How often have you looked at Kauai’s landscape and wished you could bike through it? If you’re thinking about bringing your bike along on your next trip to the Garden Island, you should know some essential things before hopping on and starting.
In this ultimate guide to biking on Kauai, you will learn everything from the best places to bike and some safety tips when riding. You would not want to miss out on this one!
6 Famous Bike Trails in Kauai
1. Kapaa Bike Trail
The Kapaa Bike Path (also known as Ke Ala Hele Makalae and the Kauai Multiuse Path) is a picturesque, paved path that runs from South Kapaa to a cove beyond Donkey Beach on the island of Kauai. Seeing and experiencing Kauai’s lovely “Coconut Coast” while walking or riding on the trail is pleasant.
The trail is available to the public and has multiple entry and exit locations. The path is open to walkers, runners, cyclists, leashed dogs, and strollers. Motorized vehicles such as Segways and electric bikes are not permitted, while motorized carts for the disabled are allowed.
The Kapaa Bike Path stretches for around 4.5 kilometers. Another 2.5-mile piece of bike route connects Lydgate Park and Wailua Beach Park. There are plans to extend the path from Nawiliwili to Anahola in the future.
2. Koloa Heritage Trail
Kapaa is a good town for riding in general. Poipu is a fantastic place to bike. Bicycling along the shore is entertaining, but it may also be a practical mode of transportation.
The Koloa Heritage Trail is located in Poipu. Your voyage will take you through 5 million years of exploration, emphasizing the Koloa District of Kauai’s natural heritage, archaeology, culture, and history.
The Koloa Heritage Trail is a 10-mile walk, bike ride, or drive containing 14 stops and monuments explaining the area’s history.
3. The Kalepa Ridge Mountain Bike Trail
The weather and terrain conditions on Kauai significantly impact mountain riding. Rainy seasons result in slick, muddy trails that are nearly difficult to ride.
The Kalepa Ridge Mountain Bike Path (MTB) has the same name as the famous trail (Kalepa Ridge Trail). Still, it is located on the opposite side of the island in the hills between Hanamaulu (Lihue) and Wailua. There are several miles of mountain biking and hiking routes here. The trails are easy to access from the Hanamaulu neighborhood’s backside.
4. Loop Road
Another mountain biking path on Kauai is Loop Road. It’s halfway between the Keahua Arboretum and the end-of-the-road weir stone dam. This bike trail is a well-maintained dirt road. However, it is frequently in bad shape due to the area’s heavy and persistent precipitation.
Even though the road is difficult for cars (save for locally modified off-road vehicles), it provides an opportunity to ride through the bush. Bring rain gear, and don’t attempt to cross any streams during high water levels.
On Kauai’s North Shore, Hanalei is also an excellent area for a bike ride, particularly around town and to the Hanalei Pier. Bicycles may be rented at Pedal’ N Paddle in the Ching Young Village Shopping Center, among other sites in Hanalei.
One of the most magnificent rides in the world is from Hanalei to Haena, where the road ends. However, tight shoulders and high traffic make pedaling this lovely portion challenging throughout the day. However, some bicyclists prefer to ride in the early morning before the rush hour.
6. Kauai Zip Line Bike Tour
If you are up for an adventure and want to try something new, you need to try the Kauai ZipBike. They allow participants to ride a bicycle 700 feet across the water (the Waita Reservoir) to a platform, then spin around and ride another 700 feet back to the launching platform for a unique biking experience.
Safety Tips When Riding
Riding your bike in the sunshine and open-air is a fantastic way to explore the natural beauty of Kauai. But, it’s essential to exercise caution when biking in Hawaii. Bicyclists must follow all road rules and regulations just like motorized vehicles, so drivers know where they are.
The first step to riding safely is remembering that depending on the road is for everyone’s safety: drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians alike—not just bicyclists.
The following tips will help keep you safe and ensure motorists know what to expect from bikers sharing the road with them.
The most common causes of bicycle accidents include distracted driving, speeding, drunk driving, and poor weather conditions. If you see any one of these factors while on the road or highway, be extra cautious because they could cause an accident during your ride. The following are the rules for riding a bike in Hawaii:
- Bicyclists must follow all motor vehicle traffic laws.
- When riding between sunset and daybreak, a bicycle must have a light on the front of the bike and a red reflector on the rear.
- When turning left or right, bicyclists must use hand signals to let vehicles know what they intend to do next.
- A biker must ride no more than two abreast of another bicyclist and must not obstruct normal and reasonable traffic flow.
- Any package, bundle, or other objects that prevent bicyclists from keeping at least one hand on the handlebars is prohibited.
- A bicyclist cycling on a roadway may not ride more than two abreast, except on pathways or portions of roads designated for bicycle usage only.
- A cyclist entering a traffic lane from a parked position must yield to all present traffic.
- Bicyclists may only ride side by side if they ride in the same direction and pace.
- Bicyclists are required to ride on a fixed, conventional seat.
- A person riding a bicycle may not carry or ride with another person unless the bike is intended to accommodate more than one person. A passenger may ride on the bicycle’s permanent and normally connected two-person seat or another heart firmly attached to the back or front.
6 Famous Bike Trails in Kauai [Infographic]