The state of Hawaii is made up of several islands, the largest of which is called Hawaii. Therefore, when we're talking about a bike vacation in Hawaii it is important to differentiate between the state or the largest island in the Hawaiian island chain. Either way, a bike tour of these islands is a great way to see the sights.

Bike Friendly Vacation Spot

The Hawaiian islands are full of great locations for cyclists. Most bike tours are focused around the volcanoes and the two largest islands, Hawaii and Maui. There are several great day trips on these islands but only a few multi-day bike tours of the big island, Hawaii. Volcano Bike Tours offers a mostly downhill volcano summit tour, mostly level or down hill Hawaii Volcano's National Park tour, and active lava flow tours which include moderately challenging rides over rolling hills. More advanced riders may prefer the multi-day tours offered by Orchid Isle Bicycling.

Tourist Sites

The most popular tourist sites for cyclists in Hawaii are the volcanoes and the beaches of Hawaii. You can rent a bike and take off on one of several half-day and full-day trails. These will take you to see the lava flows, the volcano summit, or on a tour of Hawaii Volcano's National Park. The multi-day tours take you along one of the island coasts. Some tours boast white sand beaches and surfing while others focus on the black sand beaches and tropical rainforest.

Major Cities

Hawaii only has one incorporated city, Honolulu. This is the capital of the state and the largest city int the state of Hawaii. However, Honolulu is not located on the island of Hawaii, instead it is located on the third largest island of the chain, Oahu. The next largest, census-designated places, are Hilo, Kailua, Kapolei, and Kaneohe. As if discussing Hawaii wasn't confusing enough, Honolulu is not only the largest city in Hawaii, it is also the name of the county. Many of these other census-designated places are found within Honolulu county.

Airport and Transportation

Honolulu International Airport (HNL) is the primary airport for the state of Hawaii and it is located on the island of Oahu. Also, on this island, there is a primarily commuter airport, Kalaeloa Airport, which offers flights to and from the other islands throughout Hawaii. Outside of air travel, most people are transported between the islands by boat. Once on your destination island, there are bus and taxi transportation options available.

Wineries & Breweries

Although Hawaii, the state, does produce wine, most of it comes from Maui. Also, until recently, none of this wine made it off the islands. While visiting Hawaii you should take advantage of the opportunity to sample some of the local fruit wines of the islands. One of the wineries on the island of Hawaii is Volcano Winery. This is probably the only winery in the world which is located on an active volcano and fault line. In addition to these wineries, there are a couple of breweries worth visiting on the Hawaiian islands. These include Kona Brewing Company and Maui Brewing Company. These two breweries supply ales that are exported off the islands and shared with the rest of the world. Hawaii also has a vibrant collection of microbreweries which can only be experienced on the islands.