Ah, Molokai…quiet, tranquil and beautiful. Many couples would be content to come here just to relax and soak up the breathtaking scenery, but action junkies won’t be disappointed either. Whether its on water or on land, the beauty of a Molokai honeymoon will keep you in a state of honeymoon ecstasy from start to finish.
Fun on the Water.
-SNORKEL, SCUBA and WILDLIFE TOURS.
From quick explorations right off shore to full-day adventures by boat, Molokai’s underwater beauty is a draw for snorkelers, divers and wildlife enthusiasts everywhere. Colorful reefs, breaching whales, humble turtles and slippery manta rays are just a small sample of what you might find snorkeling or cruising around the island, and divers can explore even deeper with PADI certified Dive Masters from companies like Snorkel Molokai.
And then there’s “Snuba.” Instead of diving with a heavy air tank and going through all the instruction and prep, divers breathe through a regulator tethered to a raft above them, so they get to dive 25-30 feet with none of the hassle of cumbersome equipment and certification. Just you and your other half, paddling around with all the other fish!
Plenty of companies on Molokai offer a potpurri of options, from snorkel and scuba to whale watching and dinner cruises. Molokai Ocean Tours offers a BYOB sunset cruise aboard their 40-foot catamaran, and for couples looking to tie the knot, you book a super-intimate Molokai destination wedding performed right on board. Champagne, minister, leis, wedding license are all included!
-KAYAKING and FISHING.
Board a tandem kayak and see the reefs, surf and mangroves from the perspective of your own boat. Plenty of tours combine kayaking with snorkeling, just bring the equipment out with you and stop along the best spots along the way. Try Molokai Fish and Dive to explore kayak, fishing whale watching and Scuba tours staffed by local experts.
Romance On Land.
-SEA CLIFF MULE RIDES.
Honeymoons tend to conjure images of lovers galloping across a sandy beach on horseback, but on Molokai, the humble mule is the star of the show! Saddle up and let these hardworking pack animals take you up and across narrow paths on the highest sea cliffs in the world at Kalaupapa. This inspirational experience just can’t be had on any other Hawaiian island, and the views are so romantic you’ll want to set up camp and spend the rest of the day just taking it all in.
-ECO and CULTURAL HIKES.
From the sparkling waterfalls and lush mountains of the Halawa Valley to historic hikes where you’ll learn ancient Hawaiian tradition, Molokai’s natural beauty and rich history make it a hiker’s eden.
Of course, beaches! Who in their right mind honeymoons in Hawaii without spending some time at the beach? Molokai’s relative seclusion mean lots of beaches without big crowds, and the island is home to Papohaku, one of the biggest beaches on any of the Hawaiian islands. But as the surf can be hazardous, especially in certain seasons, you should only swim on the beaches where it’s safe. Talk to locals, consult a guidebook or ask your hotel to find out which are swimmer-friendly and then soak, splash and relax in the unreal beauty of Molokai!
This list of Molokai activities is far from all-inclusive, of course. You can take a “flightseeing” tour, zooming over the sea cliffs and bays in a helicopter or plane. You can paddleboard, visit a historic leper colony, enjoy live music at a cool little restaurant or try your hand at the Hawaiian tradition of spear fishing and catch your own honeymoon dinner! Explore Molokai, and you might just discover that a perfect Hawaii honeymoon awaits.