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 traveling during the winter months.

The center of local life features macadamia nut and coffee plantations, Kaunakakai town and the scenic Kalaupapa Peninsula.
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Located in Kaunakakai, Kapuaiwa Coconut Beach Park is one of Molokai’s most recognizable natural landmarks.
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Kaunakakai, Molokai’s main town on its southern coast, features historic landmarks, the state’s longest pier, and unique shops and eateries.
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The waters between Lanai, Maui and Molokai offer some of the best winter whale watching in the world.
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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.

Molokai has many well-preserved Hawaiian fishponds along 20 miles of its south shore, most built 700-800 years ago.
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Take a memorable mule ride from 1,700 feet to the seaside Kalaupapa National Historical Park, one of the most remote settlements in Hawaii.
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This small, charming plantation village set in the hills above the coast is West End’s town for shopping and nearby accommodations.
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At three miles long, Papohaku Beach is one of the largest white sand beaches in Hawaii.
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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.

Cast off from Kaunakakai and do some shoreline fishing in Molokai’s fertile waters.
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Take a guided hike into this cathedral valley, blessed with beautiful vistas and towering waterfalls, and see Hawaii back in time.
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Kamakou Preserve is a Nature Conservancy site that contains more than 250 rare Hawaiian plants.
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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.
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