Destination guide

Outdoor adventures in beautiful Moloka'i

Underdeveloped, with a delightfully-sleepy vibe, Moloka'i is the 5th-largest in the Hawaiian island chain. While travelers flock to lively Honolulu and Maui, Moloka'i offers a different pace of life, with Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove and some of the tallest sea cliffs in the world among its many natural attractions. Outdoor adventure comes easy in this wonderfully-scenic spot, with Moloka'i vacation rentals placing you right on the doorstep of all that the "Friendly Island" has to offer.

Things to do

Unique attractions await in Moloka'i

Though natural attractions come thick and fast in Moloka'i, one of the island's most fascinating destinations, the leper colony of Kalaupapa, is entirely manmade. Now a National Historic Park, this isolated peninsula on the island's north shore is accessible only on foot, by plane or by mule ride through the tropical forest. Easier to get to is the sacred Halawa Valley, the site of one of Hawaii's earliest settlements, as well as the double-tiered Moaula Falls. Things to look out for on your way to the valley include the ancient Hawaiian fishponds and Kaluaaha, the island's 1st Christian church.


Hula dancing in Moloka'i

Legend has it that this laidback spot is the birthplace of hula, so there's no better place to learn some new moves, particularly in January and May, when the island hosts Ka Moloka'i Makahiki and Moloka'i Ka Hula Piko. It's not just dancing on offer here, though, and both festivals serve up local crafts and tempting food, alongside traditional hula performances. During the summer and winter months, trips to see humpback whales in the waters around the island are readily available, while all year round, visitors have the option to post a personally-decorated coconut back to the mainland.


Moloka'i is a year-round destination

Kicking back in your Moloka'i vacation rental is always on the agenda thanks to a pleasant year-round climate. There's not a whole lot to differentiate between spring, summer and fall, with daytime temperatures reaching 85 and evenings falling only around 10 to 15 degrees lower. Nights are a little cooler in the months of December through March, and the chance of a rainy day is higher, so winter can be a good time for budget-conscious travelers to look out for the best deals on the island's vacation homes.

Natural features

Get back to nature in Moloka'i

Natural appeal graces every inch of the island, so your Moloka'i vacation rental is bound to be close to a picturesque spot. Those up for an adventure can kayak along the Pali Coast, though if you're traveling with kids, heading to Kumimi Beach for calm waters and octopus spotting can be equally rewarding. Snorkeling and scuba diving rarely get any better than that found along the 28-mile Moloka'i Reef, while those travelers keen to explore on 4 wheels will find that more than 40 miles of trails include jeep routes through the lush Moloka'i Forest Reserve.

How to get there

How to get to and around Molokai

The nearest airport is in Hoolehua, HI (MKK-Molokai), located 5.3 mi (8.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Kalaupapa, HI (LUP), which is 5.7 mi (9.1 km) away.

Where to stay around Moloka‘i?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 206 vacation rentals near Moloka‘i. From 164 Condos/Apartments to 13 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Moloka‘i for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Moloka‘i?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Moloka‘i. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Maunaloa: 148 vacation rentals
  • Ke Nana Kai: 30 vacation rentals
  • Kepuhi Beach Resort: 35 vacation rentals
  • Paniolo Hale: 15 vacation rentals
  • Kaluakoi: 69 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Moloka‘i! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Moloka‘i?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Moloka‘i:

  • Maunaloa: 148 rentals
  • Kihei: 4,579 rentals
  • Lahaina: 8,873 rentals
  • Kaanapali: 4,683 rentals
  • Maalaea: 4,553 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Moloka‘i?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Moloka‘i are:

  • Kahului Airport (OGG): 9,331 vacation rentals
  • Kapalua Airport (JHM): 5,554 vacation rentals
  • Molokai Airport (MKK): 194 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Moloka‘i?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Moloka‘i. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Moomomi Beach: 148 rentals
  • Kaupoa Beach: 136 rentals
  • Kawakiu Beach: 143 rentals
  • Whalers Village: 6,112 rentals
  • Lahaina Harbor: 8,466 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Moloka‘i listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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