Moloka’i is for those looking to truly get away from it all. Known as the “Friendly Isle” Moloka’i’s beautiful elevations and gorgeous rural scenery are not to be missed. The island is about 260 square miles and farming and ranching are still big here. The western lower half of Moloka’i tends to be more dry while the eastern upper half is a rain forest area and rises 4,900 feet in elevation.
Outdoor enthusiasts are in heaven here. The great elevations make hiking and mountain biking popular excursions. Another must see is Kalaupapa National Historical Park. This park is managed by the Hawaii State Department of Health and the National Park Service and was once a large settlement for Hansen’s disease patients more commonly known as leprosy. To get there you can hike a three mile trail dropping 2,000 feet or take the more popular mule ride which traverses 26 switchbacks.
Moloka’i Sea Cliffs.
Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority/Tor Johnson
To get to Moloka’i you can take a ferry from Maui or fly. The ferry is popular because of the beautiful views and you can watch the sun go down on your trip. You can also fly into Moloka’i from Honolulu or Maui.