This tour is really two experiences - a boat ride and a bus tour. We showed up at the Lahaina dock around 6:30 and no one had yet opened the Molokai ticket booth while the adjacent booth for Lanai was open so that was a bit confusing. The right booth opened around 6:45 and we checked in and received a plate with cut fruit and a giant muffin. I imagine many had trouble finishing it. The boat was an older diesel powered vessel with seating on top with covered seating below. The forward lower section was more comfortable and more enclosed. The morning trip took a little over two hours and was not too rough since it generally went the same direction as the ocean waves.
We were met onshore at Molokai by a 14 passenger bus, though there were no signs saying where that was or which of a couple vehicles was the one we should seek. However, there weren't a lot of alternatives and asking around got us to the right bus. We started the Saturday tour with a stop at Kaunakakai, the only significant town on the island, where a local street fair was in progress. This was definitely a local event with fruits, vegetables, a few local artists, and various odds and ends. Afterward, the tour headed up to a spectacular view of the Kalaupapa peninsula from the cliffs on the north side of the island. Took a brief hike to the Phallic Rock which might seem intimidating to some. Afterward the tour stopped at the coffee plantation for a beverage and shopping break before heading to the macadamia nut farm. Here we could walk among the trees, try cracking some of the nuts, and then purchase some baked nuts which were delicious and not fattening like the commercial nuts processed in oil. They sell for around $16 a pound and can be ordered by mail. Lunch was served back in Kaunakakai since the usual stop at a hotel restaurant had to be changed after the restaurant burned a few months ago. The tour then traversed the east side of the island stopping at a few small churches set up by Father Damien before ending at a scenic beach. This also happened to be the day that a nun who worked with him, Marianne Cope, was given sainthood. The tour then returned to the ferry dock around 4 pm. Our local guide was very informative about the issues, culture, and the landscape making for a very informative and enjoyable trip.
The return boat trip was not particularly pleasant since the Trade Winds pick up in the afternoon and create some rough water as you travel against the wind and waves. The spray from the boat flew up and over the top so few if any people remained there after a half hour. Quite a few others got seasick so a warning to anyone planning this trip is that if you are inclined to seasickness, take a patch or some medicine before getting on the return boat.