Molokai Mule Ride
Molokai Mule Ride
4.5
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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A two hour mule ride down an 1800 foot cliff to Kalaupapa Peninsula.
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Kellie K
Encinitas, CA1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
I took this tour in June 2017. Two people were injured during our tour. I was on the first mule of 13 (I think) and able to stop my mule when 2 others rode past me. One was the mule of one of the guides who had fallen off. The other mule was carrying the woman who had been behind me all morning. She didn’t have control, was thrown onto a boulder and then bounced to the ground. The lower switchbacks are wider than the narrow trail at the top. The trail width was both the cause of the accident and the reason these individuals didn’t fall down a cliff

Aside from this horrible accident, the experience was indescribably beautiful. If you choose to make this amazing trip, please be strong in your seat with feet firmly in the stirrups. Be comfortable and alpha on the mule (your real guide who knows the trail). Hold the reins with little slack. Keep your attention focused on the trail and your experience. Do not attempt to take pictures. Also, if you are on the first mule, know that you may be clearing a few cobwebs for those behind you - just put your hand in front of you and no big deal. Be safe and enjoy!
Written December 18, 2023
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margo674
Kittredge, CO6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We booked a tour for April 2020. There were several friendly emails shared between me and Kalehua who seems to be the one who does the company communicating. When the 14-day quarantine was ordered by the state, I tried contacting Kalehua or anyone who would answer my emails, phone calls or texts to cancel since the state of Hawaii would not let us travel to Molokai. I was COMPLETELY IGNORED! I continued with the phone calls, emails and texts but still no return call from the company. We either get our money ($460.50) back or put toward a future trip. I know this family has had issues with land ownership (you can google it). I think this company is a bit shady.
Written September 2, 2021
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Ela M
Juneau, AK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Our guide was amazing: KAhi , not sure how to spell it. What lovely man. I wish I gave him a big hug on our exit but I was preoccupied, our flight was getting ready to depart . KAhi I hope you see this: consider yourself hugged. He has so much knowledge, he sang to us twice, what a amazing voice. Once in a chapel, once in the bus. Very special. Kalaupapa is a sacred place, beautiful and powerful. Words cannot describe it. Read the novel Molakai before you go. It is the story of its people.
Written February 27, 2020
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BodogArizona
Prescott, AZ150 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
The story of the settlement at Kalaupapa is tragic but the setting and the spirit of the place is awe-inspiring. There’s no place like it on Earth and it’s not to be missed. If you have a chance to go, do it!

However, I cannot recommend Muleride.com as a tour company. Right now the trail is closed, so the only way to get to Kalaupapa is to fly in. It’s not an inexpensive day.

We booked with this company and were assigned a guide named Keahi or “Ahi” for short. I don’t think he had any idea how to be a guide. He said they gave him training, but based on his behavior, it didn’t appear he had the first clue how to guide tourists. We were very disappointed with his ability to explain the story and were frustrated with his off-the-wall, irrelevant stories. When he started talking about 9ft tall blond Hawaiians found in a cave and something about Atlantis, I tuned out. Not once did he ask us our level of knowledge about the site, nor did he talk “with” us. He was more focused on talking “at” us and at times, singing. Our questions were not clearly answered and most of the time it felt like he was making things up.

Besides the guide’s lack of competence, the bus used didn’t have air conditioning. This would have been fine if we hadn’t run into large trees and bushes that broke off into our seating area as he drove. Plus, we couldn’t hear the guide because all of the windows and the door was open as he drove. Our friends who booked through another company rode in a new van with A/C and the driver used a headset microphone so they could hear him as they drove.

At several stops the guide did not leave the van. Instead he just pointed us in a direction and told us to go. No explanation, no story, and most importantly, no passion for the place. Clearly this was just a job for him. We travel a lot and have had some fantastic guides, whom we’ve tipped well for their energy and effort. This experience was one of the worst (in one of the most incredible places.)

When one of our group members needed to return to the airport to catch an early flight, our guide dropped us all off and left us. This time could have been used for more exploring. Also, we were told we couldn’t be on our own in Kalaupapa, that a guide was necessary, yet we were left alone for an hour and a half when he deserted us.

Kalaupapa deserves a 5+ rating but the experience we had with this guide and Muleride.com was beyond disappointing.

