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One of the central Hawaiian Islands and only ten miles wide, Moloka’i is the most pristine of all the Hawaiian Islands and possess unspoiled natural beaches perfect for peaceful walks at dawn. Also known as 'The Friendly Island," the welcoming locals of Moloka’i make the “Aloha Spirit” come alive with warm introductions and festivities abound.

At Hotel Moloka’i, life moves at an easygoing pace but island adventures are without a doubt boundless! Indulge your wild side and explore a protected rainforest vibrant in tropical colors and native wildlife at the Kamakou Nature Conservatory. Bask in the sun as you discover the three miles of sugary white sand and hypnotic surf along Papohaku Beach or search for humpback whales as you take an exciting whale watching excursion off the island. Moloka’i is known for its ancient fishponds and has some of the highest sea cliffs in the world – you just can't miss them! Don’t forget to check out the rugged shores of Kalaupapa Peninsula which includes some of the 3,000-foot high Pali cliffs.

Outdoor Activities

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There are numerous sugary white sand beaches on the gorgeous island of Moloka'i. Whether you enjoy surfing, catching a few rays or exploring some of the island's more rugged terrain, there is a beach to fit your interests! Moloka'i's Papohaku Beach (also known as Three Mile Beach) is one of the nicest and most private beaches on the Hawaiian Islands. Another great beach is Kepuhi Beach (Maunaloa).

Take a sport fishing boat out to catch your dinner or join locals in the evening by casting a line from Kaunakakai Wharf, where King Kamehameha V had a summer retreat. Fall and winter are peak fishing seasons at Halawa Beach County Park and there is great fishing along Moloka'i's cliff-edged north shore. For more information about fishing in Hawaii and especially Moloka'i, visit here or here!

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Ironwood Hills Golf Club was built in 1938 and for almost 40 years was the only golf course on the island. Filled with hilly terrain, narrow, wooded fairways and small greens, this nine-hole course is entertaining and arduous.

Excursions & Tours

Scuba Diving
Scuba dive in the immaculate waters of Hawaii's only barrier reef, located along the entire south side of Moloka’i. Spend an idyllic afternoon in a kaleidoscope of colorful sea life, communing with the flora and fauna of the underwater world. Scuba and snorkeling gear may be rented by contacting the front desk in the hotel lobby at (808) 660-3408.

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Whale Watching
Whale watching is easily enjoyed in Moloka'i from the many beaches, or during a boat tour in Kaunakakai Harbor. The season for this popular Hawaiian activity is December through April. Located within the National Humpback Whale Sanctuary, the waters off Moloka'i have the densest population of whales in the Hawaiian Islands during the winter months. Be sure to keep alert for dolphins and sea turtles too!

Guided Tours
For assistance with activities on Moloka'i, including hiking, biking, fishing, whale watching excursions, or kayaking trips, contact the main hotel number at (808) 660-3408 and ask for the concierge desk. You can also click here, for more information on local tours.

Halawa Valley
Halawa Valley is only 28 miles away and was once the most populated area of Moloka'i. Here, you will find Moaula Falls and Hipuapua Falls, two of the island's smaller waterfalls, and the ancient heiau (sacrificial temple). According to the legend, a fierce lizard lives under the pool at Moaula Falls. Before you take a dip, be sure to test the lizard's mood by throwing a ti leaf in the water. If the leaf sinks, the lizard is testy, so you may want to stay on dry land!

Kalaupapa National Historic Park
Nearby are the world's highest sea cliffs, which extend more than 3,000 feet. You may also see nearby Papalaua Falls and Hawaii's tallest waterfall, Kahiwa Falls, measuring 1,750 feet from top to bottom. Don’t miss this spectacular sight!

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Moloka'i Mule Ride (Kalaupapa)
If you're willing to conquer your fear of heights, this is a must-do once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Take a scenic two hour mule ride down a 1,800 foot cliff to the beautiful Kalaupapa Peninsula. This isn't like anything you've seen before. These mules take you up and down some of the steepest cliffs in the world. You can even hike this trail if you prefer.



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