There a few ways to get around Waikiki, including by bus or by trolley.
And, if you’re not venturing too far away from Waikiki, you can also use a bike for getting around in and near Waikiki!
There do seem to be more bike sharing programs popping up.
The very first bike sharing in Hawaii was with biki bikes, and this is the bike that I used.
So this will focus mostly on biki, but using bike sharing bikes will likely mostly be the same.
Bike rental vs bike sharing on Oahu
What’s the difference?!
With a typical bicycle rental, you’ll rent a bike on an hour-by-hour, half day, or all day basis, and the bike is your responsibility for that entire time.
You’ll need to find a place to lock it up when you’re not using it, and you’ll need to return it back to where you picked it up.
But with a bicycle rental, you’re also not as limited to where you can go, and you have the potential of getting a better bike more suitable for going longer distances for cycling on Oahu!
With biking sharing on Oahu, you can use a bike for as little amount of time as you want, and among the best part about it can be that you don’t need to return it to where you picked up the bike.
This can make it ideal for short trips around Waikiki and Honolulu when you’re looking to simply get from point A to point B.
Bike station locations
Another one of the best parts is that you can pick up a bike from convenient places all around Waikiki and Honolulu!
There are over 100 biki bike sharing stations or bike stops around Waikiki and Honolulu.
There’s a biki app that you can check for bike stops on your phone. Try searching for “biki hawaii” or “bikeshare hawaii.”
And you can also check this map for biki locations.
Age requirement for biki bikes
To use a biki bike, kids need to be at least 16.
And if your child is 16 or 17, you the parent need to be renting the bike with them.
How much does bike sharing cost?
You can pay for rides individually and in 30 minute segments.
With biki bike sharing, each 30 minute bike ride costs $3.50. Confirm the prices.
That would be whether your bike ride is 5 minutes, or 29 minutes.
Here's some info on Hawaii trip prep!
- Best shoes for hiking in Hawaii
- The perfect type of shirt for swimming in Hawaii
- Do you need water shoes for Hawaii?
- THE top things to pack for Hawaii
PLUS... Oahu tour, or on your own: Can you visit Pearl Harbor without a tour?
How does bike sharing in Waikiki work?!
- You rent a bike at one bike station
- You ride your bike down the street to another part of town
- You return the bike at another bike station at your destination
- Then you are DONE!
For the longer version…
1. Go to the payment stand at a bike rental station
2. Activate the screen
3. Follow the prompts given
This will include:
- How many bikes you want to rent
- What kind of bike pass you want (30 minute pass or multi-ride pass)
- Accepting terms and conditions
- Inserting your credit card (no cash)
- Entering your phone number and zip code
4. Receive the code to unlock a bike
Once your credit card has been approved, a code with numbers will be displayed.
This code is used to unlock your bike.
You have the option of printing off this code.
Even if you think you have a good memory, consider printing it off just in case! (Or take a picture of it if you want to be more environmentally friendly.)
The code expires in 5 minutes, and that’s how long you have to unlock your bike.
You’re located right next to a bike, so this is enough time.
5. Go over to the bike you want to take
There’s a keypad with 3 numbers in a column on the left side.
This is where you enter the code.
6. Once the button turns green, YANK the bike out
Okay, maybe not that hard, but you do need a little bit of force to pull it out.
If you fail at pulling it out, just enter the code again, and try again.
7. Start biking in Waikiki!
8. When you’re ready to return your bike, go to a bike rental station – any bike station!
Then just lock the bike back into position!
It doesn’t need to be the same station that you got your bike at, but it can be.
But it does need to be a station with an open bike slot!
If you do find that the first station you get to is full, simply go down the street to find the next bike station.
You are DONE!
Adjusting the bike seat
At some point, you may want to adjust the bike seat.
In order to maximize the 30 minutes you have, consider adjusting this before you start the payment process at the biki station.
