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Lanai, Hawaii – Getting There and Getting Around – It’s Easier than you Think!

26 Feb

On Maui, the city of Lahaina is 24 miles from Kahului Airport.

On Oahu, the average drive time from Waikiki to Haleiwa is just over an hour.

Of the two million tourists who visit Maui each year, virtually all of them fly out of the Kahului Airport. Of the four million tourists who visit Oahu each year, many of them spend a day driving to Haleiwa to explore the island’s north shore.

Why do we mention this?

Because in both of these instances there is someplace closer that most visitors don’t ever think of; a place with empty beaches and teeming reefs and miles of hiking trails waiting to be explored.  We aren’t talking about the resorts of Ka’anapali or the beaches of Kapolei. We’re talking about a relaxing escape where there aren’t any stoplights and only 30 miles of paved road.

The place we’re talking about, is the island of Lana’i.

Of the millions of visitors who travel to Hawaii each year less than one percent ever make it to Lana’i. Because there aren’t any direct flights into Lana’i—an island of 3,300 residents which was once the world’s largest pineapple plantation—the extra step involved in visiting the island moves it off of many traveler’s radar. The reality, however, is that traveling to Lana’i is far easier than you think, and in many ways it’s more convenient than most travelers could ever imagine.

Manele Harbor, for example, is only 15 miles from the town of Lahaina, placing it eight miles closer than Kahului Airport. Expeditions ferry runs five times daily and departs for Lana’i at 6:45 am, 9:15 am, 12:45 pm, 3:15 pm, and 5:45 pm. If traveling from the other direction, ferries depart Manele Harbor for Lahaina at 8:00 am, 10:30 am, 2:00 pm, 4:30 pm, and 6:45 pm. Travel time between the two islands is just under an hour, and you even have a chance of spotting Hawaiian spinner dolphins or breaching humpback whales during the winter season. Roundtrip passage will cost $60, or tickets can also be purchased for $30 one-way. Children under 12 years and seniors 65 and over are only $20 each way.Image

From Oahu, a flight between Honolulu Airport (HNL) and Lana’i City Airport (LNY) only takes 30 minutes, placing it closer to the city than driving to the island’s north shore. There are four direct flights per day on Island Air, and two direct flights per day on Mokulele Airlines.  As if six flights per day weren’t enough, Hawaiian Airlines has plans to add direct flights between Honolulu and Lana’i in the second half of 2013. If you think a 30 minute flight is short, the flight between Kahului Airport and Lana’i is even shorter: Offered once every afternoon by Mokulele Airlines, the total flight times is only 24 minutes. Or, if flying commercial just isn’t your style, companies such as MarJet offer private aircraft charters to Lana’i from anywhere in the Hawaiian Islands.

Now that you know getting to Lana’i is easier than you thought, you might be surprised to hear that getting around Lana’i is easy as well. Seeing as the island only has 30 miles of paved roads and many of the sites require 4WD, Jeep rentals are the most popular mode of island transportation. Rental Jeeps are available from both Dollar Lana’i and Lana’i Jeep Rentals, and the Jeeps at Lana’i Jeep Rentals are slightly cheaper at $120/ day (as opposed to $140-$170/day at Dollar Lana’i). When compared to rental car prices on other islands, the sticker shock can sometimes be a deterrent, but what’s different about Lana’i is that you only need a 4WD Jeep on the days you plan to explore. Whereas with Maui and Oahu it’s best to have a car for the duration of your vacation, the island of Lana’i is small enough you can experience many of its backroads, beaches, and historical sites in a single day or two, which means you only need to rent a Jeep for a short period of time. Since you might only be renting a 4WD drive vehicle for a day or two, you can also offroad in style by renting a Hummer from either Dollar Lana’i or 808 Hummers.

So what do you do if you only have the Jeep for a day but still want to visit Hulopo’e Beach or grab lunch up in town? If you’re staying at one of the Four Season’s Resorts, a one-time fee of $47.50/person will grant you access for the duration of your trip to complimentary transportation aboard one of their shuttles. Shuttles run frequently between Manele Bay Hotel to Lana’i City and the LodImagege at Koele, and the two hotels are only 20 minutes from each other. The same service is available to guests of Hotel Lana’i, although the one-time fee is only $35.

