8 coastal cliffs that might cure your fear of heights – or make it worse

A peek over the edge of towering seafront cliffs.

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Cliffs on Molokai's Kalaupapa Peninsula Cliffs on Molokai's Kalaupapa Peninsula (Photo: lauraslens / Shutterstock)

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Molokai's Kalaupapa Cliffs

Molokai is the least developed of Hawaii's islands. This destination, mainly known as the home of a historic leper colony, has the highest sea cliffs on Earth according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The Kalaupapa Cliffs are between 3,600 and 3,900 feet tall. Sitting on the northern tip of Molokai, these impressive formations can be accessed through the Kalaupapa National Historical Park, which also contains parts of the former leper colony. 

Tourists can take a three-mile mule ride from an altitude of about 1,700 feet to the base of the cliffs on the Kalaupapa Peninsula. The site is remote as it cannot be reached by car and can only be toured with an official guide. Nearby Pala'au State Park offers views of the cliffs and the peninsula, and sightseeing flights from Molokai's airport are another way to take in the view. 

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