Activities from A - Z
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Molokai's quiet roads make biking a relaxing way to get around. Many hiking trails are open to trail bikes and you can rent them at Molokai Bicycle.
Kakahaia Pond is a bird sanctuary (permission is needed to explore it fully). The Nene can be seen at a unique captive propagation facility located four miles east of Kaunakakai.
The dining options are limited but varied at the hotels, Maunaloa, Kualapuu, and Kaunakaka, with good local style foods at reasonable prices.
The Penguin Banks off Molokai are some of the most fertile waters in the islands. Charter boats are available at Kaunakakai Wharf for bottom fishing and trolling. From the shore you can go squiding for octopus, limu gathering, crabbing and torch fishing. There is good shore fishing along all shores while guided spear fishing and free diving are both available on the east end. Contact Maa Hawaii-Molokai Action Adventures.
© HVCB / Ron Dahlquist
Upcountry in cool Kalae is the nine hole, par 34, Ironwood Hills Golf Course.
Guided and unguided hikes are available, with one of the favourites proving the visit to the Kalaupapa Peninsula (reservations required), a trail which descends 1,700 feet along 26 switch backs. Halawa Valley (guided) is another beautiful and not too challenging hike. Swim at the base of the Moaula Falls. Palaau State Park has short hikes to the Phallic Rock and the Kalaupapa Lookout and once a month the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii has guided hikes to Moomomi Beach Preserve and Kamakou Preserve. Book ahead. While you can hike Moomomi - a two mile one way hike - on your own, you will need a guide for Kamakou Preserve's numerous trails. Contact the Dept. of Lands and Resources for a map of other trails or the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii.
Horseback riding is available at Molokai Horse and Wagon Ride and at Sheraton Molokai Lodge & Beach Village.
Kayaks are available for rent at the resort areas.
Want to learn how to fly a kite properly? Free lessons are available at the Big Wind Kite Factory.
From local crafts to homemade ice cream, wine to coffee, and the world famous Big Wind Kite Factory kites, shopping is a unique experience on Molokai. Shops and grocery stores are found in Maunaloa, Kualapuu and Kaunakakai as well as at mile 16 on the east end. Foods range from wholesome health food to multi-cultural speciality foods.
Snorkel and Scuba
Shore snorkelling is available along all shores with visitor favourites the string of beaches heading east from mile 18, especially at mile 20. Moomomi and Kawakiu are good but stay away from rocks in the winter.
The best year-round surfing is found out east from Pohakuloa Point eastward to Halawa Bay. During winter months, Kepuhi Beach, Dixie Maru, Moomomi and Kawakiu often have excellent waves.
Several condo complexes have tennis courts. There are community courts available in Kaunakakai.
Feel the salty sea breeze from the deck of a sailing ship as you watch the humpback whales frolic in the channel or combine snorkeling and whale watching in a Boston Whaler.
Anywhere along the south shore is protected and safe windsurfing territory.