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So you want to go from Lanai to Maui!

There are flights that go from Lanai to Maui, but of course the BEST way to get from Lanai to Maui is by BOAT!

Because why wouldn’t you want to sail across the ocean to go island hopping in Hawaii?! 😄

There is a “public” ferry that goes from Lanai to Maui. (And from Maui to Lanai.)

 

Lanai to Maui ferry. Is there a boat from Lanai to Maui. island hopping in hawaii by ferry. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry. Is there a boat from Lanai to Maui. island hopping in hawaii by ferry. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry. Is there a boat from Lanai to Maui. island hopping in hawaii by ferry. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry. Is there a boat from Lanai to Maui. island hopping in hawaii by ferry. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry. Is there a boat from Lanai to Maui. island hopping in hawaii by ferry. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry. Is there a boat from Lanai to Maui. island hopping in hawaii by ferry. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry. Is there a boat from Lanai to Maui. island hopping in hawaii by ferry. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry. Is there a boat from Lanai to Maui. island hopping in hawaii by ferry. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry. Take the ferry to Maui ferry port. Arrive at Lahaina Harbor. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry. Is there a boat from Lanai to Maui. island hopping in hawaii by ferry. hawaii travel blog

 

 

So going by ferry from Lanai to Maui means that you’ll depart from the Manele Harbor in Lanai

 

Lanai to Maui ferry. Take the ferry from the Lanai ferry port. Depart from Manele Harbor. sunrise, first morning ferry. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry. Take the ferry from the Lanai ferry port. Depart from Manele Harbor. afternoon, evening ferry. hawaii travel blog

 

And you’ll arrive at the Lahaina Harbor in West Maui!

 

Lanai to Maui ferry. Take the ferry to Maui ferry port. Arrive at Lahaina Harbor. hawaii travel blog

 

If it’s whale season (generally speaking winter months), you might even be able to see whales off in the distance, so be on the lookout! The channel between Lanai and Maui is said to be one of the top spots (if not THE top spot) for whale watching in all of Hawaii. Bring binoculars!

And, if it’s rained recently, you might even spot a rainbow over the ocean!

 

Rainbow over the ocean on the Lanai to Maui ferry. hawaii travel blog

Rainbow over the ocean on the Lanai to Maui ferry. hawaii travel blog

Rainbow over the ocean on the Lanai to Maui ferry. hawaii travel blog

 

 

 

More below about the ferry to Maui from Lanai!

 

 

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Here is somewhat how it can go to take the ferry from Lanai to Maui!

In photos!

I took the ferry from Lanai to Maui in February 2020. So for 2021, exact policies and processes have changed since then, but below will generally be the experience of taking a ferry from Lanai to Maui! Check the official ferry website to confirm what you need to know!

 

How to get from Lanai to Maui by ferry

  • Buy a ferry ticket
  • Go to the Manele Harbor (aka the Lanai ferry port)
  • Wait for the ferry to arrive at Manele Harbor (it’s coming from Maui!)
  • Take a seat on the ferry!
  • Enjoy the ferry ride from Lanai to Maui!!!
  • Arrive at the Lahaina Harbor!

 

 

Buy a ferry ticket

Lanai to Maui ferry ticket. How to book ferry ticket to Maui. hawaii travel blog

 

Each ferry has a capacity of how many people can be on the boat. This means that tickets can get sold out.

So while it has been possible to buy a ferry ticket when you show up at the Lanai ferry port, you are better off booking your ticket in advance to ease your mind. For my Lanai trip during busy season, it was fine to book a few days in advance (even the day before), but again, you always have a chance of sold out tickets! Tickets are also more likely to sell out for the ferry timings that are most convenient for a day trip.

One advantage of waiting to book your ticket is so you can take a look at the weather. While weather reports may not always be reliable, if there’s an impending storm or heavy rains in the forecast you may want to reconsider. If the seas are too rough, it’s possible that your ferry could get canceled. It’s possible for a ferry to be canceled even just an hour (maybe even less!) before departure.

 

Lanai to Maui ferry timings. ferry canceled due to weather. hawaii travel blog
👆 Text message of canceled ferry departures.

 

The official ferry booking website to book your Lanai to Maui ferry ticket is the Expeditions Lanai ferry website. This is also where to check for current information about the ferry to Maui. If you are looking to book a ferry ticket for late 2021, you may need to call to book. (There will be a note when you attempt to book your ticket if so.)

The cost of a ferry ticket from Lanai to Maui is around $30 one way.

 

Lanai to Maui ferry timings. Lanai to Lahaina. hawaii travel blog
👆 Ferry timings during normal times. Check the ferry website for updated schedule!

 

 

Go to the Manele Harbor

Lanai to Maui ferry: Getting to Manele Harbor. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry: Getting to Manele Harbor. hawaii travel blog

 

The Lanai ferry port is the Manele Harbor, so this is where you’ll go to get on the ferry.

