I am trying to decide whether to fly to Lanai'i or take the ferry. My plans have me departing from Kona after a week-long conference and I would like to explore Lanai'i for 2 or 3 days before heading back to the mainland.
I have done all the research comparing cost and travel time.
One option is to take a flight from Kona to Honolulu then a connecting flight onto Lanai'i. My first choice gets me into Lanaii at 12 noon giving me time to enjoy the afternoon, but it is also the most expensive at $270/person.
Alternatively, I can fly from Kona to Maui for a lot less - about $90/person for a direct flight, but I would have to factor in the taxi fare to Lahaina ($60) and the ferry cost ($30). This option is $180/person but gets me into Lanaii later in the afternoon. I don't think I can make the 12:45 ferry so would have to wait for the 3:15 departure. I think this option would waste away most of the day.
On the way home, I could either book a return flight through Maui or Honolulu.
I am concerned about taking the ferry back to Lahaina in case there are any delays in getting to the airport in time to catch my flight. It seems that taking a flight out of Lanaii to Honolulu might be more reliable.
I would like to hear from anyone who has actually done the ferry-taxi option through Maui or the flight option through Honolulu. I would prefer the option that is less of a hassle even if it costs a bit more.