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Measuring just 38 miles long and 10 miles across at its widest point, Molokai is the second-smallest of Hawaii’s seven inhabited islands. But this petite isle certainly packs a punch. Boasting the world’s highest sea cliffs, one of Hawaii’s biggest white-sand beaches, and the longest fringing reef in the USA, this place is a nature-lover’s dream. And, thanks to the island’s well-preserved heritage, Molokai holidays also allow you to immerse yourself in Native Hawaiian culture

Far less developed than some of its sister islands, Molokai is more about more about quaint villages and ocean views, rather than bustling cities and lively surf spots. It’s split into three distinct areas. Central Molokai is home to coconut groves, sleepy seaside towns and, most impressively, dramatic 600-metre cliffs. In the East End, you can discover lush valleys and rushing waterfalls, while the West End serves up knockout beaches. In fact, this western corner can lay claim to one of Hawaii’s largest stretches of white sand, Papohaku Beach.

You’ll be able to discover a variety of beautiful beaches on your Molokai holiday. Unwind on snow-white sands, snorkel among bright corals, or hire kayaks to admire the island from afar. Head out to the ocean on a fishing adventure, or see breaching humpbacks on a whale-watching trip. Back on dry land, you can hike through the tropical Halawa Valley, explore the traditional town of Kaunakakai, or take a tour to the remote clifftops of Kalaupapa, where stunning panoramas await.

Fancy seeing even more of Hawaii? Speak to our Travel Specialists about extending your Molokai trip to the nearby isles of Lanai, Manai or Oahu, or hop over to Big Island Hawaii. However you want to holiday, we’ll tailor every detail to you.

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Beaches

Kalaupapa

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Things to do in Molokai

You’ll never be short of things to do on your Molokai holiday. Boasting the USA’s longest fringing reef – which stretches for a whopping 28 miles – this island is a brilliant choice for keen scuba divers and snorkellers. You can swim among tropical fish, green sea turtles, Hawaiian monk seals, and more. Prefer to spend your time above the water? Go deep-sea fishing for marlin and tuna, or charter a boat from Kaunakakai. If you visit between December and May, you might even see humpback whales. 

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If hiking’s more your thing, make sure you go on a guided walk through the Halawa Valley. Filled with lush greenery and tumbling waterfalls, this place is thought to have had Polynesian settlers as early as 650 AD. As well as pointing out exotic birds, your guide will be able to show you ancient places of worship. Or, for an epic adventure, you could hop in a helicopter and fly over the dramatic jungle-clad cliffs of the Kalaupapa Peninsula.

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Molokai beaches

Any holiday to Molokai is bound to involve some beach time. Papohaku Beach, in the West End, should be at the top of your list. Unspooling talc-like sand for three miles, it’s one of the biggest white beaches in the whole of Hawaii. Go for a swim in the Pacific, or hire kayaks or paddle-boards to paddle out to sea. Afterwards, you can curl up with a book, or enjoy a picnic as you look out across the ocean, where Oahu is visible in the distance.

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At the other end of the island, Kumini Beach Park is one of the best places for snorkelling. You’ll be able to see all sorts of colourful fish and sea critters. The sea can sometimes be rough here, though. If the water’s too choppy, head to nearby Kawili Beach instead, where you can look forward to calmer waters and lovely views of the forested mountains.



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Kalaupapa & Kaunakakai

Make sure you visit Kalaupapa National Historical Park. Only accessible by mule along a three-mile trail atop some sheer cliffs, the historical town of Kalaupapa boasts magnificent vistas. It’s one of Hawaii’s remotest settlements and it’s truly beautiful – but it has a poignant history. Tucked away from the world, this peninsula was a leper colony in the 1800s. Take a tour to learn more about this oft-misunderstood disease and hear tales about Kalaupapa’s former residents.

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You should also spend some time in Molokai’s main town, Kaunakakai. Trapped in time, this charming place has no traffic lights and the tallest building is the church. If you stroll down to Kaunakakai Harbour, you can walk along Hawaii’s longest pier – where you’ll see locals fishing for their supper – and watch crayon-coloured boats bobbing in the sea. Elsewhere, the town’s main road, Ala Malama Avenue, is lined with pretty cottages, white churches and traditional bakeries, where you can buy a delicious island staple, cheese-and-onion bread.

