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Perfect Day Exploring The North Shore on Bike

Posted on Sat, 2019/06/01 - 1:17pm by Jessica Gellert

Grab a bike and get ready to explore the legendary North Shore of O’ahu, Hawaii. Turtle Bay Resort is the only resort on the island where you can explore 1,300 acres of tropical paradise and traverse more than 12 miles of North Shore biking and hiking trails.

The North Shore Bike Park is located on property and has the equipment you need to go on your own biking adventure! There are even professionals that can teach you how to mountain bike if you don’t know how. Not into mountain biking? The North Shore Bike Park has cruiser and fat tire bikes you can rent as well.

Below we share two biking adventures, one for the cruiser and one for the mountain biker, we recommend on O’ahu’s Magical North Shore.

OPTION ONE: An Exhilarating Mountain Bike Trek at Turtle Bay

If you are down for an adventure you don’t even have to leave Turtle Bay Resort. The trails offer jumps, twists and turns through lush jungle vegetation. You’ll cruise along our famous banyan tree that has starred in several movies and TV shows and even find your own secluded shore.

1. Grab a bike at the North Shore Explorers 
If you don’t have a bike you can rent one from the North Shore Bike Park located next to the tennis courts and Beach Cottages.

north shore bike park map

2. Ride the trails at Turtle Bay
If you know how to mountain bike, grab a map from the North Shore Bike Park. If you don’t know how to ride, no worries. Our professional staff at the North Shore Bike park can teach you tips and tricks that will have you riding the trails with ease in no time. You can opt to do a guided tour with one of our guides or you can trek the trails on your own.

3. Cool off with a dip in the ocean
We highly recommend Kawela Bay, but there are 5 miles of shoreline to choose from. Most of the coastline will be unoccupied, so you are likely to have a beach all to yourself. You may also encounter sea turtles (honu) or Hawaiian Monk Seals napping along the coast.

roys beach house cheeseburger

4. End your ride with lunch at Roy’s Beach House
You can utilize their to-go shack and grab a cheeseburger, poke bowl or salad. Take your lunch to Kuilima Cove, which fronts Roy’s Beach House and enjoy your post mountain biking meal with the sand between your toes.

OPTION TWO: A Coastal Cruise Along the North Shore

This adventure does not require mountain biking skills, but you will be riding along the busy Kamehameha Highway, so be on guard.

1. Grab a bike 
You can rent a cruiser bike from the North Shore Bike Park located on property.

2. Go to the beginning of the Bike Path, located at Sunset Beach.
You have two options on how to get here. One is to ride along Kamehameha Hwy. from Turtle Bay Resort. However, there is no bike path and you will be riding along the busy road. We highly recommend the second option, catching the city bus from Turtle Bay Resort to Sunset Beach. You will need cash, exact change.  It's $2.75 for a one way fare. The Bus does have a bike rack, but it only holds two bikes. Make sure you grab a day pass from the driver so you can board the bus again for free the remainder of the day. 

3. Enjoy the ride
The bike path is about 4 miles long one way. It starts near the famous Ted's Bakery and ends at Three Tables, which is a beach right before Waimea Bay.

4. Stop for lunch where the locals go
There are several locally owned businesses along the bike path that you can take a break at and grab a snack or lunch. They include Ted’s Bakery, known for its legendary chocolate haupia (coconut) pies and lunch plates, Banzai Bowls, which serves refreshing acai bowls and the Sunrise Shack, which offers coffee, pastries and smoothie bowls. There are also several food trucks located across the street from Shark's Cove. You'll find garlic shrimp, Mexican food, pizza, burgers, poke bowls and more. 

5. Take a dip in the ocean
The whole bike route hugs the coast and literally takes you passed world famous beaches like Pipeline and Shark’s Cove. Choose one and cool off with a swim!
The beaches with bike racks include: Pipeline, Three Tables and Shark's Cove Shark’s. If you would like to cool off at Waimea Bay, park your bike at the rack located at Three Tables and walk 5-7 minutes along Kamehameha Hwy. to Waimea.  

6. Ride back towards Turtle Bay Resort
You enjoyed the ocean views and reached the end of the bike path at Three Tables. Enjoy the sights again on your ride back to your hotel room.

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Photo: elisabeth.xv on Instagram

7. Stop at Sunset Beach to watch the sunset
We recommend testing Sunset’s namesake and watching the sun slip beyond the horizon before you head all the way back to Turtle Bay. There are restrooms and showers, so you may even wish to jump back in the ocean for another dip before ending your cruise of the North Shore Bike Path.

8. Hitch a Ride
Take the City Bus back to Turtle Bay Resort. With the sun down you’ll want to play it safe and stay off the side of busy Kamehameha Hwy.

Which biking venture would you pick? Let us know in the comments.

Check out how other Turtle Bay Resort guests are living it up on two wheel here

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