Molokai Vacations

Natural beauty, mystery and postcard perfect beaches make Molokai vacations worth the trip. Stay in a cute little villa right on the beach, hike through the dense tropical forests in Halawa Valley, and go swimming and snorkeling of Twenty Mile Beach. Molokai gives you a taste of what Hawaii was for centuries – beautiful, pristine and untouched by touristy stuff that can make a vacation more like a trip down the street. Go to Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove, take a plantation tour and eat fresh coconuts, and then take a tour bus or taxi out to the west end of the island. Here you’ll find a three mile long white sand beach that you’ll find the likes of nowhere else. Rent a bike and take a ride out to the east side of the island, peddling down the winding road where you’ll see some amazing views.

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Let us show you the beauty that can be found in Molokai. Be it your first trip or your hundredth, Molokai is always special as will be your time spent there.

Overview

Natural beauty, mystery and postcard perfect beaches make Molokai vacations worth the trip. Stay in a cute little villa right on the beach, hike through the dense tropical forests in Halawa Valley, and go swimming and snorkeling of Twenty Mile Beach. Molokai gives you a taste of what Hawaii was for centuries – beautiful, pristine and untouched by touristy stuff that can make a vacation more like a trip down the street. Go to Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove, take a plantation tour and eat fresh coconuts, and then take a tour bus or taxi out to the west end of the island. Here you’ll find a three mile long white sand beach that you’ll find the likes of nowhere else. Rent a bike and take a ride out to the east side of the island, peddling down the winding road where you’ll see some amazing views.

Enjoy Something Different

Yes, you can send a little bit of sand or a seashell back home, but Molokai vacations allow you to do something different! Some Molokai activities to try out include checking out Phallic Rock, which is one of those quirky things that you shouldn’t miss. Post-a-Nut lets you send people a message on a coconut – they’ll wish they’d come along! Go snorkeling along the Moloka’i reef that protects the beach and keeps the waters clear, calm and warm – you’ll want to rent a boat (glass bottomed boats give you a unique view). Pali Coast is hard to get to, but it’s well worth the trip; imagine the rocks jutting into the sky at over 3300 feet at their highest points, connecting sea and sky in one fell swoop.

Into golf? Check out the Ironwood Hills Golf Course and the Kaluakoi Golf Course. Take a mule ride through the valley or alongside the tropical forest, but for a more fast paced ride get a mountain bike and make a day of it. Unleash your inner child and go fly a colorful kite high in the air, run in valleys and enjoy natural beauty you can’t find anywhere else.

Coffee, Coconuts and Home Cooking

The Kualapuu cookhouse has a great menu of sumptuous Hawaiian treats you shouldn’t miss. Paddler’s Inn is known throughout the island as one of the best places to eat – it’s a little rough and tumble looking but the people are great and you’ll be able to really enjoy an authentic Hawaiian dining experience. When you come here as part of a Molokai vacation package, you’ll get to experience everything that Molokai has to offer.

It can be hard to figure out which Hawaiian island vacation is right for you, but that’s why we’re here! Call us at (800) 510-5642 or fill out our vacation request form. There’s no obligation, we’re just here to help you plan the vacation that’s right for you. With an all-inclusive Molokai destination vacation, you’ll get all the ingredients you need to have a great time.

Summer temperatures range from 68-88°F, while winter temperatures range from 61-80°F. The majority of rain falls in the winter, but the north and east sides of Molokai receive little rain during the summer while west and south shores receive almost none.

