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    Join us on this unforgettable journey around Hawaii’s most visited island. We will spend our nights based in famous Waikiki Beach, and then ride all of the best locations around the island during the days. We will visit world famous locations and amazing scenery while riding our bicycles on well maintained and safe roadways. Oahu is home to many spectacular, world-class, tourist attractions. The coastal roads twist through lush volcanic ridges, riding the coastline above crystal blue waters providing for breathtaking scenic views and photo opportunities. Along the way we will engage in a wide variety of historical and cultural parks and attractions that will fascinate you with the rich history of the Hawaiian Islands. Our home base will be at renowned Waikiki Beach in the thriving city of Honolulu, and our day trips will visit the far reaches of this island paradise. All along the way we will be enjoying photography stops with a professional photographer as one of our guides. We will have a Korean speaking guide to assist with English to Korean translation. This is a trip you won’t want to miss!

    Day 1: Arrival and Waikiki | cycle 28km, hike 2.5km

    You will arrive in Honolulu and then transfer to hotel. The morning is open and can be spent relaxing and enjoying famous Waikiki Beach. In the afternoon we will begin with a short introductory ride around Honolulu and Waikiki. The ride will finish with a hike up Diamond Head Crater to enjoy the spectacular views. Included Meals: Dinner

    Route Attractions:
    - Iolani Palace: The official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy is a marvel of opulence, innovation and political intrigue.
    - Hawaii State Capitol/Father Damien Statue: The Saint of Kalaupapa tended to the needs of the leprosy victims at the infamous leper colony on Molokai before succumbing to the disease himself.
    - Aloha Tower and Marketplace: Hawaii’s second most-recognized landmark after Diamond Head, and the subject of a famous photo with its clock stopped by Japanese bullets at the exact hour and minute of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
    - Ala Moana Beach Park: This beautiful 76-acre park is noted for its excellent swimming, surfing, and body boarding.
    - Magic Island: This small manmade peninsula is a popular spot where people gather for social events.
    - Fort DeRussy Park: A US Military Reservation at the beginning of Waikiki.
    - Waikiki Beach: the hub of activity and busiest waterfront in all of the Hawaiian Islands.
    - Diamond Head State Monument: We leave our bikes for a hike up to Diamond Head Crater. Known as Leahi (brow of the tuna) in Hawaiian, the crater was named Diamond Head by 19th century British sailors who thought they discovered diamonds on the crater’s slopes. These “diamonds” were actually shiny calcite crystals that had no value.

    Day 2: Tantalus and Manoa Valley – Cycle 42km

    Today we ride Honolulu’s most renowned ride, the Tantalus Loop. We return through Manoa Valley and the University of Hawaii, then up to Manoa Falls. We will take a short hike up to the falls, and then ride back to our hotel and enjoy more Hawaiian beach time. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Route Attractions:
    - Tantalus Loop:
    An excursion into the tropical jungle of the Ko’olau range offering great views and cool temperature.
    - Hog’s Back lookout: A narrow summit ridge where the road narrows to a single lane and offers spectacular views.
    - Honolulu Museum of Art: The museum’s second location, Spalding House, features galleries of art a café, and sculpture-filled gardens overlooking Diamond Head and Honolulu.
    - Lyon Arboretum and Botanical Garden: is the only university botanical garden located in a tropical rainforest in the United States as well as the only easily accessible tropical rainforest on the island of O‘ahu. The arboretum consists of almost 200 acres at the top of the Manoa watershed with a set of small cottages and greenhouses used for research and community education about plants and the natural environments of Hawai‘i.
    - Manoa Falls: We will dismount and take a short 1.5 mile hike to the 100 foot falls. Several scenes from the TV show LOST were filmed here, as was parts of Jurassic Park.
    - Manoa Valley Marketplace: features a farmer’s market several days of the week, and the Valley is also is the site of the first sugarcane and coffee plantations in the Hawaiian Islands. John Wilkinson tended the first crops in 1825, brought on the ship HMS Blonde. Hawaiʻi is the only state in the United States that produces coffee commercially.
    - Manoa Chinese Cemetery: The Manoa Chinese Cemetery is the oldest and largest Chinese cemetery in Hawaii. Hawaiian Korean Church.

