For a more intimate Hawaii vacation, consider visiting some of the Lanai attractions.
While visitors flock to destinations on Oahu and Maui, unspoiled Lanai offers gorgeous beaches, sweeping vistas and plenty of opportunities to learn about Hawaii’s history and culture without the crowds.
The island of Lanai seems untouched by the commercialization that has happened in other romantic Hawaii destinations. Although Lanai is not as popular as Big Island, Maui, Oahu, or Kauai, it is home to a number of must see attractions, a few of which are outlined below.
Lanai is known for the Keahiakawelo, also called the “Garden of the Gods.” Visitors stroll among mysterious rock formations in a landscape that some have compared to Mars. State tourism experts say the best time to visit this Lanai attraction is at dusk, when the setting sun bathes the rock towers in a warm glow.Keahiakawelo
Admission to Keahiakawelo is free, but you need a 4-wheel drive vehicle to get there over the rough terrain. Check with your hotel for transportation if you do not have a rental.
Another must-visit Lanai attraction is the Munro Trail. This one-lane dirt road offers views that will take your breath away. It takes about three hours to drive the seven miles of the Munro Trail. Along the way, you’ll reach the top of Mount Lanaihale, Lanai’s highest peak.
The trail is named for a New Zealand naturalist, George Munro, who carved out the trail and planted the Cook pine trees you’ll still find there today. Along the drive at this Lanai attraction, you’ll also see the Maunalei Canyon and views of the nearby island of Maui.
You can only drive the Munro Trail in a 4-wheel drive vehicle, and there are some available for rental nearby.
You’ll probably want to visit the beach on your romantic vacation. Many travel experts consider Hulopoe Bay one of the best beaches in the United States, and that has made it one of the top Lanai attractions.Like most beaches in romantic Hawaii, Hulopoe Bay known for its year-round activities. In the summer months, Hulopoe Bay is perfect for swimming, body boarding and snorkeling. After a picnic lunch, you can plan a romantic walk along the volcanic rocks. Keep an eye out for Spinner dolphins, which are commonly seen dancing along near the shoreline. In the winter, you might spot a Humpback whale in the waters off this Lanai attraction.
Lanai Cultural and Heritage Center
While the natural beauty of Hawaii is a big draw for tourists, so is its rich history. That’s why the Lanai Cultural and Heritage Center is a top Lanai attraction.
You can take a step back in time to learn about the history of Lanai and view many Hawaiian artifacts here. The Lanai Cultural and Heritage Center also features exhibits on ranching and agriculture on Lanai.
The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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