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|Visit and Snorkel Lanai from Maui|
|Captain Steve's Rafting -|
|Expeditions - 4x4 Adventure - 4x4 Adventure Land Tour|
|Expeditions - Ferry Service - Ferry To and From Lanai|
|Expeditions - Golf - Golf Package|
|Expeditions - Jeep Rental Package - Jeep Packages|
|Hawaii Ocean Rafting - 30' Hard Bottom Inflatable Raft|
|Lahaina Cruise Company - Large Powerboats|
|Maui Adventure Cruises - 48' Explorer Class Raft|
|Ocean Riders - 48' Explorer Class Raft|
|Pacific Whale Foundation - 52' and 65' Power Catamaran|
|Paragon Sailing Charters - 47' Sailing Catamaran|
|Trilogy Excursions - 64' - 55' - 51' Sailing Catamarans|
|Ultimate Rafting Maui - 30' Aluminum Hulled Inflatable|
|Wailea Boating Company - 36' Powerboat (Private Charters)|
Welcome to the Island of Lanai
|Information Related to Visit and Snorkel Lanai from Maui|
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Lanai, also called the "Pineapple Island", sits just 8 miles off the coast of Maui, directly across the channel from Lahaina.
Lanai has an interesting history from early settlement by the Polynesians to today's world-class visitor destination.
In the 1800's Lanai was purchased by the Dole family and became the major producer for the Dole Pineapple Company. This role has diminished in recent years and Lanai has now taken a front seat in the tourist industry.
The smallest of the major Hawaiian Islands, and the least populated, Lanai has a mystique that continues to attract visitors. And why not? Its pristine white sand beaches, its two famous luxury resorts (Manele Bay Hotel and the Lodge at Koele), its world-class golf courses, its abundant reefs and striking coastline, its tremendous diving locations, and its sizable dolphin population have proved to be powerful draws for visitors from around the world. There is something for everyone on this lovely little island called "Lanai".
Tom's Tips - Welcome to the island of Lanai
- Take the ferry from Lahaina and spend the day golfing, visiting the hotels, or exploring the rugged interior by jeep.
- Sail over to Manele Bay where you can enjoy excellent snorkeling and then take a guided tour of the island.
- A remote white sand beach is waiting at the Halepalaoa region of the island. You can spend the day in a hammock, sipping "Lanai Tais", or snorkel, kayak, take a tour of historic sites, play volleyball go horseback riding or shoot clays, the day is yours on Lanai's special desert island hideaway.
- A zodiac trip around the island is an adventurous way to spend a full or half day, and a great way to explore marine life and spectacular scenery.
- Love the ocean, suffer from seasickness? We have a boat for you! It's a luxury vessel, especially designed to cut through the waves, remaining as stable and unmoving as your living room back home.
- Rafting trips are great but they are not for everyone, especially if you're pregnant or have back problems.
- The tours and trips to Lanai are among our most popular and should not be missed by anyone who has a love of boating and the ocean.
Have you been entertaining the idea of going over to get a closer look at the island of Lanai? Captain Steve's Rafting is one of the oldest and most respected rafting companies to offer trips from Lahaina across the channel to the island of Lanai. Their zodiac style boats are extremely fast and can make it across the channel very quickly. Once you get to Lanai you'll be able to explore some the best parts of the coast. There are large cliffs on the backside that have some of the most unique coral formations and snorkeling spots found anywhere in the world. On the east side of the island sits the largest unbroken coral reef in the state of Hawaii, as well as the longest white sand beach. On the north side of Lanai there is even a famous shipwreck of an ancient liberty ship that is over a hundred feet long.
