Molokai Island Tours
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Molokai, Hawaii’s fifth largest island, is only 10 miles (16 kilometers) across at its widest point. The small island packs a big punch in terms of natural beauty—it’s home to the world’s highest sea cliffs and longest continuous fringing reef. It’s often considered the most Hawaiian of islands, thanks to its largely Native Hawaiian population.
What Molokai lacks in development it makes up for in pristine beauty. Visitors find two volcanoes, sprawling white-sand beaches, and the sacred Halawa Valley, all in a compact package. While the island is worthy of a stay in its own right, visitors pressed for time can catch the highlights on a helicopter tour from the neighboring island of Maui.
While Molokai is beautiful from the air, it also offers numerous worthy attractions on the ground. Hike or ride a mule down the towering sea cliffs of the Kalaupapa Peninsula, visit a former leper colony within Kalaupapa National Historical Park, learn about sugar cane production at the Molokai Museum, do some shopping in the small town of Kaunakakai, or watch the sunset from Papohaku Beach, considered one of Hawaii’s best.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Molokai is a must-see for travelers wanting to get off the beaten path.
- Helicopter tours to Molokai range in length from 45 minutes to an hour.
- If staying on Molokai, you’ll need a rental car or taxi; there is no public transportation on the island.
- Don’t forget hiking boots and everything you’d need for a day at the beach.
How to Get There
Visitors have only one option for getting to the island—by plane. Daily commuter flights aboard local regional airlines depart from both Honolulu (Oahu) and Maui airports.
When to Get There
The weather on Molokai remains in the mid-80s throughout the year, with slightly more rainfall in winter and a combination of sunny skies and calm seas in summer. For a local cultural experience, plan to visit during the Ka Molokai Makahiki Festival in January or the Molokai Ka Hula Piko in May.
Molokai’s Leper Colony
Kalaupapa National Park is home to the remains of a colony where patients with Hansen’s Disease (leprosy) were once isolated from the rest of Hawaii’s population. Of the 8,000 people who lived and died at the colony—most of them Hawaiian—only a few remain, cured of their disease but living out their lives in this isolated environment.
Address: State Highway 450, Kaunakakai 96748, USA
4 Tours and Activities to Experience Molokai Island
On this exclusive helicopter tour of Maui, soar past valleys and hidden waterfalls that are inaccessible by land, and hover above ridgelines that sit at the heart of the rugged West Maui mountains. Cross the channel to neighboring Molokai, where vertical sea cliffs spill 4,000 feet to the turbid shoreline below, and get up-close views of a part of the world that has barely been touch by man.
Soar above two scenic Hawaiian Islands on a helicopter tour of Maui and Molokai from Kahalui. Watch surfers riding Maui’s breaking waves as you fly towards Molokai’s sheer coastal cliffs, capture aerial images of Kahiwa Falls and the isolated North Shore, then turn towards the emerald green Halawa Valley. Watch for whales and dolphins as you cross Pailolo channel, swoop over Maui’s lush rainforest canopy and explore Iao Valley State Park, then enjoy views of Honokohau Falls and Haleakala volcano on your return flight to Kahalui.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
This Maui helicopter tour is packed with jaw-dropping sights, from waterfalls tumbling through hidden valleys to the tallest sea cliffs of Earth. During this Maui helicopter tour of the West Maui Mountains and Molokai, visitors will soar above mist shrouded ridgelines that are covered in native ferns, and get bird’s eye views of parts of the island that are only accessible by air. Crane your neck up as a 1,100-foot (335-meter) waterfall spills all the way down towards the sea, or casually look down as the blue Pacific rolls right underneath your feet.
Molokai is one of the lesser-visited of the Hawaiian Islands. You can experience its lush landscapes and find out why it is known as the "friendly isle" on this air and ground day tour from Maui. Take in the view as you soar over Hawaii's largest coral reef and the tallest sea cliffs in the world on the flight across the Pailolo Channel. Upon landing, explore Molokai's attractions on a guided tour that takes you to the Purdy Macadamia Nut Farm, Coconut Grove, the Molokai Museum, and Kaunakakai town.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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