Kauai, the Garden Isle - considered by many to be the most beautiful of the Hawaiian Islands with Waimea Canyon, famous as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, Wailua Falls State Park with Hawaii’s only river, and the iconic Na Pali Coast, with towering sea cliffs plunging into the Pacfic and sheltering ancient Hawaiian valleys of a bygone era.
You start cycling from famed Poipu Beach to Kauai’s West Coast and Polihale State Park for a peek at the other side of the Na Pali Coast and the bottom of the Kalalau Valley, before cycling back to Waimea and meet our ride up to Kokee State Park and 2 glorious days hiking and biking in the highlands above Kalalau Valley.
Afterwards, ride to the opposite side of the island at Wailua Falls State Park, and Hawaii’s only river, and a peek up to Mt Waialeale, the wettest spot on earth! We end the week at Hanalei Bay, site of world-famous Lumahai Beach of South Pacific fame, and a chance to kayak or zodiac boat along the towering cliffs of the breathtaking Na Pali Coast, and snorkel the pristine reefs of Kauai’s awe-inspiring North Coast.
Bike Tour Details
8 Days/7 Nights
3 star hotels
- Biking distance:
Avg 43 km/27 miles per day (6 bike days) 261km/162 miles approx total
- Biking Level:
Intermediate - Advanced
- Tour Begins & Ends in:
Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii
- Bike Tour Price:
Starting at $1199
High Season Supplement from Dec 20 – Dec 31 2014
2015 Tour Dates:
High Season Supplement from Jan 1 – Apr 15 2015
Other dates available upon request
Day 1 Arrival
Day 2 Poipu Beach to Lihue || Biking 35 miles
Day 3 Kilauea Lighthouse || Biking 25 miles
Day 4 Opaekaa Falls, Wailua River Overlook, Keahua Arboretum, Mt. Waialeale, Kapaa || Biking 39 miles
Day 5 Non-cycling day. Full day at leisure
Day 6 Haena State Park/Na Pali Cliffs, Hanalei Bay || Biking 48 miles
Day 7 Kokee State Park, Kalalau Lookout, Waimea Canyon, Kalaheo, Old Koloa Town || Biking 39 miles
Day 8 End of tour
NOTE: At any time during the week’s rides, you can call our support van for a pickup if you are tired from the day’s ride – limited to one pickup per day. Additionally, you can also make use of the public transportation system which has bike racks on the front and circles around Kauai’s main roads from Waimea in West Kauai to Hanalei on the North Shore, and down to the South Shore at Poipu. There is a nominal additional charge for this.
Day 1 - Arrival
Transfer to Kauai Beach Hotel and check in to your accommodations
Overnight: Kauai Beach Hotel, LihueDay 2 - Poipu Beach to Lihue || Biking 35 miles
After breakfast, our van support driver will meet you for your transfer to our bike shop in Poipu
After getting fitted out, seats and pedals changed out if necessary, and leaving a credit card for damage deposit, you’re ready to hit the road.
Our first stop - the spectacular Spouting Horn blowhole, one of the most photographed spots on Kauai, and then to the National Tropical Botanical Garden -You can find three of the nation’s five National Tropical Botanical Gardens on Kauai: the Allerton Garden and McBryde Garden on the South Shore on your ride today and, later in the week, Limahuli Gardens in Haena on Kauai’s North Shore. McBryde Garden is home to the largest collection of native Hawaiian flora in the world, while Allerton Gardens features amazing landscaping and the giant Moreton Figs made famous in the film “Jurassic Park.”
From here we continue to Old Koloa Town, where you can stop for lunch and visit many of the shops of this charming village. Old Koloa Town has retained much of its charm with shops now occupying the plantation buildings along Koloa Road. Stroll by old-fashioned storefronts and discover special local gifts. Stop by the Koloa History Center to learn about the town’s sweet heritage. Then cool down with an island-style Lappert’s ice cream cone under the shade of the large monkey pod trees.
Afterwards, we head East to one of Kauai’s most special places, the Menehune Fishponds. Built nearly 1,000 years ago, the Alekoko Menehune Fishpond, minutes from Lihue, has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973. Ingenious ponds like this were built to catch fish, and the Menehune Fishpond is one of the finest examples of this type of ancient Hawaiian aquaculture.
