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There was no way I could kick back at the Ritz Carlton pool for more than a day, especially when we had access to all of Maui and neighboring islands. After biking down the side of 10,000 foot tall Mount Haleakala we could have used a relaxing day, but this day would be a little more adventurous.
In a few days we would catch a flight to Kauai, so we wanted to see as much of Maui and the neighboring islands as we could. I promised Mrs Weekly Flyer a day by the beach watching spinner dolphins and a lunch at the Four Seasons Lanai, but it turned out to be a significantly different day, and she loved it.
I had done my research and found that we could catch a ferry over to Lanai and spend the day exploring the island. We rented a jeep and went off-roading through the Garden of the Gods, swam with sea turtles on Shipwrecked Beach soaking in the views of neighboring Molokai, lounged on the beach watching spinner dolphins at Holupoe Beach Park, had lunch at the Four Seasons Manele Bay Lanai and finally finished the day back in Lahaina with a Feast at Lele. Needless to say, we were off the resort.
If you care for a sound track, click play on the song below, we went with a mix of Jack Johnson, Donavon Frankenreiter and a few others while on the island.
Lahaina Breakfast And Ferry
We woke up early and grabbed a Kona coffee for the short drive down to Lahaina from the famous Honolau store in front of the Ritz Carlton. If you like a good breakfast that won’t leave a hole in your pocket, the Honolau store is your place.
It was still sleepy in Lahaina when we arrived so we grabbed a few pictures near the 140 year old Banyan Tree and then sat down for breakfast with a view.
Ferry To Lanai
We boarded the ferry at the loading dock in front of the Pioneer Inn. You can see the ferry schedule and purchase your tickets here. The first thing we noticed was a sail boat that was not in ship shape. Not exactly an ideal sight to see as we set out on a boat ride but the weather was calm and it turned out to be a very smooth ride.
If you stand at the stern of the ferry you’ll have greet views of Maui when leaving Lahaina.
We quickly moved up to the bow of the ferry to look for whales and wait for Lanai to come into view.
The cliffs were impressive but we didn’t see any whales on the way over.
Driving To Garden Of Gods
I arranged to rent a jeep for the day and the rental car agency met us at the ferry dock. It was a very simple process to rent the car. I filled out a few forms and before we knew it, we were off to the Garden of the Gods.
We couldn’t help but notice how different Lanai was from Maui. You could see for miles with no buildings in sight.
We drove past the Lodge at Koele, a Four Seasons resort. This is one of two Four Seasons resorts on the island (used to be Starwood Luxury Collection Resorts) and the other Four Seasons on the island is at Manele Bay where we would stop for lunch later in the day.
We came to the crossroads and took a left to Garden of the Gods. Later we would come back to the crossroads and go in the other direction to Shipwreck Beach.
The off-road adventure began and it was a bumpy but fun ride.
Mrs Weekly Flyer and I took turns driving. The Hula Girl on the front of our jeep kept dancing all the way to the Garden of the Gods.
Garden Of Gods
The Garden of the Gods gets it’s name from the surface which resembles an impressive lunar surface. But it also comes with equally impressive views.
That’s the island of Molokai in the distance.
We took a ton of pictures and one of them turned out to be the best self portrait from our entire trip to Hawaii. In our picture we looked as if the wind was trying to blow us off the island.
Our initial impression of Lanai was very favorable. It was quite a change of pace from Maui. We explored the Garden of the Gods, took some pictures and then watched the Hula Girl dance all the way back to the crossroad where we took a left towards Shipwreck beach.
Check out our other Hawaii Day Trip tips and ideas here.
- Kauai Day Trip – Queen’s Bath & Secret Beach
- Kauai Day Trip – Waimea Canyon Lookout
- Kauai Trip Report – Exploring Kauai’s North Coast
- Kauai Trip Report – St Regis Princeville
- Kauai Day Trip – North Shore Beaches
- Maui Day Trip – Biking Mount Haleakala