Lanai: Travel Tips

Get away from it all on Lanai. There’s no public transport on this tiny island, but you can rent a four-wheeler and drive 100 miles of paved and unpaved roads, past uncrowded beaches and pastoral terrain. Despite its size, Lanai offers a large variety of activities, including hiking through ancient ruins, horseback riding, shooting clays, golf, sampling traditional Hawaiian fare, and snorkeling in waters where spinner dolphins frolic.

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Getting To Lanai

There's no such thing as a bad time to visit, though August and September are the hottest months. The spring and fall months are the ideal time for a visit with great weather and plenty of room for you to relax on the beach.

Peak Season occurs during Mid-December to March, as sun-seekers fill the islands, and again during the summer, when the kids are out of school.

April–May and mid-September–November are great times to visit—the weather is mild, the winter storms have calmed, and the crowds have dispersed.

Flight Times

  • There are no direct flights to Lanai. Flights to this island require transfers in Oahu.
  • Approximately 30 minutes from Oahu.

Ferry Service

  • There is a ferry service available from Lahaina, Maui to Lanai.
  • Duration of the trip is approximately 45 minutes one way.

Staying In Lanai

Once the site of the world’s largest pineapple plantation, small and isolated Lanai has no stoplights, one tiny town, and two five-star resorts. This island of Hawaii is a favorite with snorkelers, especially Hulopo’e Bay. Golf, sun, swim, hike, and saddle up to ride across Lanai’s sun-drenched terrain.

Must-see sights

  • The Munro Trail
  • The Garden of the Gods
  • Shipwreck Beach

Things to do

  • Golf at the “Experiece at Koele”.
  • Golf at the “Challenge at Menele”.
  • Tour the island in a four-wheel drive.
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Traveling In Lanai

Classic Vacations offers a variety of transportation options throughout the Islands in order to make your Hawaii vacation truly spectacular. While limousines are a fun and private way to see many of the sights on the Islands, shuttle transfers and rental cars are also available on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island.

While traveling in Lanai we recommend :

  • Arrange round-trip transfers with the hotel concierge in advance.
  • Arrange a rental car or a four-wheel drive with the hotel concierge—there is no public transportation on this island.

Things to Know


  • The US dollar is the currency of Hawaii, as it is throughout the United States.
  • ATMs are found everywhere in Hawaii.
  • Credit cards are accepted at most places, making it unnecessary to carry large amounts of cash.

Time Difference

  • Hawaii follows Hawaii Standard Time and does not observe daylight savings time.
  • When the clock is turned ahead on the mainland (March to November), Hawaii is six hours behind Eastern Daylight Time and three hours behind Pacific Daylight Time.
  • When clocks are turned back, Hawaii is five hours behind Eastern Standard Time, two hours behind Pacific Standard Time.

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