Hawaii Vacation Ideas - Visiting Lanai
Visitors to Maui quickly fall in love with the beauty of the island, and often, while standing on one of the incredible beaches on the south or west shore, are struck at the imposing figures on the horizon. These figures are the neighbor islands of Molokai and Lanai, and it is usually a surprise at how close they are to Maui, and getting there is easier than many realize. The channel that runs in between the islands is a bustling world (underwater, of course), and though there is only a few miles that separate the islands, they couldn’t be more different.
Lanai harkens back to the days before Hawaii was a major vacation destination, a sleepy little island that is privately owned. Home to only 3,000 residents, the island is largely a tourist destination, and has gained a reputation as a luxurious escape and a retreat to the 6th largest island in Hawaii. With only a few hotels to choose from, visitors are welcomed by the friendly residents of the island and enjoy top-notch amenities at incredible resorts like the Four Seasons Lanai. Perhaps most incredible about Lanai is the fact that the island does not have a stoplight, and most of the driving is done on dirt roads. This truly is a throwback Hawaiian Island.
For many years, Lanai was the most productive pineapple plantation in Hawaii, producing a large majority of the pineapples that came from Hawaii. Pictures from those days show miles and miles of pineapples growing on the island, giving the “The Pineapple Isle” to Lanai. Today, pineapple production has ceased, though there are still plants that grow around the island.
Lanai’s most popular attractions include Shipwreck Beach and Garden of the Gods. Shipwreck Beach is appropriately named after the wreckage of a World War II Liberty Ship that has permanently resided at the beach following the end of the war. Though the conditions of the beach are not suitable for swimming, visiting the area is a must.
Garden of the Gods is found just a few miles north of Lanai City, and is shrouded in mystery. There is no real explanation as to why the garden exists, and there is much debate about the creation of the garden. Hawaiian legend holds different stories, and the most prominent is that Hawaiian Gods enjoyed creating art, and this is where they chose to create their sculptures. To help with their creation, they created powerful winds to sculpt each formation, creating beautiful artwork to be admired.
The island is entirely undeveloped, but the beauty remains and Lanai is not to be missed. While vacationing on Maui, the island can be accessed on the Lanai Ferry, offering round trip and one-way tickets to the island. Once on the island, visitors can choose from driving tours, including a Half-Day 4x4 Tour and a Full Day 4x4 Tour, each exploring sites of the island and visiting the islands attractions.
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