From here we head up into the hills to see the spectacular Wailua Falls. Located at the south end of the Wailua River, Wailua Falls cascades into two streams, dropping 80-feet below. Some even say the distance is more accurately described as 200 feet. Like other spectacular spots on Kauai used as film locations, Wailua Falls is most recognized in the opening credits of the long-running television show "Fantasy Island." Easily accessible, Wailua Falls can be seen from the roadside, so you can leave your hiking boots behind. We finish with an easy descent back to our hotel and a well-deserved rest and Hawaiian Beach Time!
Overnight: Lihue, Kauai Beach Resort
We start today’s ride from Lihue, eventually connecting with the Kauai Bike Path from Kapa’a to Kealia
Flat roads and a lack of big hills make the Ke Ala Hele Makalae (Kauai Bike Path) trail a leisurely bike ride along parts of Kauai’s east shore. The shared-use path stretching along the eastern coast of Kauai was completed in 2009. Ke Ala Hele Makalae is Hawaiian for “The Path that Goes by the Coast.” Visitors can now walk, bike or run 4.1 miles between the Lihi Boat Ramp in central Kapaa and Ahihi Point in Kealia, as well as bike through 2.5 miles through Lydgate Park.
At Kealia, we turn left away from the Pacific and head up into the hills along Kealia Road, and jaw-dropping views of Kauai Ranch and the Anahola Mountains from the Spalding Monument.
We continue off-road and right at the Spalding Monument down towards the Japanese laborer’s cemetery at Anahola, and then further on up the road, a short detour to the right takes onto north off Ko´olau Road which is very scenic with its pretty green fields full of flowers. This road takes you to the small and uncrowded beaches of Moloa´a and Larsen. Here the scenery is just stunning with the mountains providing a backdrop to beautiful golden-sand beaches. This is well worth the detour as these are some of the prettiest beaches in Kaua´i.
From here we finish with a ride out to Kilauea Lighthouse and National Wildlife Refuge. Perched at the northernmost tip of Kauai, the 52-foot Kilauea Lighthouse was built in 1913 as a beacon for traveling ships. Although its light was turned off in the 1970s and has been replaced by an automatic beacon, it still serves as one of the island's most frequented attractions. The view off the rugged northern coastline and the deep-blue Pacific makes this the perfect vantage point for photos. This is also the location of the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, a sanctuary for seabirds. Signage throughout the refuge identifies the area's bird species, including frigates, shearwaters, boobies and Laysan albatrosses nesting on the property. You’ll see them soar the skies above the refuge, many landing on a small nearby island covered in birds. During December through May, you may even catch a glimpse of humpback whales. This scenic peninsula, 200-feet above sea level, is a must-see on your visit to the North Shore.
You can call our shuttle driver for a pickup and return to the hotel in Lihue.
Overnight: Kauai Beach Resort, Lihue
Heading out from Lihue today, we follow Kuamoo Road first to the spectacular vista points overlooking Opaekaa Falls and Wailua River.
Cascading down into a hidden pool, this waterfall is easily one of the island's most accessible major waterfalls. Located on the East Side about 2 miles up Kuamoo Road (Route 580) from Hwy. 56, signs clearly point to the roadside lookout on the right. This convenient stop makes for a memorable photo opportunity. "Opaekaa" means "rolling shrimp," which were once abundant in the stream. Walk uphill from the Opaekaa lookout and across the road for another great view of the Wailua River valley and interior plains beyond.
We continue up Kuamoo Road to Keahua Arboretum and the rain forest area surrounding Mt. Waialeale. As you approach the Keahua Arboretum there is a definite change in scenery. Cool mountain air, tree-lined roads and large grassy fields offer a refreshing change from the sunny and warm beach air. The Keahua Arboretum is planted with native and introduced plants by the University of Hawaii and is used as an outdoor classroom for students and visitors. Cool off in the cold mountain spring water and enjoy lunch at one of the numerous picnic sites scattered throughout the park. This is popular day spot for local families and visitors for picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding or just cooling off after a long day at the beach. This is also where you will find the the start of the Kuilau Ridge Trail, the 1.5 mile portion of the Na Ala Hele Trail System that will turn into the Moalepe Trail. This is an easy hike that will lead you though eucalyptus forest, native shrubs, swinging vines and give you a spectacular view of Kauai’s interior and Mount Waialeale.
We continue down from here and follow Olohena/Kawaihau Roads through the Eastern watershed of the flanks of Mt. Waialeale, riding through the beautiful and cool upland backcountry all the way into Kapaa.
