Munro Trail#5 in Best Things To Do in Lanai
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Munro Trail is a circuitous, 12.8-mile path that offers the only chance to see all six Hawaiian islands at once – on a very clear day that is. The evolving forest, canyon and ocean views that travelers can marvel at are unforgettable. When you reach the top, you'll see Lanai's highest peak, Lanaihale (House of Lanai), which sits at 3,370 feet.
Many Lanai visitors claim that traversing the trail was the best part of their vacation. And note that though it's possible to hike and bike the path, most people use a Jeep.
Be sure to check with a knowledgeable local or your hotel concierge before embarking on your journey: Located in the center of the island, Munro Trail can become impassable due to rainfall. The trail starts just north of Lanai City and ends in the Palawai Basin. The full trek will take you two to three hours with a car, depending on road conditions and how often you stop for photos. And note that there are no facilities along the trail, so you'll want to bring plenty of water, food and a full tank of fuel. Access to the trail is free.
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#1 Hulopoe Bay
Hulopoe Bay is one of Lanai's most popular spots. Sunbathers like the wide stretch of sand, while snorkelers revel in the vibrant reefs filled with fish and native plant life. This is one of the few beaches on Lanai where swimming is safe, but only in the summer; the waves in the winter are too dangerous. If you're in Lanai during the winter months, a stop at Hulopoe Bay is still worthwhile as you can sometimes spot dolphins and humpback whales from the shore (they pass through the bay every winter).
Recent travelers recommend that you uncover the sea stars and hermit crabs in the bay's eastern side tide pools, and that you picnic in the shady areas behind the beach. If you get antsy sunbathing, lace up your hiking shoes and take a 15- to 20-minute walk along the cliffs just southeast of the tide pools to catch a glimpse of Puu Pehe, or Sweetheart Rock. According to Hawaiian legend, a grief-stricken warrior jumped from this 80-foot rock after learning of his wife's passing.