Please enjoy the spinner dolphins with your binoculars from the shore rather than trying to swim with them. Please check out this link to learn more:
I think this human interaction continues to have a negative impact on the dolphins. I noted in luvmaui's trip report that she only saw dolphins in the bay 1 of the 14 days she was there.
Agree with DrV. The staff of the FS at Manele Bay will ask you to stay out of the water and won't hand out snorkel gear when the spinners are in the bay. Individuals need to do their part and respect that. I have been in the bay many time when spinners have come in and we exit if we see them and ask others to do so, although sadly often to no avail.
Personally, I am done with Maui after a few days and a month there would not be my choice whereas as I said I could happily spend a month on Lanai. I think it depends entirely on personal preference. But if you're drawn to Lanai you're not likely going to enjoy Maui all that much, especially for that length of time. Instead maybe spend half the time on the Big Island which ironically is the most like tiny Lanai in many ways and has stellar snorkeling in September. It has the added advantage of being so large that you'll just scratch the surface in a couple weeks or even a month.Edited: 8:33 pm, January 18, 2014
I love Lanai and I would happily stay a week or two..but I would not want to stay more than that. I like more variety for restaurants when I travel. The Lodge is beautiful, but as a snorkeler and someone coming from MN, I prefer Manele Bay. I want to see the ocean when I am in Hawaii and I loved being able to just walk down to the beach every day and snorkel. I have spent over 3 weeks at a time both on Kauai and Maui and I do not get bored. I stay in quiet areas..drive when I want to go somewhere else. But after many trips I still have many things I want to see and do on both island. Another option would be a week or two on Lanai and the rest on MauI. Many good options to choose from!
My husband and I are going to Lanai for a Company trip and were thinking of spending a couple of extra days on Maui. After reading what you have to say I think we may just stay the extra days on Lanai. We have been once before but really did not leave the 4S Manele Bay. This year we have 4 nights at Manele and are thinking of staying 2-3 more either at Manele or Koele. Have never been to Maui, have been to Oahu lots and Big Island a couple of times. Love Hawaii!! Any suggestions on where to stay what to do??
If your company is putting you up at Manele, I would just stay their the extra couple nights, as I personally feel it is not worth the hassle to pack everything up and move. You can take the shuttle to the Koele side any time you want. Please look at the things to do on Lana`i, so you get out and see all the special places on the island.
I would move up to Koele the last couple of nights. While I've had issues with the service there it is such a unique property for Hawaii and there's a lot to do there. There's a great hike from the property, the five mile Koloiki Ridge hike. I love doing sporting clays and horseback riding, and if you like golf, the Experience is one of my favorite courses in Hawaii. Just strolling around the property and enjoying the orchid greenhouse and quiet, extensive grounds and lake is lovely. Keahiakawelo and the beaches past there are easy to access from the Lodge one day.
Avoid 'lanai plantation home room for rent' at lliahi St at Lanai City posted in airbnb.com We stayed there 4 nights in May and was very regret.
The house is extremely dirty and has horrible smell. This is the most haunting lodging we have ever stayed in our life.
The room is probably good for backpackers or homeless people to stay. It's not even worth for $15 a night believe me.Edited: 6:44 pm, June 10, 2014
Though this was BEFORE the Four Seasons became a presence, we did 5 nights/6 days on Lana`i, and loved it. Many (most) told us that Lana`i was a three-day-Island, and that we would die for our longer stay. That was totally incorrect, and we could easily have done 10 days.
The golf is great, and one does have a few other, somewhat interesting options, besides the two main courses. There is a muni, plus a par-3 course, and each offers a different, yet exciting experience. The muni is especially nice, as one often gets to play with a couple of locals, who will entertain you the entire round.
Throw in some tennis, horseback riding, hiking and a day (or two) with a 4x4, and you can spend two weeks.
Back then (things might well have changed?), the evening meals at the Lodge at Koele was to die for. We were less impressed by the restaurants (all of them) at the Lodge at Manile, but things have probably changed. There was also some great (more casual), and highly interesting dining in Lana`i City. At the Inn there, two brothers from Metro New Orleans, had a lovely restaurant. Not sure if they are still doing their thing, but it was great. If they are, do try their Pralines, as my wife worked with the chef to prefect his recipe. Also, tell him that the "Uptown Girl from New Orleans" sent you.
Enjoy, and please report on your stay. We need, need, need to get back!
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