The island of Molokai is the perfect choice for a Hawaii adventure slightly off the beaten path. Smaller in size and more sparsely populated than its neighboring islands, Molokai nevertheless offers visitors more than its share of breathtaking landscapes and outsize adventures. Soaring sea cliffs – the tallest in the world – border the eastern shore, while pristine white sand beaches beckon. 27 miles of coral – the largest reef system of its kind – fringes the island.
Snorkel in Hawaii’s longest continuous fringing reef amid multi-colored creatures of the sea.
Visit Kaunakakai’s historic Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove, planted during King Kamehameha V’s reign in the 1860s.
Hike or ride a mule to remote Kalaupapa National Historical Park, where once banished residents inflicted with Hansen’s disease lived out their days. Today, this area is a sacred park.
Hike to the magnificent Mooula Falls in lush Halawa Valley, where ancient Hawaiians were thought to have settled as far back as 650 AD.
Shop and explore the unique plantation town of Maunaloa towards the west end of the island. Stroll along the three-mile Papohaku Beach, one of the most expansive white-sand beaches in Hawaii. Listen to the sounds of the surf and of your heartbeat amid one of Hawaii’s most pristine, peaceful islands.
Known as Hawaii’s Most Enticing Island, Hawaii’s Private Island and the Pineapple Island, Lanai offers spectacular beaches, lush forests and sweeping vistas as far as the eye can see.
Whether horseback riding amid scented pines or playing golf on a course where the most challenging water hazard is keeping your eyes on the ball and away from the island’s stunning scenery, Lanai is a playground for people who like their vacations a bit more secluded.
Swim and snorkel amid colorful fish, sea turtles and spinner dolphins on spectacular Hulopoe Bay in southern Lanai. Take a four-wheel-drive to Keahiakawelo, reminiscent of Colorado’s Garden of the Gods, or the 15th-century Kaunolu Village, a prehistoric Hawaiian village that was later a favorite fishing spot of King Kamehameha I.
Visit the WWII sunken tanker and petroglyphs of Shipwreck Beach, with stunning views of Molokai and Maui. Hike the Munro trail, created in honor of the naturalist who helped plant moisture-collecting pines throughout the island. On a clear day, this forested trail offers up a view of six Hawaiian Islands all at once.