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Tour of Oahu

This was a great first-time bicycle tour for me. It was fairly easy with only 152 total miles. I experienced camping at a military campground, a city park, and state land – each with their own requirements for permission.

My goal here is to share that information to make it easier for anyone who wants to fly to Hawaii for a relaxing tour. Unlike my tour, you could easily spend five or six days riding around the island, enjoying the beaches and shopping and restaurants. Either way, here you will find a blueprint for making your own, along with inspiring photos of views and sights.

So, let me know what you think of the trip, if you find some information that I’ve failed to post, or if you just want to say hi. And if you ever do want to ride here in the islands, leave me a comment – maybe I’ll be able to go.


1. Becki - July 30, 2007

Hi. We were just in in Ohau last week and we used your map. Thanks for posting it. We found it very useful and accurate. Nice bike lanes throughout the entire route. I was so happy to see that Hawaii is so bike-friendly (I live in Alabama – the land of big trucks – so my standards are low).

2. bloodhound - August 11, 2007

I’m glad the map worked out for you. Hawaii does make for scenic biking. I’ll be posting anything I can think of that may be useful. Enjoy!

3. denmak - September 1, 2007

What do you think of biking the Pali or Like Like?

4. Niglb - February 3, 2008

I’m assuming you brought your own bike? Have you looked into renting a tour bike? I am heading there this march, and we so far are thinking arriving with panniers, and renting would be the way to go….

5. bloodhound - February 3, 2008

Actually, I live here. So, it was rather easy to choose this as a destination.
I would be more than happy to help you with any arrangements.

As far as renting from the bike shops, the prices are steep and the bike choices are limited – as in no touring style bikes.
They run about $40/day or $200/wk and you have a choice between a beach/city cruiser or a road bike.

Best to go through the trouble of bringing your own, or borrowing here.
Let me know if I can help in any way.

Be sure to read my post on camping permits. There are a few requirements to pay attention to.


6. Niglb - February 10, 2008

Hi there Jason! Thanks for taking the time to write back and so quickly! Very nice! Not a bad place to live.

Borrowing would be an amazing option if we had the connections in town for it. Renting seemed like it would cut out some of the logistics, but bit by bit not looking viable.

I found your page very helpful and reassuring with our plans! It will cost myself and my partner around $100 to get our bikes here from Victoria, and so renting seemed like an idea if a touring bike option was to be found. We basically are aiming to do a trip just like yours outlined on your site, we have 7 days to do it in, so we thought some more kayaking, hiking and/or hiking in between. We both work for a large outdoors store ( http://www.mec.ca ) here in town, as well I instruct sea kayaking, so we’d like to get as much outdoors time as possible.

Any ideas and options would be greatly appreciated, and I will definately think up some questions for you!


7. Chief - February 14, 2008

Sounds like an excellent trip!

I live right down by the airport, so if I can assist in any way at the start or end of your trip, let me know. I can also email you my phone number in case you run into any emergencies while on your trip here.

Some things have changed since I did my trip. Keana Point is closed to all vehicular traffic. I haven’t been back up there to see if that included bicycles, though I don’t expect that it did. However, after rounding Keana Point, there is that washout that is a bit worse. (See flickr photos 0520-0523, currently page 14).

One way around that is to go up to Peacock Flats from the North side, just like I did, but come down to the West side. It’s a 7 mile 4×4 gravel road better suited for mountain bikes, but it is possible depending on your bikes and tires. Plus, the view at the top of the Satellite Tracking Station, looking down onto the West side beach is amazing…

Again, pay attention to the camping permits. You have to be careful because they are cracking down on a huge homeless problem out here. The West side of the island is especially problematic with thousands of homeless in makeshift shelters on the beaches and in the parks. That’s why my last day went all the way home from Peacock Flats.

Depending on how much you want to ride each day, you can do the whole trip in two days. So, really, you can have as much time as you want for other outdoor activities.

Please, feel free to ask questions, and good luck with your trip! Stay in touch. Jason.

8. Niglb - February 21, 2008

Hey Jason, thank again for the time and the information!

So generous for you to be an emergency contact! Very comforting to know we may have someone to call!

We’re going to be boxing our bikes up, and then stowing the cardboard boxes someplace at the airport in hopes they may be there at the end of our trip! We’ve booked a night in the HI-Waikiki hostel for the first night, we fly in late night, and biking to the hostel that night for a late snooze.

Camping permits seem to be an issue, as we neglected to mail off or forums, and just realized there is no way to fax these in a timely manner! We are hoping to get a hold of the office to get state / county permits, as we are very interested in getting spots for Kahana in particular for two days. We’re tried calling them but with no answer. Would showing up in person be ok for obtaining spots?!

Thanks again,

9. Chief - February 24, 2008

In fact, showing up in person is the only way to get a camping permit for a state/city park. With your first night down in Waikiki, it shouldn’t be a problem to get a permit.

The Fort Street Satellite office is open at 0900 Friday morning, so sleep in a bit, and enjoy a ride back the way you came in, stop for some coffee or something there in the plaza, head down to the office, tell them what you want, and they’ll issue your permits on the spot. They usually get busy around 1030, so try to hit them right after they open.

I’m posting a map to their office. On the map, you’ll see where the green arrow is in the middle of the Fort Street and South King Street. This is because the office is under the intersection. Look for stairs going underground.

10. Vanessa - May 8, 2008

Hi – Thanks for the post. I was offered a job in Honolulu and am wondering how you feel about bike commuting around the Island. Would I be able to live on the windward side and bike in? I have read conflicting views. Thanks!

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