Lanai 7 Day Iternary

The smallest inhabited island in Hawaii, Lanai offers big enticements to its visitors. From the stunning views atop the pine-lined Munro Trail to watching the acrobatic spinner dolphins from romantic Hulopoe Bay, Lanai is a special place where you’re sure to find serenity, adventure and intimacy. If you want to get away from it all, get away to Lanai.

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Island Highlights

- Hulopoe Bay: Home to one of America’s Best Beaches and the Four Seasons Resort Lanai.
- Puu Pehe (Sweetheart Rock): Take a short hike from Hulopoe bay to this iconic Lanai landmark.
- Lanai City: Charming central town, home to the Hotel Lanai and near the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Lodge at Koele.
- Kaiolohia (Shipwreck Beach): This secluded beach features a ghostly ship still wrecked off shore.
- Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods): 4-wheel drive to this other worldly landscape.

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Hulopoe Bay

Hulopoe Bay Lanai

The pristine beauty of Hulopoe Bay has earned Hulopoe Beach the title of America's best beach in 1997 by Dr. Stephen Leatherman (Dr. Beach). Located on Lanai's southern coast, Hulopoe Bay greets you with a stunning expanse of pearl-white sand and crystal blue waters.

One of the highlights of Hulopoe Bay is its large tide pools located at the eastern side of the bay. Carved out of volcanic rock, these tide pools are well protected, keeping the waters calm for exploring. Tide pools are created when rocky shores are covered and then exposed by the fluctuating tide. Small organisms adapt to this changing landscape, and many hermit crabs, sea stars, opihi (limpet) and small fish dwell here.

Location: Follow Manele Road south to the coast.

Lanai Golf

Lanai Golf

On this modest island, you’ll find two golf courses of remarkable prestige. The Koele Golf Course is an 18-hole championship course designed by legends Greg Norman and Ted Robinson. Situated in Lanai’s 2,000-foot highlands, Koele is relatively short at 6,200 yards, but the course winds through hills and over tropical gulches. Here each hole is graced with incredible vistas, from mountain ravines to Pacific Ocean views of neighboring Maui and Molokai across the channel. This dramatic course, surrounded by soaring pines and eucalyptus trees, is indeed a one-of-a-kind experience.

Puu Pehe (Sweetheart Rock)

Puu Pehe Sweetheart Rock Lanai

Besides being a picturesque natural landmark, Puu Pehe is also steeped in Hawaiian legend. Legend tells of two lovers, a Hawaiian maiden named Pehe from Lahaina and a young warrior from Lanai named Makakehau. He was so taken with her beauty that whenever he laid eyes upon her they would mist up in tears. Hence his name: Maka (eyes) Kehau (mist). He took her back to Lanai and hid her in a sea cave at the base of Manele’s cliffs.

One day while gathering supplies he noticed a storm brewing and started back, only to find Pehe drowned by the surge of the storm waves. Stricken with grief, Makakehau gathered his beloved in his arms. He wailed out to the gods and his ancestors to help him climb the steep rock island where he eventually buried her. He then jumped from this 80-foot summit into the pounding surf below.

Location: A short hike from the Four Seasons Resort Lanai.

Whale Watching on Lanai

Whale Watching on Lanai

From December to May, humpback whales call Hawaii home. Traveling an incredible 3,000 miles of ocean in less than two-months time, these gentle giants migrate from the gulf of Alaska to Hawaii for breeding and birthing in the islands’ warm and shallow waters. Their annual migration delights both visitors and residents alike during the peak of their numbers between January and early April.

The clear, shallow waters of the Auau Channel between Lanai, Maui and Molokai offer some of the best whale watching in the world. You can take a whale watching boat tour or a charter boat out of Manele Harbor.

Location: On Lanai’s southern coast.

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4-Wheel Driving on Lanai

4-Wheel Driving on Lanai

Lanai offers 400 miles of road to explore by 4-wheel drive. North Lanai has the bulk of off-road paths to explore. The Kanepuu Preserve is 4.8 miles and 20 minutes away from Lanai City on a dirt path. Continue down the road for another five minutes and you’ll arrive at the lunar landscape of Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods).

For the truly adventurous, travel about 35 minutes and 4.7 miles even further to reach the remote white sands of Polihua Beach or head northeast from Lanai City on another rocky road to explore the isolated shores of Kaiolohia (Shipwreck Beach).

