Aquatic activities and beyond at Four Seasons Resort Lanai

The Lanai, a new 50-foot sailing catamaran owned by the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, is used for snorkeling, diving, whale-watching and other tours.
The Lanai, a new 50-foot sailing catamaran owned by the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, is used for snorkeling, diving, whale-watching and other tours.

The Four Seasons Resort Lanai has been adding to its fleet over the last year, and that means more opportunities for ocean activities for the resort's guests.

The resort sitting near Lanai's Hulopoe Bay has purchased a 50-foot sailing catamaran, a 40-foot rigid inflatable boat that can reach speeds of 40 knots, and an outrigger canoe. It all adds up to a host of new options for guests when it comes to diving, snorkeling, fishing, nature-watching or simply being out on the water.

Divers and snorkelers can head out on the sailboat, dubbed the Lanai, for a variety of tours. One dive site that has made many a top Hawaiian dives list is First Cathedral, a dramatic underwater landscape where the lacy structure of lava rock creates shimmering rays of light reminiscent of stained glass.

"It's a premier dive site," said the resort's director of sales Kurt Diekhoff, who has done the dive before. "The north side of the wall has caves, and all these nooks and crannies. Then there is a swim-through archway. Another cool thing about it is at the far end there is an exit called the 'Shotgun' that pushes you out of the cave when there's a surge of south swells."

A two-tank dive tour is $249 per person, and snorkel tours, which include the chance to use a Seadoo snorkel scooter, which propels swimmers through the water, cost $149 per person. The three-hour tour includes lunch, gear, and use of stand-up paddleboards.

"We do multiple tours with the Lanai, including sunset sails and private charters. We can take it over to Maui. Owning the boat gives us maximum flexibility," Diekhoff said.

When in season, the sailboat will also be used for whale watching and the area is also known for being a good place to encounter spinner dolphins. Brand new to the resort, the 40-foot Kalulu can be used for small group tours, including fishing excursions, surf trips, and private diving and snorkeling. It also has been employed to quickly ferry guests coming from Maui over to Lanai. The boat was used in the 2013 America's Cup in San Francisco as a chase boat.

Finally, the resort purchased a six-seat, carbon fiber outrigger canoe, the Holo Kai. The resort plans to roll out experiences with the canoe later this year.

"It's really a very unique racing boat. It can take four passengers with two Four Seasons associates going along," Diekhoff said. "It's a cool way to experience and learn this traditional way that Hawaiians have traveled around the islands."

Outside the water, Four Seasons Lanai has been adding to its activities list as well. Guests can now rent utility vehicles and explore the island's dirt roads and unbeaten paths on their own, and also there are also archery and shooting ranges.

The resort's "Love Lanai" package, which costs $200 in addition to the room rate, allows guests to participate in as many activities as they can fit into each day as they want, including golf and upcountry horseback tours. The "Discover Lanai" package offers guests a $200 daily resort credit, that can be used on activities and additional resort amenities such as the spa and restaurants. Agents are eligible for commission on the package bookings.
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