Volcano also offers adults with children five to 12 years old and at a maximum of 85 pounds, a tag along bicycle. Different locations are available for pickup and drop-off whether you are staying in Hilo or at the Volcano village.