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Traveling to remote Lanai—both getting here and navigating the island’s beguiling, untamed landscapes—is not without its challenges. But visitors will find that the rewards are well worth their efforts, especially with a little advance planning.
Arriving on Lanai
There are no direct flights from outside Hawaii to tiny Lanai Airport (LNY), and most travelers connect through either Honolulu or Maui. For inter-island travelers, Mokulele Airlines provides direct service to Lanai from Oahu, Maui, Molokai and the Island of Hawaii.
From nearby Maui, you can also hop on an Expeditions Ferry for a scenic one-hour boat ride through the Auau Channel, a popular place for whale-watching in the winter months.
Getting Around Lanai
With its windswept terrain and rugged roads, driving on Lanai can be quite an adventure. You won’t find a single stoplight, and only 30 of the island’s 400 miles of road are paved. But if you do choose to explore these roads less traveled, you’ll be treated to landscapes that exist nowhere else in Hawaii.
Book a four-wheel drive vehicle ahead of time through Lanai Car Rental in Lanai City, and head north to explore the lunar-like landscapes of Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods) and ghostly Kaiolohia (Shipwreck Beach) (delete) . These drives are not for the faint of heart, but the payoff is spectacular for those who brave the wild, bumpy ride. Be forewarned that gas on Lanai is quite expensive, usually around $5 per gallon.
Taxis are also available for airport transfers and other transportation needs. Limousine service can also be arranged for airport transportation and day tours. A shuttle system is available for guests of the Four Seasons Resorts. Shuttle service is by reservation only.
Mokulele Airlines has the newest fleet of aircrafts in the state and operates over 120 daily flights from 9 airports, Honolulu & Kalaeloa (Barbers Point) airports on O‘ahu, Kapalua, Kahului & Hana airports on Maui, Kona & Waimea airport on the Big Island, Ho‘olehua & Kalaupapa airports on Mokoka‘i.
Expeditions, the Lahaina-Lanai Ferry, provides affordable service between Maui and Lanai, five times a day, every day! Packages are available for a day of championship golf, luxury accommodations, Jeep rental, 4X4 Trekker Tours, Archery, Sporting Clays.
Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 10 years (2004-2013) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawai‘i