The shuttle is a great service if you’re staying at one of the resorts, but what if you’re staying at a local B&B or caught the ferry over from Maui and want to travel into town? If you’ve rented a Jeep from Dollar Lana’i they will meet you at the harbor and shuttle you into town, and if anyone else would like to join it’s only $10/person. Similarly, if you would like to catch a ride on the resort shuttle, you can do so for a fee of $10/person for every time you ride. Given this service, if you’re staying in Lana’i City for the day at a small bed and breakfast, and your only plans are to go to Hulopo’e Beach for the day, you can ride the resort shuttle for $20/person roundtrip and save the money of renting a Jeep for the entire day. Since all of Lana’i City is accessible by foot, there’s really no need to rent a car if you’re just exploring around town.

Finally, if you’re on vacation and simply can’t be bothered with navigating and driving, Rabaca’s car service provides private transport to many places across the island, including tours off the beaten path, and this is another option for getting around town which is affordable, unique, and makes for a Hawaiian vacation few will ever experience.

So the next time you visit Hawaii and plan to visit your usual stops, consider making a side trip to the island of Lana’i. This exclusive getaway and enchanting landscape is truly closer than you think.

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Lanai: Getting Away From It All with @Ottsword, Sherry Ott

21 Dec

Lanai Open Road by Sherry Ott of @ottsworldSherry Ott has gone into delicious detail regarding her recent tip to the island of Lānaʻi!

Please enjoy reading Sherry’s articles over on her blog:

An Island to Get Away from It All – Lanai

Panoramic Lanai

Weather Patterns and Itinerary Radar

A Tale of Two Seasons

The Purrfect Sanctuary in Lanai

Trees of Lanai

How to Visit Lanai on a Budget

Ahi A Hawaiian Legacy

Finding Peace in the Pines

Leaping into the History of Lanai

Turtle Soup

Sherry’s VisitLanai Flickr set is rich!

UPDATE January 1, 2013: Sherry’s business partner accompanied her on this trip and has had several videos featured on Tripfilms.com. Here is a complete list of them for you!

http://www.tripfilms.com/Travel_Video-v85381-Hawaii-The_cats_of_Lana_i-Video.html
http://www.tripfilms.com/Travel_Video-v85215-Lanai-Lana_i_Accommodations-Video.html
http://www.tripfilms.com/Travel_Video-v85263-Lanai-Ahi_on_Lana_i-Video.html
http://www.tripfilms.com/Travel_Video-v85367-Lanai-Off_roading_on_Lana_i-Video.html
http://www.tripfilms.com/Travel_Video-v85381-Hawaii-The_cats_of_Lana_i-Video.html
http://www.tripfilms.com/Travel_Video-v85264-Lanai-The_Beaches_of_Lana_i-Video.html
http://www.tripfilms.com/Travel_Video-v85104-Lanai-Lana_i_Hawaii_s_most_enticing_island-Video.html

Lodging on Lānaʻi

All of our guest bloggers are generously hosted by these three unique and outstanding Lanai hotel properties. If you can’t decide where to stay, plan on doing like our bloggers and stay at all three!

E Kipa Mai to Dave and Deb @thePlanetD #VisitLanai

23 Jun

Dave and Deb, of The Planet D (on bikes)

Please welcome our next New Media Artists, Dave and Deb, of The Planet D. Married for 14 years, Dave and Deb have always lived a life less ordinary. Living by their motto “Adventure is For Everyone” they prove that you don’t have to be an uber-athlete, adrenaline junkie or a part of the ultra rich to be an adventurer!

