Take a ferry to Lanai, one of Hawaii's most secluded islands, for an adventure into its unspoiled hinterlands.
At Lahaina's main pier, you'll board a fast-passenger ferry boat for the trip across Auau Channel to Lanai, the sixth largest Hawaiian island that was once referred to as the "pineapple island". Along the way, enjoy ocean views of neighboring islands and look for spinner dolphin, which are named for their acrobatic leaps and mid-air spins. You may also see migrating whales in the channel.
Upon arriving at Manele Harbor, you will board an air-conditioned 4X4 vehicle and take off for some of Lanai's less-traveled and most interesting areas. Pass through a forest of towering ironwood, a rapidly growing tree that is often used as a windbreak. Visit the eerie Garden of the Gods in a remote arid canyon. The strange rock formations and crusted lava form an almost lunar landscape, where axis deer may be seen grazing on what little vegetation remains. You will also stop at Shipwreck Beach, an 8-mile stretch of sand that overlooks a graveyard of vessels that failed to negotiate the shallow, rocky channel. The rusted hull of an oil tanker can be seen lodged on the coral reef, a familiar sight since the 1940s, when it was intentionally grounded as an inexpensive means of disposal.
Mid-way through your day, you will be treated to a picnic-style lunch of sandwiches, chips and cookies.
When your tour of Lanai concludes, you will re-board the ferry and return to the pier at Lahaina Harbor.
Please note: There is some moderate walking on this tour and the surfaces at Garden of the Gods and Shipwreck Beach are uneven natural terrain and sand. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.