- Join a guided mule ride down to the Kalaupapa Peninsula, site of the Kalaupapa National Historic Park and Father Damien's famous leper colony, where leprosy-afflicted Hawaiians were kept in forced isolation from 1866 to 1969. The three-mile trail has 26 switchbacks, dropping 2,000 vertical feet along the face of Molokai's massive sea cliffs.
- Tour the island by bicycle. Molokai's long stretches of usually empty roads make it an ideal spot for road riding. Rentals start at $15 per day at Molokai Bicycle, which also offers transportation to and from the airport, harbor, or hotels.
- Go off-road on more than 50 miles of mountain biking trails. The dusty trails on Molokai's west end have earned it the nickname "Mini-Moab," and the island's steep mountains and sea cliffs offer adrenaline-pumping downhill runs.
- Hiking trails riddle the island, providing access to Molokai's remote natural wonders. Capable hikers can skip the mules and walk down the face of towering sea cliffs on the Kalaupapa Trail, while the Pepeopae Trail winds through the ancient Hawaiian rainforest of the Kamakou Preserve, maintained by The Nature Conservancy and home to more than 200 plant species found nowhere else in the world.
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