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Faust
10-04-2006, 10:13 PM
Who has been to Molokai? Approximately how many tourists do you think go there for a day trip (from Maui)? Do you need 4-wheel drive to go into their state park(s)?

Luanne
10-04-2006, 11:20 PM
We spent a week on Molokai last summer (2005). I LOVED it. Steve felt there was too much driving involved. It's not a developed island at all. One main "town" and one kind of resort area. The only timeshares are Ke Nani Kai and are in an area with no restaurants, no grocery stores, so anytime you need anything you have to drive at least 20 to 30 minutes.

By state park if you mean Kalaupapa (the leper colony) you cannot drive in. The only way in is by mule, to hike or "fly in, fly out". My older dd and I did the "fly in, fly out" trip. In order to see the colony you have to be an invited "guest" and the only way to do that is to take a tour. We really enjoyed our time there. It is one of the most beautiful spots I've ever seen.

You can easily do a day trip from Maui, either going over by ferry, or plane. You can even arrange a tour of Kalaupapa that leaves from Maui. If you do a search for Kalaupapa you can find tour information.

bigfrank
10-04-2006, 11:35 PM
Sorry Ken I am going :offtopic: with this question, I forgot to ask you when you got back. Did you go to the Guava Plantation in Kauai?

taffy19
10-04-2006, 11:57 PM
Ken, we really like Molokai and will go back one day. There are not too many tourists coming here yet but it is changing because so many people love the real Hawaii the way it used to be. There are very few hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions but if you like hiking, it is wonderful. A 4-wheel drive is highly recommended if you want to drive over the dirt roads to some of the hiking areas. Here is a web site (http://www.alternative-hawaii.com/activity/moleco.htm) FYI.

DeniseM wrote a very nice trip report (http://www.freewebs.com/denisetravels/molokai2004.htm) of Molokai that I keep handy and I have some pictures (http://iconnections.smugmug.com/gallery/1240114) of a few of our hikes too. The beaches were deserted but we were there in November, I believe. We went on the spur of the moment because Kilauea started erupting again so we also went to the Big Island. You will like Molokai! :biggrin:

T. R. Oglodyte
10-05-2006, 12:07 AM
The beaches were deserted but we were there in November, I believe. We went on the spur of the moment because Kilauea started erupting again so we also went to the Big Island. You will like Molokai! :biggrin:


The beaches were pretty deserted when we were there in August.

Luanne
10-05-2006, 11:13 AM
The beaches were pretty deserted when we were there in August.

And the beaches were pretty deserted when we were there in June/July. Actually we found many of the beaches rather unusable. Either very windy, so that we were getting "sand whipped", or too rocky for easy entry. The beach that we were told was the best for snorkeling was at least an hour's drive from where we were staying. The first time we tried to go it was raining. But again, I loved Molokai. So peaceful.

Faust
10-05-2006, 11:19 PM
Thanx everybody for responding. We only own RCI and the only timeshare resort is II. I tried to do a direct exchange with two people - one didn't respond and the other had no interest in coming to San Francisco. We'll work out other plans of staying there.

Frank, we did not go to the Guava Plantation this time but went to the Kauai Coffee Plantation in the south instead. Didn't even make it as far as Kapaa.
Did go over the 7 mile unpaved road to the state beach at the end of the highway (in the southwest).......awesome!!!!!!

Luanne
10-05-2006, 11:22 PM
Thanx everybody for responding. We only own RCI and the only timeshare resort is II.


We did our trade to Molokai through Trading Places Maui. It looks like they will take resorts even if you don't belong. Here is the website: http://www.tpmaui.com/ I've always found them very easy to work with.

taffy19
10-06-2006, 03:40 PM
There are rentals too. We had booked a hotel but when I read the Trip Advisor, it had such a bad rating that we decided to rent a private condo. It was small but it was on the beach. That hotel did have a restaurant with local Hawaiian entertainment, the night we were there, and the prime rib was good. :) There is a very nice hotel there with a first class restaurant but we only had lunch there at the bar. It had a beautiful view over the valley. There are very few restaurants to go to so we used the kitchen. We really liked Molokai and it is the opposite of Maui but we like Maui too. :)

http://molokai-beachfront-condos.com/

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