My all time favorite trip was a sailing trip to Molokai, Labor Day weekend, 1996. The night before this trip, I had dinner with some friends. They invited me to join them on their yearly sailing trip to Molokai. While having dinner, they mentioned that there 13 people going, which they joked was an unlucky number. They asked me to join them to make it a lucky 14. I was thrilled! My favorite place in the world is to be on a boat and three whole days sailing was a dream come true. Little did I realize just how breathtaking the views would be on this trip.
Early Saturday morning, we left Oahu and sailed to Molokai. On Sunday, we sailed over to Lanai, did some snorkeling, and then sailed over to Maui for the afternoon. Monday morning, we sailed around the North Shore (or what locals call "the Back Side") of Molokai. This side is not accessible except by boat. At the far end is of the North Shore is Kalauapapa, which is only accessible by plane, boat, and mule. After a day of gazing at incredible sea cliffs, many of which are the highest in the world, and swimming up onto a beach by an incredible waterfall, we sailed back home to Oahu.
*Warning - I took these photos with a crappy film camera. The negatives were pretty old when I scanned them in a few years ago. They don't do justice to the beauty of this island. I only wish I had a good digital camera when I went on this trip.
My friend's boat, the Kahala Kai, which is anchored nearby the house where we stayed on Molokai. Maui is in the background.
Delicioius fish for dinner Saturday night. The fish was caught Saturday afternoon, spear fishing off of Lanai.
First views heading towards the North Shore of Molokai.
The first of many incredible waterfalls on the North Shore of Molokai. The ocean was the most beautiful shade of blue. Unfortunately it does not show up correctly on this photo.
Beautiful velvet mountains on the North Shore of Molokai.
Another amazing waterfall. We swam up onto this beach. The waterfall was too powerful to stand underneath.
This is my favorite view of the North Shore of Molokai. Click here for a better photo of this spot, taken from a different angle.