Molokai 7 Day Itinerary

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. 

Tour Molokai’s south shore and learn even more about Hawaiian culture by visiting Molokai’s ancient Fishponds. 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.

Tour Map of Molokai Island

Explore Molokai by region: West EndCentralEast End.

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Island Highlights

- Kalaupapa National Historical Park: Take a mule ride from 1,700 feet to one of Hawaii’s most remote settlements.
- Kaunakakai: Molokai’s main town features historic landmarks, the state’s longest pier, and unique shops and eateries.
- Halawa Valley: Sacred Hawaiian cathedral valley, blessed with beautiful vistas and two towering waterfalls.
- Papohaku Beach: At three miles long, this is one of the largest white sand beaches in Hawaii.


Molokai Intinerary Day 1

Central Molokai

Central Molokai

Most locals live centrally, near the Molokai island’s one and only true town, Kaunakakai. It’s just about the only place on the island to get to shop and buy food and supplies. The center of local life features macadamia nut and coffee plantations, Kaunakakai town and the scenic Kalaupapa Peninsula. You’ll arrive at Molokai Airport in Hoolehua, where you can tour a macadamia nut farm (Hawaii grows the majority of the world’s macadamia nuts), tour the 500-acre Hawaii’s coffee farm.

Location: 15 minutes southeast of Molokai Airport.

Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove  

Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove, Molokai

Located in Kaunakakai, Kapuaiwa Coconut Beach Park is one of Molokai's most recognizable natural landmarks and an ancient Hawaiian coconut grove planted in the 1860s during the reign of King Kamehameha V. With hundreds of coconut palm trees, this is one of Molokai’s most recognizable natural landmarks.

Location: In Kaunakakai across from Church Row.

Kaunakakai

Central Molokai

Kaunakakai town is Molokai’s “capital,” on its southern coast, features historic landmarks, the state’s longest pier, and unique shops and eateries. Its long wharf forms the island’s main harbor, where you’ll find charter boats for fishing, snorkeling, whale watching and touring the precipitous cliffs and canyons of the island’s “back-end.” The village’s commercial strip consists of a single block of tin-roofed buildings built together during the 1930s.

Location: 15 minutes southeast of Molokai Airport.

Whale Watching on Molokai

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. Their annual migration delights both visitors and residents alike during the peak of their numbers between January and early April.

The clear, shallow waters of the Auau Channel between Molokai, Maui and Lanai offer some of the best whale watching in the world. 

Location: 15 minutes southeast of Molokai Airport.

Molokai tours Day 2 - 4

Hawaiian Fishponds of Molokai

Hawaiian Fishponds of Molokai

One of the Hawaiians’ greatest engineering innovations was their use of aquaculture, namely stone and coral fishponds. Molokai has many of these well-preserved fishponds located along its southern coast, most built 700 to 800 years ago.

The semicircular walls of the ponds were made from lava boulders and coral that would keep the fish inside while allowing the seawater to ebb in and out. During this time period only royal Hawaiian alii (chiefs) were permitted to eat the fish harvested from these ponds.

Location: Along the south shore between Kaunakakai and Mile Marker 13.

Kalaupapa National Historical Park

Kalaupapa National Historical Park Molokai

It's real silent as you ride on your mule along the 2.9-mile trail to Kalaupapa Peninsula. You will also be speechless riding along sheer cliffs overlooking the Pacific, descending from 1,700 feet and with Molokai's North Shore Pali just to the east - the tallest sea cliffs in the world as recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records, measuring 3,600 to 3,900 feet.

Three miles, 26 switchbacks and 90 minutes of magnificent views later and you're back to sea level in the historic town of Kalaupapa, one of the most remote settlements in Hawaii. 

Location: On the northern tip of Molokai.

Maunaloa

Maunaloa Molokai

This small, charming plantation village set in the hills above the coast is the only town in West End. The Maunaloa area is nearby two popular Molokai beaches, Papohaku Beach and Kapukahehu Beach (also known as Dixie Maru Beach) on the western coast and is also a great place to find rental condominiums and cottages. You’ll also find unique shops and galleries in Maunaloa town.

Location: 20 minutes west of Molokai Airport.

Molokai attractions Day 5+  

Fishing on Molokai

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.

There is excellent sport fish to be had in Molokai, including marlin, mahimahi, ahi (tuna), and ono. Bottom fishing, usually with live bait, can also yield the fruits of the sea. Most charters depart from Kaunakakai Harbor.

Location: 15 minutes southeast of Molokai Airport.

Halawa Valley

Halawa Valley Molokai

Hike into the classic cathedral valley to see Hawaii back in time. It is believed ancient Polynesians settled in lush Halawa Valley as early as 650 AD. With many hidden heiau (places of worship) it's easy to see why this area, half a mile wide and three to four miles deep, and blessed with beautiful vistas and towering waterfalls, is one of the island's most historic areas. Roughly two miles up the trail is the impressive, double-tiered 250-foot Mooula Falls.

Location: Molokai’s East End, one and a half hours from Molokai Airport.

Kamakou Preserve

Kamakou Preserve Molokai

Take a climb to a place so hidden and so pristine it might feel like you’re the first to discover it. The nearly 2,774-acre Kamakou Preserve on the slopes Kamakou, the island’s highest mountain, is Molokai the way Mother Nature intended.

See more than 250 rare Hawaiian plants, 219 of which can be found nowhere else in the world. Hear the song of the olomao (Molokai thrush) and kawawahie (Molokai creeper), two birds nearing extinction. Tread the three-mile round-trip on the narrow Kamakou boardwalk through unspoiled rain forest.

Location: East of Kaunakakai near the summit of Molokai's highest mountain. 

Snorkeling and Scuba off Molokai

Snorkeling and Scuba off 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.

Kumimi Beach (also known as 20 Mile Beach or Murphy’s Beach) is one of the island’s most popular snorkeling spots. Join the colorful reef fish, honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles) and friendly manta rays in the waters of Molokai.

Location: From Maunaloa town, take Kaluakoi Road to the western coast.


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