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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 2013
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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Lodi, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

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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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

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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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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Oahu, Hawaii
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

The Molokai Mule Ride offers its guests a breathtaking ride down the Pali Trail to the town of Kalaupapa. If you are in fair shape, no fear of heights and want to learn some Hawaiian history while viewing the majesty that only the North Shore of Molokai has to offer, this is the way to go. The tour guides are... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

I agree with the reviews about the mule ride--it was an outstanding experience, very interesting. However, be sure you are in fairly good physical condition before taking the ride. As a 70 year old grandmother with arthritis and metal knees, the ride down was very jolting and jarring and at times quite painful. (Coming back up was much easier.) I... More

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Kihei
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18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

From the very beginning, with Buzzy the muleskinner, to the photo finish, it was a great day. The mule "ride" down the 1800 foot cliff was just spectacular. Be prepared to hang on tight and let the mule to all the work. My mule, Makani, kept trying to eat grass on the way down, which was a bit terrifying at... More

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Maine
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

This is a trek into Kalaupapa, where, in 1866, the Kingdom of Hawaii began shipping those people who were afflicted with leprosy. Father Damien and later, Mother Marianne Cope, (Now... Catholic Saints) spent their lives treating the lepers who had been brought to this area. Special considerations need to be addressed before taking this trip. 1. Any rider needs to... More

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Portland, Oregon
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

This tour in an amazing experience. It's packed with history and natural beauty. Every aspect of the trip--from booking, to hiking, to the tour guide--centered around respecting the history and the current residents. I booked over the phone, and Roy was friendly and helpful. Our guide, Norman (I think?) was fabulous, patient, and respectful. Everyone we encountered in the town... More

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Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

The mule ride to Kalaupapa was a highlight of our 11 day trip to Molokai. I'm so glad we did it! Yes, the price is steep, but it is definitely worth it. This was a full day adventure. The scenery on the ride down is spectacular and if you just relax and let your mule do its job, you can... More

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Seattle, Washington
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

As stubborn as a mule could be, and they are, the beasts were capable and sure footed on this ever so muddy, rocky and treacherous descent. They know where they are going so there really isn't any skill involved past staying in the saddle. The guides a capable handlers and the folks that run the barn are family folks that... More

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