Lanai, Hawaii is the sixth largest island in the Islands of
Hawaii with easy access from neighboring island Maui. Lanai is just 25 minutes by air from Honolulu,
Hawaii and clearly offers some of the most spectacular diving in all the Hawaiian Islands. Lanai is a
one-horse town with only one city, that being Lanai City. Make no mistake; though the island of Lanai
has only a single city, the accommodations on Lanai are fit for a king. Microsoft founder Bill Gates liked
Lanai so much, that in 1995 he selected the island of Lanai as the site for his wedding. Since then, resorts on
Lanai have welcomed a steady flow of visitors. The 2 world-class resorts on Lanai receiving much of the attention are the
Four Seasons Manele Bay Hotel, Lanai City and the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele. Lavishly appointed with golf courses and royalty-like service,
these resorts bring Lanai to the forefront of world famous destinations.
The Four Seasons Manele Bay Hotel
is Lanai's very best of resorts. This fine elegant resort
offers comfort, seclusion, style and grace with spectacular views of the blue Pacific.
Down by the sea, overlooking Lanai's fabulous coastline the Manele Bay
Hotel's luxurious accommodations, gourmet dining, exquisite architecture and call
for rejuvenation have inspired the most discerning travelers from around the world
to return time and time again. In harmony with the tranquility of the tropics this resort
embodies the refinement of both Asia and Mediterranean architectures. Picturesque
art of original works capture the elegance of your surroundings while stylish suites tastefully
appointed with oversized marble bathing rooms enhance the magnificent splendor of the
Manele Bay Hotel. Decorated in opulent fashion of incomparable style, private balconies
provide outstanding vistas of the sea. Upon arrival in the true essence of hospitality you're
greeted with a lei of freshly gathered flowers. Enjoy relaxation with morning
coffee and tea served daily at The Four Seasons Manele Bay.
Yellow Tang inhabit the coral reefs in Hawaii - photo Marcel Goldsein
The Four Seasons Lodge at Koele
is reminiscent of a country estate with High-beamed ceilings, heavy timbers
and voluminous stone fireplaces. Secluded among stately Cook Pines and
towering Banyan trees this resort is considered a thoroughbred among the world's most
elite resorts, promising both the finest in luxury and gracious Hawaiian hospitality.
The Lodge is ideally situated with spacious suites ranging in size from 504 Sq. ft. to 1250 Sq. ft.,
providing a serene setting with easy access to the many pleasures of Lanai's scenic coastline.
Along with feather pillows a four-poster bed and bay window seats, you will be pampered with plush bathrobes,
house slippers, hair dryer, make-up mirror and even walking sticks. Enjoy an extensive collection
of Pacific art and artifacts or wander around the groves and pick island fruit right off the trees.
From the moment you arrive, you'll enjoy an entirely gracious spirit of service with a luxury beyond price.
Scattered over several rock formations overlooking the Palawai Basin, these
ancient Hawaiian Petroglyph's provide a glimpse into the past. According
to Historians, the drawings, carvings and writings uncovered at this site
are the creation of Lanai's earliest inhabitants, who arrived on the
island throughout the 15th century. Although many of the 400 plus
inscriptions are quite weathered, the collection of artifacts is still quite
impressive. In order to maintain the preservation of this site, visitors
are asked to refrain from touching, rubbing or handling these Historic
Artifacts, in any way.
Hwy 430, Northeast Lanai
On the northeast shore of Lanai covering about 9 miles between Kahokunui
and Polihau Beach, is the area called Shipwreck Beach. There are actually
a couple of old shipwrecks here, serving as a constant reminder of Mother
Nature's trade winds that hit this side of the island. Although this
beach is not good for swimming or snorkeling, the coastline is great for
North Western Plateau
This area of Lanai is extremely rare and is home to a diverse native dryland forest,
the last of it's kind in all the Hawaiian Islands. Encompassing approximately 600 acres
the area is protected as part of the Kanepuu Preserve. This preserve represents the type
dryland forest that once covered the dry lowland regions in the Hawaiian Islands. The
Kanepuu trail takes about 10-15 minutes to walk, with several signs along the way that
describe in detail certain features of natural or cultural significance in the preserve.
