Should the Islands of Molokai or Lanai be part of your Hawaii Vacation plans ?

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Podcast listener questions

We got several questions this week which we addressed on today’s show. Claire is worried about sharks when she comes here to the islands because of recent shark attacks in the news. Studies show that we’re not on the menu for lunch when it comes to what sharks prefer in their diet. Research shows that they mostly have a diet based of squid or fish or even seals. They go on to conclude that human meet simply just doesn’t taste good to sharks. That being said, we definitely have had our share of shark bites; since November of last year there have been had six incidents already. Pretty Scary!

Shout outs to Dave sturdy, Gary Ekborg, Claire Kaufman, Robin Parks and Bridgette Parker for the great questions which we also discussed on today’s show.

Lanai & Molokai

We often hear of the “outer islands” in relation to the major islands, which may give travelers the impression that they are unchartered territory or no-mans land. Lanai and Molokai may be small and much less populated than any of the other islands, but that doesn’t mean they are not vacation destinations! In fact, Lanai is known to be the best island destination for honeymooners, weddings, or romantic getaways and Molokai has an equally rich history that can be navigated via mule! I don’t know if any of the other major islands boast this type of allure. These two outer islands offers travelers remoteness like nowhere else in Hawaii plus unspoiled views of the coastlines, valleys, and rainforests that are simply unmatched. Here’s a little more about each of these islands for those interested in a unique retreat that is definitely off-the-beaten-path of traditional Hawaii vacations.

Lanai was once referred to as The Pineapple Island but has recently been more commonly called The Private Island. This is because of its seclusion, luxury, and absolute isolation from the rest of the world. Lanai houses only three high-end resorts, the Resort Lanai at Manele Bay, The Lodge at Koele, and Hotel Lanai. While Lanai is not the first place we would recommend for vacationers on a budget, it has a lot of outdoor adventuring to offer newlyweds or business groups looking for bonding experiences. Activities such as horseback rides, kayaking, hiking, and world-class golf are available to vacationers on Lanai, and most of the hotels offer these activities to their guests. It’s important to know what is included in your stay at the resort because all-inclusive packages do exist and they actually save you the most money on a trip like this. They can get pricey, but it is well worth the money and Lanai is a well-worth-it island destination.

Lanai also has a ferry that operates between Maui 7 days a week. Booking a vacation to Lanai doesn’t have to be confined to the one island; it can extend out to a weekend getaway to Maui too! Or experience the different sides of Lanai, which feels like two very different places. Central Lanai is rustic with cooler temperatures, pineapple fields, and Dole Park. You’ll also find the Munro Trail in central Lanai, which is renowned for its highest scenic point in the whole island and offers miles of hiking trails and backcountry. South Lanai is the other location on the island, which is sunny, warm, and mixes luxury with serenity. Here you’ll find incredible beaches and landmarks, such as Puu Pehe (Sweetheart Rock), Hulopoe Bay, and the Kaumalapau Harbor, where sunsets are known to be unbelievably stunning.

Molokai is known as being rural, historic, and untouched, giving vacationers a glimpse into old Hawaii. With no traffic lights, this island has the seclusion you seek for your ultimate getaway and is best viewed via horse or mule. Molokai boasts ancient fishponds, coconut groves, historic settlements, and one of Hawaii’s largest white sand beaches. It is truly a unique Hawaii experience, with plenty to keep you busy. Like Lanai, Molokai only has a few hotels, but each one offers an authentic Hawaiian experience that can’t be found on any other island. Sometimes referred to as “The Most Hawaiian Island”, this is a great place to truly immerse yourself in culture and timeless memories.

This island also has the state’s longest pier, surrounded by boutiques and unique eateries. With the population only at approximately 8,000, you’ll quickly become familiar with the locals and other vacationers around you. And for all those busy business people attached to their laptops even while on vacation, Molokai might just be the ideal destination to get away from it all. Get ready for this one: Molokai does not have readily available Internet services! Shocker, we know. But what better way to really dive into relaxation than to completely disconnect yourself from the world? Sometimes this is the only way to truly achieve some R&R on your vacation, and Molokai is simply ideal for it. Be sure to check with your hotel about inclusive activities during your stay, because with landmarks like Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Halawa Valley, Papohaku Beach, and Kaunakakai to explore, you don’t want to miss any freebees!