In honour of #WanderlustWednesday , MuskokaStyle’s team is curating a selection of travel and adventure experiences that are almost, but not quite, as special as summer in Muskoka. This week we’re cycling on an oceanside bike path in Kauai, Hawaii.
Far from the madding crowds of Oahu and Maui, Kauai is the northernmost of the main Hawaiian islands. Only three per cent of this lush island’s 888 square kilometres is developed, which leaves massive tracts of Garden of Eden-type terrain to explore. Biking trails, beaches, golf and endless surf, plus a canyon considered “the Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” count among this beautiful isle’s family-friendly activities.
One of the best and latest of Kauai’s (pronounced k-WHAA-ee) active delights is a seven-mile bike path that snakes along the island’s eastern coast.
Starting in the busy shopping town of Kapa’a, the Ke Ala Hele Makalae bike path hugs the coastline northward past a number of beaches, rugged cliffs and lush garden. The path rambles gently past such lovely spots as Donkey Beach, along the way offering bird’s-eye views of the surfers on Kealia Beach. To the south, it extends past Baby Beach—with its gentle surf, this is one of the island’s most popular spots for swimming.
Bike rentals of all sizes are offered in Kapa’a, including mini cruisers, tandems, trailer bikes and tag-alongs for the little ones.
Afterward, stop for a monster ahi, tofu or chicken satay wrap with a lemonade-and-magnolia tea at Kapaa’s funky outdoor Mermaids Café.
While you refuel, practice pronouncing Ke Ala Hele Makalae—remember to say each syllable. What does it mean? It’s Hawaiian for: The Path that Goes by the Coast.