This was an epic ride with breathtakingly beautiful scenery and a rainstorm of biblical proportions.
We did this bike ride in February 2020, less than two years after Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted and lava covered 35 square-kms of land in the Puna area. It turned out to be our favourite ride on the The Big Island!
We cycled east from Hilo to the beaches in one afternoon at a leisurely pace with lots of breaks for sightseeing, relaxing and watching the turtles. Yes, the reward for making it to the end of Kalanianaole Ave is turtles!
Our first day in Hawaii was a crash course in taking the Hele-On Bus! We also saw our first black-and-white sand beach, found some petroglyphs, and discovered how unrelentingly steep Hilo’s streets are en route to our AirBnB.
Everyone says you need to rent a car to tour Hawaii, but not us! Despite The Big Island’s extremely limited transit system, we’re going to do a combination of cycling and taking the bus.