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Lanai Travel Guide

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Plan Your Lanai Vacation

Mostly privately owned, Lanai is the smallest inhabited island in the Hawaiian Islands, and is a true getaway for slowing down and enjoying serenity along with world-class comforts. The two resorts on the island are run by Four Seasons. If you yearn for a beach with amenities, a luxury resort, and golf course, the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay beckons from the shoreline. Upcountry,

the grand Four Seasons Resort Lodge at Koele provides cooler pleasures. This leaves the rest of the 100,000-acre island to explore.

With no traffic or traffic lights and miles of open space, Lanai seems suspended in time, and that can be a good thing. Small (141 square miles) and sparsely populated, it has just 3,500 residents, most of them living Upcountry in Lanai City. An afternoon strolling around Dole Park in historic Lanai City offers shopping, dining, and the opportunity to mingle with locals. Though it may seem a world away, Lanai is separated from Maui and Molokai by two narrow channels, and is easily accessed by commercial ferry from Maui.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Seclusion and serenity Lanai is small; local motion is slow motion. Get into the spirit and go home rested instead of exhausted.
  2. Garden of the Gods Walk amid the eerie red-rock spires that Hawaiians still believe to be a sacred spot. The ocean views are magnificent, too; sunset is a good time to visit.
  3. A dive at Cathedrals Explore underwater pinnacle formations and mysterious caverns illuminated by shimmering rays of light.
  4. Dole Park Hang out in the shade of the Cook pines in Lanai City and talk story with the locals for a taste of old-time Hawaii.
  5. Hit the water at Hulopoe Beach This beach may have it all good swimming, a shady park for perfect picnicking, great reefs for snorkeling, and sometimes schools of spinner dolphins.

When To Go

When to Go

Lanai has an ideal climate year-round, hot and sunny at the sea and a few delicious degrees cooler Upcountry. In Lanai City and Upcountry the...

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