Kaiolohia (Shipwreck Beach)

Kaiolohia Shipwreck Beach Lanai

Although unsafe for swimming, wild and beautiful Shipwreck Beach remains a favorite stop, take a 4-wheel drive about a half-hour north from Lanai City and you’ll discover Kaiolohia, also known as Shipwreck Beach. This windy, 8-mile stretch of beach has wrecked numerous ships along its shallow, rocky channel. In fact, the hull of a ghostly oil tanker from the 1940s is still beached on Kaiolohia Bay’s coral reef, its rusted hull giving the beach a surreal sense of wonder.

Location: Roughly thirty minutes north of Lanai City. The roads are unmarked so get clear directions before setting off and a 4-wheel drive vehicle is required.

Munro Trail

Munro Trail Lanai

The trail is named after George Munro, a naturalist from New Zealand who arrived on Lanai in 1890. The rustic Munro Trail begins just north of Lanai City, past the stables of the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele. Named for George Munro, the naturalist from New Zealand who arrived in 1890, this 12.8 mile, one-lane dirt road offers sweeping vistas amongst the majestic Cook pine trees introduced by Munro himself.

The trail offers spectacular views and the 1,600-foot elevation takes you through a rain forest filled with ohia lehua, ironwood, eucalyptus and pine trees. Only 2.5 miles into the trail you’ll find a scenic lookout. You'll discover stunning canyon views of Maunalei gulch. This is the only spot in the state of Hawaii from where one can see five other Hawaiian islands, but only on a very clear day (the islands are Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Kahoolawe and the Big Island). 

Location: Begins just north of Lanai City and ends in the Palawai Basin.

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Kaumalapau Harbor

Kaumalapau Harbor Lanai

Kaumalapau is the main commercial seaport for Lanai. The original harbor breakwater located here was built in 1920’s but was severely damaged by hurricanes. A new breakwater was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was dedicated on July 7, 2007 giving Kaumalapau Harbor a one of a kind look. Buttressed by 819, white, 35-ton Core-Loc armor units — the largest of their kind in the world — the harbor appears to be surrounded by giant, jack-like concrete blocks.

Be sure to drive to Kaumalapau Harbor, perch yourself atop a stone wall and treat yourself to a romantic sunset. This is one of the best and most accessible spots on the island to get an unobstructed view of the sunset.

Location: Follow Kaumalapau Highway southwest to the sea.

Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods)

Keahiakawelo Garden of the Gods Lanai

Keahiakawelo (also known as Garden of the Gods), is an other worldly rock garden at the end of rocky Polihua Road on the northwest side of the island. Its mysterious lunar topography is populated with boulders and rock towers.

According to Hawaiian lore, this windswept landscape is the result of a contest between two kahuna (priests) from Lanai and Molokai. Each was challenged to keep a fire burning on their respective island longer than the other, and the winner's island would be rewarded with great abundance. The Lanai kahuna, Kawelo, used every piece of vegetation in Keahiakawelo to keep his fire burning, which is why this area is so barren today. The rock towers, spires, and formations formed by centuries of erosion are at their most enchanting at dusk. 

Location: Roughly 45 minutes from Lanai City, get clear directions before setting off. Look for the sign that reads "Garden of the Gods" and a 4-wheel drive vehicle is required.

Polihua Beach

Polihua Beach Lanai

Polihua Beach is Lanai's longest white-sand beach. This long and wide white-sand beach stretches for more than 1.5 miles along Lanai's northwest coastline. Hawaii’s green sea turtles (honu) have been known to frequent this shoreline and humpback whales can be spotted from here during the winter months. Please note that if you do encounter endangered turtles do not touch or disturb them.

The current here is incredibly strong so swimming is not advised and is extremely discouraged. However, visitors will find this remote area a great place to beachcomb and sunbathe. 

Location: 60 miles North from Lanai City, take Polihua Road beyond Keahiakawelo and about a half-hour past Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods) and a 4-wheel drive vehicle is required.

Scuba and Snorkeling on Lanai

Scuba and Snorkeling on Lanai

If you are a beginner snorkeler, Hulopoe Bay is the best spot on the island to get started. The calm waters of this protected marine preserve hosts a variety of colorful fish close to shore. Note that most other beaches in North Lanai like Polihua Beach and Kaiolohia (Shipwreck Beach) have strong currents so swimming is discouraged.

For seasoned scuba divers, the Lanai Cathedrals are Lanai’s most popular dive spots.

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