A leisurely boat ride across pristine azure Pacific waters makes the top of almost every visitor’s to do list. While on Maui, consider an interisland adventure by taking an affordable ferry ride to the Pineapple Isle, Lanai.
One of the smaller main Hawaiian Islands, there’s still plenty to do at this magical destination and it’s relatively easy to get there. Travel to Manele Harbor from Lahaina Harbor on Maui with the Expeditions ferry. Once you arrive, you’ll be immediately blown away by the vast and unique beauty that abounds on this little island.
Lanai was once home to an islandwide pineapple plantation before the industry dismantled in the Hawaiian Islands. Thus, the nickname, the Pineapple Isle. Many of the descendants of those who worked in the fields still live here. And since the population is so small, almost everybody knows each other.
Lanai is an adventure seekers dream and the perfect place to spend a day or two during your stay on Maui. Moreover, you can experience two Hawaiian Islands with only one flight.
If you decide to spend the night, there are two major resorts here run by Four Seasons. One is located on Hulopoe Beach, the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay. The other, The Lodge at Koele, has a different countryside setting nestled in the mountains.
Here are a few of the fun and exciting things you can do once you arrive on the Pineapple Isle, Lanai:
This is your only option as far as driving on the island is concerned. Most people take the shuttle that ventures between the two hotels. But for those with more of an adventurous side, rent a Jeep and explore the unusual landscape of Lanai. Most of the island, outside of Lanai City, is only accessible via 4-wheel-drive vehicles, making exploration even more thrilling. Take a trip to the moon-like terrain of Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods) and Kaiolohia (Shipwreck Beach) on the north shore of the island.
Play a round on the stunning Manele Golf Course at the beachside Four Seasons. Designed by legendary golfer, Jack Nicklaus, this world class 18-hole course will delight and challenge every golf aficionado.
Hawaii has a rich history of paniolo, or cowboys, that dates back to the mid-1800s. Channel your inner paniolo with a fun horseback ride through the hills and valleys of gorgeous Lanai. Book a tour with Lanai Adventure Center and leisurely ride through ironwood forests as you keep on the lookout for deer, sheep and turkey. These trails are located near The Lodge at Koele and are also accessible by foot.