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Five Awesome Things to Do on Lanai, Hawaii

March 12, 2021

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 awesome 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. These experiences are accessible to people staying on the island or planning a day trip to Lanai.

Rent a Jeep 4×4 and Go Off-Road

Gleaming Jeep Wrangler 4×4 vehicles parked in front of the Four Seasons Resort Lanai 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 (Garden of the Gods) lunar landscape on Lanai

Garden of the Gods (Keahiakawelo), Lanai

Polihua Beach on Lanai Hawaii

Polihua Beach, Lanai

Get Your Feline Fix 

While you are exploring the island, 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.

Boy surrounded by cats at Lanai Cat Sanctuary

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.

Polaris Off-road vehicle a fun thing to do on Lanai

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 of Cook Pines and Pacific Ocean 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.

Off-road golf carts on Lanai

Lanai Archery

At the archery course, 3D animal targets including a ferocious dinosaur dare you to pick up a bow and arrow. With targets ranging 5 to 25 yards away, this activity is suitable for all skill levels.

Boy practicing archery on Lanai Hawaii

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.

Boy learning to shoot sporting clays on Lanai Hawaii

Boy and instructor Sporting Clays on Lanai

Travel Tips – Awesome Things to Do on Lanai

  • All of these activities covered in this story are available to guests at the Four Seasons Lanai and people visiting the island for the day. Lanai is a scenic 45-minute sailing via Expeditions Ferry from Maui or a commercial flight from one of the Hawaiian islands.
  • Contact the Adventure Center 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 creating rough waters and powerful currents. The beach is unsuitable for swimming. At Polihua Beach, stay out of the water – the current is very 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.

Do you like to travel to the Hawaiian Islands? What are your favorite things to do on Lanai?

Five Awesome Things to Do on Lanai, Hawaii

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