From thrilling mountain bike trails summiting lofty pinnacles and crashing through lush forests and deep river valleys to scenic byways cooled by gentle island breezes, there are plenty of ways to enjoy a good bike ride on Kaua‘i. Rent bikes from one of the many reputable local providers – all of whom are happy to help you plan trail rides as well – or check and see if your vacation rental includes beach cruisers, then make the most of the beautiful weather with a fun day under the Hawaiian sun on any Kauai bike trail. The newly developed Ke Ala Hele Makalae Kapaa bike path provides an easy and highly scenic tour of Kaua‘i’s famed Coconut Coast, one of Kauai things to do perfect for families and all levels of cyclists.
The Sleeping Giant
In Eastern Kaua‘i, Mount Nounou is a popular hiking and biking spot thanks to a wide variety of trails of varying lengths and difficulty levels. Its iconic shape gave rise to the myth of the Sleeping Giant, who, after helping the ancient Hawaiians build a heiau, enjoyed a large celebratory feast and a subsequent nap that he has yet to wake up from. If you are careful not to wake him, the wide array of mixed-use trails on his slopes are ideal for mountain biking in beautiful forests with incredible views of the island’s interior. Kuamo`o (easy), Nounou East (intermediate), and Nounou West (intermediate) are all approximately two miles long, joining at the top of the mountain where incredible views await.
The Kuilau Kauai bike trail is another enjoyable 2-mile trek through jungle and native forest, beginning near the Keahua Forestry Arboretum and winding its way into a forest preserve. The Moalepe Trail provides equally scenic views and an enjoyable ride from the other direction before converging with the Kuilau. Both are well-maintained and an enjoyable ride through pristine old-growth forest and jungle, home to many native bird species and exotic flowers.
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For an easier path, check out the Kapa`a Bike Path on the eastern shore. Hugging the scenic shoreline for 20 miles from Niumalu to Anahola, this is an ideal spot for biking, walking, and jogging thanks to its flat grade and beautiful views. Most sections are paved but a few connectors are still undergoing development, so it is best done in segments. Along the way you will have incredible panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and perfect viewing points for humpback whales during the winter months. Enjoy a leisurely ride, with plenty of cozy cafes and snack shops along the way should you fancy a bite or some refreshment. All in all, no matter which segment you choose, you will be greeted with cooling ocean breezes and beautiful scenery, making it one of the best Kauai things to do.