How to Visit Lanai
If you are visiting Maui, you’ll have the unique opportunity to see at least 2 Hawaiian Islands while sitting on the beach. And if the day is super clear, with no clouds in the sky and great visibility, you’ll be able to see a third (Oahu). But for the most part, you’ll be able to see neighbor islands Lanai and Molokai from many places on the island, and if you are interested in actually going to the other islands, you can easily do that too!
Lanai harkens back to ancient Hawaii, with only one town and very little action, save for the two hotels that are found here. Notably, the island is privately owned by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and only 3,000 locals call the island home. An escape to Lanai is a chance to really escape, as there are not many people that visit the island, and you’ll be in for nothing but rest and relaxation on the 6th largest Hawaiian island.
Lanai’s claim to fame is that it is formerly the central figure in Hawaii’s pineapple production, dating back to the 1800’s, when the entire island produced the fruit, and helped to make Hawaii the top producer of pineapples in the world. Lanai’s most well-known attractions include Shipwreck Beach and Garden of the Gods, two incredible sites that have been formed naturally. Shipwreck Beach is the site of te wreckage of a World War II Liberty Ship, given residence at the beach following the end of the war. Today, the ship is a focal point of the beach that, although it is not suitable for swimming, is one of the most visited sites on the island.
Garden of the Gods is considered the ultimate rock garden, located just a few miles north of Lanai City. The history of the area remains a mystery and there is debate to its creation. Hawaiian legend holds a few different theories, including the story that the Gods created the garden due to their love of art, and this is where they chose to create sculptures. To aid in their creativity, the Gods created powerful winds to sculpt the formations, leaving behind beautiful artwork to be admired for future generations.
Though the island is undeveloped, the natural beauty remains and Lanai is not to be missed. While visiting Maui, the island is easily accessible on the Lanai Ferry, offering daily round trip and one-way tickets to the island. Once the ferry arrives on the island, choose from a Half-Day 4x4 Tour and a Full Day 4x4 Tour, each exploring the island and visiting the islands top attractions.
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