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Cruising Around Hawaii on Mopeds

Cruising Around Hawaii on Mopeds

One of the first things we wanted to do after arriving in Hawaii was to explore the south shore of Oahu. The two of us wanted to escape the tourist-filled Waikiki without having to pay excessively for a rental car or be restricted by taking an organized tour. But how else could we see the real Hawaii?

After a few hours of online research, we found Hawaiian Style Rentals who offer moped rentals at very affordable rates (24 hours for $35). By hiring mopeds, we could set our own itinerary and explore Oahu at our own pace. Perfect!

Our Moped Rides

Our Mopeds

There’s a reason that Hawaiian Style Rentals are ranked in the Top 10 of tours to do in Honolulu on TripAdvisor. Their staff are brilliant and as professional as they come and our guide Clinton did a great job in alleviating the anxiety we were feeling as first time riders.

He explained all the functions of the moped in detail and didn’t let us leave until we were fully comfortable on the mopeds. Hawaiian Style Rentals even make you take a helmet (you don’t have to wear it but we definitely recommend that you do!) and provide you with maps and a lock and chain.

Now that we were confident and prepared, we set off for the day’s adventures!

Diamond Head

The view from the top of Diamond Head Crater

The view from the top of Diamond Head Crater

Our first stop was the famous Diamond Head State Monument, a relaxed 4-mile ride around the coast from Waikiki Beach. This was a fantastic first route for beginners – not only did we get sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean along the way, a top speed of 25mph meant we could cruise along and get used to controlling these bad boys.

As we entered the park at Diamond Head, the first benefit of riding mopeds became evident – instead of paying the $5.00 per car admission fee, we only had to pay $1.00 each (the pedestrian admission fee) and got prime parking right next to the start of the trail.

We spent the next 2 hours hiking to the top of Diamond Head and were rewarded with the view in the photo above. Definitely well worth it!

Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay

After we finished hiking Diamond Head, we got back on our mopeds and headed for Hanauma Bay, approximately 10 miles east.

To get to Hanauma Bay we had to get on Kalanianaole Highway (Highway 72) which was nervewracking at first, merging onto the highway and dealing with the increased speed limit of 35mph. Fortunately for inexperienced riders, you are allowed to ride in the bicycle lane at a reduced speed until you feel comfortable enough to get amongst the traffic.

Like with Diamond Head, parking mopeds at Hanauma Bay was effortless compared to the hassle some visitors were experiencing with their vehicles. Even if the car park is full, you can go straight past the “No Entry” sign and enjoy the rest of your day!

We did just that, spending a sunny afternoon snorkelling at one of the most popular tourist destinations on Oahu.

Other Destinations on Oahu

Lanikai Beach

Lanikai Beach (Flickr Photo: EDubya)

We spoke Brad Fresch, the operations manager at Hawaiian Style Rentals, and asked about the most common places visitors to Hawaii ride the mopeds.

Quite a few take the same ride we did (it was their second most popular ride), while others take the mopeds to Pearl Harbor and even to the North Shore. But the most popular ride was to Lainikai Beach/Kailua to see one of the best beaches of the world. It looks pretty amazing, doesn’t it?

If only the two of us had gotten out of bed a little bit earlier!

Disclaimer: We received complimentary moped hire from Hawaiian Style Rentals, however all thoughts and opinions are our own.


  1. Posted August 10, 2011 at 3:44 am | Permalink

    HAHA, you look adorable on that pink moped!

    Great solution…and I’m willing to bet it was a lot more fun than a rental car…

    • Posted August 10, 2011 at 9:40 am | Permalink

      Thanks! It was the only pink moped in the whole place but was definitely the one for me! 🙂

      Mopeds were a ton more fun than a rental car and a great way to explore destinations like Hawaii where traffic isn’t really a problem.

  2. Posted August 10, 2011 at 5:07 am | Permalink

    haha, so cool! Love the colors 😀

  3. Posted August 10, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    Ah yes – the hike to Diamond Head is more than worth it – it looks like you had great weather! We went to the North Shore & Pearl Harbor as well, but we rented a car. Our moped experience in the Bahamas didn’t go so well (although these bikes look in MUCH better shape!) So excited your trip has begun!

    • Posted August 10, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

      The weather was fantastic, although hiking Diamond Head under the midday sun wasn’t our greatest idea. More about this in a future post though!

      We hired a car later on during our time on Oahu and explored the North Shore and Pearl Harbor that way. Thanks Tricia, we’re excited too and have plenty more great stories to share over the coming weeks and months. 🙂

  4. Posted August 10, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    Wow, that actually sounds really affordable. How long did it take you guys to get comfortable on the bikes and figure out how to ride them? Did you have any issues?

    • Posted August 11, 2011 at 6:48 am | Permalink

      It really only took 10-15 minutes before we felt pretty comfortable, although would definitely recommend staying within your comfort zone. Apart from getting sunburnt (which was our own fault), we didn’t have too many issues.

  5. Posted August 11, 2011 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    Looks like the perfect day for a ride around the island. Those are some pimped out mopeds! Love the colors. Glad ya’ll are having a great time so far 🙂

    • Posted August 11, 2011 at 6:50 am | Permalink

      It was a fantastic day and a great way to see some of the sights of the island! Thanks Elle.

  6. Posted August 11, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    I never would have thought of that. Figuring out how to travel without renting cars is one of my current problems. Did you have to lock those things up, like bicycles? It seems like they’d be easy to steal.

    • Posted August 11, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

      Rental cars are becoming a nightmare – we’re paying more for insurance right now than the car itself.

      Yeah, theft of mopeds is pretty common we were told so they had to be locked up with a chain to a fixed object such a pole (not a tree, because the thieves cut them down to steal them).

  7. Posted August 12, 2011 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    What a perfect transportation for Oahu were the distances are never that far, especially on a sunny day! Those look like tons of fun!

    • Posted August 12, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

      Best thing is, the fuel gauge stayed full the entire time! So you could easily drive around all day and not have to pay big dollars for gas like you would on a rental car.

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