Lana‘i for First-Timers

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Hiking, horseback riding, golfing, lazing around ... do everything or nothing here

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You’ve come to Lana‘i to get away from it all and this intimate island doesn’t disappoint. You’ll find your ideal first-timers itinerary here is not having one.

Getting to Lana‘i

To get to here, fly to Honolulu International Airport (HNL) or Kahului Airport (OGG) on Maui, where you can connect to local airlines with service to Lanai Airport (LNY). Otherwise, there is regular ferry service from Lahaina Harbor on Maui to Manele Harbor on Lana‘i’s southern coast. Ferry trips take roughly an hour and make for great day trips.

What to See and Do

On your first visit, start off at Hulopo‘e Bay on Lana‘i’s south coast. Home to the Four Seasons Resort Lana‘i, this beautiful crescent beach offers great snorkeling, sunbathing and tide pools to explore.

Take a short hike from the beach to find the landmark Pu‘u Pehe (Sweetheart Rock). Then head up north to the cool uplands of Lana‘i City. Shop, dine or stop into the Lana‘i Culture & Heritage Center. Or visit the cat sanctuary, home to feral animals.

Golfers often come for a day trip to play the challenging Manele Bay Golf Course. Hunters come on the seasonal weeks for mouflon sheep and axis deer, which abundantly roam parts of the island.

There is plenty else to do here, but don’t rush to do it all. That would defeat the whole purpose of visiting.

This itinerary is compliments of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau with additions by Carol Fowler. For more information on what to see and do, visit their website.

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Musts for first-timers and day-trippers to Lana‘i

–Snorkel at Hulopo‘e Beach
–Visit the Garden of the Gods
–Play the championship Manele Bay Golf Course

Ideas for Repeat Visitors

–Visit Shipwreck Beach
–Stay at the Hotel Lana‘i
–Have banana pancakes at Blue Ginger Cafe
–Hike, bike or drive the Munro Trail
— Visit petroglyphs
— Visit the cat sanctuary

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