Referred to by Hawaiians as the “Valley Isle,” the tropical Maui valley connects two of the world’s largest volcanoes into one island cycling paradise. This six-day adventure loops around the valley between Pu’u Kukui to the West and Mt. Haleakalā to the East. In addition to the world-class road biking, surfing lessons and sea kayaking allow guests to broaden their multi-sport experience, while several unforgettable hikes offer a chance to see this beautiful island by foot. Prices start at $3,499 per person double. For more info, visit https://escapeadventures.com/
“With over 20 ecosystems and lots of hills, cycling here is always an adventure,” said Jared Fisher, Founder & Director of Escape Adventures. “One minute we’ll be riding through a lush tropical rainforest, and the next we’ll turn the corner onto a huge, sunny lava flow, or drop down onto a private peninsula for some fresh, hot Hawaiian banana bread.”
The people on the island are just as diverse. Evenings are filled with the sights and scents of real island hospitality as guests are pampered with island feasts, luaus, and hula dancing, while staying in private oceanside beach houses.
“We combine extraordinarily scenic cycling with great hiking, sea kayaking and even surfing, to pack the best Maui has to offer into an active, yet relaxing week-long Hawaiian retreat,” said Fisher.
Day 1 | Cycling – West Maui Mountain
Begin the day biking along the coastline of the Mauna Kahālāwai (West Maui Mountains). This western quarter of the island is an eroded volcano that is much older than Mt. Haleakala in the east. Later, climb up 1,000 feet through classic Maui scenery: amazing valleys sprinkled with water falls, and majestic sea cliffs line our route. Next, ride through the old Hawaiian fishing village of Kahakuloa where they still grow Taro.
Day 2 | Cycling & Sea Kayaking
Ride past the only winery in Maui along a road with little to no vehicle traffic for almost 40 miles. This route provides a great introduction to Hawaii with views of the ocean, mountains, and even four of the other Hawaiian islands along the way. There is roughly 3,500 feet of elevation gain over this 30-mile ride. Shuttle back to Kihei for lunch and to trade out bikes for sea kayaks and an exciting adventure just off the coastline.
Day 3 | Surfing & Free Time
Spend the morning learning to surf with a 2-hour private lesson. Head out at the best time of the day to learn, in one of the best places in the world to learn, with expert, personalized instruction. Then head into town for some shopping at the many shops and local markets or relax on one of Kihei’s beautiful public beaches. Those looking for more high-profile sun and sand can head south to world famous Big Beach.
Day 4 | Hike Mt. Haleakelā
A trip to Mt. Haleakelā demonstrates the natural history of Hawaii up close. The summit area’s remarkable volcanic landscape quickly gives way to a variety of other ecosystems as one descends down into the park. Pass through as many ecological zones on the drive to the summit as there are between Canada and Mexico. Here, a massive variety of native Hawaiian plants and animals thrive, including some species that exist nowhere else in the world. After taking in the sights from the van, head out on a day hike, exploring one of the park’s many wonders.
Day 5 | Cycling Haiku to Ke’anae Village
Cycle through the rainforest to Ke’anae Village. A tropical atmosphere bursting with lush green foliage, combined with incredible views of both the ocean and Haleakelā, make this one of the best rides on the planet! In Ke’anae, stop for hot banana bread as waves pound the lava rocks below. The day’s rides add up to over 3,000 feet of elevation change over more than 50 miles.
Day 6 | Hiking – Bamboo Forest
From the trailhead off the famous Hana highway, embark on a unique hiking adventure. Venture into a lush section of bamboo forest, passing three classic Hawaiian waterfalls along the route. Bring a swimsuit for a dip in the idyllic freshwater pools that lie at the base of the falls. Cap off the perfect day in paradise with a snack of fresh guava, before concluding the tour after lunch.
***All internal land expenses and services are covered in the cost of this tour. This means from the time Escape Adventures picks you up, all transportation, food preparation, meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, group supplies and community gear are included. Backcountry permits, licenses, park fees, reservations, and accommodations are also included, along with at least two professionally trained trip leaders, a mobile first aid and mechanic station, spare bikes, and a support vehicle(s).
About Escape Adventures: Since 1992, Escape Adventures has been blessed to shape and lead adventure travel vacations through some of the most awe-inspiring natural destinations in the world. Building on over 100 destinations, Escape Adventures caters to the full spectrum of active traveler, respective to fitness level and activity type. From road cyclist to mountain biker to e-biker, hiker, and multi-sport enthusiast, and from first timer to friends and family groups of all ability levels, Escape Adventures looks forward to many new and exciting adventures with you. https://escapeadventures.com/