Weaving along Oahu's fabled North Shore for about four miles, the North Shore Bike Path stretches from Waimea Bay to Sunset Beach. It offers a magical alternative to driving on the road or biking, walking or skateboarding on a narrow highway shoulder. The bike path, although narrow, is two lanes, and it runs alongside Kamehameha Highway, with much of the path bordered by a jungle barrier between you and the road.
Although the bike path is pure fun, it serves as a genuine mode of transportation for many locals who can live the simple life by using a bike as a vehicle, rather than a car. The bike path is always bustling with visitors and locals who are making their way to the beach or the store. Some are just out for a joy ride.
To gain the full bike path experience, rent a bicycle at the surf shop at Shark's Cove, located beside Foodland. Or, put your favorite skateboard to the test. The bike path is also perfect for walking with children and strollers.
Jump Rock at Waimea Bay — Photo courtesy of Lori
Begin your bike path adventure at Waimea Bay. Work your way east, and you'll cruise by Four Tables Beach and Foodland for beach gear and snacks. Continue along and look for the swing hanging for the tree by Ke Iki, as well as Pupukea Grill for lunch.
Here, a healthy menu boasts offerings such as curries, hummus wraps, ahi bowls and quinoa and salad dishes. Continue on towards Pipeline and Ehukai Beach Park, where surfing takes place 24/7. Relax in the sun and watch some of the world's best surfers tackle some of the world's best waves.
Across the street from Ehukai Beach Park is Sunset Elementary School. In the front of the school are restrooms and a brand new playground for the public. This is a common place for parents to relax in the shade of the large tree while children play.
Next along the 'Four Mile Miracle,' as the North Shore has been dubbed, is Rocky Point, another popular surf break. It's best to sit on the beach and watch here.
From Rocky Point, it's just a few minutes to famed Sunset Beach, another amazing place to swim and surf watch. If you make it here for sunset, this is the spot to see it, and you'll notice that much of the North Shore arrives to watch.
The bike path is one of the highlights of the North Shore, and it's a wonderful way to traverse all of the beaches.
Sunset at Sunset Beach — Photo courtesy of Jade Eckardt