Bike Vol­cano Coun­try

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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 BikeVol­’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. • BikeVol­ (808) 934-9199 • Kala­pana Cul­tural Tours (808) 936-0456

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