• Tour code: 3774MOLOKAI
  • Location: Maui, Hawaii
  • Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

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On this fascinating Molokai day trip from Maui, experience life on one of Hawaii’s most sparsely visited islands. Hear the history of Father Damien and the remote Kalaupapa Peninsula, and sip on fresh, locally grown coffee at the Molokai Coffee Plantation. Crunch on macadamia nuts at Purdy’s Mac Nut Farm, and peruse the shops of Kaunakakai on the only street in town. As you move across the island with a knowledgeable guide, you’ll come to appreciate the laidback simplicity that Molokai refreshingly offers, and gain a deeper understanding of Hawaii’s traditional culture.

Highlights

  • Full-day tour to Molokai by ferry from Maui
  • Enjoy amazing views from the Kalaupapa sea cliff lookout, designated a national landmark in 1972
  • Hear the tragic story of the Kalaupapa Peninsula, where people with Hansen’s disease (leprosy) were forcibly quarantined
  • Visit one of the churches founded in the late 1800s by Father Damien, revered for his work with Hansen’s disease patients
  • Taste the island’s coffee and macadamia nuts at two local farms
  • Get a feel for local culture as you stop in the small town of Kaunakakai
  • Includes round-trip ferry, transportation on Molokai, light breakfast and lunch

What You Can Expect

Molokai Day Trip from Maui

One of the churches built on Molokai by father Damien

Your Molokai day trip begins in the morning on the docks of Lahaina Harbor, where you’ll step aboard the Molokai Princess for the two hour crossing to Molokai. Grab a seat on the upper deck if the seas are nice and calm, and it’s common to see breaching Humpback whales as you cruise between islands in winter.

Once you arrive at Kaunakakai Wharf, your local guide will meet you at the docks and welcome you to the island of Molokai. The first stop is at Pala’au State Park in the cool and forested uplands, where a short walk will lead to a lookout of the Kalaupapa Peninsula. It’s down on this peninsula where Father Damien helped care for victims of Hansen’s Disease, and along with Mother Marianne Cope—who were both officially declared saints—helped bring dignity, hope, and light to a land of tragic despair.

Following the sobering lesson in history, make the drive to Molokai Coffee Plantation for a cup of island grown coffee, where you’ll hear the history of coffee on Molokai and the work that goes into the brew.

Just across town is Purdy’s Mac Nut Farm, where you’ll learn to crack nuts with specialized tools and the process of growing macadamias. Spend some time in Kaunakakai just wandering the street at your leisure, and visit a church on the rural coastline that was built by Father Damien.

Throughout the day you’ll experience Molokai’s low key island lifestyle, eventually return to the ferry wharf for the two hour cruise back to Maui.

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