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BICYCLES. CULTURE. HAWAII.

We design training camps, clinics, and all-inclusive tours around our clients’ dreams of riding in Hawaii, whether it’s to become a better cyclist or experience the unique scenery and culture of Hawaii. Come and be a part of our Ohana and let us show you amazing ocean views, massive volcano climbs, breaching whales, hot lava, classic Paniolo round-ups, and delicious local cuisine. Once in Hawaii, we take care of everything. So don’t worry about the airport pick-up and bike builds, because your only job in Hawaii is to ride and experience paradise.

TOURS

Training Camp Dates

June 8-15
October 19-26
November 30-December 7
January 11-18 2016
March 21-28 2016

CIRCUMNAVIGATE THE BIG ISLAND

Awe? Triumph? Giddy relief? How will you describe the feeling of standing on top of the Kohala range at nearly 7000 feet, after climbing hours earlier out of the quaint town of Hawi? Looking down at the three incredibly massive volcanoes, Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Hualalai, which make up the bulk of the Big Island, you can visually trace the ridge lines where they  merge far below. From this vantage point the most recent lava flows off Hualalai as well as the distinct coastline of Kona are all within your panoramic view. As you soak up the scene, you realize how unique and how very young this island is, still forming beneath your feet. We cyclists are truly lucky to be alive at this moment in history, able to ride in such a beautiful location.

These are the distinct viewpoints that we love and want to share with you during your cycling routes around the largest of the Hawaiian Islands, on your Big Island Bike Tour.

Please email, call 800.331.0159, Skype or click below to book a trip for you and your group.

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DAY 1 -- Airport-Paradise

Aloha

  • Accommodation: Puako Kings House
  • Meals: Dinner/Talk Story (get to know everyone)

We recommend flying into Kona’s Keahole Airport, with most flights arriving midday. Big Island Bike Tours will pick you up and take you to your first night’s accommodation on the North Kona coast. Once there, you can settle in while we unpack, build, and tune your bicycle to ensure that you’ll have an issue-free trip. If you’ve left your bicycle at home and are going to ride one of ours, this will be our time to fit the bike to you and make sure that you are comfortable and ready to ride. Since this is your pro-level training camp, our mechanics will be going through your bicycle after every ride to make sure that everything is functioning properly. Each rider will receive their own BIBT Bible with ride maps, destination details, and extra-curricular recommendations and highlights. At camp orientation (and happy hour) we’ll talk about how to ride safe on the Big Island and discuss our routes for the week.

DAY 2 -- Puako-Pololu-Puako

  • Long Option: 70miles
  • Short Option: 35 miles
  • Accommodation: Puako King House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Snack, Dinner/Talk Story
  • Activity: Sunset Hapuna beach/swim

The only way to begin a tour of the Big Island is on the Ironman championship course. We start early in the morning and head north, following the North Kona coast towards the Kohala coast. Our continuous ocean view may include pods of dolphins, or the annual winter migration of humpback whales (Kohola) as they calve and breed in the waters directly visible from our route to Pololu Valley. Once in Pololu Valley, we will lunch at our exclusive BIBT lookout on private ranch land, enjoying a stunning view of seven valleys. On the way back riders have the option of shuttling and stopping in Hawi town for art gallery exploration, shopping, and local snacks, or heading back to the Puako house to enjoy a relaxing snorkel, swim, or paddleboard at Hapuna Beach (ranked Top 3 beach in the world by Travel and Leisure Magazine) with views of Maui in the distance.

DAY 3 -- Puako-South Point

  • Long Option: 96 miles
  • Short Option: 50 miles
  • Accommodation: Daleico Ranch
  • Meals: Breakfast, Snack, Dinner/Talk Story 
  • Activity: Papakolea Beach (Green Sand Beach) Excursion

