by Julia Williams
Hawaii Biking: a vacation you’ll remember forever!
An ideal way to experience the natural wonders of Hawaii is on a bike, where you can take in the scenery while listening to the songs of birds and the wind whistling through the trees. Whether you prefer coastal treks with stunning views of the Pacific sea, a fun spin around the rim of a volcano, or a casual cruise through a tropical paradise, Hawaii biking has it all.
Daily and weekly guided biking tours are available on all of the Hawaiian Islands. From single track and dirt paths, to glassy smooth paved roads, there’s sure to be a biking tour that suits every cyclist in your group. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, you can rent a bike to explore the islands at your own pace.
Here are just a few of the many Hawaii biking expeditions you can choose from...
Watch the sun come up over a volcano on Maui
Sometimes called the “eighth wonder of the world,” Haleakala National Park is Maui's main natural attraction. A spectacular sunrise tour starts with an early morning shuttle ride to the summit of Haleakala (10,023 ft.), the world’s largest dormant volcano. Just going up the mountain is an exhilarating experience in itself!
Once at the top, you can peer down into the 3,000-foot deep crater, which is said to be large enough to hold the city of Manhattan, New York. The cycling part of this exciting adventure involves coasting 38 miles (all downhill!) from summit to sea level.
Variety abounds on the Big Island
Beaches and sea breezes? Check. Serene waterfalls and tropical forests? Check. Orchid farms and coffee plantations? Check. Active volcanoes and black lava fields baked dry by the sun? Check.
With so much to see and do on the Big Island of Hawaii, biking is just one part of your memorable adventure. From Kailua-Kona, pedal past bright bougainvillea to a reconstructed Hawaiian village called the “Place of Refuge.” Embark on a gradual 4,000-foot climb to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park where you can cycle around the rim of the crater and visit the intriguing Thurston Lava Tube. Park your bike and explore on foot, accompanied by a local volcanologist who can tell you everything you ever wanted to know about one of the most active volcanoes on Earth.
Hawaii Biking on Oahu: epic rides with breathtaking sea views.
If easygoing is more your speed, be sure to plan a biking tour on the island of Oahu. There, you can sail down smooth, paved roads from the top of Puu Ohia, meander on dirt roads and single track through a lush tropical rainforest, and stop to take in the gorgeous views from high above Honolulu. The sheer valley walls provide a stunning backdrop for this unforgettable Hawaii biking experience.
History buffs will want to go on the guided mountain biking tour through the stream-filled Kaaawa Valley, where you can see a reconstructed Hawaiian hale (house) and kalo lo'i (taro terrace) while listening to some cultural narrative. You can also check out an old military bunker that’s been converted into a movie museum for films shot in this picturesque valley.
Whichever island you choose, the Hawaii biking vacation of a lifetime awaits you—so grab your camera, don your helmet, and hit the road!
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