Where to Stay on Molokai
With only one hotel (offering just 40 rooms for the general public) on island, the majority of Molokai’s approximately 58,000 annual visitors tend to stay in a very mixed bag of five condo developments. All have individually owned and decorated units that vary widely in taste and quality, leaning heavy on the rattan. (Don’t expect air-conditioning or elevators in the two- and three-story buildings, either.)
Molokai also offers a similar patchwork of mostly unassuming vacation rental cottages and basic B&Bs. Unfortunately, nearly all of these are unlicensed. Maui County doesn’t make it easy—or inexpensive—to get permits, but out of respect for guest welfare as well as local concerns, the recommendations below include only licensed accommodations. (A licensed property lists the permit number on its website; rental cottages must also have a sign with the number.)
Offering the most choices on the island, as well as excellent customer service, Molokai Vacation Properties (www.molokai-vacation-rental.net; tel. 800/367-2984 or 808/553-8334) represents only licensed homes and condos. While you can book online, it’s best to contact the office directly to find the most suitable unit for your needs. For additional, but not necessarily licensed properties, Molokai Resorts Vacation Rental Center (www.molokairesorts.com; tel. 800/600-4158 or 808/553-3666) is another on-island resource, with further options on VRBO.com and other rental websites; price ranges and cleaning fees will vary.
Note: Taxes of 13.416 percent are added to hotel and vacation rental bills. Parking is free.
All campgrounds are for tents only, and permits must be purchased in advance. You’ll have to bring your own equipment or plan to buy it on the island, as there are no rentals.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.