Hawaii- The Island of Lanai

is the smallest and perhaps most exclusive island in the chain of an Islands. The beaches are just as gorgeous as the other islands and the palm trees offer the perfect backdrop for a romantic island getaway. When visiting you can get to the island either by plane or by a ferry. You can fly into from either Maui or . There are no direct flights from the mainland so you should take some time to visit one of the other islands first. If you take a boat to , it will be from Maui and you may just get lucky enough to see some migrating whales along the way, particularly in the winter months. If you do not have a lot of time to visit , you could take a day trip from Maui.

is home to a known as Cathedrals located near Pu’u Pele rock. The tropical fish and coral are abundant here. Hulop’e Beach is another popular destination on the island. Here you can usually see spinner dolphin and a variety of reef fish making this a great place for snorkeling. The beaches here are white sand and gorgeous. They make for a great place to relax and unwind. Shipwreck beach is a nice place to take a stroll. It’s relatively quiet; in fact you are likely to be alone on this stretch of beach. You may find remnants of sunken ships in the form of driftwood washed up along the shore here. As the name implies there are several shipwrecks located just off the shore.

The island of is also home to two championship courses. Manele, located at was actually designed by and is set amongst a gorgeous tropical backdrop complete with palm trees and ocean cliffs. designed the second course which is the Experience at Koele. It has been rated the number one resort in the world by Conde Nast. The course lies beneath the mountains and offers spectacular views of the neighboring islands. is also home to the that is a local nine-hole course. The course is open to the public and all are welcome. There are no greens fees here (impressive) however, donations are accepted.

Horseback riding is another popular activity on the island of . The only place to ride is at Koele. They offer a variety of different ride options including pony rides for the kids. One favorite ride is a trail ride that will take you on trails along the coast. This offers breathtaking views, and if you look closely, you may be able to se Moloka’i and Maui. This ride also includes a picnic lunch, which can make for a romantic afternoon.

One hiking destination not to be missed while in is the . The 5-mile hike begins at the Lodge at Koele and will take you up to the . The hike will offer some breath taking views of the valleys, as well as Moloka’i and Maui. The island of will offer a great variety of activities, or none at all if you wish. It’s the perfect island for pampering and relaxation.

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