Generally thought to be the highest sea cliffs in the world, the Cliffs of Molokai are on the north coast of the island of Molokai, part of the Hawaii archipelago. They span some 914.4 - 1,219.2 m (3,000 - 4,000 ft) high and are located in Palaau State Park and Kalaupapa National Park.
Framed by three volcanoes, the island itself is only 61.1 km (38 mi) long and 16 km (10 mi) wide, but boasts dramatic and striking scenery – from the arid lands and coastal dunes of the western half to the deep gorges, magnificent waterfalls and lush rainforest in the eastern half.
The islanders have resisted development as a commercialised tourist destination, which has affected the region with high unemployment as employers in that industry have pulled out. Don’t think that tourists aren’t welcome, though – the island rejoices in the name “The Friendly Isle’ and is generally considered to be the most hospitable of the Hawaiian Islands. And the island’s reputation as a destination for eco-tourists due to its unspoiled landscapes and sound environmental management has been recognised by experts in sustainable tourism.
Molokai is home to many indigenous and endangered birds such as the Hawaiian owl and Hawaiian coot and the black-necked stilt. As well as feral pigs and goats, axis deer (introduced to the island in 1867) now inhabit all parts of the island and are most likely to be seen in the early mornings and evenings.
The beaches are pleasingly quiet and offer many attractions to tourists such as tropical fish viewing expeditions, surfing, fishing and kayaking along the base of the cliffs; and the swimming is terrific when the ocean is calm.