Are you interested in taking a Hawaiian vacation, but would like some privacy at the same time? If you do, then Lanai is the perfect destination for you. It seems as if the Hawaiian Island of Lanai was untouched by most of the commercialization that took place in other popular Hawaii vacation destinations.
Although Lanai is not as popular as Big Island, Maui, Oahu, or Kauai, it is home to a number of must-see attractions, a few of which are outlined below.
5 Must Visit Lanai Attractions
Here are 5 attractions that should be on any Lanai travel itinerary.
1 – Keahiakawelo
While Hawaii is filled with endless green gardens that are home to distinctive, rare flowers and plants, the island of Lanai is known for its Keahiakawelo.
Keahiakawelo is also called the “Garden of the Gods.” Here you will find a beautiful, yet mysterious rock garden. Many of the rocks are stacked to create both small and large towers.
According to tourists, the best time to visit Keahiakawelo is around sunset. Due to the terrain, Hawaii’s Official Tourism Site recommends the use of a 4-wheel drive vehicle.
2 – The Munro Trail
The Munro Trail, located near the well-known Lanai city, is a must-visit attraction for those looking for adventure and the perfect sightseeing destination.
The Munro Trail is only accessible by 4-wheel drive vehicles, which can be rented nearby. The trial is a seven-mile road of dirt. Along the way, your breath will be taken away, as there is so much for you to see. Cooke pine trees, the Maunalei Canyon, and the nearby island of Maui can be seen. You will also end up atop of Mount Lanaihale, which according to Hawaii’s Official Tourism website, is the highest peak on the island.
3 – Hulopoe Bay
Hulopoe Bay, located on the southern end of Lanai, is often referred to as one of the best beaches in the United States. In fact, many travel websites and television channels have stated so.
Hulopoe Bay, like most beaches of Hawaii, is known for its all-year-round activities. In the summer months, Hulopoe Bay is perfect for swimming, body boarding, snorkeling, and walks along volcanic rocks. Spinner dolphins are also commonly seen from the shoreline. Should you visit in the winter, you may be able to spot Humpback whales from the coastline.
4 -Polihua Beach
If you are looking for privacy and adventure on your next Hawaii vacation then Polihua Beach is just for you.
Unfortunately, Polihua Beach is only accessible by 4-wheel drive and the ten-mile drive can leave some non-adventurers wishing to turn back. However, once you arrive at Polihua Beach, you will be glad you made the journey. The beach is commonly deserted, often giving you the ultimate level of privacy.
5 – The Challenge at Manele Bay
If golfing is a sport that you enjoy or if you have been thinking about taking it up, the Challenge at Manele is the spot for you.
The Challenge at Manele Clubhouse is not only heaven for golfers, but for those who enjoy sightseeing as well. The golf course is built on natural terrain that includes cliffs, gorges, and ravines. The Pacific Ocean is viewable from just about every area on the course. Even if other members of your traveling party aren’t golfers, you may find that they want to take up the sport for the day. Yes, the views from this golf course are that good. The onsite restaurant is also known for its great food and amazing view of the ocean.
While the beauty of Hawaii is a big draw for tourists, so is its rich history. If you would like to learn more about the history and culture of Lanai, you are encouraged to visit the Lanai Cultural and Heritage Center. The Lanai Cultural and Heritage Center is located in Lanai City. Here you can see documents important to the history of Lanai, as well as Hawaiian artifacts.
At first glance, it may seem like Lanai is geared more towards locals than tourists, as the island has basically been left untouched. However, as highlighted above, there is so much for you to do and see on the beautiful, amazing, and the relatively private island of Lanai.