    Day 3: East Oahu Loop | cycle 68km

    After breakfast we ride the magnificent East Oahu Loop from Waikiki, with stops at Queen Emma’s Summer Palace, a stop at the Pali Lookout for a spectacular view of the Windward Coast, we ride through the Pali Tunnel to Maunawili Falls for a short hike, continue on to Waimanolo and Sea Life Park, and we end at Hanauma Bay for some of Hawaii’s best snorkeling, before heading back into Waikiki and return to our hotel. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Route Attractions:
    - Queen Emma’s Summer Palace: Known in Hawaiian as Hanaiakamalama, the summer palace was the secluded summer retreat of Queen Emma, King Kamehameha IV and their son, Prince Albert. This special museum is on the National Historic Registry and houses a collection of Queen Emma’s belongings as well as royal antiques, furnishings and memorabilia.
    - Nuuanu Pali State Wayside and Lookout: which offers panoramic views of the sheer Koolau cliffs and lush Windward Coast. Driving up the Pali Highway through tall trees and dense forests to get to the lookout, you’ll see the city disappear and the tranquil beauty of Hawaii’s natural landscape emerge.
    - Maunawilli Falls Trail: is a great hike in Kailua along the river that eventually stops at a beautiful waterfall with a great swimming hole below. Many people like to jump from the waterfall into the pool below, and some with a bit more courage even climb higher to the side of the waterfall to jump further (try at your own risk).
    - Waimanolo/Sea Life Park: contributes to Hawaii’s magic, providing guests with a unique opportunity to interact with exotic sea life and animals. With tremendous views of the Makapu’u Coastline and Rabbit Island, and attractions like Swimming with Dolphins and Sea Lions to sitting in on a Dolphin Show or Sea Lion Show, Feeding the Sea Turtles or Diving with Rays, no other park gets you this close to the fascinating creatures that inhabit our sea.
    - Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse and Trail: From the trail’s destination at Makapu‘u Head, we have magnificent views of the windward coast and offshore islets, as well as the historic red-roofed Makapu‘u Lighthouse built in 1909.
    - Hanauma Bay: is “Curved” bay and was declared a protected marine life conservation area and underwater park in 1967. This is THE BEST protected cove if you are new to scuba diving or snorkeling with a diverse population of marine life and a large, rich coral reef. Advanced snorkelers and divers can also enjoy the beauty of this bay as the reef extends throughout the cove into deeper water. The bay floor is actually the crater of an ancient volcano that flooded when the exterior wall collapsed and the ocean rushed in.

    Day 4: Oahu’s Windward Coast and North Shore | cycle 68km

    We shuttle once again over the Pali Highway to Windward Community College and then follow Oahu’s Windward Coast and in the shadow of the magnificent Koolau Range to Oahu’s famed North Shore where we end at Haleiwa Beach. Along the way, we pass such notable sights as the ancient fishponds at Heeia State Park on Kaneohe Bay, the breathtaking Byodo-In Temple, the iconic Chinaman’s Hat, Kualoa Ranch, film location sites for LOST and Hawaii Five O, the Polynesian Cultural Center, the North Shore surfing beaches and world-famous Banzai and ending at Haleiwa Town Beach Park, the mecca for North Shore shopping and dining. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Route Attractions:
    - Heeia State Park: located at Kealohi Point in Kaneohe Bay on Oahu’s windward side and provides scenic views of one of Hawaii’s largest fishponds as well as Heeia-Kea Harbor and the always mesmerizing Koolau Range. Three of Oahu’s five remaining ancient fishponds are located here on Kaneohe.
    - Oahu Windward Coast: Valley of the Temples is home to an amazing Japanese Buddhist temple, while the café at nearby Heeia Kea Pier is known for a farm to table menu that’s literally “fresh off the boat.”
    - Chinaman’s Hat Kualoa Ranch: is a generations-old family-owned ranch, its scenic valley has provided the backdrop for countless movies and TV shows, including LOST and Hawaii Five-0.
    - Polynesian Cultural Center: Celebrates traditional Polynesian culture and gives visitors a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the lifestyles, habitats, entertainment, and hospitality of seven Polynesian villages.
    - Oahu’s North Shore: Home of the best surf spots in Hawaii—and some say—the world.
    - Haleiwa Town and Beach Park: Rich with island history, Haleiwa is now the social and artistic hub of the North Shore. Here you’ll find surfers fueling up at the restaurants in its plantation era buildings before hitting the famous surfing beaches further along the coast.

