Spend a day exploring the neighboring island of Lanai, only nine miles off the coast of Maui and a short ferry trip from Lahaina Harbor. Known as the Pineapple Isle, the island boasts numerous activities from golfing and snorkeling to swimming, horseback riding, and clay shooting.
The adventure starts before you arrive as spinner dolphins often accompany the ferry as it heads into Manele Harbor. Just past the harbor is Puu Pehe, also known as Sweetheart Rock due to the Romeo & Juliet type love story attributed to the rock.
Lanai is home to two championship golf courses – The Challenge at Manele and The Experience at Koele. The Challenge at Manele traverses the coast, including the 12th hole where you’ll cross over 200 yards of ocean, while The Experience at Koele navigates the mountains and forests of Lanai. Both courses are world class and not to be missed by golf enthusiasts.
Rent a 4-Wheeler
The island also has varying terrain, trails, and beaches for you to explore. Rent a 4-wheel drive vehicle and take the Munro Trail which weaves through Cook pines to the highest peak on Lanai, providing you with stunning views of the island as well as neighboring islands. Drive to the Garden of the Gods, also called Keahiakawelo. The unique landscape and natural rock towers create the feeling that you’ve entered another world.
Explore Lanai’s Beaches
Two beaches to visit while you’re exploring are Polihua and Kaiolohia. Polihua Beach is a secluded two-mile beach where the only other inhabitants you might find will be sunbathing turtles. Kaiolohia Beach, or Shipwreck beach, references the large 1940s oil tanker which is perched on the reef just offshore as well as the ships which met their fate in the nearby channel.