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What about snorkeling from the shoreline of Lanai and maybe spending some time to explore the island a little bit? Expeditions ferry service offers trips out of Lahaina to Manele Harbor on Lanai. From the Manele harbor there are Jeep rental packages for those that want to go on a four-by-four excursion (with or without a guide). Or, if you would like exploring Manele Bay, walking over toward Hulopoe Beach and perhaps having lunch at the Manele Resort, that option is also available. The island of Lanai is a tropical paradise, the east side has some white sand beaches that are so long it is not uncommon to be able to step out onto them and look both ways without seeing a footprint for as far as you can see in either direction. There is the "Garden of the Gods" which has some beautiful rock formations. See Shipwreck Beach or drive the Munroe trail, which is an exciting four-wheel drive climb up the mountain.
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If you're thinking about going snorkeling on Lanai on the more inexpensive option there is always the ferry from expeditions. Expeditions ferry service offers daily roundtrip ferry services from Lahaina Harbor, Maui to Manele Harbor, Lanai aboard their spacious fleet of large catamarans and powerboats. Expeditions is not a snorkeling company, but it is possible to walk to the Hulopoe Bay Marine Preserve in less then half an hour from the Manele Harbor. If you bring your own snorkel gear then it is possible to get some good snorkeling in bay. The disadvantage of taking the do-it-yourself approach to snorkeling Lanai is that if there is high surf or Kona (Southern) winds and the snorkeling conditions are less then ideal, you will not be able to easily move to a better spot. Expeditions also has jeep rental packages available if you would like to have greater mobility once you're on the island of Lanai.
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Expeditions is the name of the ferry service we have on Maui that takes us to and from the island of Lanai. This service is quite popular and the 50 minute or so trip does five round-trips per day between Lahaina Harbor and Manele Harbor. This has proven to be a great way for visitors from Maui to take-in a day on Lanai without having to deal with air travel. The same could be said for those staying in hotels on Lanai to visit Maui. Lanai has two very beautiful and upscale resorts and two well tended and challenging golf courses. Many people travel over in the morning to play a round of golf, then have lunch and a cocktail at one of the luxurious hotels and return to Maui in the afternoon
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Have you been disappointed in the lack of off-roading and four-wheel drive trails on Maui? The island of Lanai across the channel boasts much more area for this type of activity. Expeditions ferry company departs from Lahaina Harbor, Maui to Manele Harbor, Lanai many times daily and we can arrange for a four-wheel drive jeep rental for you once your on the island of Lanai. You can explore the miles of white sand beaches on the east side of the island. Conquer the famous four-wheel drive "Monroe Trail" or take in the sights at Shipwreck Beach or the Garden of the Gods. The island of Lanai is a tropical paradise and if you're looking for a day of off-roading then you'd be hard pressed to find a better location anywhere.
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If you're looking for excitement and adventure on "the raft tour of your vacation", you'll probably be very happy with Mark Robinson's "Hawaii Ocean Rafting". Mark has had over thirty years of experience perfecting his trade here on the island and his full and half-day Lanai adventures make use of all his nautical knowledge. You will see Lanai's beautiful coastline and secluded sea coves, endless beaches, shipwrecks, sea cliffs and pinnacles. Whale watching is also very big during the winter months. Year round dolphin sightings are common, and when the sightings occur they are regularly in upwards of a hundred at a time. These hard-bottom inflatable rafts are also available for private charters and make a good call for small parties of ten to fourteen passengers that are looking for an exciting ride.
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If you would like to get a bit closer view of the island of Lanai then you might want to consider going on a trip over there with the Lahaina Cruise Company. The Lahaina Cruise Company uses large, stable vessels. These boats are ideal for families, or for groups with members that have a high risk of motion sickness. Their tours depart from the Lahaina Harbor.
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Maui Adventure Cruises offers snorkel tours to Lanai with or without a landing on the island on Explore Super Rafts with a restroom on board. Maui Adventure Cruises is known for its very fast and large sized rafts. If you take advantage of the landing on the island you will be treated to a stop at Manele Harbor to go for a short walk to explore the underwater marine reserve of Hulopo'e Bay. This area is known for its variety of marine life and dolphin sightings occur here frequently. Lanai is
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For those that are looking to visit as much of Lanai as possible without actually going on the island and touring the city should look into Ocean Riders. Ocean Riders is a rafting company that offers trips departing from Lahaina Harbor that circumnavigate the island of Lanai. They stop at a variety of spots to go snorkeling. Ocean Riders uses thirty-foot RAIV boats that are powered by powerful twin two hundred and fifty horsepower outboard motors.