Activities

5 Exciting Things To Do in Molokai, Hawaii

Molokai, unlike its Hawaiian neighbors doesn’t have the obvious aura of being so touristy or overdeveloped. For instance, luxury resorts are conspicuously missing and so are the 5-star restaurants and the designer retail stores. But this doesn’t in any way mean that the place in not as exciting as other tropical islands in the Pacific. If anything, the mere experience of riding a mule down one of the highest sea cliffs in the planet is nothing short of being exhilarating. Other than that, there’s always the ever-present Kalaupapa National Historic Park, which has defied the strong currents of modernity and environmental degradation. I could go on and on, but here is my pick of the top 5 out of the countless things you can do in Molokai:

  1. Transverse the island while aboard the Sunshine Helicopters – Aloha! In case you’ve never been on a chopper before, then you’ll be pleased to know that there guided helicopter tours easily and affordably available on the Island. Although these air tours are also offered in the neighboring Maui, the mainland-Hawaii and Kauai, the experience is quite different in Molokai in that you get to fly close range over the Kalaupapa National Park. In fact, soaring high in the sky in one of these ‘Black Beauties’ should be on any Molokai tourist bucket list.
  2. Take an old-fashioned ride on a Molokai Bicycle – Since the island is sparsely populated, biking makes for one of the top activities you can indulge in while in Molokai. What’s more, there’s even a bicycle servicing one-stop-shop at the heart of Molokai. And the best of it is that you don’t have to buy the bicycles in Honolulu or carry them from home. There are sold and serviced right here in Molokai.
  3. Savor the taste of open deep sea sportfishing some miles off the shores of the Pacific – If you’re one of those marine enthusiasts, then you’ll be pleased to know that there are a couple of sport and deep sea fishing charters companies in Molokai. The biggest and most renowned in this case in the Alyce C Sports Fishing Center that attracts hundreds upon hundreds of enthusiastic tourists.
  4. Laze and relax with the sands in your toes in the beaches of Molokai – There’s really no denying that Molokai is home to a couple of beautiful, paradisal beaches. Not only does the turquoise lukewarm waters of the Pacific promise an excellent backdrop to the white sandy expansive beaches, but also, the beautiful reefs in this area allow the luxury of a swimming and snorkeling every once in a while.
  5. Go hiking through the lush green Kalaupapa National Park – The Kalaupapa National Park has got to be the most enticing spot in the Molokai. It offers what can be described as an unspoiled, very natural and, of course, remote hiking terrain for all sort of outdoor activities – be they simple romantic walks, camping or full-scale mountaineering. Apart from that, on your way to Kalaupapa, you can catch a glimpse of the ancient Hawaiian Fishponds that have since become a historic, scenic spot.

Dining

Dining in Molokai

Molokai is one of the smaller of the Hawaiian islands, and is known as the “friendly island”. Cattle ranches, pineapple farms and macadamia nut plantations dominate the landscape, and the island has a limited tourism infrastructure. While much of the food on offer doesn’t differ significantly from that in the continental U.S.A., there are some specific dishes and foods special to the Hawaiian islands that are a must-taste for any visitor. Molokai cuisine is a unique blend of American and Polynesian foods and features a delicious blend of seafood, macadamia nuts and the sweet aroma of fresh pineapple fused together with delicious traditional beef and chicken entrees.

Luaus are the traditional Hawaiian way to celebrate feasts, and attending one is an excellent introduction to the local cuisine. Many restaurants on the island will host luau festivities, and the menu will likely include roast pig as well as poi. Poi is the most revered and sacred of the traditional Hawaiian foods and is made from ground up taro root mixed with water to produce either a pudding or a dough. Fish such as mahi-mahi served with pineapple is another specialty and can be found throughout the island. And macadamia nuts are ubiquitous throughout Molokai, especially in bakeries and desserts. For a sumptuous baked goods experience, the Kanemitsu Bakery is one of the most beloved on the island. However, if you’re looking for the freshest possible macadamia nuts, most plantations have visitor centers where tours can be taken and the nuts can be purchased freshly harvested.

