If you’re exploring all the different types of tours available to you on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, cycling tours might catch your eye. These tours offer you the chance to take advantage of the beautiful tropical weather on your vacation, see the sights up close and get a little exercise (maybe burning off the extra calories from those pina coladas). But if you’re going to try this route, you’ll want to do it right. Here are a few tips to follow:
- Don’t Push Yourself Too Far
As you’re looking at prospective cycling tours and routes, you should be honest with yourself about your current fitness level. Most of us don’t get as much exercise as we’d like in our everyday lives — and although you should enjoy the chance to get moving before you’re back in your cubicle, you don’t want to spend the rest of your vacation injured or too sore.
- Be Realistic About Weather
The sun shines 365 days a year in Hawaii, right? Wrong. Although it’s rarely cold and the sun will be out for at least part of the day on most days, rainy afternoons are part of what makes Oahu’s lush tropical vegetation possible, especially on the windward side of the island. You should either plan your rides fairly early or bring some lightweight rain gear.
- Wear Proper Cycling Gear
Since you’re on vacation, it may be tempting to ride in your shorts and flip-flops (which, in Hawaii, are called “slippahs”). But Hawaii’s roads and sidewalks are very congested in some spots, and it’s important that you wear proper cycling gear. That, of course, includes a helmet; having perfect hair for your vacation photos isn’t worth neglecting safety.
- Consider a Group Tour
If this will be your first trip to the island, guided tours may be a good choice. Some areas of the island are very bike-friendly, while others aren’t — and it can be difficult to tell until you get there. A group tour will ensure you’re taking advantage of the most bike-able spots, and will also be able to help you with a bike and gear.
- Be Courteous to Locals
Whether you decide on group tours or going it alone, you’ll find that a little courtesy goes a long way in Hawaii. People will generally be friendly and happy to help you with directions and such, but you should also remember that you’re enjoying a space that is some people’s home.
Do you have any other tips for tourists planning cycling tours on Oahu? Share your thoughts in the comments.