Welcome to your no-judgement selfie zone, because this is the most varied and scenic ride on the island. We head out through the moonscape of the 1956 Hualalai lava flow and travel into Kona, then up our first climb of the day, Hualalai road, to the quaint village of Holualoa. For the casual rider, it’s time to grab a coffee and view some of the local art galleries. For those that continue on, we’ll peddle south towards Captain Cook Monument, through the lush coffee growing estates of South Kona, the only commercial growing region in the United States. Emerging from the high slopes of South Kona, we descend nearly 1500 feet to the site where Captain Cook met his fate in Kealakekua Bay. We know this spot may inspire the beach bum in all of us to stop the ride here…who wouldn’t want to spend the rest of the day snorkeling and swimming with spinner dolphins? However, the climb out of Kealakekua is one of the most striking and dynamic on the Big Island, so we hope you will continue your journey and take advantage of it. You’ll head south to Ka’u, finishing the longest day of our camp at the southernmost point in the United States, what we call the End of the Earth. Once at Daleico Ranch, our family-owned cattle ranch, you’ll have the opportunity to build some fence (hah, just a joke), sit on the porch with a recovery beverage, and soak up the ocean view. Cool off by taking a cliff-jump from the End of the Earth into the most breathtaking blue water you can imagine.

DAY 4 -- Daleico-Wood Valley

  • Long Option: 56 miles
  • Short Option: 24 miles
  • Accommodation: Daleico Ranch
  • Meals: Breakfast, Snack/Lunch, Dinner/Talk Story 
  • Local Tip: Ka’u Farmers Market is great, as is Ka’u Coffee

Not only is Daleico part of the Hawaiian Co-op for natural grass-fed beef, it’s also a unique family owned ranch, operating on the philosophy of raising happy cows and leaving a small hoof-print on the environment. When you see the views these cows have you’ll be jealous. However, a big reason we stay here is that it’s a unique place to ride, and while most people pass through this area, we believe it’s not to be missed. As we begin our ride out of South Point, we climb into Na’alehu and then begin a steep climb up a tranquil country road, on one of our favorite roads on the island. This piece of asphalt was built to carry the once tremendous amount of sugar cane the island produced. However, now most of the land is used for small agriculture and ranches. Keep an eye out for the Hawaiian native hawk, ‘Io, as we cut across the mountain region of Enuhue and descend into the town of Pahala. From here, we climb up to Wood Valley where we can visit Ka’u Coffee as well as the beautiful Wood Valley Buddhist temple. For those riders looking for a recovery day, it’s all downhill from here to the Black Sand Beach of Punalu’u, where our van awaits those wishing to swim and refuel with local snacks. For the more advanced rider, the dramatic backdrop for your the climb back up to Na’alehu is the rugged south-Hawaiian coastline. Nearest landmass? Tahiti.

DAY 5 -- Daleico-Volcano

  • Ride distance: 56 miles (elevation gain 4000 feet)
  • Accommodations: Volcano House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Snack, Dinner/Talk Story (Thai Thai Restaurant in Volcano Village)

Nothing compares to the glow of molten lava, the same lava that built the earth beneath our wheels.  We designed our camp to take advantage of the active volcano in the middle of our playground, spending our fifth night at the Volcano House, and giving you the option of a privately guided hike around Volcanoes National Park. Enjoy the incredible evening glow from the lobby of the Volcano House, something we hope you will never forget. You have options for how you get to Volcano (van or bike), depending on how much time you want to spend exploring the park, as well as how much climbing you want to take on. For those looking for a big day on the bike there are two options: Option 1) ride from Daleico up to Volcano with a side detour up to 7600 feet along the slopes of Mauna Loa. This climb winds through ancient Ohia trees and is one of the most remote and peaceful on the island — one of our very favorites! Option 2) is to ride into Volcanoes National Park and keep going down to sea level via the famous Chain of Craters Road, finishing at the point where the road has been wiped by lava flows. (Selfie alert!) Your return up to Volcano House will not only be worth it for the cold beer at the top, it will also most certainly give you the fitness to drop anyone on your next group ride.

DAY 6 -- Volcano-Kapoho

  • Ride Distance: 112 miles
  • Short Option: 23 miles 
  • Elevation Gain: -4200ft
  • Accommodation: Kapoho Beach House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner/Talk Story 

Before leaving Volcano, we fuel up for breakfast at the famous Kilauea Lodge. After our locavore breakfast, we descend into very warm and tropical Hilo. Our first stop on this epic day will be the eclectic enclave of Puna, where two generations of flower children have created a little hippie paradise in this beautiful region. From here we continue our descent through old lava flows, where Chain of Craters Road once connected Kalapana to Volcano National Park, yet another reminder of the powerful force of nature on the Big Island. After a quick viewing of Kalapana, we then begin our final leg of the day, which happens to be one of the best kept secret rides on the island. Route 137 takes us through monkey pod tree canopies, ocean views, and quaint beach communities that may entice you to bail on the bike and look at real estate. After spending a full day in the saddle you will welcome a soak and float in the naturally heated tide pools of Kapoho. With an abundance of sea life and extraordinary coral reefs, this little known spot is a hidden gem on the Big Island.

