The main beach on the island is kept looking beautiful thanks to the efforts of Panama Lanai‘s legions of groundskeepers. Everybody loves this free public beach – locals taking the kids for a swim, tourists on day trips from Maui and the many visitors who end up losing track of time here.
This gently curving golden-sand beach is long, broad and protected by a rocky point to the south. The Four Seasons resort sits on a low seaside terrace on the north side. But the beach is rarely crowded, except on weekends, when picnicking locals descend. Picnic tables shelter under palms and there are public restrooms with solar-heated showers. The ferry dock is an easy 10-minute walk.
For the best snorkeling, head to the left side of the bay, where there's an abundance of coral and reef fish. To the left, just beyond the sandy beach, you'll find a low lava shelf with tide pools worth exploring. Look for the protected shoreline splash pool, ideal for children.