Top 10 Places to Visit in Hawaii by Bike

Top 10 Places to Visit in Hawaii by Bike

Alexandra Ruticova

 Aloha, guys! To really enjoy Hawaii in a bike ride, the best thing you can do is to take a bike tour whatever is your destination.

They have bike tours available everywhere. This is the perfect way not to get lost in the rain forest and to visit the most exciting places here. Hop on the bike and let’s ride on!

1. Maui

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The fun never stops on Maui and you will find yourself longing for more hours in the day to explore the myriad of attractions on offer here.

Yes, we know, you want to take a ride! There are not many roads on Maui, but what little roads they do have offer some of the most visually breathtaking and exciting rides you can experience. Most of the major roads and highways have a shoulder or bike lane, as indicated on the Maui County Cycling Map (just assume that any road marked “most suitable” has a shoulder). As a matter of fact some of the best cycling is not listed on this map as "suitable" and happen to be beautiful narrow roads winding through the countryside. You can also experience this amazing island by taking a cycling tour, with experts that will show you the best attractions here. They enjoy riding with beginners as well as professionals. All of the guides are experienced cyclists and are happy to share cycling tips and local knowledge.

By yourself or guided, take a ride to Haleakala, the ancient shield volcano!

2. Hawaii Island

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Hawaii Island (aka the Big Island) is the largest and youngest island in the Hawaiian archipelago and rewards visitors with non-stop opportunities for fun and adventure.

The Big Island reveals itself as a cycling jewel! Touring the island, with its incredible diversity of climates, terrain, food, and lovely folk, matches the bike-travel lifestyle really well. The best (and most spectacular) place to ride your bike on the Big Island is, without any doubt, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

There are trails for every skill set and age, and the biggest challenge will be to get your bike up to the park. The national park gives information on “how to bike the volcanoes“, listing all bike trails inside the park, as well as safety information and some handy pointers. If you like a challenging ride, try one of the favorite scenic drives, the Mauna Loa summit road! It is possible to rent a bike in most places on the Big Island (Hilo, Kona, Waikoloa, and Waimea).

If you like biking but don’t like planning, you can also choose for an arranged bicycle tour.  The people organizing these tours take all the planning out of your hands and make sure you have a fitting bicycle, protective gear, transport to and from the tour location and, if needed, food, drinks and accommodation underway. These tours last between 3 and 7 hours. This tours aim specific areas or the entire island, and they are very exciting!

3. Oahu

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Oahu is the third largest of Hawaii’s six main islands and is home to Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii, and marvelous Waikiki, where the sport of surfing originated.

There are plenty of bike paths and bike rental places to go your own way no matter which side of the island you choose to explore, but cycling is one area where it pays to consult professionals to get the best experience. So, you can take the rainforest bike rides. It can get muddy because trails go through the rainforests, passing Ka’a’awa Valley and the Ko’olau mountains’ rugged ridges and trails.

If you feel more into a city ride, take the historical bike tours past the ʻIolani Palace and other historical sites downtown as well as through Chinatown and along some stretches of beach shoreline. 4 hours of great experience!

They even have 15-person bike that can be rented out for private parties or join in and meet people for a bike-pedaling pub crawl.

And, another surprise, the foodie bike tour that lasts about four hours and encompasses 10 to 16 stops to try various local offerings throughout Waikiki and Honolulu

Another option for a pro is Tantalus, an awesome half day ride through the mountains of Oahu. Not very popular, because the roads are too narrow for tour buses, but perfect for an experienced rider. A lot of cutbacks through the rain forrest with unobstructed panoramic views of Diamond Head, Pearl Harbor and the Punchbowl Cemetery. There are plenty of hiking trails along the way also. The ride will last about 4 hours.

4. Kauai

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Kauai is traditionally known as the adventure capital of the Hawaiian archipelago and the action starts the moment you step off the plane.

Centuries of growth have formed tropical rain-forests, forking rivers and cascading waterfalls. Some parts of Kauai are only accessible by sea or air, revealing views beyond your imagination.

And cycling is also great here! Flat roads and a lack of big hills make the Ke Ala Hele Makalae trail a leisurely bike ride along parts of Kauai’s east shore. Ke Ala Hele Makalae is Hawaiian for “The Path that Goes by the Coast.” Visitors can now walk, bike or run 4.1 miles between the Lihi Boat Ramp in central Kapaa and Ahihi Point in Kealia, as well as bike through 2.5 miles through Lydgate Park. Ke Ala Hele Makalae creates an uninterrupted bridge between Anahola in the north to Nawiliwili in the south, perfect for biking. On the West Side, you can also take a downhill bike tour 3,600 feet down to sea level along Waimea Canyon.

This is the first time, maybe, when we sincerely recommend you to wear sunscreen during your ride!

It will be a wonderfully scenic ride!

5. Honolulu

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Honolulu is the largest city in Hawaii and is home to a large percentage of the Hawaiian population.

Hawaii is a world of its own – exotic, mysterious, ancient, and very much alive – and Honolulu is its beating heart. The island state also boasts spectacular nature that ranges from the volcanic craters of Diamond Head and Coco Crater to the endless beaches, including Waikiki Beach, one of the most famous beaches in the world.

Visiting Honolulu would not be complete without a visit to Pearl Harbor a National Historic Landmark and also an active military base.

