Worth it just for the ride, the Expeditions Maui–Lanaʻi Ferry links Lahaina Harbor (Maui) with Manele Bay Harbor on Lanaʻi (one hour) several times daily. In winter there's a fair chance of seeing humpback whales; spinner dolphins are a common sight all year, especially on morning sails. Hulopoʻe Beach is near the dock; Lanaʻi tour and activity operators will meet the ferries if you call ahead. Day-trip packages from Maui are popular.
Lanaʻi Airport is about 3.5 miles southwest of Lanaʻi City. There are no direct flights to Lanaʻi from the mainland.
Air service is limited to several flights a day on Ohana linking Lana‘i to Honolulu. There is also usually one flight to/from Moloka‘i.