The protected marine preserve of Hulopoe Bay is home to a thriving coral reef system that beckons divers and snorkellers from around the world. From the bay’s shoreline, you’ll spot spinner dolphins and, during winter months, humpback whales.
Hulopoe Bay Beach and Marine Preserve
Steps from your door at Four Seasons Resort Lanai, idyllic Hulopoe Beach is your destination for splashing, swimming and snorkelling. Lounge amid shady palms, spot dolphins and Hawaiian green sea turtles, and swim with schools of tropical reef fish. The protected marine preserve is among the best snorkelling and diving spots in Hawaii, so jump in and explore the underwater world. Four Seasons staff offer beach services – including complimentary use of snorkelling equipment, lounge chairs and towels.
- Length: 1,100 ft. (335 m)
- Designated swimming area
- Complimentary ice water and towel service, including chilled towels
Lanai Snorkel Experience
Set sail to discover more of the island’s extraordinary snorkelling locales. Aboard a spacious catamaran, you’ll cruise the Pacific on a three-hour tour of renowned snorkelling sites and lesser-known local haunts. This ultimate snorkel tour showcases the best of Lanai’s colourful world below the ocean’s surface.
LANAI WHALE-WATCH EXPEDITION
This seasonal ocean adventure explores some of the most remote and unspoiled sites in Hawaii. Lanai is a haven for North Pacific humpback whales from December through April. Spot these fascinating mammals during a sailing adventure from a 360-degree viewing platform, and listen through a hydrophone to hear them sing. Crew members are Certified Island Naturalists and make each trip educational and entertaining.
Lanai has been ranked among the top 10 snorkelling sites in the world, and Hulopoe Bay, with the island’s finest white-sand beach, is teeming with colourful reef fish and protected marine species, including green sea turtles and spinner dolphins. The Resort offers complimentary use of snorkels, fins and masks (including prescription masks), and a wide range of instruction daily.
If you love snorkelling but would like to experience the wonder of breathing underwater, SNUBA is the ideal choice. This safe and patented shallow-water diving system bridges the gap between snorkelling and scuba diving. Using a 20-foot airline connected to a scuba tank, SNUBA divers are free to explore life beneath the ocean's surface with ease.
Swim deep below the surface of Lanai’s crystal blue waters. With its protected bays and coves, the island is a dream dive destination. One-tank intro and certified dives are available as upgrades on all snorkel sails. Go out on a two-tank dive to explore underwater coral grottoes, lava caves and enjoy safe encounters with tropical sea life at favorite spots like the Cathedrals, Kaunolu, Fish Rock or Menpachi Caves. Next generation diving gear includes top-rated Cobalt 2 dive computers, high-performing, lightweight Atomic T3 regulators and superior-quality wetsuits. Add in some fun with Apollo dive scooters for hands-free cruising under the sea.
For an unforgettable ocean adventure, board Kalulu, a 39-foot inflatable ribb previously used as a chase boat for the America’s Cup which can reach speeds up to 50 miles per hour. Enjoy snorkeling, mammal watching, scuba, fishing, island hopping and even a surf safari for advanced surfers. The boat accommodates up to six passengers or two divers and has two comfortable couches on the stern deck and a daybed forward for an afternoon of exploration, quality and comfort on a private excursion.
Maui Day Trip
Board the Expeditions Ferry, which departs from Manele Bay Harbor, and travel to Maui for the day. Just a 45-minute boat ride from Lanai, the historic town of Lahaina is home to one of the largest Banyan Trees in the US. Stop at a museum, explore upcountry Maui, or stroll through the boutiques, galleries and outlet stores. December through April, the journey provides great whale-watching opportunities.