Spinner dolphins, Manele Bay, Lanai – Image courtesy of fourseasons.com/manelebay/
Things to do in Lanai
Don’t expect crowds in Lanai, just vast stretches of stunning beaches waiting for you to relax, play golf, go snorkeling, diving and swimming – ideal for couples wanting an active romantic honeymoon getaway.
You can easily rent a 4WD for a fun-filled day trip to Shipwreck, Lopa and Polihua beaches.
Snorkelling – Try Hulopoe Bay and at nearby Manele Bay, considered the best spots on Lanai for swimming among tropical reef fish. Watch out for Spinner dolphins that abound in the area’s warm waters.
Scuba diving – Lanai is famous for its lava formations, caves and arches, with water clarity up to 30m. Along the more than 25 dive sites on the south and west coasts of Lanai you can experience unique coral formations, mysterious lava tubes, graceful archways and soaring pinnacles.
For sheer drama, nothing beats the sight of light cascading through the multiple openings of lava domes such as First or Second Cathedral. The ceiling of the ‘Cathedral’ extends upward about two storeys high from a depth of 20m and sun light pours in through the caves’ vertical ‘windows’, creating the impression of stained glass windows in a cathedral.
Look out for pods of playful dolphins, white-tipped reef sharks and numerous colourful reef fish.
Golfing – If you are looking for a golfing challenge, you may want to make this your honeymoon haven. Serious golfers recommend the Challenge at Manele, a Jack Nicklaus-designed masterpiece. Set on the cliffs above Hulopoe Bay, this target-style course roams across several hundred acres of natural lava outcroppings, using plunging ravines, native kiawe and towering trees as natural hazards.
Or try the Greg Norman-designed Koele golf course. Both courses consistently rank among the best in the world by leading publications and travel guides.