Looking for a fun and cheap way to explore the island? Why not consider renting a bike for a day? There are a few options right here on Oahu and many places to visit by bike. And plus, there’s been lots of improvements lately to make the island more bike-friendly.
Rules of the Road
First, let’s talk about a few rules you’ll need to know when riding a bike around Oahu.
- Most of the major roads have bicycle lanes. If you see a bicycle lane, use it.
- If there’s no bicycle lane, ride single file on the roadway and obey all traffic laws the same as vehicles.
- When riding bicycles on the roadway, always ride in the same direction as vehicles and on the same side of the road.
- Only when a bicycle lane is wide enough may two bicycles ride side by side.
- Use the proper hand gestures to signal to traffic if you are changing lanes or planning to turn.
- Do not ride bicycles on sidewalks where official signs prohibit it.
- Bicycle riding on sidewalks is prohibited in the business districts. This includes both downtown Honolulu and Waikiki.
- Yield to pedestrians and give audible signals before overtaking them.
- And again (it’s worth repeating), DO NOT ride bicycles on the sidewalks in Waikiki.
Bike Share vs Bike Rental
Okay. Now that you know the rules, let’s check your options on renting a bicycle.
First, there is a bike-share program in Honolulu called Biki. There are about 1,300 bikes installed at various locations around Honolulu. The Biki program is very popular among tourists and locals alike. Use your credit card at any Biki Stop if you just need a quick ride of 30 minutes to an hour. Dock your bike at the next location and you’re done. If you’re on the island a bit longer, Biki also offers monthly plans which include a Biki pass making access to your bike much quicker. Check their website for more details.
Second, there are more traditional bike rentals. The best place in Waikiki to rent bikes is Hawaiian Style Rentals, located just down the street from our hostel. Hawaiian Style caters more to the tourists. This is the place to go if you want something for a few hours or maybe a day or two. The bikes include helmets, locks, and even maps to help guide you along. They have flat rates depending on the number of hours or days you want to keep the bike. Check their website for more details. And check our front desk for a special coupon to get a 10% discount.
Now that you have your bike, let’s explore the island for a bit.
Diamond Head is a popular place as you can ride around the ocean side stopping at different lookout points. Circle around to the Diamond Head entrance and take a hike to the top of the crater. Go a bit further to places like Hanauma Bay and Koko Head. Or venture the other direction towards Manoa Falls. Take a trip down to Ala Moana if you want to do a bit of shopping. Then head over to Ala Moana Beach Park for a small picnic or take a swim in the ocean.
There are other tours you can book that already include bikes. Kualoa Ranch, for example, has their own bike tour where you can explore the ranch and get close to nature.
The Go Oahu Card has an option to add a 24-hour bike rental, also from Hawaiian Style Rentals. This gives you even more savings because you’re including a number of other adventures on the same card at discounted prices.
Head up to North Shore to explore a different part of the island. Rent a beach cruiser at North Shore Bike Rentals. Then cruise around to see awesome surf breaks, majestic mountains, and cool little surf towns.
Biking around Oahu is the perfect way to see the island. It’s a much slower pace so you have more time to enjoy the scenes. Breathe in that ocean smell. Listen to nature all around you. Take in the beauty from every direction. Go! Ride! Enjoy! Aloha!
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