Lanai, a Land of Unexpected Treasures
The intriguing island of Lanai, located almost in the middle of the Hawaiian Island chain presents a more laid-back and intimate atmosphere, all in peaceful seclusion. In a place with no stop lights and hardly any paved roads, it’s easy to see why Lanai can be the perfect seclusion inspired vacation destination.
Lanai, Hawaii’s most secluded island is the sixth-largest of the Hawaiian Islands and is known as Pineapple Island because of its past as an island-wide pineapple plantation.
The island’s only settlement of note is the small town of Lanai City. Still, as the least inhabited island in all of the state of Hawaii, Lanai does offer big enticements to its visitors
With only one town, and no traffic lights, shopping malls or public transportation, this island appeals to those looking for the secluded tropical get-away vacation.
While some of the bigger islands of Hawaii are packed with grand tourist attractions, resplendent hotels, and large crowds of vacationers, the island of Lanai presents a more laid-back and intimate atmosphere. This island is great for romantics, senior citizens and business people who are all seeking seclusion, peace and quiet.
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How to Get To Lanai
As there are no direct service flights to Lanai from the United States, visitors intending to visit Lanai fly to Honolulu International Airport (HNL) in Oahu or Kahului Airport (OGG) in Maui before taking a connected flight to Lanai.
Of the two, the better route to take is flying in to Honolulu, and then onward to Lanai as travelling to Maui first results in longer flight times of up to three hours.
When to Go To Lanai
With an average temperature that lies within the range of 70º to 85º F, Lanai sees generally good weather all year round. Here, the weather is often warm, sunny and drier that the other Hawaiian Islands. Still, the summer months see increases in heat, but not to an unbearable level; while the winter months get a bit chilly, requiring the occasional jacket.
Additionally, Lanai City is cooler than the beaches due to its elevation while temperatures at Hulopoe Bay are usually about 12º F higher than other areas on the island.
Getting Around Lanai
There are several options for getting around Lanai. This includes an Island-wide transportation shuttle system offered for a nominal fee that is available through the Four Seasons Resorts, Hotel Lanai and Expedition Ferry. Beyond that, the Expedition Ferry is great for travelling along the coast.
For most visitors however, renting a 4-wheel drive in advance proves to be the best option as the best means of exploring sites throughout the island.
Lanai Accommodation Choices
Lanai has two world-class resorts, the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay, along the seaside and the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, the Lodge at Koele in the misty mountains. The historic Hotel Lanai can be found in Lanai City.
Even though this island paradise is tiny with only a few options, the few are big on luxury and cater to their guests in style.
Lanai is a diamond in the rough with amazing attractions including unique historical sites such as Luahiwa Petroglyphs and Palaoa Point a well as unusual natural wonders such as the Garden of the Gods, and Pu’u pehe Rock.
- Hulopoe Bay and Kaiolohia (Shipwreck Beach): The pristine beauty of Hulopoe Bay earned Hulopoe Beach, a swimming and picnicking beach the title of America’s best beach in 1997. With a stunning expanse of pearl-white sand and crystal blue waters, Hulopoe Bay is also home to a Four Seasons Resort.
- Kaiolohia: For divers, the Kaiolohia (Shipwreck Beach) features a ghostly ship still wrecked off shore. The Pu’u pehe Rock is also a notable landmark here.
- Keahiakawelo: Also known as the ‘Garden of the Gods’, Keahiakawelo is a rock garden set in an otherworldly place at the end of rocky Polihua Road and boasting a mysterious lunar topography. A beautiful historic Lanai rock formation, Keahiakawelo was sculpted over the course of hundreds of years and is today, one of Lanai’s most impressive and stunning natural attractions
- Hike Lanai: With majestic cliffs and lush valleys, hiking is a popular activity in Lanai. There are several hiking ours offering picture perfect and educational tours of the island wherein guest may learn about the island’s rich culture and heritage along the way.
- Lanai Art Center/ Culture & Heritage Center: For the artistically inclined, the Lanai Art Center is an art gallery dedicated to providing arts and cultural experiences for its visitors. The Culture & Heritage Center is a community museum that revives the island’s cultural heritage.
Lanai is a tourist treat waiting to be explored by anyone who wants to experience Hawaii in a truly unique way. With an unruffled charm, visitors will discover pristine beaches, lush hiking trails, stunning landforms, various cultural attractions and other unexpected treasures.