Bike Volcano Country
There’s no better way to witness the fury of Kilauea and get close enough to really feel the heat than on a guided bicycle tour through Volcano Country.
For the complete bike tour experience of the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, there’s Bikevolcano.com’s all-day trip (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) that takes cyclists on a mostly downhill, paved, 15-mile course through the park. For those who don’t have time for the full-day tour, there’s the Summit Tour, offered 10 a.m.-1 p.m. daily. Both tours offer pick-up at the Port of Hilo, making them the perfect activity for cruise ship visitors. The mostly downhill course runs 8.5 miles and takes guests from the Kilauea Overlook along the rim of the caldera to the steam vents, through a Hawaiian rainforest and on to Thurston Lava Tube.
Riders can get a first-hand view of Kilauea’s fiery lava on the 10-mile bike course of the Bike to Pele tour. The tour runs Mondays, from 1 to 8 p.m. After the bike ride, there’s a mile hike to a black-sand beach, where one can catch glimpses of the lava flow. This tour includes an interesting side trip to Kalapana, an old Hawaiian fishing village that was buried in 1990 under a relentless lava flow. Bicyclists can plan on a tour that will end where super-heated lava collides with cool ocean water and explodes into plumes of steam.
Tours include mountain bikes, helmets and other provisions.
• Bikevolcano.com (808) 934-9199 • Kalapana Cultural Tours (808) 936-0456