Molokai’s unspoiled natural beaches—each with its unique character, color and terrain—command respect and caution. All are breathtaking, but not all are for swimming. Learn more about Moloka’i’s exotic beaches
At Hotel Molokai, life moves at an easygoing pace, but island adventures are boundless. Indulge your inner nature lover and explore the protected rain forest filled with vibrant tropical colors and natural wildlife at the Kamakou Nature Conservatory. Bask in the sun as you discover the three miles of white sand and the hypnotic surf along Papohaku Beach or search for humpback whales on an exciting whale watching excursion off the island. Moloka’i is known for its ancient fishponds and has the highest sea cliffs in the world—you can’t miss these! And be sure to check out the rugged shores of Kalaupapa Peninsula, which includes some of the 3,000-foot high Pali cliffs.
There are numerous 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’s a beach to fit your interests! Moloka’i’s Papohaku Beach, also known as three-mile beach, is one of the most private and pristine beaches on the Hawaiian Islands. Another great beach is Kepuhi Beach (Maunaloa). For a list of all Moloka’i beaches and descriptions, visit here.
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’s great fishing along Moloka’i’s cliff-edged north shore. For more information about fishing in Moloka’i, visit here.
Ironwood Hills Golf Club was built in 1938, and for almost 40 years it 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. For prices and locations of Moloka’i golf courses including Ironwoord Hills, visit here.
Excursions & Tours
For assistance with activities on Moloka’i, including hiking, biking, fishing, whale watching excursions and kayaking trips, contact our concierge desk at 808.660.3377. For more information on local tours, visit here.
Scuba dive among the immaculate waters of Hawaii’s only barrier reef, located along the entire south side of the island. Spend an idyllic afternoon in a kaleidoscope of colorful sea life, communing with the flora and fauna of the underwater world.
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 of 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!
Halawa Valley (28 miles away) was once the most populated area of Moloka’i. Here, you’ll find Moaula Falls and Hipuapua Falls, two of the island’s smaller waterfalls, and the ancient heiau (sacrificial temple). According to 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
Moloka’i is home to 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.