If you’re staying in the main town area of Lanai City (like at Hotel Lanai), then you can take the Lanai shuttle to get to the Manele Harbor.

 

Lanai to Maui ferry: Getting to Manele Harbor from Lanai City. Lanai shuttle. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry: Getting to Manele Harbor from Lanai City. Lanai shuttle. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry: Getting to Manele Harbor from Lanai City. Lanai shuttle. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry: Getting to Manele Harbor. hawaii travel blog

 

You will need a paper ticket to board the ferry.

If you booked your ferry ticket online, you will need to pick up a physical ticket when you get to the Manele Harbor. It will be best to have your confirmation email accessible, along with photo ID.

There’s a booth located outdoors that will be staffed around the times there’s a ferry in port.

 

Lanai to Maui ferry: pick up or buy ferry tickets at Manele Harbor. hawaii travel blog

 

 

Wait for the ferry to arrive at Manele Harbor

Lanai to Maui ferry. ferry from manele harbor. hawaii travel blog

 

The Lanai – Maui ferry goes back and forth throughout the day, so you’ll be waiting on the ferry that’s coming from Maui.

There’s a waiting area with benches at the Manele Harbor. There’s also the Manele General Store that’s located right near the waiting area. You can find quick eats here. There’s also frozen food and a microwave so you can warm up a quick meal if you have time too. There’s a picnic area right outside the store.

 

Lanai to Maui ferry. Store near Lanai ferry port. Bathrooms near Lanai ferry port. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry. Store near Lanai ferry port. picnic spot near Lanai ferry port. hawaii travel blog

 

And then, the Manele General Store also serves as a souvenir or gift shop too. There are bathrooms at the Lanai ferry port next to the store.

Then, once the ferry arrives…

Lanai to Maui ferry. ferry from manele harbor. hawaii travel blog

 

 

Get on and take a seat on the ferry!

Lanai to Maui ferry. getting on the ferry. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry. getting on the ferry. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry. getting on the ferry. hawaii travel blog

 

If you’re bringing luggage on board, you’ll carry that on yourself. So there is no “check-in” process for luggage. You’ll find a luggage storage area on the same level (lower deck) that you walk onto the ferry. There are shelves, and there’s also an area for golf bags.

 

Lanai to Maui ferry with luggage. how much luggage. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry with luggage. how much luggage. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry with golf clubs. how much luggage. hawaii travel blog

 

You can choose to sit indoors or outdoors. There are no assigned seats. And because you can sit anywhere you want, it will probably be better to get in line earlier rather than later if you want a specific seat outdoors, like along the outer portion.

 

Lanai to Maui ferry seats, inside ferry seating. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry seats, inside ferry seating. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry seats, inside ferry seating. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry seats, inside ferry seating. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry seats, inside ferry seating. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry seats, outdoor ferry seating. best seats. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry seats, outdoor ferry seating. best seats. hawaii travel blog

 

Everyone needs to be sitting on departure and arrival. For your own safety, it’s better to be seated throughout the entire sailing in case there is unexpected roughness of the sea. But you are able to stand and move around during the ferry ride.

There are life jackets on board, but you are not required to wear them for the ride. However, it’s always good to know where they are located! So take a look around.

If you plan to sit outdoors, you might want to bring along a light jacket or sweatshirt for the ride. Aside from the lower temperatures in the early morning and evening, the wind can make it feel cooler any time of day out on the water!

 

 

Enjoy the ferry ride from Lanai to Maui!!!

The time on boat can vary depending on ocean conditions, but you can generally expect the ferry ride from Lanai to Maui to take around 45 minutes to an hour.

 

Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blogLanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

Rainbow on Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

Rainbow on Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

 

 

Arrive in Lahaina!

Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

 

You will arrive at the Lahaina Harbor in West Maui. This is also a small boat harbor.

 

Lanai to Maui ferry boat ride. hawaii travel blog

 

 

Enjoy Maui!

Lanai to Maui ferry. Things to do near Lahaina harbor. hawaii travel blog

 

The Lahaina Harbor is located in a convenient area, basically right around “downtown” Lahaina. So there are things to do in a walkable area from the Lahaina Harbor.

Or, if you’re looking to go to another part of Maui, the main Lahaina bus transit center is located about a 5 minute walk from where you will get off the ferry. From the Lahaina bus transit center, you can get to places like Kaanapali, Kapalua, and Wailea.

Arriving to Maui: See more about Lahaina without a car

 

 

And that’s a bit about the boat ride to Maui from Lanai!

 

And then you can also enjoy the views going in the opposite direction when you take the ferry from Maui to Lanai!

 

Plan more of your trip to Hawaii:

 

HAPPY FERRY RIDE FROM LANAI TO MAUI!

 

Lanai to Maui ferry. Is there a boat from Lanai to Maui. island hopping in hawaii by ferry. hawaii travel blog

 

 

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