I’ll break my review down into two segments:
I visited in the 90s. Molokai has the distinction of being at the forefront of ecotourism and was featured in mountain biking magazines back then (maybe now too but have not kept up). So I visited the Molokai Ranch, stayed in a Safari style tent with solar power and plumbing and enrolled in their riding and climbing courses. Fantastic experience.
Apparently, the ranch is closed for now but the mountain biking is still all you can eat and absolutely beautiful fun challenging riding. I rented a fully functional mountain bike from Philip, the island’s unmatched source for renting any type of bike ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)). The bikes come with pumps, locks, spare tire, tools, etc. – fully equipped and tuned.
The main beach I frequented was Dixie. This remote bay has a seal population that a pack/pod/? member suns itself daily on the beach. Sara, the most common female to show up, and I were pals in the sunbathing quest. Really unique experience.
I researched the accommodations on Molokai for about a week. I thoroughly read the reviews for each property and each landlord/owner. There was one owner that kept coming up that I thought now here is a person I would like to do business with. But alas, all his properties were booked during my timeframe (basically last minute decision to take a vacation). So I sent emails to various owners, etc. but did not find accommodations. Every morning I would check the listings. Then the list showed a new listing and Richard T. was the owner. Bingo booked the trip.
The condo was very comfortable and had a nice ocean view. The kitchen is fully stocked and I cooked almost every meal there. Richard and his wife Pat have thought of every detail including beach stuff – lawn chairs, beach mats, thermoses and coolers. The laundry facilities work very well. I found that two loads of wash equal 1 load of drying when done in sequence.
Richard Thelander is the most credible, responsive owner/manager you will likely find on BNB. I base this conclusion on his follow-through on every last detail from pre-booking, booking, pre-occupancy, and all during occupancy. Any question that arose during my stay, he addressed and exceeded my expectations. Thank you Richard for all your efforts to make my stay so pleasant and relaxing.