Discover Hawai'i's Quietest Island: Lanai

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  • Hawai'i

  • Active Travel

  • Arts & Culture

  • Beaches

  • Local Culture

  • Local Food

  • Coastal

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Lanai offers true remote luxury! You will feel like you are on your own private island by escaping the hustle and bustle of the busier tourist destinations of Hawai'i. Attractions on Lanai include stunning beaches, rugged landscapes and the historic plantation town of Lanai City.

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Where to stay in Lanai

Sensei Lānaʻi, A Four Seasons Resort

An adults-only, luxurious wellness enclave on the secluded Hawaiian island of Lanai with curated wellness consultations, spa treatments in a private hale, fitness and well-being classes, lectures and exciting island activities.

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Four Seasons Resort Lanai

Escape to paradise at Four Seasons Resort Lanai, where luxury meets adventure on the pristine shores of Hawai'i's private island, offering unparalleled service and breathtaking views.

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  • When you book Four Seasons through Fora, you will enjoy exclusive Four Seasons Preferred Partner benefits. Your advisor will be pleased to give you more details.

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Things to do in Lanai

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On Lanai, you can engage in a variety of activities that showcase the island's natural beauty and cultural heritage. Some popular activities include:

  • Hiking: Explore scenic trails, such as the Munro Trail or the Koloiki Ridge Trail, for stunning views of the island's landscapes.

  • Snorkeling and Diving: Discover vibrant marine life at Hulopoe Bay or explore unique underwater formations at spots like Shark's Bay.

  • Golf: Enjoy world-class golfing at the Manele Golf Course or the Experience at Koele, both offering breathtaking views and challenging courses.

  • Four-Wheel-Drive Tours: Take a guided tour to remote areas like Keahiakawelo, also known as the Garden of the Gods, with unique rock formations.

  • Cultural Tours: Learn about Lanai's history and culture through guided tours of Lanai City, visiting local museums, and exploring historical sites.

  • Beach: Spend a relaxing day on secluded beaches like Polihua Beach or enjoy the clear waters at Hulopoe Beach.

  • Whale Watching: If you visit during whale season (December to April), take a boat tour to witness humpback whales in the surrounding waters.

  • Horseback Riding: Experience Lanai's landscapes on horseback, exploring trails and enjoying scenic views.

Places to eat & drink in Lanai

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Lanai offers a selection of restaurants and eateries that provide diverse dining experiences. Here are some places to eat and drink on the island:

  • Nobu Lanai: Located at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Nobu offers upscale Japanese cuisine with a modern twist.

  • One Forty: Also at the Four Seasons, One Forty is a steak and seafood restaurant known for its high-quality dishes and elegant atmosphere.

  • Blue Ginger Cafe: A popular spot in Lanai City, Blue Ginger Café offers a casual setting with a menu featuring Hawai'ian and Asian-inspired dishes.

  • Canoe’s Lanai Restaurant: Situated in Lanai City, Canoe’s serves Hawai'ian and American cuisine, including fresh seafood and island-inspired dishes.

  • Lanai City Grille: This restaurant provides a diverse menu with a mix of Hawai'ian, Asian and American flavors, showcasing local ingredients.

  • Café 565: A local favorite in Lanai City, Café 565 is known for its sandwiches, salads and delicious baked goods.

  • Sweetest Days Bake Shop: Satisfy your sweet tooth with treats from this bakery, offering a variety of pastries, cakes and desserts.

  • Views at Manele Golf Course: Enjoy casual dining with scenic views at the Manele Golf Course restaurant, offering a range of dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Anne Bisgaard's guide, Oahu, Hawai’i: A Perfect Blend of Natural Beauty, Cultural Exploration and Relaxation.

This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Hawai'i.

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