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Getting from Maui to Molokai

The island of Molokai is called the “Friendly Isle” for good reason. If you’re looking for a slower pace, amazing natural beauty, and a more authentic taste of the true Hawaii, this is where to find it. While Molokai can easily be a destination in itself, especially for those who love the outdoors, it is also an easy day or weekend trip from Maui. Here are your options for how to make the quick trip across the channel from Maui to Molokai.

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Maui to Molokai by Ferry

  • There are two departures daily (one on Sundays) between Lahaina harbor on Maui and Kaunakakai Harbor on Molokai.
  • If you need more than just transporation, day excursion packages are available, as well as guided tours. For details, please visit MolokaiFerry.com.
  • Adult ticket prices are currently $40 one way, not including the fuel surcharges.

Keep in mind that the channel crossings can be quite rough, so if you are prone to seasickness, you may want to read the tips here. Morning crossings are generally more calm than the afternoon ones, as the winds are a bit calmer. All that aside, ferries in Hawaii can be a really unique way to travel between the islands – depending on the season, you may see dolphins or even humpback whales!

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Getting from Maui to Molokai by Air

Most travelers will find themselves flying to Maui (or Honolulu) first as there are no direct mainland or international flights to Molokai. However, it is increasingly popular to island-hop when you’ve already gotten yourself all the way to the islands. Flights can be quite expensive, especially when booked at the last minute, although you may also find tours and vacation packages that include interisland airfare.

Quick search for flights from Maui (OGG) to Molokai (MKK):

Molokai’s airport code is MKK and the airport’s official website can be viewed here.

Getting around on Molokai

Keep in mind that there is no public transportation on Molokai so you will definitely want to look into car rental to get you around the island.

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