Molokai Itineraries

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Whether you’re visiting Molokai for a day trip or for an extended holiday, 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 traffic lights 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.

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Kaunakakai, Molokai

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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Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove, Molokai

Located in Kaunakakai, Kapuaiwa Coconut Beach Park is one of Molokai’s most recognizable natural landmarks.
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Whale Watching on Molokai

The waters between Lanai, Maui and Molokai offer some of the best winter whale watching in the world.
Fishing on Molokai

Central Molokai

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

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.

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Hawaiian Fishponds of Molokai

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

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.
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Maunaloa, Molokai

This small, charming plantation village set in the hills above the coast is West End’s town for shopping and nearby accommodation.
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Papohaku Beach, Molokai

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

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 snorkelling and scuba expeditions.

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Snorkelling and Scuba-diving of Molokai

Home to Hawaii’s longest continuous fringing reef, Molokai is a fantastic place for snorkelling and scuba diving.
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Fishing on Molokai

Set sail from Kaunakakai to catch marlin, mahimahi and ono in Molokai’s fertile waters.
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Halawa Valley, Molokai

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, Molokai

Kamakou Preserve is a Nature Conservancy site that contains more than 250 rare Hawaiian plants.