Most visitors to Molokai rent
cars, as there is no public transportation, and many of the resorts
are well out of town. The sights are spread out around the
island, as well, which makes a car very useful. A regular
sedan is sufficient in most cases, but if you want to travel up
the Main Forest Road to the Waikolu Lookout, you'll need a 4WD vehicle,
such as this 4-Runner we rented from Molokai Rentals. There
are Jeeps, pickups, and mopeds for rent on the island as well.
If you're just staying in Molokai to relax, and aren't
planning on heading up the Main Forest Road to the Waikolu Lookout, or
across the dirt roads to the Northeast Coast beaches,
and the weather has been good, a sedan is suitable for rental on Molokai.
Most of the roads are paved and well-maintained, and you'll find the convenience
of a sedan over a jeep to be a good tradeoff. Plus, gas is expensive
here. We found it to be over $2.00 a gallon when it was under $1.00
per gallon at home. Sedans will run around $45 per day, while a
4WD will run more like $65 per day. If you are planning to do some
hiking in the Kamakou Reserve, or want to see the Waikolu Valley, you'll
definitely want a 4WD. The road is 10 miles of washboard, rutted
dirt, followed by deeply rutted mud the last mile or so (fun, huh?).
We were quite happy with the 4-Runner that we rented from
Molokai Rentals, though it
did pull to the right quite a bit. Each of the places has
only a few cars, so make sure you make your reservation before you arrive,
or you might be disappointed.
Dollar Rental Car is the only major market company on the island,
offering Jeeps as well as sedans. You can find discounted rates
through the links below or through the discount wholesalers listed in
the left sidebar.
Tours & Taxi tel.(808) 553-3369 and Kukui Tours & Limousines tel.(808)
553-5133 are the only taxis on the island. Fares to Kaunakakai from
the airport are around $18, and around $26 to Kaunakoi.
No Motorcycle Rentals exist on the island
at this time.
Moped and Scooter Rentals
A moped is an excellent way to see Molokai.
The island is small, and there isn't much traffic.
rents mopeds for a $25 charity donation.
Bus Service and Public Transportation
There is no public bus service on Molokai.
The maps in the table below will give
you a good idea what you're looking at. Maps are readily available
in all the free tourist publications everywhere you look in Molokai, including
the airport and your hotel desk.