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One of the most popular destinations for snorkeling cruises departing from the island of Maui is the island of Lanai. This small low lying island that sits across the channel from Lahaina was once home to the largest pineapple plantation on the planet. The plantation closed in the early nineteen nineties and the industry was replaced by two different five star resorts that were built on the Island. The relative lack of development compared to the other islands in the Hawaiian chain has allowed Lanai to remain very pristine in many aspects. The reef that sits along the eastern shore of the island is the longest unbroken coral reef in the state of Hawaii. This area is home to dolphins that unlike whales do not migrate and are found here year round. Pacific Whale Foundation offers a variety of snorkeling trips to the island of Lanai on their fleet of large power catamarans.
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Paragon Sailing Charters offers trips to Lanai aboard their forty seven foot luxury catamaran. These trips are designed to be comfortable with the catamarans wide deck and spacious cabin providing plenty of room for the passengers to stretch out. In addition to having an great deal of deck space to begin with the management of the Paragon limits the capacity of the Lanai trip to twenty four even though they are certified by the coastguard for almost twice that amount
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Trilogy Excursions is the original company to offer snorkeling trips to the island of Lanai. Trilogy was founded over thirty years ago by the Coon brothers and now is run in part by contributions from their many sons and daughters. The Coon family has built a strong reputation for providing quality trips for their guests because of their genuine caring attitude and attention to detail. Their trips to Lanai are what they are known for. They begin by cruising across the channel on one of their many large luxury catamarans before they land at Manele Harbor. From Manele there are a variety of options of different activities; land tours, snorkeling trips and beach activities are all available. Trilogy has been doing these trips for years and they have constructed a variety of pavilions and hammocks around the harbor and the beach.
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Ultimate Rafting offers a very exciting trip to go snorkeling off of the island of Lanai onboard their thirty-foot aluminum hulled raft with an inflatable surround. The engines on this boat are enormous, cranking out four hundred horsepower that will get you there quick. Dolphins are commonly seen year round and the humpback whales are commonly seen during whale season which lasts form early December to early May. These trips are suitable for beginner through advanced snorkelers
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Wailea Boating Company is an outfit that specializes in private charters. With a private charter your options are endless as far as what you can do. Go snorkeling at the islands of Molokini or Lanai. Go out to the buoys for some deep sea fishing or any kind of combination of the two. The Wailea Boating Companies boat the "Xian" is a thirty six foot speedboat that cranks out more then four hundred horsepower and will get you wherever you decide to go quickly and comfortably.
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Lanai Tours and Lanai Activities - Lanai is one of three islands that consist of Maui County along with Molokai and Maui itself. It is the least populated of the three and is a great place to visit or to have a vacation get-a-way. Lanai is the lowest lying of the three islands and as a result draws the least cloud cover and hence the least rainfall. Early attempts in the 1800's to use the island for the production of sugar cane were unsuccessful because of this lack of water but a more successful venture was achieved in the production of pineapple in the early 1900's when the entire island was purchased for that purpose by James Dole. Many field workers were needed to tend the crops and immigrants were brought in to do this difficult work from the Philippines, Korea, Japan, China and Portugal. The small city called Lanai City evolved in the extinct crater head at the top of the island and this "melting pot" of races lived in harmony throughout the century until the harvesting of pineapple became unprofitable in the last decades of the century. The island has now become the location for two of the most spectacular resorts in Hawaii, one in the center of the island near Lanai City and the other down on the ocean at Manele Bay. In addition, two of the most lavish and respected golf courses in Hawaii were built here, one designed by Greg Norman and the other by Jack Nicklaus.