For fine dining, the Hula Shores Restaurant and Lounge can be found nestled in the Hotel Molokai. Grilled fish and seafood specials are on offer at this upscale yet relaxed establishment, which also offers organic salads as well as standard American fare. Beef is also a big part of the local cuisine, and for a unique experience the Paddler’s Inn in Kaunakakai, Molokai is highly recommended. Burgers, steaks and local Molokai vegetables are part of the menu offered with a distinct Hawaiian feeling. And for a gourmet experience, Kualapuu Cookhouse has local specialties such as ono sautéed in a variety of spices as well as beef entrees consisting of prime rib and delicious steak.

While restaurants are relatively few and far between, there is ample opportunity to experience the best of what this Hawaiian island has to offer. The main attraction of Molokai is its relative lack of tourist activity. Spots abound to have a scenic picnic lunch or dinner while overlooking stunning ocean vistas. This sun-kissed island with gentle breezes provides several opportunities for dining along the shore.

Molokai is one of the most unique islands in Hawaii and features plenty of opportunities to exercise your culinary tastes. From excellent seafood and macadamia and pineapple-infused dishes, through to traditional American beef and chicken entrees, this island excels at providing dining experiences among the beautiful lush scenery and views of the Pacific. Don’t miss an opportunity to meet Molokai locals and experience the culture and cuisine of this pristine island paradise.

Nightlife

Molokai Nightlife

Even though Molokai is known for being the go-to destination for people who are looking to experience the rawness of the island Hawaii, it still home to a few great party spots. Yes, there’s no denying that Molokai is still unspoiled by heavy commercialization and tourism – unlike other islands in the Hawaiian Archipelago. And also, it is still home to many Hawaiian natives who have inhabited the island for thousands of years now. The culture and aura here, (in contrast to other islands) is undoubtedly Ohana.

Despite all these conventional differences that make Molokai unique, the people here are decidedly friendly and have no qualms about sharing the paradisal beauty of the island with tourists. The typical nightlife In Molokai begins with golden sunsets as the sun surrenders weakly over the Pacific. These staggering beautiful sundowns usher the way to, even more, fascinating moonlit strolls. As we put it earlier, this is a rather quiet island, and so don’t expect to find loud bars and dingy clubs.

Nonetheless, this doesn’t mean that the gorgeous tropical island is not endowed with its own fair share of watering holes and nightclubs. It’s only that the experience is quite different in Hawaii. For instance, instead of the usual uptown club hits that are played by other clubs in mainland US, here in Molokai a fusion of both traditional music and contemporary music is preferred.

Generally, the main theme of an ordinary Molokai night is a relaxing, laid back atmosphere. With that in mind, here are some of the after dark activities that vacations can look forward to:

  1. Catch up with the latest cinematic action – Like most other Islands in the Hawaii Archipelago, Molokai is also home to a fully-fledged state of the art cinema. So after all the hiking in the nearby Kalaupapa National Park, you can unwind by watching the latest Spectre sequel in the Maunaloa Cinemas.
  2. The Hotel Molokai All-stars Evening Experience – The Hotel Molokai, one of the oldest party spots in town is also one favorite watering hole for most Molokai party animals. And if you’re not in the mood for partying and the like, you can also sit by the pool and while the night away while listening to great traditional island tunes.  What’s more, in Aloha Fridays, the management of the establishment also organizes for local musicians to thrill the crowd of young partygoers with live music and loads of drinks. It’s definitely a must-visit spot especially if you’re in town for a weekend.
  3. The Coffee Houses of Hawaii – Sometimes, you don’t need to get all drunk and rowdy for it to qualify to be a great night. At times, just a cup of steaming delicious in the company of great music and beautiful people can all you need to get that weekend vibe going. The Arabica beans used to brew the coffee are sourced just from the Island and an afternoon or evening of Java is something any coffee enthusiasts wouldn’t wish to miss.
  4. Stargazing – Yes, it might not be a conventional ‘nightlife’ activity, but on an island as beautiful and quiet as Molokai, it’s would be a wasted opportunity not to spend a couple of hours with your significant other marveling at the starry starry skies of Molokai.

Weddings

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Lynn Farrell, President

Lynn Farrell
President