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Best time to visit Molokai

Tropical Molokai is warm all year round, with average temperatures ranging from 24°C and 29°C. But the island still has a varied climate. November to March is often humid and showery, and the sea can be very choppy. At the other end of the spectrum, April to October is usually dry and sunny. Molokai holidays are most popular between July and September, when temperatures hover in the high twenties. But, if you’d prefer to explore the island without the crowds, consider going in May, June or October. 

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If you’re eager to see humpback whales, just bear in mind that you’ll need to travel between December and May, when these majestic creatures flock to the shallow waters between Molokai, Maui and Lanai.

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Things to do

Things to do in Molokai

You’ll never be short of things to do on your Molokai holiday. Boasting the USA’s longest fringing reef – which stretches for a whopping 28 miles – this island is a brilliant choice for keen scuba divers and snorkellers. You can swim among tropical fish, green sea turtles, Hawaiian monk seals, and more. Prefer to spend your time above the water? Go deep-sea fishing for marlin and tuna, or charter a boat from Kaunakakai. If you visit between December and May, you might even see humpback whales. 

Show More
Show Less

If hiking’s more your thing, make sure you go on a guided walk through the Halawa Valley. Filled with lush greenery and tumbling waterfalls, this place is thought to have had Polynesian settlers as early as 650 AD. As well as pointing out exotic birds, your guide will be able to show you ancient places of worship. Or, for an epic adventure, you could hop in a helicopter and fly over the dramatic jungle-clad cliffs of the Kalaupapa Peninsula.

Show More
Show Less

Beaches

Molokai beaches

Any holiday to Molokai is bound to involve some beach time. Papohaku Beach, in the West End, should be at the top of your list. Unspooling talc-like sand for three miles, it’s one of the biggest white beaches in the whole of Hawaii. Go for a swim in the Pacific, or hire kayaks or paddle-boards to paddle out to sea. Afterwards, you can curl up with a book, or enjoy a picnic as you look out across the ocean, where Oahu is visible in the distance.

Show More
Show Less

At the other end of the island, Kumini Beach Park is one of the best places for snorkelling. You’ll be able to see all sorts of colourful fish and sea critters. The sea can sometimes be rough here, though. If the water’s too choppy, head to nearby Kawili Beach instead, where you can look forward to calmer waters and lovely views of the forested mountains.



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Show Less

Kalaupapa

Kalaupapa & Kaunakakai

Make sure you visit Kalaupapa National Historical Park. Only accessible by mule along a three-mile trail atop some sheer cliffs, the historical town of Kalaupapa boasts magnificent vistas. It’s one of Hawaii’s remotest settlements and it’s truly beautiful – but it has a poignant history. Tucked away from the world, this peninsula was a leper colony in the 1800s. Take a tour to learn more about this oft-misunderstood disease and hear tales about Kalaupapa’s former residents.

Show More
Show Less

You should also spend some time in Molokai’s main town, Kaunakakai. Trapped in time, this charming place has no traffic lights and the tallest building is the church. If you stroll down to Kaunakakai Harbour, you can walk along Hawaii’s longest pier – where you’ll see locals fishing for their supper – and watch crayon-coloured boats bobbing in the sea. Elsewhere, the town’s main road, Ala Malama Avenue, is lined with pretty cottages, white churches and traditional bakeries, where you can buy a delicious island staple, cheese-and-onion bread.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Molokai

Tropical Molokai is warm all year round, with average temperatures ranging from 24°C and 29°C. But the island still has a varied climate. November to March is often humid and showery, and the sea can be very choppy. At the other end of the spectrum, April to October is usually dry and sunny. Molokai holidays are most popular between July and September, when temperatures hover in the high twenties. But, if you’d prefer to explore the island without the crowds, consider going in May, June or October. 

Show More
Show Less

If you’re eager to see humpback whales, just bear in mind that you’ll need to travel between December and May, when these majestic creatures flock to the shallow waters between Molokai, Maui and Lanai.

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