Dave and Deb are visiting Lānaʻi from June 25 – July 1, 2012 and will be staying at the Hotel Lanai and both Four Seasons’ properties while visiting with the entire Lānaʻi community:

Travelling slow and spending weeks at a time each country, they have managed to immerse themselves into the culture and adventures of 55 nations. From trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal, Practicing Yoga in India, Studying Muay Thai in Thailand and joining the Adams Peak Pilgrimage in Sri Lanka they don’t just hop into a country to gain a stamp on their passport, they get to know a place and it’s people. We’re proud that they’re slowing down and spending some quality time with us on Lanai. And, this will be their first trip to Hawaii!

Please join Dave and Deb at any of these online spots:
Web: thePlanetD.com
Facebook: thePlanetD
Twitter: thePlanetD
Check in for updates before, during, and after his stay here in the Hawaiian Islands.

www.lanaichc.org – Lanai Culture & Heritage Center
www.hotellanai.com (@AquaHotels)
www.fourseasons.com/manelebay/ (@FSLanai)
www.fourseasons.com/koele/ (@FSLanai)

We invite you to join the conversation with all of the New Media Artists who are visiting:

Read more about this innovative Hawaii tourism New Media Artist-in-Residence Program here.

E Kipa Mai to Chris Christensen @chris2x @amateurtraveler #VisitLanai

12 Mar

Chris Christensen of The Amateur Traveler

Our March New Media Artist is Chris Christensen, who is behind The Amateur Traveler blog. By day Chris is a Director of Engineering at TripAdvisor in charge of TripAdvisor Flights and Seat Guru, but his blog reflect his point of view.

Chris says he comes from a long line of story tellers. Growing up his family did a lot of traveling for vacation, usually pulling a small trailer between various national parks. The success of a vacation for the Christensens was measured with an odometer. Chris enjoys learning new languages and has studied German, French, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin, Turkish, Russian, Swahili and Greek. However, he says that he’s only fluent in English and that only when properly caffeinated.

Please join Chris at any of these online spots:
Web: www.amateurtraveler.com
Facebook: Amateur Traveler
Twitter:
@chris2x and @amateurtraveler
Check in for updates before, during, and after his stay here in the Hawaiian Islands.

Chris is visiting Lānaʻi from March 9 – 15, 2012 and will be staying at the Hotel Lanai and both Four Seasons’ properties while visiting with the entire Lānaʻi community:

www.lanaichc.org – Lanai Culture & Heritage Center
www.hotellanai.com (@AquaHotels)
www.fourseasons.com/manelebay/ (@FSLanai)
www.fourseasons.com/koele/ (@FSLanai)

We invite you to join the conversation with all of the New Media Artists who are visiting:

Read more about this innovative Hawaii tourism New Media Artist-in-Residence Program here.

Meet our 2012 New Media Artists-in-Residence

9 Mar

Today we are launching our 2012 social media campaign featuring an outstanding group of hand-selected new media artists (aka bloggers and podcasters) who will be sharing their experiences with you as they Visit Lānaʻi, or as we say online, #VisitLanai.

The artists will be on island for 6 nights / 7 days and will be staying at the Hotel Lanai and both Four Seasons’ properties while visiting with the entire Lānaʻi community:
www.lanaichc.org – Lanai Culture & Heritage Center
www.hotellanai.com (@AquaHotels)
www.fourseasons.com/manelebay/ (@FSLanai)
www.fourseasons.com/koele/ (@FSLanai)

We invite you to join the conversation with all of the New Media Artists who are visiting now through November, 2012:

Read more about this innovative Hawaii social media tourism New Media Artist-in-Residence Program here.

photo of chris christensen of the amateur traveler blog and podcastCHRIS CHRISTENSEN
The Amateur Traveler
Visiting Lanai March 9 – 15, 2012 from his home base in northern California
Amateur Traveler on Facebook
@chris2x on Twitter
@amateurtraveler on Twitter

photo of dave and deb of the planet dDAVE & DEB
The Planet D
Visiting Lanai June 25 – July 1, 2012, from their home base in Toronto, Canada
The Planet D on Facebook
@theplanetd on Twitter

photo of Andy Hayes, BloggerANDY HAYES
Sharing Travel Experiences
Visiting Lanai August 9 – 15, from his home base in Portland
Sharing Travel Experiences on Facebook
@sharingtravel

photo of barbara weibel of the hole in the donut travel blogBARBARA WEIBEL
Hole in the Donut
Visiting Lanai September 13 – 19, from her home base in Florida (though perpetually on the road)
Hole in the Donut on Facebook
@holeinthedonut

photo of sherry ott of otts world travel blogSHERRY OTT
Ott’s World
Visiting Lanai October 29 – November 4 from her home base in New York (though perpetually on the road)
OttsWorld on Facebook
@ottsworld

