Exploring Lahaina and Beyond
This beautiful 13+ mile route may just be one of the best things you do on Maui. It will take you from Front Street in Lahaina all the way to Olowalu. The route is 13 miles round trip, and 20 miles if you’re riding your bike from the RideSmart Maui Bike shop in Kaanapali. We highly recommend booking a Full-Day rental or self-guided tour for adventures beyond Lahaina. If you want to spend some time in Kaanapali or Lahaina before you venture south, we provide suggestions on fun things to do along the way in this blog post.
From the main strip, head south (away from Kaanapali) and you’ll quickly reach the Honoapiilani Highway (Route 30) where you’ll take a right and continue southbound on the shoulder of the road, riding in the same direction as traffic.
Kaanapali to Olowalu – 10 miles
Safety Tip: Please do not stop on the shoulder of the Honoapiilani Highway as it is often frequented by visitors who may be paying more attention to the views and not the road. You should expect to come across a few drainage grates along the way, which can be a little slick when wet.
In about 2.5 miles, you’ll reach Launiupoko Beach Park, a great place to stop and take a break or hit the beach. There’s a small wading pool that is perfect for children, too! You can stop by the Living Earth Systems Farm Stand, right across the street from the beach park for some healthy eats.
Safety Tip: When making stops, be sure to use the lock provided with your rental to secure your bike.
Continue down the highway for about 3 miles until you arrive at Olowalu. Stop for a sweet treat (or a full meal) at Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop (open daily 10am – 6pm), or do some snorkeling and swimming at Olowalu beach. The reef here is one of the largest and healthiest on Maui, home to colorful coral, sea turtles and hundreds of species of fish! In the winter months you may even be able to hear and see the migrating whales off-shore.
You may also want to take a detour up Luawai Street to the Olowalu petroglyphs, approximately one mile from Leoda’s and about a 100ft elevation gain. Here, you’ll walk a short 1/4 mile dirt trail to the site where you’ll find 100 carvings, such as animals and people, chiseled into ancient rock.
After enjoying Olowalu, we recommend heading back up north towards Lahaina (6.5 miles away) or Kaanapali (10 miles away), unless you are an advanced rider. It is important to note that Bike Rescue does NOT include areas south of Olowalu, so riders do so at their own risk.