    Day 5: Non-Biking Day | Optional Guided Tours

    After 4 days of biking adventure, today we take a break to rest and enjoy other tourism opportunities on the island. We offer the option to take a guided tour of Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial or the Polynesian Cultural Center. If neither of those interest you, then there are an innumerable number of other recreation choices on the island. Included Meals: Breakfast

    Day 6: Eastbound Coastal Ride to Kailua, Windward Coast | cycle 55km

    We will start biking from the hotel and continue to the end of Kapiolani park to Diamond Head Road and follow the Gold Coast to Kealalou past Waialae Golf Course following the beautiful coastline to Hawaii Kai and end at Hanauma Bay for lunch and a great snorkeling spot.

    From here we descend to Cockroach Beach, film site of From Here To Eternity, and then continue on past The Blow Hole, Sandy Beach, to the top of Makapuu Point Lighthouse and then continue on to Waimanalo and beautiful Bellows Beach Park. We finish with a ride from Bellows Beach Park along the to the lovely beach town of Kailua, and then hop in the van to shuttle back to our hotel in Waikiki. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Route Attractions:
    - Kapiolani Park:
    was created by King Kalakaua in the 1870′s. This beautiful 500-acre park is listed on the State’s Historic Register as many of its exceptional trees date back over 100 years. Kapiolani Park is the site of historic Diamond Head, the famous Kodak Hula Show, the world renown 42-acre Honolulu Zoo, the Waikiki Shell, home to many outdoor concerts and shows, the Sunday Art Shows, the Tennis Courts, the Soccer Fields, the Archery Range, and even a 3-mile jogger’s course, which encompasses part of the Honolulu Marathon Course.
    - Bellows Beach Park: One of the more popular ocean recreation areas on O’ahu, this beautiful beach has shallow water and a small consistent shore break making it perfect for swimmers and beginer surfers.
    - Kailua: Turquoise water and fine white sand have made Kailua Beach a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Add a dash of city chic, and you have Kailua Town. Located on Oahu’s Windward Coast, the main part of Kailua Town consists of a few blocks of trendy boutiques, popular restaurants and kamaaina (resident) hangouts, like the Thursday evening farmers’ markets.
    - Waimanolo/Sea Life Park: contributes to Hawaii’s magic, providing guests with a unique opportunity to interact with exotic sea life and animals. With tremendous views of the Makapu’u Coastline and Rabbit Island, and attractions like Swimming with Dolphins and Sea Lions to sitting in on a Dolphin Show or Sea Lion Show, Feeding the Sea Turtles or Diving with Rays, no other park gets you this close to the fascinating creatures that inhabit our sea.
    - Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse and Trail: From the trail’s destination at Makapu‘u Head, we have magnificent views of the windward coast and offshore islets, as well as the historic red-roofed Makapu‘u Lighthouse built in 1909.
    - Hanauma Bay: is “Curved” bay and was declared a protected marine life conservation area and underwater park in 1967. This is THE BEST protected cove if you are new to scuba diving or snorkeling with a diverse population of marine life and a large, rich coral reef. Advanced snorkelers and divers can also enjoy the beauty of this bay as the reef extends throughout the cove into deeper water. The bay floor is actually the crater of an ancient volcano that flooded when the exterior wall collapsed and the ocean rushed in.

