The Four Seasons Lanai operates the Island Adventure Center, 1 Manele Bay Rd., Lanai City (808/565-2072), where resort guests and the general public can book an assortment of activities: golf, sporting clays, off-road tours, horseback rides, sunset sails, and more. Located next door to the resort’s tennis courts, it’s open from 6am to 6pm.
Get a taste of the paniolo (cowboy) life on a horseback tour. Sign up for an upland trail ride at the Island Adventure Center, 1 Manele Bay Rd., Lanai City (808/565-2072), where you’ll catch a shuttle up to Koele and meet your steed. On horseback, you’ll meander through guava groves and past ironwood trees; catch glimpses of spotted deer, wild turkeys, and quail; and end with panoramic views of Maui and Lanai. The trails are dusty and rain is frequent; wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and bring a light jacket. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required. Daily tours start at 9am, 11am and 1pm, last 1 1/2 hours, and cost $195 per person. Private rides are available for $225 per person per hour.
Even if you don’t book a ride, you may want to visit the stables to “Meet the Minis.” Visitors who drop by around lunchtime can help groom the twelve miniature horses and four donkeys.
Go on, take a crack at the clay disk hurtling through the air . . . you might just surprise yourself by shattering it! Both sharpshooters and novices will enjoy this 14-station shooting clay course in the Lanai uplands. Zip from station to station beneath the whispering ironwood trees in your own golf cart. Each target mimics the movement of a different bird or rabbit; shots grow increasingly difficult as the course progresses. Private lessons start at $125 per person for 1 hour. Experienced shooters can do the course on their own. The complex includes an archery range and options for kids. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring a jacket. Book at the Four Seasons’ Island Adventure Center (1 Manele Bay Rd., Lanai City; 808/565-2072).
Public courts, lit for night play, are available in Lanai City at no charge; call 808/565-6979 for reservations. If you’re staying at the Four Seasons, you can take advantage of the upgraded “tennis garden,” with its two Plexi-Pave cushion courts and Har-Tru green clay court—the same used by the pros. Court access comes with complimentary use of Prince rackets, balls, and bottled water—even shoes if you need them.
If you’re feeling extra adventurous, call John Price at Lanai Jeep Rental (www.lanaijeeprental.net; 808/280-7092). He offers guided all-terrain vehicle (ATV) tours far afield—up the forested Munro Trail to the island’s summit and out to the Garden of Gods. The ATVs can’t travel on roads, but they can go many places cars can’t—especially in wet and muddy weather. Wear clothes you’re willing to sacrifice to Lanai’s red dirt (long pants and closed-toe shoes) and bring a jacket (rain is frequent). Tours are $150 and the ATV is yours for 24 hours.
The Four Seasons’ Island Adventure Center (see above) (1 Manele Bay Rd., Lanai City; 808/565-2072) offers the Cadillac version of this adventure. Slide on a sleek helmet, balaclava, and goggles, and mount your Polaris Razor 1000; the off-road suspension is so smooth you’ll hardly notice the boulders. Local guides will chauffeur you into the forested uplands above Palawai Basin where you’ll explore an ancient agricultural temple, view petroglyphs, and dodge spotted deer. Same as above, you’ll need long pants, closed-toed shoes, a jacket, and clothes that can handle dirt. Two-hour tours leave twice daily at 9am and 1:30pm and cost $247.50 per person or $395 per couple.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.