Hawaii is known for its paradisiacal stretches of coastline that offer respite from reality to the thousands of visitors arriving with one thing on their mind….a tropical island escape.
While Maui, Oahu and Hawai’i cater to those who desire 5 star comforts, white linen living and catered cultural experiences, the island of Molokai is content to keep itself out of the limelight welcoming only those with the desire for a true Hawaiian escape.
Known as the real Hawaii, Molokai is the smallest island in the archipelago. Just 106 miles of coastline encompass this tropical haven, only 8,000 residents live here and there are no stoplights in operation on the island.
If you desire a beach break far removed from the stresses of modern living, Molokai is the destination for you. If you need convincing here are 5 reasons to book an escape to Molokai.
Meditate in Silence on one of Hawaii’s Largest White Sand Beaches
Papohaku Beach is an uninterrupted 3 mile stretch of idyllic white sand on Molokai’s western shore.
With very little footfall and no onlookers from neighboring beach front resorts, those who chose Molokai for their Hawaiian escape are blessed with the island’s deserted coastline all to themselves.
A paradise for all year round, the winter months bring heavy swells and white fluffy shore break which makes for a fascinating coastal walk, whereas the summer brings calmer waters perfect for snorkeling.
Sip Cocktails on your Private Lanai with views of the Neighboring Islands
It’s no secret that beach front property prices are at a premium throughout Hawaii.
At the most popular locations the nightly rate for an ocean view room is more than many families choose to spend on a one week stay. However this isn’t the case on Molokai.
Vacations-Abroad.com’s Molokai Vacation Rentals offer affordable self-catering units in some of the most scenic spots on the island. During my stay I rented a one bedroom condo in the Wavecrest Resort on the eastside of the island and enjoyed views of neighboring Maui from my lanai.
Get a Free Airtour of Oahu and Molokai
Ok, so it’s not exactly free.
However, if you choose to fly into neighboring Oahu en route to Molokai, your inter-island connection with Mokulele Air offers incredible views of the rich landscape below.
Diamond Head, the high rise buildings of Waikiki Beach and the vibrant azure waters of Oahu are contrasted by the lush emerald forested expanse of Molokai.
Soak in the Heritage of the Islands
At the heart of Hawaii’s cultural heritage the island of Molokai has a dark history, one of exile and isolation.
In the late 1800s the island’s remote Kalaupapa Peninsula was designated for the segregation of those islanders afflicted with leprosy, or Hansen’s disease as it is known today.
Cut off from the rest of the island with no clean water or shelter, the ill faced unimaginable hardships until Father Damien deVeuster, a Belgian priest, arrived on the island and dedicated his life to improve living conditions on the peninsula.
Today visitors can access the site with a local guide via air, mule or by hiking the steep 3 mile track. Contact Molokai Outdoors for more information.
See the World’s Tallest Sea Cliffs
Hawaii’s landscapes are rich and varied but Molokai offers some of the most awe inspiring views in the archipelago.
Forged from the fiery heart of two volcanoes the island’s topography has changed dramatically since its inception some two million years ago. One major event within its evolutionary history was the collapse of the Makanalua Penninsula which resulted in the awe inspiring sea cliffs we see today on the island’s eastern shores.
For a quintessentially Molokai excursion contact local resident Walter Naki who offers ocean tours of the cliffs and check out my travel guide to Molokai for more information regarding preparing for your escape.
Have I convinced you to book an escape to Molokai?
Photo Credit – Worlds Tallest Sea Cliffs