The way you adjust the bike seat is basically the same way you would adjust a spinning bike or stationary bike at the gym.
So if you’ve never adjusted a bike seat like this, you may want to head to your gym just so you can make sure you know what you’re doing.
It’s really not difficult, but just to save that extra time when you’re in Waikiki, it may be something to consider if you just happen to be working out at the gym.
Law: No biking on sidewalks in “business districts”
So when you’re in Waikiki, you might see people riding their bikes on Waikiki sidewalks.
But this is likely because as visitors they don’t know that they are not supposed to.
This “no biking on sidewalks” law generally applies to the more busy areas of Waikiki and downtown Honolulu.
If you can’t bike on sidewalks, where do you bike?!
Most major streets where you can’t bike on sidewalks will have a designated bike lane.
And that’s where you’ll bike.
Also to know…
In Waikiki, there are one-way streets that run parallel to the coast.
So it also might require you going over one block, depending on which directions you’re going.
Waikiki to Honolulu
Honolulu to Waikiki
Bike with traffic, not against
When you are biking on the street, whether there’s a bike lane or not, always be on the side of the street so you are going in the same direction as the cars.
Don’t bike against traffic! This is a general biking thing anywhere in the US (and probably world).
So, in Hawaii this means biking on the right side of the road.
Where to go from Waikiki by bike?!
Waikiki to Honolulu
There are many bike sharing station located in downtown Honolulu.
So if you want to see some of the attractions located in the downtown area, you can get there by bike!
Some places to go from Waikiki…
To Iolani Palace
To King Kamehameha Statute
Waikiki to Diamond Head
You can also go part way to the Diamond Head hike.
There’s currently not a bike sharing station directly near Diamond Head, but if you’re coming from a part of Waikiki that’s located further away from the Diamond Head crater, then biking can be a way to get you closer.
Then, you can walk the rest of the way.
Hilton Hawaiian Village to the other end of Waikiki
Waikiki Beach stretches around 2 miles long.
If you’re staying at one end of Waikiki, like at or near the Hilton Hawaii Village, then you can also use a bike to visit the far other end of Waikiki instead of walking!
Located on the opposite end of the Hilton Hawaiian Village are things like Waikiki’s top snorkeling spot, the Honolulu Zoo, and the Waikiki Aquarium.
Far end of Waikiki Beach, on the Diamond Head side
I THINK this area is fine on your bike?!
Do as the locals do?! 😉
Just try not to get in the way of people!
HAPPY BIKING IN WAIKIKI!
Top things to pack for your Hawaii vacation!
The ultimate beach towel for travel?!Turkish towels are considered to be more absorbent and lightweight than your average beach towel. Be sure to check out turkish towels like these!
Possibly among the best Oahu maps for tourists!The Franko maps of Hawaii have a high level of detail for activities and it's beachproof aka waterproof. There's an "adventure" guide map and a "snorkel/dive" guide map. Plus a wall map for home to get you excited for your upcoming trip to Honolulu!
The cheapo way to waterproof your phoneYou can take underwater pictures with a simple waterproof phone case like this. Touch screen may not work well underwater - try the volume button to snap the pic instead!
Get your suitcase more organized!Packing cubes can make it so you're spending less time on your vacation looking for things! They are basically a form of drawers in your suitcase. Take a look at these packing cubes.
Wear less sunscreen by wearing a UPF swim shirt!Wearing a swim shirt means less skin that's exposed to the sun which means less sunscreen you need to apply! See about wearing swim shirts with UV protection like these when you're snorkeling.
Be sure to take a look at the reviews of these amazing tours on the Oahu:
- Sailing the ocean on a Hawaiian canoe to a small island
- Hidden gems of Oahu circle island tour + North Shore snorkeling
- Kayaking the ocean to a small island
- Dream Hawaii helicopter flight: Oahu waterfalls, mountains, and valleys including the North Shore and Sacred Falls
- Sunset cruise on the ocean