Molokai Hawaii – Best unexplored vacation spot in US

Molokai in Hawaii of USA is the least explored and secluded tourist destination where cultural heritage and natural beauty meet together. Many of the highest sea cliffs and beautiful pristine beaches are in Molokai.

Many years ago it was a place for more than 8000 lepers who settled in Kalaupapa a place in Molokai to prevent the spread of leprosy between 1866 to 1969.

If you want to spend your weekend in a luxury resort or hotel with a luxurious lifestyle, Molokai isn’t for you. Because Molokai local people protest against the hotel and resort-related amenities to protect their culture. Molokai is part of Hawaii but here you can enjoy the unique Molokai culture and explore it. The people of Molokai expect tourists thoroughly take an interest and know their culture.

beautiful sunset at Molokai beach
Beautiful sunset at Molokai Beach

Best places to visit in Molokai

Halawa Valley

On the eastern side of Molokai, you can experience the old tradition and culture of the Molokai people with a 3-mile hike with the help of the local guide. On this cultural hike, you will enjoy the beautiful natural scenery, sea view, river crossing, and Mo’oula waterfall.

Kalaupapa National Historical Park

On the north side of Molokai, you should take a tour of Kalaupapa National Historical Park as a historical and pilgrimage visit which was a colony for the people suffering from leprosy, and now it is a national park. Here are the graves of 8000 lepers and also of Saints Damien and Marianne Cope who had spent their life serving the suffering people.

Papohaku Beach Park

tallest sea cliff in world at Molokai in Hawaii

On the west side of Molokai Papohaku Beach Park is a long, least populated, white sand, pristine beaches to enjoy swimming, the calming sound of sea waves, and with the facility of showers also.

Murphy’s Beach

It is one of the best, calm, and least crowded beaches on the southern side of Molokai. But swimming and snorkeling can be risky here due to shallow rocks and corals.

Molokai Sea Cliffs

best places to visit in Molokai Hawaii

Molokai’s visit is incomplete without enjoying the beautiful, mesmerizing, tallest sea cliffs in the world offering breathtaking views of the surrounding water. To experience this, you need to ask for or hire a boat that is easily available around. It is also a popular spot for hiking and sightseeing.

Kaunakakai town

It is the largest town on the island with a charming and laid-back community that is worth exploring. It is home to several small shops, restaurants, and other amenities.

Molokai Museum

It is a great place to learn more about the island’s history and culture located in the town of Kaunakakai.

Molokai Ranch

Located on the western side of the island, Molokai Ranch offers a variety of outdoor activities including horseback riding, hiking, and ATV tours.

Waialua Beach

This beautiful beach is located on the eastern side of the island and is known for its clear waters and excellent snorkeling.

Where to stay in Molokai

You can choose from seafront hotels, rental condos, and cottages to bed and breakfasts in Molokai to stay.

  • Hotel Moloka’i
  • Ka Hale Mala B&B
  • The Blue Goose B&B
  • Hotel Lanai
  • Dreams Come True B & B
  • Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort
  • Napili Kai Beach Resort
  • Montage Kapalua Bay
  • Napili Point Resort
  • Hololani Resort

Explore these destinations

Taste of Moloka’i

Kanemitsu Bakery

Bakery food, American and Hawaiian food

Kamoi Snack-n-Go

Dessert and American food

Kualapuu Cookhouse

Polynesian and Vegetarian-Friendly food

Molokai Burger

Quick Bites, American, and Fast food

Molokai Pizza Cafe

Pizza, Italian, and American food

Paddlers Restaurant and Bar

Pub, and Vegetarian Friendly

Coffees of Hawaii

Cafe and coffee

Ono Fish & Shrimp Food Truck

Quick Bites, Seafood, and Hawaiian taste

Hiro’s Ohana Grill

Seafood, Hawaiian, and American food

Mana’e Goods & Grindz

Quick Bites, and Hawaiian food

Activities to do in Molokai

Ka Hula Piko festival

You can visit Molokai during its annual festival and enjoy Hula, a more than 1000 years old sacred dance.

Helicopter, Balloon, and Flight tour

You can explore Molokai and Maui via helicopter tour and private flight tour and enjoy unforgettable views of the landscape, tallest sea cliffs, waterfalls, and valleys.

Water activities

You can enjoy many water activities like swimming, surfing, snorkeling, and many more in the sea at many beaches but with caution and with a local guide.

Beach roaming

There are many beautiful beaches in Molokai where you can relax, roam and enjoy sunset or sunrise.

Hike and cultural tours

There are many hiking trails and can also explore the local culture of Molokai. Halawa valley hike is famous among these.

Historical places

Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Kaunakakai town, Molokai Museum, etc can be visited during your tour.

How to reach Molokai

You can reach Molokai by air to Molokaʻi Airport (MKK) from Oʻahu’s Honolulu International Airport Commuter Terminal (HNL), Maui’s Kahului Airport (OGG) or Maui’s Kapalua Airport (JHM).

You can also reach by ferry from Maui to Molokai.

After reaching Molokai, renting a car best option to explore the island.

PAA about Molokai

  1. What is the meaning of Aloha in Molokai?

    You may find signboards in Molokai stating “Aloha slowdown its Molokai”. In Hawaiian culture, the word Aloha is used for love, affection, and peace.

  2. Molokai is popular for what?

    Molokai is popular for its rich heritage culture, tallest sea cliffs, beautiful beaches, and many more.

  3. What is Hula?

    Hula is a sacred and cultural Hawaiian dance performed by girls during festivals like the Ka Hula Piko festival. It originated about 1000 years ago as a religious dance to honor God or kings.

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