Getting Around, Molokai Travel, Transport and Car Rental

(Molokai, Hawaii - HI, USA)

Aerial view of the coastlineSince there is no public transport as such and a limited taxi service, hire cars will prove invaluable, particularly if you are intending to properly explore the island and travel away from your chosen resort. The main sights and beach resorts on Molokai tend to by fairly spread around the island, and so driving is the main mode of transport for many a tourist, although tour-buses may also be available and included within some holiday packages. For short distance, you may also like to consider bicycle hire, horses and even mules.

Traveling around the island by car is really a very straightforward transport option, as there are actually only three main roads, meaning that it is difficult to get lost. The smaller roads can become quite narrow at times, with sharp hairpin bends, and this is particularly the case on the eastern side. Therefore, do be sure to drive carefully, and as you travel along the picturesque cliff tops, don't be too distracted by the spectacular ocean views along the coastal stretches.

Picture of Molokai Airport (MKK)

Molokai Airport (MKK) / Arriving by Air

Address: Keonelele Avenue 465 / Mauna Loa Highway 460, Hoolehua, Hawaii HI, 96729 USA
Tel: +1 808 567 9660
Molokai Airport is the island's main transport hub and gateway, and resides within a centrally located plateau, some 6 miles / 10 km to the north-west of the town of Kaunakakai. This facility is also known as Hoolehua Airport and features two runways and is served by a number of domestic airlines, such as Go Express, Island Air, Maui Air, Mokulele Airlines and Pacific Wings, linking Hawaiian destinations, such as Honolulu (Oahu), Kahului (Maui) and Kona (Hawaii Big Island and the Lanai City (Lanai).

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Image of Kalaupapa, taken from above

Car Rental

Renting a car on the island of Molokai provides an easy way to travel to the main beach resorts and leading attractions. Hire cars are available at Molokai Airport, within the luggage reclaim area, and feature a number of familiar national brands and local companies. Cars can also be rented within the town of Kaunakakai by 'Island Kine', who will arrange an airport pickup if arranged in advance. Do consider hiring a 4WD car, since some of the roads quickly turn into dirt tracks in the more remote spots.

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Boats and Ferries

A number of boats connect Kaunakakai with neighboring Hawaiian islands. Particularly noteworthy is the Molokai Princess, which operates on a daily basis and transports passengers from the harbor at Kaunakakai, to the town of Lahaina, on the western side of Maui. A ferry ticket for this round trip is quite affordable.