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Molokai Mule Ride

Hwy 470 (Kalae Hwy) at milepost #5, Kalaupapa, Molokai, HI
808 567 6088
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Ranked #1 of 4 attractions in Kalaupapa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Hiking Trails, Tours
Activities: Horseback riding
Description: A two hour mule ride down an 1800 foot cliff to Kalaupapa Peninsula.
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Portland, Oregon, Usa
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This was an exciting, challenging ride down 1700 ft with 27 switchbacks. The views are astounding. Mules are sure footed so you can enjoy the vista. At the bottom you are taken on tour of historical Kalaupapa. It is a very spiritual experience to be there in person. Recomend reading about Molokai & Kalaupapa before visiting. Molokai is the friendliest... More

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Henderson, Nevada
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We read books about the Hansen's patients prior to visiting Molokai. We had heard about the Mule Ride and booked the trip months before we left. It was definitely one of the highlights of our vacation. The scenery is gorgeous. The adventure of riding a mule through the rainforest, down a winding trail that includes 26 switchbacks and seeing the... More

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Lone Oak
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

After reading some of the prior reviews, I was a little apprehensive about doing this ride. It was much easier then anticipated, and I enjoyed the ride. It was gorgeous both going down and coming up. I would recommend wearing hiking pants, as I rubbed against some brush on the trail. You can wear a backpack, and I felt comfortable... More

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Dunedin, Florida
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77 reviews 77 reviews
3 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This was our third visit to Molokai, and I was determined to finally go on the mule trip to Kalaupapa. Yes it's a lot of money. Yes, it's a little scary. Yes, it takes most of a day. However, this is such a different and memorable experience that it is worth it all! The scenery during the mule trip was... More

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
28 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

On Friday 13 June 2014 my husband and I rode mules down a 1700' high section of the highest sea cliffs in the world to the Kalaupapa Peninsular. The narrow cliff side track is about 3 mile long with 26 switchbacks, taking about an hour and a half to negotiate. The mule skinners and our mules were in charge. We... More

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Mesquite, Texas
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Just returned home from the Hawaiian islands and with our Australian friends elected to visit the St Damein colony at Kalaupapa. I had hiked down the trail (it hasn't changed) with my son and flown back 25 years before. Our friends and my husband wanted to have this experience too. We are now all in our seventies. It was a... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
19 reviews 19 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

The idea of visiting Molokai and the Kalaupapa settlement was planted in my mind after I read Alan Brennert’s book, Molokai. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning the back story of Kalaupapa and the people who lived there. 1st step = Research, lots of research. Excellent sources = www.visitmolokai.com and reviews from www.tripadvisor.com. I asked lots... More

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Lodi, California
2 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

I wasn't so sure about the mule ride. I really didn't grasp how high we were until we actually traversed down.....It had rained earlier so the ground was wet. I was afraid for my mule "Ilikea" going both down/up 'cause there were mud pockets which she stepped into....Yes, you just have to have faith in your mule. I kept telling... More

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Kaneohe, Hawaii
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123 reviews 123 reviews
57 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

All the other reviews are correct. This is an amazing trip overall! You definitely need to be in some kind of decent shape to do this. One of our companions was not able to make it all the way down due to back pain and leg problems. You need to be able to lean back and push your feet in... More

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Salisbury, CT
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Amazing, terrifying, spectacular, exhilarating--so glad we did this, something I've dreamed of for years. After the 5th or 6th switchback I realized I just had to have faith in my mule (you really have no choice), and enjoy the ride. It is important to be in fairly good shape, and to understand this is not a passive activity at all.... More

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