So you’ve finally made it to the breathtaking turquoise-and-emerald paradise that is Maui, and you don’t want to spend your days traveling in the confines of a stuffy automobile. We totally get it — the islands are meant to be enjoyed to the fullest, and that means taking in the plentiful sunshine and soft Pacific breezes. The best way to take advantage of these treasures is to explore Maui on bicycle.
First of all, be aware that Maui may be bigger and more spread out than you’re expecting — only the most die-hard cyclists would consider traversing the entire island in the space of one visit. But you can certainly get to know your home base more intimately than most tourists, and take advantage of some splendid scenery in the bargain. Here’s an overview of some of the best bike rentals on Maui — and tips for places to check out while you’re in the area. Aloha!
Crater Cycles — Kahului
Located on the Hana Highway, this bicycle shop is well-placed for you to pick up your rental directly after arriving on Maui, as you’ll probably be landing in the nearby Kahului Maui Airport. The excellent website offers tips for planning your cycling excursion, including maps of the best mountain-biking trails. Try the Skyline Trail for the adventure of a lifetime.
Kahului is also the perfect base for exploring the most of Maui that you can, with its highly central location. Be aware that if you’re interested in taking the famed Road to Hana, with its gorgeous waterfalls and famed winding turns, the trip is definitely not for the faint of heart if you’re traveling by bicycle.
Hawaiian Cruisers — Kihei
This is another centrally-located outfit, a great base for exploring all that East Maui has to offer. If you like the idea of traveling by bike but aren’t quite up for that much exercise on your vacation, moped and scooter rentals are also available. Family owned and operated, the friendly staff will gladly answer any questions you might have regarding either the equipment or the region. Insider tip: If you can catch a lift to Kihei, even if it’s by cab, plan on renting your car there. There are plenty of mom-and-pop places that offer solid rentals at a fraction of what they would charge at the airport.
Haleakala Bike Co. — Haiku
This funky, pastoral town is one of the unsung treasures of Hawaii. Take care on the narrow, winding streets, and enjoy the sounds of birdsong that can’t be replicated anywhere on the mainland. If you make it as far as nearby Paia in time for lunch, check out the Paia Fish Market — a favorite of country legend Willie Nelson, as well as of numerous other celebrities whose photos are on prominent display.
If you’re interested, ask about the Sunrise Bike Tour, which takes cyclists on an unforgettable journey up the famed Haleakala Crater as day is breaking. Even on Maui, you’ll be hard-pressed to improve upon the photos this tour will generate.
West Maui Cycles — Lahaina
If you’re fortunate enough to venture around to Maui’s more remote West side, you’re in for a treat. Cruise around the gigantic banyan tree, all the way down happening Front Street, and pop in at Baby Beach for an authentic Lahainatown experience. Hungry? The Cool Cat Café advertises the “Best Burger on Maui” — a well-deserved honorific that’s enhanced by the retro ’50s décor. Head up Lahainaluna street for the sheer pleasure of coasting back down again. If you’re feeling energetic, the stunning beaches of Ka’anapali can be easily reached by bicycle for a perfect day trip.
Wherever you choose to go for your bike rentals on Maui, you’re guaranteed to have more fun in the sun than you bargained for. As they say on the islands, mahalo for reading! Here’s hoping your vacation brings you a lifetime of joyful memories.