Then, you must go to Iolani Palace, a big part of Hawaiian romance. It is located in downtown Honolulu, a quick drive from Waikiki Beach, where we know you went first. The opulent palace was completed in 1882 and was wired for electricity even before the White House.

Ok, now, go on a complete ride!

The trails at Diamond Head Crater offer stunning sights of Downtown Honolulu. Ride along the coast past the Honolulu Zoo, Kapiolani Park, the Waikiki Aquarium, the War Memorial, around Diamond Head Lookout, down Kahala Ave and back up to the entrance of Diamond Head State Monument. You can park on the inside of the Crater and hike up to the top for awesome views of Waikiki and Honolulu. The hike is moderate and consists of 170 stairs.

6. Hilo

 

From its humble beginnings as an early farming and fishing community, Hilo became a thriving town serving the sugar industry in the 1800’s.

Hilo offers breathtaking natural beauty plus all the amenities of a vibrant town. On the geographic flipside of the volcanic Kohala Coast, the region is blessed with dramatic waterfalls, fertile rainforests and blooming gardens. If you stay here, you must visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, located 45 minutes south.

Don’t miss the Liliuokalani Gardens, a peaceful respite and features Japanese-style fishponds, pagodas and rock gardens on its 30 acres, while Wailuku River State Park is home to the 80-foot Waianuenue (Rainbow Falls) and Peepee Falls.

Don’t leave without a visit to the nation's only rainforest zoo, Panaewa Rainforest Zoo, to see a collection of exotic plants and animals, including two Bengal tigers. Whatever your itinerary, a visit to Hilo is worth the trip to experience an authentic taste of the island of Hawaii.

7. Moloka’i

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Molokai is the perfect Hawaiian island for visitors who would like to escape the glitz, glamour, and shopping malls of the larger islands and get back to nature in a Robinson Crusoe-like setting.

All of the best mountain biking in Moloka‘i is found on the roads of the Moloka‘i Forest Reserve. If you’re looking for a long, moderate ride, the Molokai Forest Reserve Road, also known as Maunahui Road, is 19.6 miles out and back.

The views are excellent along the way, especially the lookout spot where the cliffs, waterfalls and plunge pools of Waikolu Canyon can be seen as long as the afternoon tradewinds haven’t blown clouds into the canyon.

8. Lanai

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The lovely island of Lanai was once the world’s largest producer of pineapples.  

Today you can meet the descendants of the original plantation workers as you tour this friendly island that is famous for its ‘aloha’ atmosphere.

To really enjoy a fabulous ride you must take the 3-hr Guided sunrise downhill tour.

Start at the top of Keomuku Highway approximately 2000 ft above sea level and coast down the east side of the island while enjoying stunning views of Molokai across the Kalohi Channel and Maui just across the 'Au'au Channel.Around halfway down this hill enjoy coffee and pastries as the sun rises up over Haleakala.

Once you've reached the bottom there is no need to pedal back up, just hitch a ride in the air conditioned vehicle to the Lana'i City look-out point. Then bicycle down roads neatly lined with magnificent Cook pines into historic Lana'i City. Explore the town's unique shops, restaurants, and cultural center before hopping back onto the bikes for the remaining part of the tour.  Start the 9-mile trek past old pineapple fields and the Lana'i City Airport finishing down at the island's big boat harbor – Kaumalapau.

9. Kailua

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The bustling seaside town of Kailua is situated on the windward eastern coast of Oahu, offering sandy beaches, warm tropical waters, and an almost endless list of activities.

ailua is a great town to explore by bicycle with rolling hills and miles of bike paths. Located 12 miles outside of Waikiki, Kailua is home to some of the most beautiful and photographed beaches in the world. Landmarks of Kailua include Kailua Beach, Lanikai Beach, Mount Olomana, Kawainui Marsh, Po’poia (Flat Island) and the Mokulua Islands.

You can bike around Kailua town and visit the shopping districts with their unique boutiques and restaurants or cycle Lanikai or Kailua Beach Park, which are all within bicycling distance.  Approximately three miles of bike paths are found along Kailua and Lanikai Beach as well as a marsh front levy-trail, offering great bird watching and wetlands.

For serious mountain bikers, Kailua is home to one of the most popular mountain bike trails in the state.  Situated at the bast of Koolau range, the Maunwaili bike trail offers 20 miles of beautiful trails through lush tropical rain forest and is considered one of the most beautiful trails on the island.

10. Waimea Canyon State Park

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No holiday in Hawaii would be complete without visiting the Waimea Canyon, one of the most outstanding natural gems on the archipelago. Formed by erosion from the Waimea River, the canyon boasts a colorful array of red, brown and green hues which are complimented by waterfalls and frequent rainbows.

For an exciting and comfortable downhill ride from Waimea Canyon on the Kauai mountain bike tour, check out Bikeroo's bike saddles — including the Universal Oversized Bike Saddle with a pressure-relieving profile and spring support.

After riding in a van to the rim of the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific,’ hop on a bike and cruise down 12 miles (19 km) of paved trail while taking in views of the magnificent lava rock landscape. Cycle through beautiful Koke’e State Park and end your ride at the island’s coast, stopping for plenty of photo along the way.

Probably, many of your guys already have been in Hawaii, but it is interesting where did you go and what bike tour have you chose. We are sooooo curious!