A Lanai honeymoon is the perfect choice for couples looking for a secluded and private destination in the Hawaiian islands. Lanai’s landscape is characterized by interesting geological features, unique archaeological sites, hidden beaches and a relaxed, off of the beaten path atmosphere. There are approximately 18 miles of secluded beaches with just a couple luxurious resorts along the coast. However, the rest of the island is wild and rugged with few paved roads. Adventurous Lanai honeymooners should plan to rent a 4x4 and go exploring. You’ll find a variety of landscapes to check out, ranging from a martian-like inland park at Garden of the Gods to lush, tropical jungle and a protected marine preserve on the coast. If you’re looking for a tropical getaway, definitely opt for a Lanai honeymoon.
Check out these top tips for your Lanai honeymoon experience.
When to Go
The weather on Lanai is nice year round with hot and sunny weather on the beaches and a bit cooler temperatures on the island’s interior. Whales can be seen from the island from December to April, which is definitely a unique Lanai honeymoon experience.
Top Sights and Activities
- Pu’u Pehe: Also known as Sweetheart Rock, this ocean rock formation is a beautiful, serene site and popular photo op for those enjoying a Lanai honeymoon.
- Lanai Culture and Heritage Center: Small museum and heritage center with exhibits related to the history and culture of the area.
- Lanai Petroglyphs: Ancient stone carvings of unknown origin in rocks near Shipwreck Beach.
- Kaiolohia (Shipwreck Beach): A rusty World War II barge lies just offshore of this beach on the northeast side of Lanai.
- Hulopoe Bay: This stunning beach on the island’s southern coast is one of the best spots on the island for swimming and snorkeling.
- Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods): A rocky, windswept area of rugged terrain that offers interesting views and photo opportunities.
- Lanai Cat Sanctuary: A cat rescue that welcomes visitors to come and spend time with the many furry kitties who call the center home.
- Dole Park: A grassy park with a playground and picnic facilities. Often hosts events and festivals.
- Polihua Beach: An isolated beach on the island’s northwestern shore. Frequented by sea turtles, humpback whales—and Lanai honeymooners.
- Kanepu’u Preserve: A nature preserve that protects the last native drylands forest in Hawaii and features an interpretive trail.
- Manele Golf Course: A Jack Nicklaus Signature, 18-hole golf course with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.
- Lanai Adventure Center A tour company offering horseback riding and guided UTV tours.