One of my most memorable mountain biking experiences was back in 2006 when I was in Hawaii. I wanted to sign up for a mountain biking tour with Bike Hawaii but my time on Oahu did not coincide with the Bike Hawaii mountain bike schedule. On my way to Hawaii, I stayed overnight in Las Vegas to visit friends. When my phone rang while in the casino in Vegas, I was about to get more than I expected out of my trip. There were three others that where in the same situation as I was, they want to mountain bike but their travels didn’t coincide with the Bike Hawaii schedule either. So, the folks at Bike Hawaii decided to go ahead and take an unscheduled mountain bike trip with just the four of us. Four riders and the tour guide. Wow, this is going to be a private mountain bike excursion in Hawaii. Because of scheduling I didn’t really plan to mountain bike so I had no cycling clothing, no cycling shoes, nor did I bring my pedals or helmet. Well, shorts, t-shirt and sneakers will have to do. There was no way I was going to miss this.
The ride was held in the Kaaawa Valley and featured dirt roads, double track and fast rolling single track trails. There are WWII bunkers and movie sets. And we even happened upon a wild board that wasn’t too pleased to see us. The typical Bike Hawaii ride is 2 to 3 hours and about 6 miles. But this was a “special” ride, we were out there for a while. The tour guide didn’t have to keep track of 20 or so riders. He had 4 experienced riders and miles and miles of private trails to explore and he loved to ride. We were definitely the lucky few.
It’s a trip that I will, some day, make again. If your a cyclist and you visit Oahu, this is something that is a must do. Even is you are not an experienced mountain biker, it’s a must do.
The dramatic beauty of the lush Kaaawa Valley, majestic Koolau Mountain cliffs and stunning ocean views are the backdrop for this epic mountain biking experience on Oahu. Capture the thrill of riding along scenic dirt roads, double track and single track as we explore this sacred and historic Hawaiian valley. This is the same site for the Hawaiian Mountain Tour Pro/Am, the 24Hours of Hell Mountain Bike Race and many other off-road triathlons. This is a great introduction to off-road mountain biking and also offers challenges for experienced riders. With a multitude of trails to choose from, we can easily cater the experience to your skill level.
Your ride through the Hawaiian countryside will visit a kauhale (village), WWII bunkers and scenic movie locations including Lost, 50 First Dates, Jurassic Park, Godzilla, Wind Talkers and more. During the months of December thru April, you might see whales from the trails.
Approximately 6 miles / 2-3 hours of riding. Inquire about a $30.00 Kona full-suspension upgrade.
Looking for more aggressive riding? Call direct for private hardcore trail rides.
Mountain Biking Kaaawa Valley
$76.40 Children (13 years and under)
Tax (4.712%) is not included in these prices.
Wednesday, Sunday or call for availability.
Professional nature guides, access to private land, complimentary round-trip transportation from Waikiki, Kona mountain bikes with front-suspension, Bell helmets, optional use of rain gear, hip pack, bottled water, trail mix, deli-style lunch and cold beverages.
Note: Gratuities are not included.
Suggested gratuity: 10% of tour price.
What to Bring:
Dress comfortably, wear shoes and socks and bring a camera. Bring a change of clothes in case of a wet or muddy ride.
Any cancellations or changes within 24 hours of tour will be charged 50%. No-shows 100%.
via Bike Hawaii