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Molokai Mule Ride

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Address: Hwy 470 (Kalae Hwy) at milepost #5, Kalaupapa, Molokai, HI
Phone Number: 808 567 6088
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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A two hour mule ride down an 1800 foot cliff to Kalaupapa Peninsula.

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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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68 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

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Northern CA
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank JMW11
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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 

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San Jose, CA
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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
Smith River
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2016

Took the mule trail ride on a beautiful clear day. Not as frightening as I imagined. Only a few places where you are looking straight down to the ocean and the mules seem to want to walk on the very edge. Did not see a lot since I was holding on so tight and watching the mules step over huge,... More 

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Regina, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2016

We mounted our mules, followed the mule skinner who led the procession, then proceeded down the highest sea cliffs in the world. We were thrilled with the minute by minute changes of incredibly beautiful scenery and watched as the sure footed mules carefully picked their way down the boulder imbedded path. The descent involved approximately 30 switch backs - at... More 

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