La Perouse Cycling Route – Beginner

22 miles, 1,200’ elevation gain

Ride beachside along the flat Kihei frontage road (S Kihei Rd), soaking up the ocean views on your right. While there is a bike shoulder, stay alert as it’s a busy road! About 5 miles in, you’ll cross the town line into Wailea, where gentle rollers begin. We’ve included a couple of small detours that will take you off the main road; we think it’s well worth the extra pedal strokes to explore the quiet neighborhoods of Wailea and Makena.

What bike will I ride on Maui?

Planning a cycling trip to Maui? The idyllic island is an excellent cycling destination for cyclists, with a number of world-class road routes and a couple of mountain bike trail networks. Check out some details on how to bring your bike with you, or consider renting a bike from us. 

Here at Maui Sunriders, we offer a fleet of rental bikes on Maui. Maui Sunriders is your destination for high-end road bikes, full suspensions, hardtails, e-bikes, 3-speeds, or single-speeds. Our top-notch staff of cycling enthusiasts will be excited to help you find the right bike for your adventure (at either of our locations...Paia, Kihei, or Lahaina!).

About 7 miles in, traffic thins out and the road narrows as you begin the final stretch of road out to La Perouse. You’re passing through the youngest land on the island, and home to a monument and ruins of Hawaiians who once made their home on the sharp lava rock. On the way, you’ll pass a number of excellent swimming beaches and a couple of food trucks. Great pit stops to break up the ride, or to revisit with the family!

Be aware – while all paved, the final mile of the road to La Perouse is in exceptionally poor condition. If on a road bike, we recommend turning around when the pavement quality deteriorates to avoid a VERY bumpy 2-mile out and back. But, if you’re the adventurous type (and have a spare tube!), go for it!

Retrace your steps, and you’ll end up right back at our Kihei shop!

La Perouse | Photograph by Conor O'Brian
Conor O'Brian

Conor O'Brian

Maui Sunriders contributing writer, photographer, route builder, and road cycling guide.

Author: Conor O'BrianMaui Sunriders contributing writer, photographer, route builder, and road cycling guide.
Conor is an avid bike rider, racer, adventurer, photographer, and graphic artist who spends his winters working for MSBC
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