Biking on Kauai

Bike riding enthusiasts may not have many safe options when it comes to exploring Kaua‘i. Few designated bike lanes exist and plenty of large vehicles are known to skirt highway shoulders. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some great opportunities for those who yearn to pedal in paradise.

Biking in Kapaa

First things first, you need a bike. Luckily, several businesses around the island rent them. For instance, Kaua‘i Cycle, located in Kapa‘a, has a large selection of rental options from mountain bikes to cruisers with half-day, daily or weekly rates. The rentals also include car racks, helmets and locks.
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Renting a bike in Kapa‘a means you can easily hop on Ke Ala Hele Makalae or “the path that goes by the coast.” The flat, accessible path was created with people in mind so that bikers, walkers and joggers can safely enjoy the shoreline and spectacular vistas without roadside hazards. The 9-mile path spans the east side of the island, stretching from Wailua Beach Park to Ahihi Point.

Biking Moalepe Trail

For the more adventuresome, trail riding is another option. Moalepe Trail to Kuilau Ridge Trail, for example, is a relatively easy five miles and a great place for bike riders to fully immerse in one of Kaua‘i’s lush rainforests. This journey, which is best explored when dry, includes alluring mountain scenery like Wai‘ale‘ale, one of the wettest spots on earth.

Ask a Pro Before Heading Out

However, your best bet before heading out is to ask bike rental employees for suggestions on the best locations that suit your particular needs.

Guided Bike Tours on Kauai

Some companies like The Bike Doktor in Hanalei also offer group rides to those wanting a more leisurely, guided tour. Or, if you’d rather get your adrenaline pumping, Outfitters Kaua‘i offers a “Waimea Canyon Bicycle Downhill” tour. The guided tour, which includes soaking in knowledge about the area, starts at a 3,600-foot elevation on Kaua‘i’s miniature Grand Canyon and slowly heads downhill, stopping along the way to soak in gorgeous views.

While you might not be able to safely tour the entire island by bicycle, there are some great options for those who’d rather experience parts of Kaua‘i with a little more fun and freedom.

Biking in Kapaa. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson.

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