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Five Awesome Things to Do on Lanai, Hawaii

May 18, 2017

Beyond world-class snorkeling at Hulopoe Bay, luxury hotel living at the Four Seasons Resort, and browsing tiny boutiques in Lanai City, what are some other things to do on Lanai?

We have been visiting Lanai for over a decade and thanks to recent investment in the island, there are new ways to experience this exclusive Hawaiian destination. Here are five of our favorite things to do on Lanai, and these experiences are accessible to people staying on the island or visiting Lanai for the day.

Rent a Jeep 4×4 and Go Off-Road

Gleaming Jeep Wrangler 4×4 vehicles parked in front of the Four Seasons Resort beckon you to explore the 90,000-acre island. Spend a day following old dirt roads and rugged trails to lunar-like Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods), secluded Polihua Beach, and picturesque Kaiolohia Beach (Shipwreck Beach).

Keahiakawelo things to do on Lanai

Garden of the Gods (Keahiakawelo), Lanai

Polihua Beach things to do on Lanai

Polihua Beach, Lanai

Get Your Feline Fix 

While you are exploring the island by Jeep 4×4, stop at the Lanai Cat Sanctuary, home to over 500 spayed/neutered felines (AKA Lanai Lions) – it is a purrfect place to spend a few hours. Don’t forget to pack cat treats – you will be pawpular amongst the locals.

Cat Sanctuary fun things to do on Lanai

The Lanai Cat Sanctuary provides shelter for cats trying to survive in the wild, protects birds, and works to prevent feline overpopulation.

Rip It up on a Guided Polaris ATV Tour

A mix of speed, nature, and culture, the guided Polaris off-road adventure is unforgettable.

Things to do on Lanai Polaris Tour

Ridgeline views of Lanai and neighboring islands, ancient cultural sites including petroglyphs, and engaging stories about Lanai’s unique history make this one of the most memorable things to do on Lanai. A Polaris self-drive option is available for guests wanting to get behind the wheel.

Views Polaris ATV things to do on Lanai

Ready, Aim, Fire 

Travel to the island’s forested highlands, where private instructors at the renovated Lanai Archery and Shooting Range are waiting to help you take your best shot.

Lanai Archery carts things to do on Lanai

Lanai Archery

At the archery course, 3D animal targets including turkey, deer, ram, wild boar, and a ferocious dinosaur dare you to pick up a bow and arrow. With targets ranging 5 to 25 yards away, I’m happy to report that this activity is suitable for all skill levels.

Archery things to do on Lanai

Lanai Sporting Clays

With expert guidance from on-site staff, the 14-station course is appropriate for beginners, children, and skilled marksmen. Here you can take aim at clays simulating duck, quail, dove, pheasant and hopping rabbits.

Learning sporting clays things to do on Lanai

Sporting Clays Fun things to do on Lanai

Travel Tips – Awesome Things to Do on Lanai

  • All of these things to do on Lanai are available to guests at the Four Seasons Lanai as well as individuals or families that want to spend a day exploring the island. Lanai is a scenic 45-minute sailing via Expeditions Ferry from Maui or a commercial flight from one of the Hawaiian islands on Hawaiian Airlines.
  • Contact the Island Adventure Center, located at the Four Seasons Resort, to book these and other experiences on Lanai.
  • You can use this detailed Lanai Guide App to learn more about the island and opportunities to explore this unique destination.
  • Shipwreck Beach is subject to strong winds coming through the Pailolo Channel between Maui and Molokai creating rough waters and powerful currents. The beach is unsuitable for swimming.
    At Polihua Beach, look but don’t touch the water – the current is dangerous.
  • Visit the Four Seasons Lanai website for special offers and vacation packages.  Contact the Front Desk at +1 (808) 565-2000 or Resort Reservations +1 (800) 321-4666.

The Archery, Shooting Range, and Polaris ATV experiences were hosted, but I wouldn’t hesitate to book these again. As always, if I don’t love an experience, I won’t recommend it. 

Lanai Polaris Off Road Adventure from Luxe Travel Family on Vimeo.

Have you been to Lanai, Hawaii? What are your favorite things to do on the island?

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7 Comments

  • Reply Janice May 18, 2017 at 11:18 am

    I have not visited Lanai but would love to. The Cat Sanctuary looks amazing, what a great way to care for strays.
    Taking the ride of the Polaris was exciting, even though short!
    Thanks for that.
    I can imagine sitting on Polihua Beach, so beautiful ❤️

  • Reply Tamara Elliott May 20, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Who knew it was such an adventure destination?! Those cats are so cute, and the sand at Polihua Beach looks so inviting!

  • Reply Sue Reddel May 20, 2017 at 10:12 am

    That Cat Sanctuary looks right up our alley. We visited the Big Cat Rescue in Tampa a few weeks ago and that was amazing. We love visiting places that care for rescued animals they are so kind and giving.

  • Reply Leah May 22, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Lanai is my favorite Hawaiian island that I’ve visited. I really enjoyed seeing the Mars-like Garden of the Gods. I’d add horseback ridding to this list.

  • Reply Chrysoula May 23, 2017 at 7:52 am

    The Polihua beach looks so incredible, I wouldn’t suspect it had such strong currents making it so dangerous. Lanai seems like an incredible destination with many interesting activities.

  • Reply carla abanes May 23, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    The beach looks lovely and perfect for me who hates crowded beaches. Hawaii is still on my bucketlist and I hope to cross it off soon! Thanks for sharing your experience!

  • Reply Nisha May 23, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    The landscape and the seascape is just beautiful. I would like to hear how the Shipwrecked beach and Garden of Gods got their names . Must be some local folklore.

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