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Molokai Mule Ride

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Address: Hwy 470 (Kalae Hwy) at milepost #5, Kalaupapa, Molokai, HI
Phone Number: +1 808-567-6088
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Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

A two hour mule ride down an 1800 foot cliff to Kalaupapa Peninsula.

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Warning: this is not an option for the faint of heart. Be prepared to descend down a 3 1/2 mile mountain path of rocks and mud (if it has rained) at about a 30 degree angle. Then... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Stockbridge, Michigan
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Stockbridge, Michigan
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Warning: this is not an option for the faint of heart. Be prepared to descend down a 3 1/2 mile mountain path of rocks and mud (if it has rained) at about a 30 degree angle. Then do it all over again going uphill. The people who own/run the business are not very organized but do try and accomodate. Our... More 

1 Thank Tina571
Page, Arizona
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So pleased to hear that they have revived the mule ride! To those who were annoyed by the temporary cancellation, you were completely justified. Not just because of the major inconvenience, but because—for my wife and I—the mule ride and tour of Kalaupapa was one of the most profoundly compelling experiences of our lifetime. So sorry you missed the opportunity!... More 

3 Thank rockluster
Melbourne, Australia
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70 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016 via mobile

This ride is not for everyone but is extremely well organized and the mules are very hard workers. We went after a lot of rain so the trail was muddy, slippery and not well maintained by the Parks authorities. Incredibly steep so if you are not used to riding then you need to hang on! Coming back up is easy... More 

1 Thank GDayMateAustralia
Northern CA
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

I took the mule ride to Kalaupapa in September. The mule company is easy to work with, nice people. The mules are amazing, so sure footed that you feel no fear. BUT the trail is a disaster - rocks and mud and backbreaking. It took me a week to get over the ride. Really difficult. The Damien Tour was amazing.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016 via mobile

I am so glad I had the chance to do the mule ride down to Kalaupapa on Molokai. Book early as this does fill up. There were a few in our group who had wanted to ride a mule down (and up) the very steep hill with 26 switchbacks, but they waited too long and had to hike. I was... More 

6 Thank Jen I
San Jose, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

They began operations again a couple of weeks ago with a new tour operator at the bottom (it appears to no longer be Damien Tours and when asked the Damien Tours folks were NOT very nice about it). The new tour company which the Mule Ride contracts with is great, though. New(er) air conditioned bus, and we had a great... More 

8 Thank Richard H
Nashville, Tennessee
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2016

I made reservation for the mule ride on July 5th. After not receiving confirmation via email, I called back on July 11th to confirm. Seems the company is undergoing a change of ownership and will not have any mule rides during the time I am visiting the islands. They do not notify customers even though they had my contact information!... More 

3 Thank Jeff W
Mainz, Germany
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016

Unfortunately, this is closed down until further notice. You can still drive up to the look out and fly down to Kalaupapa with Makani Kai Air.

1 Thank FunFamilyGetaway
Houston, Texas
1 review
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2016

Our family of 5 talked about doing the mule ride for a couple of years before we made reservations for June 9, 2016. Upon the arrival of our flight to Molokai, June 8, 2016, as instructed, we called to check in. We were told the ride had been cancelled and that they were not able to contact us because they... More 

2 Thank pennacchi504
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

Arrived today Monday 30th and have just been told they have ceased operation until July even though I received confirmation yesterday. Have made a very out of the way trip to Molokai to do this and when I spoke to them on the phone the were fairly unsympathetic. Way to destroy the biggest draw card to the island!!

1 Thank Richard L

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