Getting Around Lanai
The best way to get around Lanai is by four-wheel-drive vehicle. This will allow you to safely explore Lanai's 400 miles of unpaved road, the bulk of which are off-road paths. Comparatively, there are only 30 miles of paved road on the island, meaning a rental car won't allow you to access some of Lanai's most popular natural wonders. Taxis, though expensive, are also available. Inter-island travel is available by ferry (to Maui) or plane (to Oahu, Maui, Molokai and the Big Island).
To reach Lanai, you'll likely connect through Honolulu or Maui since there are no direct flights from outside Hawaii to Lanai Airport (LNY). To get from the airport to your hotel, you can take a taxi. Check with your accommodations before arriving to see if they offer shuttle service.
Exploring Lanai's otherworldly landscape is best done with the help of a four-wheel-drive vehicle. You can rent a Jeep from Dollar Rent a Car or Lanai Cheap Jeep & Subaru Rentals, both in Lanai City. Prices vary depending on the length of your rental, but you'll want to reserve a vehicle in advance of your arrival to secure the best rate. With your four-wheel-drive vehicle, you'll easily be able to reach some of Lanai's top attractions, including Shipwreck Beach, Garden of the Gods and the Munro Trail.
To travel to or from Maui, you can hop on a ferry. Ferries depart from Maui and Lanai five times a day, starting in Lanai at 8 a.m., with the last trip back to Lanai at 5:45 p.m. One-way tickets cost $30 for adults and $20 for children. In Lanai, you'll hop on the ferry at Manele Harbor; the loading dock in front of the Pioneer Inn is where you'll catch the ferry in Maui. Trips across the Auau Channel take approximately one hour. If you're on the ferry between January and April, keep your eyes peeled for humpback whales.
For quick inter-island travel, you can hop on a plane. Hawaiian Airlines, along with smaller regional carriers like Mokulele Airlines, provide service to and from Lanai.
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