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Lanai and Molokai Day Trips

Separated by the Auau Channel, Maui, Molokai and Lanai are collectively known as “The Magic Isles.” Although Maui is the more recognized of the three, Lanai and Molokai each have their own unique traits and attractions (and are actually part of Maui County). Molokai is easily accessible via inter-island flights offered by Mokulele Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and others. For example, you’ll find regular routes from Kahului, Maui (OGG) to Molokai Airport (MKK). You can take a ferry ride from Maui to Lanai via private services like Expeditions Passenger Ferry (www.go-lanai.com).

Exploring Molokai

Undeveloped and unspoiled, Molokai is an island rooted in native Hawaiian culture. Major attractions include the historic Kalaupapa National Historic Park, small town Kaunakakai and Papohaku Beach, one of the largest white sand beaches in Hawaii. Visit Molokai to participate in a variety of outdoor adventures, experience authentic local culture and to see Hawaii back in time. If you want to skip the airport, some private companies offer day-trip ferry rides and boat tours that depart from Maui to visit Molokai.

Exploring Lanai

Lanai is more of a private getaway that features two luxurious resorts: The Four Seasons Resort at Lanai at Manele Bay and the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele, as well as the historic Hotel Lanai. Major attractions include the dolphin-friendly Hulopoe Bay, the otherworldly Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods) and the remote Kaiolohia (Shipwreck Beach). For a secluded romantic escape or a four-wheel drive adventure, Lanai is just a ferry ride away. Expeditions ferry service runs 5 round-trips daily between Manele Harbor and Lahaina Harbor. Ferry trips take roughly an hour. For more information call (800) 695-2624 or visit www.go-lanai.com.