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A guide to exploring Lanai by scooter

A guide to exploring Lanai by scooter


There's not a single traffic light in Lanai, so it's the perfect place to cruise around on a scooter. Embrace the slow pace of life on Hawaii's smallest inhabited island, and discover all of the hidden corners by hopping around on your own two wheels.

To make sure you don't hit any bumps in the road, read our guide to exploring Lanai by scooter.

Rules and regulations

The rules of scooter hire in Lanai are determined by the kind of licence you have, and whether or not you want to take a passenger.

To rent a two-person scooter, you will need a valid motorcycle licence and be at least 21 years old. A scooter is technically classified as a motorbike when it is over 50 cc and can go more than 56 kph. You can carry a passenger on a scooter and travel on highways.

If you don't have a motorcycle licence, you can opt for a moped instead. For this, you just need a standard driver's licence and be at least 18 years old. A smaller vehicle, a moped is 49 cc or less and only fits one person - it's illegal to take a passenger. Mopeds aren't allowed to go faster than 56 kph and cannot go on roads with speed limits of more than 72 kph.


Wearing a helmet isn't required by law but it's strongly recommended for safety reasons. A full-face helmet is the best safeguard for your skull, nose, teeth and good looks if the worst should happen and you come off your scooter. It's also a good idea to wear long-sleeved clothing, gloves and covered shoes for added protection in the event of an accident

You should also stick to the speed limits as they are put in place to help prevent accidents.


If you're planning to travel Lanai by moped or scooter, be sure to get appropriate insurance. Even if the worst thing to happen is some racoon-eye sunburn around your sunglasses, you want to be covered just in case!


Getting around Lanai by scooter can be tricky at times. Road conditions might be different to what you're used to. There are plenty of places to get off the beaten path, but that occasionally means venturing onto bumpy or dirt roads. Don't push your scooter too far - if you really want to get to the more remote areas of Lanai, renting a four-wheel drive vehicle might be better.

To kick-start your Lanai scooter adventure, contact the holiday specialists - let our expert planning be the driving force behind your trip!