Lanai Attractions and Activities

Lanai attractions and activities are more limited since it is such a small and sparsely populated island. The top things to see and do are as follows:

Lanai Attractions

1. Keahikawelo (Garden of the Gods)

Kiahikawelo is vast areas of rock formations that were formed over thousands of years of natural erosion. The rocks vary in color ranging from different reds, oranges, purples and yellows. These formations lie in a mysterious arrangement that looks as if they were placed there purposely. Ancient Hawaiians believed that these rocks fell to earth from the Gods gardens in the heavens. At dawn and dusk the colors of the rocks seem to change from what they were during the daytime. At the far end of Keahikawelo, you can see the islands of Molokai and Maui across the majestic blue pacific ocean. To reach the Garden of the Gods, you must take a four wheel drive or hike. The road is unpaved and often times muddy.

2. Kanepu’u Preserve

Kanepuu Preserve is a beautiful 590 acre garden where endangered native plants can be seen thriving in this environment. Many of the plants were once used for building temples and canoes. You can learn the history of many of these plants and how ancient Hawaiians used them in their everyday life. The park also contains a short trail where you can enjoy and perhaps buy artwork from some of Lanai’s local artists. This is a great way to spend an afternoon and see one nice Lanai attraction.

3. Halulu Heiau and Kahekili’s Leap

Halulu Heiau is one of the best preserved temples in Hawaii. This Heiau was built in the 1800’s by King Kamehameha as a place of refuge. King Kamehameha would tell lawbreakers that if they could make it to Halulu Heiau before being caught, their crimes would be forgiven and they would be free. The location of the Heiau made it almost impossible for any lawbreaker to reach it. The Heiau can only be reached by four wheel drive or by hiking. Just past the Heiau on the left is an 80 foot cliff where Kamehameha’s best warriors would have to prove their allegiance and physical abilities by jumping from the cliff into the rough Pacific Ocean 80 feet below. This is called Kahekili’s leap. While visiting this area, please be respectful and remember this area is sacred.

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4. Mt Lanaihale

If you are an avid photographer, this is the Lanai attraction for you. A trip to Mt Lanaihale is a perfect way to spend the day. Mt. Lanaihale is the highest point in Lanai at 3370 feet. The vistas are fantastic. Lanaihale rainforest is located just below the peak. This lush green rainforest is a perfect spot for beautiful photographs. A Four wheel drive can be taken part way and you must hike the rest of the way to the top.

Lanai Activities

Lanai Activities include visiting some of the most pristine and untouched beaches you will see anywhere. Hiking is a great activity on Lanai and great hikes can be found on the Lanai hiking page. There are several world class golf courses in Lanai. Mountain biking is also a great activity in Lanai. Snorkeling and Scuba Diving are other great things to do on Lanai.

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The best spot on the Island for “EXPERIENCED SCUBA DIVERS” is the underwater stone Cathedrals created from lava tubes. Marine life is abundant within the walls of the Lava Tubes. The Cathedrals are located on Lanai’s south coast. To reach the Cathedrals you must take a 45 minute boat ride from Lahaina Harbor on Maui. The first Cathedral has water depths of about 60 feet. There is a lava tube about 100 feet long and two stories high. You can see such sea creatures as sea turtles, octopus and many colorful fish. The second Cathedral has a huge cavern that is much bigger than the first Cathedral. There are two archways that lead to a huge main chamber. There are thousand of fish dwelling in the lava tubes as well as shrimps and lobsters. The main chamber has black coral trees that seem to be growing from the ceiling. This is a great dive spot but only for the highly experienced divers as the ocean current is rough.

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Grab your camera and visit some of Lanai’s wonderful sights. This island is a photographers paradise. How ever you decide to spend your time on this quiet island, be careful and have fun!Thank you for taking the time to visit this Lanai Attraction webpage.

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