Kapaa Town, a great area for shopping on Kauai. Kinipopo Shopping Village offers a variety of fun shops and eateries. It also has a water sports shop that carries everything you need to purchase or rent for a water adventure. You can also arrange for water skiing or kayak rental in Kapaa. Aloha shirts, vintage maps, fine art and jewelry can be found as you browse at this shopping village. Other stops include the Wailua Shopping Plaza, which houses several restaurants and an eclectic antique shop, and the Coconut Marketplace, with dozens of shops in which you'll find Hawaiian mementos, fine artwork, antiques, jewelry and craft items.
You can end your ride here and call our driver or hop on the public bus, or you can finish the day’s ride with a return to the hotel in Lihue.
Overnight: Lihue, Kauai Beach Resort
Overnight: Lihue, Kauai Beach Resort
We begin with a transfer with our support van driver to the end of the road at Haena State Park and the beginning of the Na Pali Coast, where you can start the day with a short hike up to the beginning of the famous Cliffs and the Kalalau Trail, or start your ride from here back to Lihue.
The Napali Coast nourishes the soul. Kauai’s famous coastline is truly majestic, featuring emerald green pinnacles towering along the shoreline for 17-miles. Located on the north shore of Kauai, the Napali Coast features panoramic views of the vast Pacific Ocean, velvet green cliffs and cascading waterfalls plummeting into deep, narrow valleys. The rugged terrain appears much as it did centuries ago when Hawaiian settlements flourished in these valleys existing only on the food they could grow and the fish they could catch.
Ha'ena State Park is best known for two things, Ke'e Beach and the start of the Kalalau Trail. Ke'e Beach is a popular, lifeguard protected, beach that is wonderful for family gatherings, shore fishing, snorkeling and swimming in summer months due to its reef protected lagoon. In the winter the surf picks up and high waves and unpredictable currents makes this an often dangerous spot for water activities. The area surrounding the beach is a lush, often dense tropical rainforest with numerous ironwood trees, coconut palms, ti plants, and guava trees. On a clear day, the beach offers stunning views of the Na Pali Coast.
Riding back to peaceful Hanalei Town, graced with timeless beauty, this lovely village is home to everything from historic places to contemporary art galleries. Hanalei is an unforgettable stop on your visit to Kauai.
Visit the Waioli Mission House and step back into Kauai’s history. Browse Hanalei’s art galleries for made in Kauai art and carvings made from rare, native Hawaiian woods. Locals and visitors come to Hanalei for ukulele concerts held at the Hanalei Community Center, a regular Kauai event. At the foot of Hanalei’s misty green mountains you’ll also discover fields of taro (“kalo” in Hawaiian). These heart-shaped plants grow intensely green in flooded patches and are used to make poi, a Hawaiian staple starch that you can taste at any Kauai luau. You can get a good view of this emerald quilt of land from the Hanalei Valley Lookout. Note that these taro farms are on private property, so only step foot on them during an authorized farm tour. The historic Hanalei Pier was built in 1892 and has long been a favorite gathering place for local residents who go there to fish, swim and play music on Hanalei Bay. In 1957, the pier became world famous when Oscar Hammerstein II and 20th Century Fox featured the pier in the classic film, "South Pacific."
Continue riding from here along the North and East Shores, or call our driver for a pickup or catch the public bus back to the hotel in Lihue.
Overnight: Lihue, Kauai Beach Hotel
We begin our last day’s ride with a transfer to The Lodge at Kokee in Kokee State Park.
Our first ride is out to the iconic Kalalau Lookout with spectacular vistas over the Na Pali Coast and Cliffs.
Spread over 4,345 acres on a plateau 3,200 to 4,200 feet above sea level, Kokee State Park is covered in forest, wild flowers and hiking trails making it an excellent spot to see native plants and colorful endemic Hawaiian forest birds like the apapane, iwi and moa. The park also offers roughly 45 miles of the state's finest hiking trails. Some trails lead to views of Waimea Canyon, others wind through wet forests with sweeping views of valleys opening up to the North Shore. The Kokee Natural History Museum is a must-stop shop for information about the park and the trails. Exhibits will give you an overview of the park and Waimea Canyon. Staff will also provide you with helpful assistance, advice and information on trail and weather conditions. Beyond the museum and the Lodge at Kokee (12 rustic rental cabins for campers) are two amazing lookouts. Both the Kalalau Lookout and the Puu O Kila Lookout offer commanding views of the Kalalau Valley stretching out to the sea. This view offers a glimpse at the towering cliffs of the Napali Coast. Note that the temperature drops as you climb up to the 3,200 to 4,200 foot elevations of the park. Temperatures range from 45 degrees in January to 68 degrees in July with annual rainfall of about 70 inches, so remember to dress warmly.