Seeing through the lens of Gary Arndt via @everywheretrip #VisitLanai

20 Aug

Axis deer on the island of Lanai in Hawaii (Daily Travel Photo, Gary Arndt)

Gary Arndt, our fourth member of our New Media Artist-in-Residence Program, writes (and photographs) for his Everything Everywhere blog. From his visit to Lānaʻi he offers several lush photographs showing the color and diversity of this magic place. One of our hotels made it to Gary’s Top Ten list, which really says a lot given Gary’s globetrotting adventures and experiences. Plus, he was selected for a featured photo essay on TheAtlantic.com. Thank you for loving Lānaʻi so much Gary!

Take in the lovely imagery and background detail of Lānaʻi.

My 10 Most Memorable Hotels of 2011

Horses in a Field on the Island of Lanai, Hawaii

Sea Cliffs on the island of Lanai, Hawaii

Watching a pod of dolphins on the Hulopo’e Beach in Lanai, Hawaii

Daily Travel Photo – Lanai, Hawaii

Daily Travel Photo – Lanai, Hawaii

Daily Travel Photo – Lana’i, Hawai’i

Daily Travel Photo – Lanai City, Hawaii

The Pine Trees of Lanai

Daily Travel Photo – Lanai, Hawaii

Daily Travel Photo – Lanai, Hawaii

Daily Travel Photo – Lana’i, Hawai’i

Daily Travel Photo – Lana’i, Hawai’i

My 10 Favorite Beaches

My 10 Favorite SCUBA Sites

Surviving The Tsunami That Wasn’t

Lanai Update

Photo credit: Gary Arndt, observing a small group of Axis Deer

For more adventures on the Hawaiian island of Lānaʻi, please search anywhere for the tag “#VisitLanai.” We hope to see you here on our almost private island soon!

You can also follow us on Twitter @VisitLanai and please stop by our Facebook so we can meet you!

Kara and Kristina take on the Terrain via @karasw @thevacationgals #VisitLanai

10 Apr

Cool tide pools along the Puʻupehe Trail; that's Four Seasons Manele Bay in the background.

The adventures of Kara S. Williams, of The Vacation Gals blog, along with friend Kristina, took different forms, from hiking the extraordinary terrain and around tidepools, to riding a Jeep around the countryside, and experiencing views of the deep with Scuba instructor Shigeki Ichinose. All in all, a visit not to be missed!

Best Romantic Weekend Getaways in the US

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel on Hawaii Island

What Will Happen to the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa?

Affordable Aulani: How to Vacation at Disney’s Hawaii Resort on a Budget

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa: Low-key Luxury in Hawaii

Happy Hawaii, Happy Travels

Best Romantic Honeymoon Destinations

Hanalei Colony Resort: Kauai Authenticity

Lānaʻi, Hawaii: Friendly Locals & Small Town Living

Lānaʻi, Hawaii: Exploring the Island by Jeep

Lānaʻi, Hawaii: Hiking Inland and Coastal Trails

Lānaʻi, Hawaii: Scuba Diving the Cathedrals with Trilogy Ocean Sports

Lānaʻi, Hawaii: New Media Artist-in-Residence Program

Photo credit: Kara S. Williams catching friend Kristina taking pictures along the tidepools of the Lānaʻi shore.

For more adventures on the Hawaiian island of Lānaʻi, please search anywhere on the web for the tag “#VisitLanai.” We hope to see you here on our almost private island soon!

You can also follow us on Twitter @VisitLanai and please stop by our Facebook so we can meet you!

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