Known as “Pineapple Isle”, once covered with pineapple plantation, Lanai is the smallest island of Hawaii.
With few resorts and paved roads and no traffic lights, this island has plenty of natural beauty to explore. Characterized by valleys, ironwood forests, cook pine trees and fabulous beaches, is perfect for hiking and mountain biking lovers, golfers, for scuba diving and snorkeling enthusiasts.
The main village, Lanai City, founded in the early 1900s as a plantation town, is just 4 kilometers away from the airport. Visitors can find local dining, art galleries and small boutiques and discover artisanal works at the Lanai Art Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing arts and cultural experiences for all residents and visitors.
The must-sees of Lanai are: Garden of the Gods (Keahiakawelo), on the northwest side, a unique lunar rocky landscape with no trees, flowers or grass; Kaunolu Village, on the southern part of the island, ruins of a surviving prehistoric Hawaiian fishing village.
For beach lovers, Lanai offers isolated shores for tanning and relaxing. The most renowned in the north are: Shipwreck Beach (Kaiolohia), with shallow reef, strong currents and a derelict ship stuck in the water; Polihua Beach, a long white sand beach where to see green sea turtles and humpback whales. In the south: Hulopoe Bay, a protected bay with white sand, crystal blue water and marine life ideal for snorkeling; Manele Bay, a marine preserve with colorful fish and occasionally with dolphins.