DAY 7 -- Paauilo-Waipio Valley-Waimea

  • Ride Distance: 57 miles
  • Meals: Breakfast, Snack, Dinner/Talk Story 
  • Local Tip: Hawaiian Vanilla Company is not to be missed

We saved the best for last, as our final riding day on the island will show us one of the most dramatic views found in Hawaii, Waipio Valley. But first we begin with some steep, but stunningly beautiful climbs out of Paauilo to a little known spot about 2500 feet above sea level on the Hamakua coast called the Hawaiian Vanilla Company. Big Island produces some of the best vanilla on the planet, and this sweet spot is not to be missed. After fueling up on house-made pastries and gourmet vanilla goodies, we head to Waipio Valley. The Valley of the Kings, or Waipio Valley, contains vivid tropical scenery, black sand beaches, and 2000 foot cliffs that rise straight out of the ocean. At the back of Waipio Valley you’ll find the Big Island’s tallest waterfall, Hi’ilawe, which cascades down 1300 feet into a river that flows out to sea. After taking photos and soaking up the mana of this incredible location we’ll make a quick stop at Kukuihaele gift shop for refueling and then head back through Honakaa before our last climb of the tour, Old Mamalahoa Road. After climbing through lemon-scented eucalyptus groves along the lower slopes of Mauna Kea, we begin our ascent into the pasturelands of Paniolo (cowboy) country. Waimea is known to many as God’s Country because of its green rolling hills, views of sometimes snow-capped Mauna Kea, and frequent double rainbows. Our last destination on the tour is our local favorite, Big Island Brewhaus, for an ice cold pint of locally-brewed beer. (we recommend Overboard IPA)

Please email, call 800.331.0159 or Skype to book a trip for you and your group.

Weekend Kama’aina Big Island Bike Tour

For a big-mileage weekend you’ll never forget, ride with your Ohana at Big Island Bike Tours. Enjoy fully guided and supported rides with breathtaking scenery: volcanoes, beaches, waterfalls, quiet country roads, and lush valleys.

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Day 1 -- Puako-Hawi

Distance: 48 mi
Elevation: 2,163 feet (Max: 654 feet)

The only way to begin a tour of the Big Island is on the Ironman championship course. We start early in the morning and head north, following the North Kona coast towards the Kohala coast. Our continuous ocean view may include pods of dolphins, or the annual winter migration of humpback whales (Kohola) as they calve and breed in the waters directly visible from our route to Pololu Valley. Once in Pololu Valley, we will lunch at our exclusive BIBT lookout on private ranch land, enjoying a stunning view of seven valleys. On the way back riders have the option of shuttling and stopping in Hawi town for art gallery exploration, shopping, and local snacks, or heading back to the Puako house to enjoy a relaxing snorkel, swim, or paddleboard at Hapuna Beach (ranked Top 3 beach in the world by Travel and Leisure Magazine) with views of Maui in the distance.

DAY 2 -- Kohala Coast-Waipio Valley lookout

Enjoy the diverse scenery of this ride, which takes us from the dry (leeward) side, making our way up the Kohala range into the wet (windward) side of the island into Waipio Valley. This ride is not to be taken lightly, as sometimes the tradewinds make the climb up Kawaehai truly punishing. Luckily there’s a follow vehicle, so if it’s too windy we can always leapfrog the hammers in the group. Our route meanders through beautiful Waimea and out to Old Mamalahoa Road, which we can confidently say is one of the best road rides in the world. Old Mamalahoa Roads winds down about 1200 feet to Honakaa, offering incredible views of Mauna Kea and the rich pasture land of Hawaii’s Paniolo country. We dip down into the charming old-time Hawaiian town of Honakaa and then on to  the jewel of the Big Island, Waipio Valley. Our final destination of the day is Big Island Brewhaus, a local favorite where we can refuel and re-hydrate (we recommend Castaway IPA) before our transfer back to Puako.