Written December 12, 2019
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alohacjm
Rescue, CA87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
The trail is closed and I wouldn’t ride a mule anyway, but I flew into the colony and took a wonderful tour. Our guide was Rick and there were only three of us in the tour that day. I learned so much history of Kalaupapa and Fr. Damien. The church he built is still standing as is the Protestant church, but they are on the windward side and everything now is on the leeward side. We met Fr.Pat who is the resident priest now and also met and talked with a sister who told us about Mother Marianne Cope who worked for many years in the colony. Both she and Fr. Damien are now saints in the Catholic Church for their outstanding dedication to the lepers who were sent to Moloka’i in the 1800’s and 1900’s. This is definitely a great tour to take when visiting Hawaii. Flights come there from Honolulu and Maui.
Written June 9, 2019
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Jsurey
San Clemente, CA34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018
wild ride on a mule, narrow switchbacks, insane view and experience. the trail is no closed because of a land slide during winter. Call first to see when it re opened. You can fly down to Kalapapa and do the tour.
Written March 19, 2019
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Michelino
Hawaii35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
As of February 2019, the trail is still closed (due to a landslide in November 2018) and waiting to be fixed. In the meantime, the company are offering flights from Hoolehua airport down to Kalaupapa. One of the shortest flights you're likely to take in your lifetime! But very scenic. Once down there, you will eventually embark on a tour of the various settlements and churches. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable, but I would have preferred him to focus more on the history of Kalaupapa (and Molokai) instead of constantly peddling his far-out conspiracy theories (Did you know Hawaiians are actually descended from 9 ft tall blond blue-eyed creatures? It's somehow connected to Atlantis. etc...) I actually found myself wishing the end of the tour would come sooner, which is a shame given the gorgeous surroundings and the harrowing stories connected with the place.
Maybe you'll luck out and get a different guide ;-) I would still recommend the tour though! Part of the history of Molokai, and Hawaii in general.
One minor niggle: please offer some kind of vegetarian lunch option! For the price we paid, I was somewhat taken aback by their "nope, cannot" response to this question.
Written February 26, 2019
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Steve M
Hortonville, WI16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
We booked the mule ride months ago for the first week of January. They called us a few days ahead and said that one of the bridges on the trail has washed out and the trail was closed. They offered us the plane ride option as an alternate at no extra cost. We decided to do that and we were very pleased that we did. The ride in/out was unbelievably gorgeous and the visit to Kalaupapa was a highlight of our visit. Once down there, we saw some photos of the damage and could see another recent slide area on the side of the mountain that covered the entire top to bottom slope. We were there with planned hikers that opted to take the airplane in also - so the trail was definitely closed. Based on conversations with several people, it sounds like this trail is maintained by the Federal government and that it might take awhile for it to reopen (it was said that last time this area had a slide it was 10-11 months before ti opened). So I would double check and get some updates if you have plans for this in the near future!

The visit itself was incredibly interesting to me (coming from a non-history guy). Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, entertaining, and passionate about not only Kalaupapa, but the entire Molokai culture. This is definitely a hidden gem visited only by a handful of people each day (two flights in with only 7/9 seats each plane).
Written January 15, 2019
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Lisa L
Middle River, MD112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018
After the ride getting canceled due to weather while sitting on our mules 9 years ago let's try again. If you tend to drive yourself don't make the mistake we did. They weren't located in the same place they were 9 years ago and you aren't looking for a stable with a corral of mules it's actual an office in a strip type shopping plaza of sorts. They direct you from there. Had horses from 6-21yrs old then worked with them from 18-30yrs old. Nothing I've ever done including trail guide on horseback or sleigh rides with Clydesdales in Lake Tahoe compares to this ride. Although this is a very steep trek down a very high cliff it wasn't near the panic I had made it out to be in my head. You could almost say the mules are on cruise control. What sturdy pleasant animals. My husband only rides when I drag him to do so enjoyed this ride as well. Added bonus at the bottom of the cliff a tour of the town below by comfy tour bus as well as a deserved break for the mules. You can only get to this town by foot, plane or mule. Our tour guide down below Rick was very entertaining and knowledgable. The lunch they provided was excellent not for my husband, but he's a picky eater. My only small complaint about the mule ride. While I fully understand not stopping to take photos while climbing up or down the cliff there was a fabulous vantage point up at the top that they could have easily said hey we'll stop and you take some photos. Instead I tried to capture along the way which sometimes can spoil the trek. Maybe a little shallow, but from experience on both sides of the coin folks like the photo memories. Other then that our Guides where Fabulous and true accomplished riders!
Written December 30, 2018
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Pamela M
Honolulu, HI8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
My sisters and me, all in our early 60s, decided to take the mule trip down to Kalaupapa and it was a trip of a life time! Yes, it's steep and narrow over rocky terrain, but our mules were sure-footed and calm and the views are incredible. It you feel nervous, that's OK as the Mule Skinners (Guides) are very professional and will provide helpful tips. Once you arrive in Kalaupapa, you'll learn all about this unique place where persons with Hansen's disease were exiled and the wonderful works of Fr Damian. We all agreed that it was the best $200 we have ever spent for a day-long adventure.
Written November 30, 2018
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