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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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Rio Vista, CA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Never having been on a mule (or a horse, for that matter), I was a bit apprehensive about this, but it turned into a very special experience. Starting at the top of a 1700' sea cliff, we traversed 26 switchbacks as we descended to the Kalaupapa settlement, made famous by the selfless caring by Father Damien for those afflicted with... More

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Waterford, Ireland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We were brought along a steep, narrow and rocky path down the side of a mountain on a mule and if you are not used to riding a mule if may be a little uncomfortable, it took approx 1.5 hours going down and 1 hour going back up. It was worth every minute of it! The views are beautiful and... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This trip was excellent - very well run, healthy mules, happy staff, and a world class experience. I can't wait for my son to be old enough to do it with me - I will go again! On this trip, I had a leg injury, but still wanted to go. Muleskinner Audrey was attentive and helpful on the ride. Both... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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91 reviews 91 reviews
36 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We flew into Molokai from Honolulu in the morning on the charter flight suggested by Molokai Mule Ride and arrived in plenty of time. When we arrived, there was a brief safety talk and basic instructions about riding a mule. The most valuable advice from our mule skinner was "The mules aren't suicidal--they will get you up down the trail... More

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Memphis, TN
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5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I had read the book "Molokai" by Alan Brennert in preparation for our trip to Molokai. This book is largely about the settlement in Kalaupapa and made me want to visit. The experience was definitely one of a kind. The trip down is both scary and breath-taking. The views are amazing and the pictures we took did not do it... More

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Henderson, Nevada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I had high expectations for this adventure and I wasn't disappointed. The staff was great, making everyone feel comfortable with their mule even if they had never riden before. The scenery was unforgettable, the mule ride was comfortable, and the tour of the Kalaupapa peninsula was great. This is truely a memory that will last a lifetime.

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Portland, Oregon, Usa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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
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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

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
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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
64 helpful votes 64 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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