The Island of Hawaii, nicknamed Big Island, is perfect for traversing via bike. Its diverse geological makeup will transport you to another world with moon-like vistas, lush valleys, tropical beaches and snow-capped mountains. Explore this divergent landscape by bike to get a real feel for the land and the people who inhabit it.
Where can you hire bikes on the island of Hawaii?
It's no surprise that the largest landmass in Hawaii also has an active cycling community and no matter where you're staying you'll be able to find a bike hire shop within the vicinity.
The district of Kona is located on the western side of the island. It's one of the most popular tourist regions thanks to its sheltered beaches, historic sites, restaurants, cafes and nightlife.
Accommodation options in Kona are vast. Three outstanding resorts are the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa, Outrigger Royal Sea Cliff and the Royal Kona Resort. The drive from each of these resorts to Bike Works Kona, one of the best bike-rental stores on the island, is under 20 minutes. Depending on your speed, cycling back to your resort should take less than an hour.
Bike Works Kona
Bike Works Kona is open daily and is located in Kailua-Kona on Luhia Street. This branch is operated by avid cyclists who offer a selection of tandem, road and mountain bikes for single or multi-day hire. They can even rent you a small bicycle trailer to store your supplies in if you plan on embarking on a multi-day tour or an overnight camping trip.
Pricing at Bike Works Kona:
- 1 day $55.00 / day
- 2 to 4 days $40.00 / day
- 5 to 10 days $30.00 / day
- 11 plus days $20.00 / day
(Charged in 24-hour increments)
Once you've hired your bikes, hit the road and check out the Historic Kailua Village, which is just 15 minutes from Kona Airport and a short ride from many of Kona's resorts. Cycle down the main road of Alii Drive, stopping off to investigate the Kona Oceanfront Gallery or to sip on a Kona coffee made from organic, locally grown beans. You won't be able to bike past the impressive Hulihee Palace without stopping to investigate - it was once a summer vacation home for Hawaiian royalty. The Mokuaikaua Church, which is the oldest Christian church in Hawaii is also on Alii Drive.
Two spectacular island of Hawaii bike tours
1. Lava Electric Bike and Hike Tour
Hawaii Lava Bikes offer a number of bike tours on the island, and their Lava Electric Bike and Hike tour is one of the most fascinating. A knowledgeable local guide will take you on the ride of a lifetime around Kilauea Volcano during which you'll be able to view an active lava flow.
Their electric bikes ensure you can navigate hills with ease, and the bikes also feature gel-padded seats so you can enjoy the scenery instead of being distracted by a sore bum. All of the tours come with a complimentary bottle of water and snack. Hawaii Lava Bikes are located at 2-5169 Road in Pahoa. From Hilo, take Highway 130 until it ends in Kalapana and you'll see Hawaii Lava Bikes signs on the right when you arrive.
2. Mountain Bike Anna Ranch
Big Island Bike Tours offers people the exclusive opportunity to experience Anna Ranch in Waimea with a mountain bike tour around the grounds of the historic residence of Anna Lindsey Perry-Fiske - the original Hawaiian cowgirl and rancher.
Atop full-suspension mountain bikes, you will discover the history of the operating ranch and the legacy Perry-Fiske left behind. This challenging, yet family-friendly bike tour heads from the ranch across the Kohakohau stream and ascends almost 365 metres to a panoramic picnic spot, with views of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Hualalai. Big Island Bike Tours is located around an hour from Kona at 65-1480 Kawaihae Road in Waimea.
To organise your holiday and accommodation on the island of Hawaii and your adventures by bike, get in touch with the team at Hoot holidays.