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Molokai Itineraries

Whether you’re visiting Molokai for a day trip or for an extended vacation, find an itinerary of must see and must do attractions and activities to fit your schedule.

Day-Trip Itinerary
Molokai makes for a great day-trip and a surprising contrast from Maui. Take the ferry from Lahaina Harbor and step foot in charming Kaunakakai. You’ll immediately notice the lack of crowds, buildings and even stoplights in this local town. Check out the picturesque Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove then have a picnic on the sands of One Alii Beach Park. Head north to take a farm tour at Coffees of Hawaii then drive to Palaau State Park to get a scenic view of Kalaupapa Peninsula. On your ferry ride back to Maui, don’t forget to look for humpback whales in the waters if you’re travelling during the winter months.

Central Molokai

The center of local life features macadamia nut and coffee plantations, Kaunakakai town and the scenic Kalaupapa Peninsula.

Accommodations , History , Dining , Shopping , Culture and Arts , Water Adventures
Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove, Molokai

Located in Kaunakakai, Kapuaiwa Coconut Beach Park is one of Molokai's most recognisable natural landmarks.

Molokai , Landmark , History , Attractions , Culture and Arts
Kaunakakai, Molokai

Kaunakakai, Molokai’s main town on its southern coast, features historic landmarks, the state’s longest pier, and unique shops and eateries.

Accommodations , Shopping , Dining , History , Water Adventures , Beaches , Natural Beauty
Whale Watching on Molokai

From December to May, humpback whales call Hawaii home. Traveling an incredible 3,000 miles of ocean in less than two-months time, these gentle giants migrate from the gulf of Alaska to Hawaii for breeding and birthing in the islands’ warm and shallow waters.

Whale watching , Water Adventures , Beaches

2 - 4 Days
If you’re staying a few days on Molokai, go on a scenic adventure by booking a mule ride down into Kalaupapa National Historical Park. This remote settlement has a fascinating, living history. Then take a day to explore the West End of Molokai. Home to Maunaloa town, the west coast features Papohaku Beach, one of Hawaii’s largest white sand beaches. Then tour Molokai’s south shore and learn even more about Hawaiian culture by visiting Molokai’s ancient Fishponds.

Hawaiian Fishponds of Molokai

Molokai has many well-preserved Hawaiian fishponds along 32 kilometres of its south shore, most built 700-800 years ago.

History , Landmark , attractions , Culture and Arts
Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Molokai

Take a memorable mule ride from 520 metres to the seaside Kalaupapa National Historical Park, one of the most remote settlements in Hawaii.

Molokai , Landmark , History , Natural Beauty , Culture and Arts , Hiking
Maunaloa, Molokai

This small, charming plantation village set in the hills above the coast is the only town in West End.

Molokai , Accomodations , Shopping , Sunset , Sunrise , Wellness and Rejuvenation , Weddings and Honeymoons
Papohaku Beach, Molokai

At nearly five kilometres long, Papohaku Beach is one of the largest white sand beaches in Hawaii.

Beaches , Natural Beauty , Events , Water Adventures

5+ Days
During a long stay, visit the Nature Conservancy for adventure up Molokai Forest Preserve Road and explore the Waikolu Overlook and the Kamakou Preserve. On the East End, book a guided tour into historic Halawa Valley, a breathtaking natural wonder featuring towering waterfalls. For water adventurers, charter a boat and take advantage of Molokai’s great sports fishing. And with Hawaii’s longest fringing reef along the south shore, Molokai is a great place for snorkeling and scuba expeditions.

Fishing on Molokai

Cast off from Kaunakakai pier, the longest wharf in Hawaii for a fishing adventure. Experienced fishermen will love the thrills of deep-sea, big-game fishing in Molokai’s fertile waters, but first-timers will also be in for some fun as Molokai boat captains will help you with everything.

Water Adventures
Halawa Valley, Molokai

Take a guided hike into this cathedral valley, blessed with beautiful vistas and towering waterfalls, and see Hawaii back in time.

Molokai , Natural Beauty , History , off the beaten path , Hiking
Kamakou Preserve, Molokai

Climb to a place so hidden and so pristine it might feel like you’re the first to discover it.

Molokai , Natural Beauty , Attractions , Plantations , Farms and Gardens , Hiking
Snorkeling and Scuba of Molokai

Molokai’s southern shore is home to Hawaii’s longest continuous fringing reef at 28 miles long. Full of natural “finger” coral, stony coral and an abundance of reef fish, this a fantastic place for snorkeling and scuba diving when the waters are calm.

Water Adventures , snorkeling , scuba , Beaches , Whale watching , Natural Beauty