With 47 miles of coastline, no traffic lights, and some serious off-roading, the island of Lanai is a dream getaway. There are so many fun things to do in Lanai, Hawaii. Use this travel guide to help you plan your 2-day trip.
Two days is not enough time to see an entire island, but it’s enough time to hike and search for petroglyphs, swim at Hulopoe Bay (one of my favorites in Hawaii) and do some serious off-roading in search of the Garden of the Gods.
The best months for whale watching months are between January and early April. The season runs from December through May.
How to get to Lanai
Traveling from Honolulu is easy. The flight is approximately 33 minutes long, and tickets cost about $130 round trip from Oahu.
Having a vehicle with 4-wheel drive is pretty crucial to get around. It’s the only thing you can rent, and when you get there, you’ll understand why.
Hotels in Lanai
I use Airbnb and Booking.com to search for the best places to stay.
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We chose to camp at Hulopoe Bay, on the South shore right next to one of the Four Seasons. The camping permit was $60 but it is good for four days.
Camping in Lanai
Whether you live in Hawaii or visiting for the first time, there’s nothing like island hopping to a neighbor island to get away from it all. Experience the magic of Lanai and camp at Hulopoe Beach Park. This scenic campground has eight campsites, picnic areas, barbecue grills, two bathrooms, and cold showers.
Visit Hulopoe Bay and swim or dive in the crystal clear water in the crescent-shaped bay. Dolphins love it here! Take a stroll to Pu’u Pehe (Sweetheart Rock) for a majestic view, especially during sunset. The campsite is located next to Four Seasons Resort Lana’i, a luxurious resort with two swimming pools with ocean views.
Know before you go: At night, keep your eyes peeled for curious deer wandering through the campsite. Bring all your camping essentials and food with you, because there are no stores at the beach park.
- $80 per night for up to 4 people. Reservations are available at the beach park.
Things to do in Lanai
1. Garden of the Gods
This place is pretty easy to get to once you get on the right road. If you take a wrong turn, you’ll eventually end up at Shipwreck Beach.
When you pass by Koele ranch, make sure you stop to see the horses.
The road is bumpy, trust me you will be bouncing around. Hold on! After you visit the Garden of the Gods, you’ll find yourself on a beautiful, rugged, desolate adventure that will take you on several paths to several beaches. Take your pick.
2. Polihua Beach
This beach is peaceful, and chances are nobody will be here, but it’s not ideal for swimming due to the rough currents. It’s windy, and there are no amenities here, just a place to let go, and let all your worries melt away. Pack out what you bring in, and don’t get stuck on the sand. It’s only a 30-minute drive from Garden of the Gods to see this secluded 2-mile stretch of beach.
3. Kaena Point
Another off-road adventure, if you have time, visit the heiau. Also, don’t miss the sea arch. You’ll see the arrow for the turn after exploring the Garden of the Gods.
4. Kaiolohia (Shipwreck Beach)
Take a stroll along the north-east coast of the island, and you’ll see the shipwreck offshore. Walk to the petroglyphs; it’s only a 25-minute hike. Chances are you’ll likely see some deer around here too. There is a sign with a map of the walk when you get to the Shipwreck beach rock.
5. Hulopoe Bay
Bring your diving gear! You won’t be disappointed. The water clarity is world-class, and still one of my most favorite spots to explore in Hawaii.
6. Pu’u Pehe (Sweetheart Rock)
There is a romantic Hawaiian legend about two lovers and a spectacular view. Located in Hulopoe Bay, this landmark is one you won’t want to miss. Visit at sunset.
7. Lanai Cat Sanctuary
Cuddle up with more than 600 cats! After passing the airport, take the second dirt road on the left and look for a highway rock marker that reads Kaunolu, an ancient village. Turn left and look for the gate on the right.
Lanai Cat Sanctuary is open from 10 am to 3 pm. Admission is free.
How to pack for the Ultimate Lanai Trip:
- Bathing suits – In my opinion, you can never have too many swimsuits. I love Vitamin A, LSPACE, and dk active.
- Flowy Dresses – These are some of my favorite boho brands.
- Shorts and Casual Tees – Opt for comfortable and breathable fabrics.
- Comfortable flats – Pack a pair of shoes you can hike in if you plan on going on some adventures. Keep in mind, some of the trails get very muddy.
- Hats for sun protection – I love bringing boho style hats and straw hats.
- A lightweight rain jacket – Be prepared! I always carry a jacket in my bag when I’m traveling on the islands.
- Travel Bag – I usually travel with a carryon, but I always bring a backpack or small bag for hiking and beach days.
There are so many adventurous things to do on Lanai. If you’re planning on going camping, stock up on food and drinks at Richard’s Market in town. Use this guide to help you plan your perfect Lanai getaway.
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