We did the Ali'i tour; the tour itself is offered by various tour operators,but it's the same “thing” for all of them. So we decided to go for “the original”.
Don't believe your paper where it says that check-in will be at slip 3 !
Just look around and check where the Molokai Princess boat is docked , the check-in boot is nearby.
They will give you a boxed breakfast (muffin and fruit), your boarding pass and vouchers for : tour, lunch and trip back to Maui.
We were very fortunate and had a sunny day , so the ride aboard the “ferry” was smooth and pleasant ,but we suggest - if you are prone to sea sickness- to take a dramamine or to wear a patch : in the channel waters can be very rough and you will be on the ferry for almost two hours.
At Kaunakakai wharf you will find an air conditioned van waiting for you.
Our tour guide was Rudy, a very knowledgeable and professional guide, very proud to be a native of Molokai .
He really made a wonderful job explaining Molokai history, legends and stories.
We stopped at a scenic lookout towards Kalaupapa peninsula, where father Damien took care of the poor residents who were suffering from Hansen's disease (you will have to take a short hike on paved path).
Next stop was at a private coffee farm , where they produce Coffee of Hawaii : plenty of snacks and some “touristy” souvenirs.
Afterwards , we were on to Purdy's mac nuts , a working family run farm, where we could sample macadamia nuts and honey; we also learnt how to crack a fresh macadamia . Their products are 100% natural and fresh – as it used to be in the “gone by” times. Very tasty !
We were supposed to have lunch at Hula Shores restaurant ( at the Molokai hotel). Instead we stopped at Paddlers; service was fast and sandwiches ok , but no beautiful ocean view - as described in the tour brochure !
After lunch we headed toward Saint Joseph church, built by father Damien and recently renovated. The site itself , the small “painted” church and the life-size statue of father Damien were quite inspiring.
Then Rudy drove us towards Maurice point, in the eastern part of the island - from where you can see the Napili coast of Maui and Lanai.
The last stop was in the main town of Molokai, Kaunakakai. It is only two blocks long , cozy and very quiet. There are no traffic lights, a few shops and a very famous shave ice hut... We didn’t try it though, considering the two hours on the ferry back to Maui !?
The ferry to Lahaina departed very on time ; some people looked exhausted and …sick. There were also some local guys , singing and playing guitar most of the time – that added “colour” to the very beautiful day.
It was a well-organised tour and a wonderful way to see the best places of the island of Molokai: the small isle is so very different from Maui, very spiritual - as our tour guide explained.
p.s. unsure why this tour is reported in Tripadvisor as "shopping attraction" and with the name "a touch of Molokai" ... the topic should be "Ali's Tour" and listed among Molokai tours
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