Looking down from the rim of the majestic Waimea Canyon and surveying the crater floor more than a half-mile below, it is natural to think to yourself, “Man I wish I could zip down there at breakneck speed…but I didn’t pack my bicycle.”
Fortunately, thanks to the thrilling Waimea Canyon Bicycle Downhill Tour, you can leave the hard work to them and enjoy a breathtaking downhill ride into the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”
An Adventure Begins
The tour starts with a custom fitting for your own mountain bike for the day. Next, you’ll enjoy a light breakfast of fresh Hawaiian coffee and blueberry muffins (or a snack of fresh cookies) as your tour guide whisks you up into the highlands of Central Kaua‘i. Enjoy stunning views of the craggy valleys and red lava rock as you ascend to the canyon rim at 3,600 feet, then don your helmet and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Downhill all the way, you will race through some of the most unique ecosystems on the island for a scintillating 12-miles, winding your way down paved roads through forests and mountain sides until you reach the marshlands at the crater floor. Keep your eye out for native birds, wildlife, and exotic flowers, and don’t forget to stop and catch your breath along the way (and to take photographs at the numerous scenic outlooks). Once you reach the bottom, cycle through Kokee State Park until you reach the ocean, marveling at a sight that few who visit Kaua‘i will get to experience. Your trusty tour van will then pick you up and whisk you back to civilization, letting you dodge the bullet and avoid having the slog your way back uphill. We’ll take that deal, every time! Waimea Canyon Bicycle downhill is a fan favorite!
Kauai Tourist Attractions
Two tours are offered daily, one at 6am and the other at 2:30pm. All riders must be at least 12 years of age, weigh no more than 250 pounds, and pass a basic bike test. All equipment is provided (bike, helmet), and closed-toe shoes and protective eyewear (sunglasses are okay) is required. A jacket is recommended as it can be quite cool at the top of the canyon. The tour itself is friendly, informal, and lots of fun, with group sizes ranging from 4 to 13 individuals (and never more than that).