Kalaupapa Guided Mule Tour Molokai

Once we got the to coral at the bottom of the trail, a park ranger met us and checked us all in. You need a permit to get in the park. Plan ahead. Get your permit through the tour operators.

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An old school bus picked us up and took up to town. We had quite a bit of free time to explore. There are people living here so it is very authentic.

We stopped at St. Francis Church in Kalaupapa. Very interesting. The congregation leaves their bibles etc in the pews. They all must sit in the same place every week.

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Check out the signs outside the church.

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The bus took us to an area on the east side of the peninsula where we had a picnic lunch. There we had a nice view of the cliffs.

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On the way back to the trailhead there is a small church and cemetery where Father Damien is buried that we visited.

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It was time to head back up the trail so the bus picked us up and took us to the coral.

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The rain was a little more constant as we arrived at the coral. The guides had the mules all ready for the climb back up the trail.

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We got saddle up and off we went hoping the rain would let up.

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Heading back up the trail. It was about to get ugly.

The rain did not let up. If anything it was a little harder. The trail was really slick now and there was a river of water running down the trail. This was miserable. It started to pour.

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Dark clouds and heavy rain about to hit us.
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Even with the clouds and rain it was beautiful.

The heavy rain hit about the time we started up the part of the trail where you start to climb up the cliff.

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By the time we got to the steeper sections of the trail the water was flowing down the steps like a rapids.

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This was pretty miserable. The last picture as I buried the camera under my jacket to keep it kind of dry.

It seemed like about 6 hours going uphill. The mules were very tentative and the riders were really soaked.

Would I do it again? Heck yea. This was an awesome trip. You can’t control the weather.

We stayed overnight in Molokai. Of course there was a beautiful sunset.

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The next day we took the ferry to Maui.

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Harbor in Kaunakakai where we caught the ferry.
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Ferry to Lahaina Maui

captain dan travel tipsCaptain Dan’s Tips

Spend at least two days on Molokai. You need to get there a day ahead for the tour anyway. This is so different than the other Hawaiian Islands. Spend a day touring the rest of the island. We flew in from the Big Island and took the ferry to Maui. Definitely recommend the ferry.

If you don’t like mules or are unable to climb down to and back up from the park you can fly in. This will be spendy but it is an option.

Because Molokai is not very touristy, be sure to shop around for rates. This is especially true for rental cars. We found the rates to be all over the map. be careful or you will get taken advantage of.



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