From here we start our 16 mile descent to Waimea Canyon. Described as "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific." Although Waimea Canyon is not as big or as old as its Arizona cousin, you won’t encounter anything like this geological wonder in Hawaii. Stretching 14 miles long, one mile wide and more than 3,600 feet deep, the Waimea Canyon Lookout provides panoramic views of crested buttes, rugged crags and deep valley gorges. The grand inland vistas go on for miles. The main road, Waimea Canyon Drive, leads you to a lower lookout point and the main Waimea Canyon Overlook, offering views of Kauai's dramatic interior.
Continuing eastbound to Hanapepe, “Kauai’s biggest little town” hasn’t changed much over the last century at first look. Its historic buildings are so authentic that the town has become a location for filmslike “The Thornbirds,” “Flight of the Intruder,” and were even the model for the Disney film “Lilo and Stitch.” But now those plantation style buildings are home to charming shops, local eateries and more art galleries than any other spot on Kauai.
We continue riding to Kauai Coffee’s Koloa Estate, the largest coffee farm in the United States. Kauai’s 3,100-acre coffee plantation is home to four million coffee trees, each of which produces some of the finest Hawaiian coffee beans.
Finish with a gorgeous ride through backcountry ranches and horse country East and South of Kalaheo along Koloa Road and returning to the bike shop to drop off the bikes.
Please note that you will need to be back at the bike shop before 5 PM to return the bikes.
Meet our shuttle van driver at the bike shop to return to the hotel.
Overnight: Lihue, Kauai Beach Resort
Time to bid Aloha to the beautiful Garden Isle. After breakfast, return to Lihue Airport and end of tour.
Aloha and Mahalo!!
All prices are per person double occupancy
$1199 per peson - minimum of 6 persons traveling together
$1249 per person - minimum of 4 persons traveling together
$1499 per person - minimum 2 persons traveling together
High Season Supplement of $200 per person from December 20 – April 15
Holiday Supplement of $350 per person applies for tours over the December 27-January 3 holiday dates
Guaranteed Departure with 2 person minimum.
- 7 nights lodging, 2 per room
- 7 breakfasts
- Van transfers from airport to hotel and return from hotel to airport
- Van transfer to bike shop to pick up bikes if necessary, and switch out pedals, seats, etc (1 additional transfer to bike shop is included in case of malfunction of the bike)
- Daily van support pickup (or transfer) – 1 per day for 5 days – from the end of your ride back to your hotel (or from your hotel to the beginning of your ride)
- Daily briefing about each day’s ride
- Van transfer from bike shop after bike drop-off and return to hotel
- Water bottle
- Ride maps and emergency contacts in case of breakdown or injury
- Lodging taxes and service charges
- Bike rental: $175 for 6-day hybrid rental; $250 for 6-day mountain bike rental
- Drinks, snacks or meals not listed as included
- Helmets - You need to bring your own.
- All extra personal expenses in hotels & during tours not mentioned in itinerary such as phone calls, laundry etc.
- Trip Insurance
- Bike Insurance
- Entrance Fees, unless otherwise noted
- Airfare to/from Kauai, Hawaii
Ride Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Hawaii being a rather mountainous and therefore beautiful set of islands, presents us with many hills to contend with. Good news is that the road conditions are excellent throughout the islands we will be cycling on, we try to begin most days at the top of the hill for a long and thrilling downhill run, and we always have the support van to help you up whatever hills you'd rather not climb.
Number of Participants: Min. 2, Max. 12 participants.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be made in writing. The date we receive the cancellation letter determines the applicable cancellation charge.
Cancellation fees are as follows:
Booking date to 60 days prior to departure - 10% of total trip cost per person;
59 to 30 days prior to departure - 50% of total trip cost per person;
29 to 0 days prior to departure - 100% of the total trip cost per person.
If air flights are included, there are no refunds once the air portion has been ticketed.
Please refer to the "fine print" for a complete list of terms and conditions.
Changes: We reserve the right to alter the itinerary details, published times, and accommodations due to weather, local conditions, organization necessity or safety concerns.
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