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Best Travel Guides: Molokai, Grenadines, Mentawai

Best Travel Guides: Molokai, Grenadines, Mentawai

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Published by Islands Magazine
http://islands.com/freeissue The best travel itinerary, day by day, for three trip destinations -- Molokai, Grenadines, Mentawai -- as featured in the May 2010 issue of ISLANDS magazine, available now in the ISLANDS Store at http://islands.com/freeissue .
http://islands.com/freeissue The best travel itinerary, day by day, for three trip destinations -- Molokai, Grenadines, Mentawai -- as featured in the May 2010 issue of ISLANDS magazine, available now in the ISLANDS Store at http://islands.com/freeissue .

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Fy 25 minutes romMaui to Mookai onboard Mokuee Airinesor Isand Air. Enjoy yourrst views o Mookai’sword-amous sea cis.I made sure to heed the signthat visitors see when exitingthe isand’s airport: “Sow Down,This is Mookai.”There are ony a ew roads onthe sma isand. Head towardCoees o Hawaii, a pantationand espresso bar, to order yourrst o many Mocha Mamas. Thebeoved chocoaty iced coeedrink is the unocia beverageo the isand — or good reason.
 
Eat dinner at the Kuaapu‘uCookhouse. I it’s Thursday, it’sprime-rib night, so don’t evenook at the menu. Order thespecia — a huge sab o beecooked to order and served withrice and gried veggies — andchoose the papaya-seed dress-ing or your garden saad.Head 30 minutes west on theony road toward Maunaoa, andcheck into the Mookai Komo-hana B&B. Your hosts, Tom andKary Rancour, wi be waiting upto wecome you.
Rde a Mue
Meet the
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atMookai Mue Ride inront o their stabe at8 a.m. There are onytwo ways to get downto the Kaaupapa peninsua: Iyou choose to hike, get ready ora ong, muddy day. Opt or themue ride, and a you have to dois et your mue do its thing — itknows the 26 switchbacks downto Kaaupapa Nationa Histori-ca Park better than you do, sothere’s no need to be nervous onthis steep descent.At the bottom o the trai,board the bus with Damien Tours,the ony operator permitted toead groups through this ercey
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protected nationa park. You’make severa stops — MotherMarianne’s grave, St. FrancisChurch — but the highight isSt. Father Damien’s seasidegrave. At the end o the tour, yourmues wi carry you back up tothe top o the trai.Freshen up and then head tothe Hote Mookai, just east odowntown Kaunakakai. Fridaynight is Kupuna Night when theisand’s eders break out ukue-es and perorm or diners at theproperty’s oceanront restaurant.Ater dinner, stop or anotherMocha Mama at Coees oHawaii. (Great any time o day.)
 
You’ be gad you ueed upon caeine; at 10 p.m., Kane-mitsu’s Bakery and Coee Shopbegins seing hot, reshy bakedMookai bread. Wak down theaey just to the right o thebakery and ook or the hand-painted sign — or the ine opeope. A huge oa sathered intwo toppings is $5.75.
Scuba Dve
You can meet Timrom Mookai Fish &Dive at the KaunakakaiHarbor. Ask to see theBig Turte House or ana but guaranteed sea-turtesighting. Or et Tim expore newsites and see what you discoverwith him. He might even et youname the dive site.
 
You’ be hungry ater the dive,so have a hamburger, ries anda shake at Mookai Burger indowntown Kaunakakai.Stro down the street toon the history — but rememberto bring your own unch. This u-day adventure isn’t an easy hike.
 
Back in Kaunakakai, eat aneary dinner at Mookai PizzaCae. It’s the ony pace on theisand to get a pizza pie — andone o the ony spots that wi beopen on a Sunday evening.
 
On your way back to Komohana,stop and watch the sunset atKapuaiwa Coconut Grove. Justbeware o aing coconuts.
Ht the Beach
 
Ask Tom to makehis amous banana-and-macadamia-nutpancakes or breakast.Pack a cooer withcod drinks and snacks. Tom andKary can end you a reiabemap o the west-coast beachesand point out the best spotsto snorke (Dixie Maru Beach),picnic (Kaupoa Beach) and takea stro (Papohaku Beach).
 
Stop at Coees o Hawaii andorder one ast Mocha Mama orthe road. You’ have to speed upagain or the fight back home.
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Molokai
“Rustic charm meets tropical paradise on Molokai. And the people here are some of the warmest, mostcolorful friends I’ve ever met traveling. This may not be the Hawaiian island for everyone — but it was denitely the one for me.”
 
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Start Reaxn on Canouan
The Moorings cruise o the Grena-dines departs rom Canouan. Sorst I few to Barbados (you can stayovernight at the Crane, i you ike). Then Itook a erry to Canouan, amous or RafesCanouan and its spa with gass-foor treat-ment rooms set over the water. linger there.
Set Sa or Bequa
Board the Moorings cruise, whereCapt. Simon Goodhead and ancée/rst mate louise Coe take care oeverything. First stop: Bequia, perhaps theGrenadines most sociay vibrant isand.There are enough bars aong the waterront
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Grenadines
“Many travelers do the BVIsailing tour, but I think thisGrenadines route is evenmore memorable, morebeautiful, more true to theold Caribbean we love.”
 
jOHN BRADlEY, CONTRiBUTiNg EDiTOR
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o Port Eizabeth or a proper pub craw; thebusting ruit market is a must-shop — and amust-eat is the obster pizza at Mac’s.
Drn Up Mustque
The saiing cruise continues arthersouth to Mustique and egendaryBasi’s Bar. I’m sti dreaming aboutthe rozen Mustique drinks. But ater, you’nd yourse drawn to Macaroni Beach, witha ong stretch o white sand. It’s wakabe,but you’re better o buying a ride romone o the taxi drivers by the dock. Cimbthe hiside at the south end o the beachor a bird’s-eye view. I you want to spendthe night, Firefy is a great treehouse-styeboutique hote on the more ivey west side.
Eat Up the Tobao Cays
Upon arriva here, there’s a goodchance that Romeo, a boat boy, wishow you the resh obster you’ haveor dinner that night. You can be sure to workup an appetite by snorkeing aong the reeand in the protected sea-turte agoon.
get to Mopon Eary
Here’s the thing about Mopion — it’samost too awesome. Essentiay ahump o pure white sand in the sea, ithas just one permanent thatched umbreathat’s set near its highest point. I you wantMopion to yourse, make sure the captainpans to arrive just ater sunrise. It’s yourony chance. Take it.
Sette nto Unon isand
As you enter Citon Harbor, Janti’sHappy Isand greets you. It ooks ikea foating patio. You shoud stop byor a beer. On Union, ook or some hand-painted signs on the main road poking outo the bushes just past Evergreen Cae. Thisis the entrance I ound to Costeo Paradise,the conederation o bars and art that cu-minates with the hitop Peican Bar and thebest happy-hour view in the Grenadines.
Swm o Mayreau
With a popuation o 300, Mayreaubarey ees inhabited. Cimb to thechurch at the isand’s highest point tosee the wide-open view. Say goodbye to theGrenadines with a swim in Sat Whiste Bay.
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