Hwy 440, South Lanai
Hulopoe Beach is located along the south shore of Lanai, about
30 minutes by car from Lanai City. The white sand beach is gently
curving, long, broad and protected by the point to the south. The area
is a popular swimming, snorkeling and diving spot with relatively gentle
water current. As always, check current weather conditions and use
caution whenever swimming in the ocean.
The site of an early Hawaiian fishing village abandoned in the
mid 19th century, lays claim the greatest concentration
of ruins on Lanai. Although many of the sites are overgrown
with kiawe and difficult to recognize, there are a number
of visible petroglyphs in the region. The cliffs near Kaunolu are
known for world-class diving competitions, more recently
the world-class Red Bull cliff diving championships.
Hwy 44, North Lanai
Lanai's longest coastal road heads north past The Lodge at Koele
about 15 miles. The road takes you through the cool upland hills
where cattle are generally grazing, then heads downhill to
the coast near Halepalaoa Landing. The road is paved for the
first 8 miles and there are lookouts along the way offering
views of the eastern shore of Molokai. The last 7 miles are
restricted to off road use for 4WD jeeps.
Hwy 440, South Lanai
Lanai offers some of the best snorkeling anywhere in the Hawaiian
Islands. It is not uncommon to get water visibility of 100ft plus in the
waters off Manele Bay and bordering Hulopoe Beach, both part of the
Manele Marine Life Conservation District. As a privately owned Island,
Lanai's white sandy beaches and turquoise blue water are kept in
pristine condition. The waters are generally calm in this area, ideal
for beginners and experienced swimmers seeking the adventure of
a lifetime. Tropical marine life is abundant and you might even see
Bottlenose and Spinner Dolphins.
Experience Lanai at your leisure. Her scenic pathways are
excellent for riders of all skill levels. Cliffs along the
western slope of the island create the perfect backdrop for a
photo opportunity. Bike to Lanai's summit at 3,370 feet, on a clear
day you can see five islands. Bikes are available for rent on the island
in Lanai City, so come enjoy the ultimate mountain biking experience.
Central & Southwest Lanai
There are 3 Golf Courses on Lanai. One 9-hole casual course, that requires
no dress code, no tee times and relies on the honor system for collecting
green fees. Just show up and play at your will. The 9-hole Cavendish Golf
Course golf is located on the north side of Lanai City. The Experience at Koele
and The Challenge at Manele offer 18-hole designer courses, the Top in Hawaii.
As would be expected at any world-class golf course, there are green fees and dress
codes. Be sure to check availability as tee times must be set in advance.
Scuba diving on Lanai's south and west coast is considered among
many to be the utmost in Hawaiian diving. With underwater arches,
caves, and cathedral-like lava formations, this amazing underwater amusement
park offers divers the ultimate scuba diving experience. There are over 700
species of fish in the Hawaiian Islands and Lanai is home to one of the
largest schools of Spinner Dolphins in Hawaii.
There is no garden at Garden of the Gods. What you will find
though is rather unique. An array of colorful pinnacles, buttes and
rock formations carved by thousands of years of erosion cast
rich shades of pink, purple and sienna through this largely desolate
canyon in the open countryside. This is a four-wheel only adventure
and if it has been raining the dirt road getting there may be closed.
The Munro Trail is Lanai's most scenic trail. The 8 plus mile
trail [dirt road] takes you through rain forest, mountains and
all the way to the summit at Mount Lanaihale. The road slopes
gently to the Palawai Basin below with views along the way.
Landscaped along the ridge in the early 1900's with Cook Pines
and other trees to wick water from the coastal clouds and fog that
prevail, the scenery is quite amazing.