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Damien Tours

Molokai, HI
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Ranked #13 of 16 Activities in Molokai
Type: Tours
Activities: Group tours/day tour
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Henderson, Nevada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The only way to participate in this tour is by air (fly in from Oahu or Maui), boat (there is a ferry), foot and/or mule. We chose to book an excursion with the Molokai Mule Ride. Only 18 people per day are allowed in Kalaupapa with a guide. The mule ride takes about 1 1/2 hours down a trail that... More

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Willamette Valley, Oregon
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The hike down & back was fantastic. The tour? A colossal waste of money. FIFTY bucks/person to be stuck listening to ridiculous details about who lives where, when you can get gas, etc. It felt like we were being oriented as new residents rather than being provided an accurate, historic account of a dreadful era in Hawaii's history. Too much... More

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Dacula, Georgia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

My party of five was EXTREMELY disappointed with the Molokai tour upon our vacation to Maui last week. It was boring, to say the least, and did not meet the expectations that are advertised to lure visitors. The visit to the coffee plantation was a joke! Seeing the actual process of harvesting/roasting the coffee beans would have been nice, but... More

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Palm Coast, Florida
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67 reviews 67 reviews
33 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I have traveled the world and taken many tours but none have spiritually moved me as much as the Father Damien Tour of Molokai. Our guide, Yeayin, was exceptional. His attention to detail and knowledge of the area made for a very interesting day. As a young child, the story of Father Damien and Mother Maryanne was facinating to me.... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

The tour has been upgraded considerably. John, our local tour guide, was pleasant and fun and full of facts. He even sang a beautiful Hawaiian chant for us at the grave site of St. Marianne. The tour was equal parts history, religious pilgrimage, and awe-inspiring cliffline vistas. Tour was the only way to see "The Colony" and worth every penny.... More

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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

I have been on this tour several times since the first time I went in 1975, there have been many changes and many fewer residents. The conservation work is continuous and the peninsula has much more vegetation now - lovely trees and ferns surround the ancient walls and the foundations of buildings no longer there. Old Kalawao town site is... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Finally got a chance to visit Molokai for a day and I was not disappointed in this visit to the Kalaupapa national park. The views were absolutely beautiful. Those high sea cliffs are a sight to behold. We decided to do the hike down to Kalaupapa. I loved this hike! 6 Miles roundtrip along the cliffs & the path is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We actually did this back in 2004. We rode mules down to the colony. We loved the tour but really loved our tour guide Richard. He was excellent and had a great sense of humor. It's rich in history and beautiful. This is something that won't be around much longer so do it while you get the chance.

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63 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Damien Tours takes you on a tour of the Kalaupapa peninsula where, from the late 1800's into the 1900's, people with Hansen's disease (aka leprosy) were isolated against their will. Since the disease was cured in the mid-1900's, residents have been free to leave, but many chose to stay in what had become a strong community. About a dozen former... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

I tried to book a tour with Damien Tours for hiking down to Kalalau and wanted to get time and price and how to go about it. When I mentioned that the Mule Ride was full she hung up on me, She was short and rude. This is not a place I want to do business with. I am glad... More

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