The smallest inhabited island in Hawaii, Lanai offers big enticements to its visitors. You’ll find only 30 miles of paved road and 400 miles of unpaved roads on Lanai, all without a single stoplight. From the stunning views atop the pine-lined Munro Trail to watching the acrobatic spinner dolphins from Hulopoe Bay’s luxurious resort, Lanai is a special place where you’re sure to find serenity, adventure and intimacy.
Travel to Lanai:
There is no direct service to Lanai from the continental United States. Instead, fly to Honolulu International Airport (HNL) or Kahului Airport (OGG) in Maui, where you can connect to several local airlines with service to Lanai Airport (LNY). You can also take day trips between Manele Harbor and Lahaina Harbor in Maui through the Expeditions ferry service. There are 5 round-trips daily. Ferry trips take roughly 45-minutes. For more information call (800) 695-2624, (808) 661-3756 or visit www.go-lanai.com.
Geography of Lanai:
With 47 miles of coastline, only the southern coast of Hulopoe Bay offers an easily accessible beach. Lanai plateaus in its center creating cooler temperatures in Lanai City (almost 1,700 feet above sea level) and the island’s highest point Lanaihale (3,370 feet). From different locations you can get clear views of the neighboring islands of Maui, Molokai, Kahoolawe and, from higher elevations, even Oahu and Hawaii’s Big Island.
Once called the Pineapple Island, you can still see the open fields where pineapple once grew in the plains of the Palawai Basin. And with only 30 miles of paved roads, many of Lanai’s natural attractions in North Lanai can only be reached with a 4-wheel drive on rocky, unpaved roads.
Weather in Lanai:
The weather on Lanai is pleasant and drier than other islands, receiving only about 37 inches of rainfall per year. Temperatures range from 70º to 85º F. Lanai City sits at nearly 1,700 feet, where the warmest months reach about 72º F so don’t forget to bring a jacket. Temperatures at Hulopoe Bay are usually about 10º to 12º higher allowing you to experience the best of both worlds.