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La Perouse Bay, Maui

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La Perouse Bay or Keoneʻoʻio Bay is located south of the town of Wailea, Hawaii at the end of Makena Alanui Road (State Highway 31) at. The bay's Hawaiian name is Keoneoio. It was later named for the French explorer Captain Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse. In 1786, La Pérouse surveyed and mapped the prominent embayment near the southern cape of Maui opposite the island of Kahoolawe. The bay is the site of Maui's most recent volcanic activity. The rounded peninsula that dominates the northern half of the bay and extends up the coast a short distance was formed about 900,000 years ago by an eruption of basaltic lava that originated in the southernmost landward expression of the Haleakalā Southwest Rift Zone. A small string of cinder cones extending inland to the northeast marks the axis of the rift zone.La Perouse Bay lies directly south of the Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve. Fishing is prohibited within the reserve, which is home to many endemic and other fish species, marine mammals, green sea turtles, and coastal plants. The area contains many archaeological sites, including fishing shrines, salt pans, and heiau, or religious platforms. The road ends at the parking lot/entrance to the seashore and marks the start of the King's Highway, a trail that circumnavigated the island, originally built by Pi'ilani and later improved by Governor Hoapili, sometimes called the Hoapili trail.
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  • Very nice! We walked a little until the first big Beach thing and did sknorkel. Really preciosio. If you go early, 7 am, you can see dolphins. We did not see them, listen to it, what if we saw a manta ray giant! It was exciting
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  • Take South Kihei Road as far as you can. At the very end you will go through about 1 mile of rough road through a lava field and at the other end is a small "parking lot" at La Perouse Bay. If you are...  more »
  • Lava rock bay. Clear, calm snorkeling. Wear water shoes and take flippers so you can get out there far. Bring chairs if you don't want to sit on rocks (although it's fine and there are places to sit o...  more »
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  • Beautiful spot at the end of the road. .
  • This is worth the drive to see. Very rugged views and land out here and it can get hot. Bring water with you.
  • Looking for dolphins in the early morn!
  • beautiful,end if the road♥
  • Incredible, turtles everywhere...