    Day 7: Kaena Point State Park to Waimea Valley/Falls to Dole Plantation | cycle 42km

    We transfer by van to Kaena Point Trail/State Park at the far extremity of the North Shore, and return to Haleiwa by way of YMCA Camp Erdman. At the YMCA Camp Erdman we return to the paved road for a ride into Haleiwa. After Haleiwa, we continue up the North Shore for a ride up to Waimea Valley and Falls. Our last ride of the week will follow the North Shore after which we turn inland and follow the coffee plantation country along the Kamehameha Highway on a climb to the Dole Plantation Visitor Center where we end our journey. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Route Attractions:
    - Kaena Point:
    this dramatic lava shoreline is said to be the place where souls of ancient Hawaiians would jump off into the spirit world and meet the souls of their ancestors. With scenic views of the Waianae coast to the south, Mokuleia to the north, and the vast Pacific, it’s easy to see why this point was deemed so sacred.
    - Dole Plantation: Originally operated as a fruit stand beginning in 1950, Dole Plantation opened to the public as Hawaii’s “Pineapple Experience” in 1989. Today, Dole Plantation is one of Oahu’s most popular visitor attractions and welcomes more than one million visitors a year.
    - Haleiwa Town and Beach Park: Rich with island history, Haleiwa is now the social and artistic hub of the North Shore. Here you’ll find surfers fueling up at the restaurants in its plantation era buildings before hitting the famous surfing beaches further along the coast.
    - Waimea Valley: This 1,800 acre historical nature park is located in the lush green Waimea Valley on O’ahu’s famous North Shore. The park perpetuates the kahiko (ancient) Hawaiian lifestye with cliff diving, hula performances, music demonstrations and archeological sites. Visitors can experience first-hand the culture and tradition of this tropical paradise. The 45-foot high Waimea Falls is the focal point of the park. Here, divers re-enact Hawaiian warrior games of skill and courage by climbing the slippery waterfall and diving from various ledges into the rocky pool below. Between shows, visitors can enjoy a cool, refreshing dip in the pool below the falls. Stand under the waterfall for a truely traditional Hawaiian experience!

    Day 8: Departure Day

    Today we say “aloha, and will transfer you to Honolulu International Airport or your next destination in Honolulu.

    IMPORTANT! Please note that the itinerary is a statement of intent and to be used as a guideline only. Each day may vary due to the cycling times of the group, weather and trail conditions. The guide in charge of your trip will alter the schedule as necessary and any/all such alterations are at the discretion of BikeTourKorea and your guides.

    Prices from: $2999USD per person, based on double occupancy
    Single supplement: $850USD

    Included:

    7 nights in 4-star hotels including lodging taxes and service charges
    All transportation listed in itinerary including arrival and departure transfers
    VIP airport arrival assistance
    Included Meals:  7 breakfasts  | 5 lunches on bike days  |  6 dinners
    Bicycle and helmet rental
    While riding we provide trail snacks, fruit, drinking water, and lunch
    Local guides
    Korean to English translation guide
    Guided hike to the summit of Diamond Head
    Support van throughout itinerary

    Not Included:

    Travel Insurance
    Personal drinks at meals
    Meals not mentioned in Itinerary
    Personal expenses (eg. laundry, minibar, etc)
    Tips for staff and guides
    Airfare to/from Hawaii
    Any item not mentioned as included

    Visa: Check with your local US consulate to verify requirements for your country. A valid passport is required for entry into the USA.

    Trip Insurance: We recommend you purchase travelers insurance as soon as you have booked your tour, as some travelers insurance policies must be purchased within 10 days of booking. Our preferred vendor is Travelex.

    Ride Level: Moderate. The terrain is hilly and will require some biking fitness, but there is always a support van following us if you need to get in and rest.

    Number of Participants: Min. 10, Max. 20 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.

    Photos of Hawaii

    Photography on Tour

    All the images on this page were captured in 2012 Maui County MTB Tour by Master BTC Guide and Trainer Steve Zdawcynski. This tour is road instead of MTB and Oahu instead of Maui, but we will enjoy similar photo opportunities, and Steve will be available for photography questions throughout the tour.