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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 Piʻilani and later improved by Governor Hoapili, sometimes called the Hoapili trail.
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  • We drove to the end of the road and followed a trail for a few miles heading south along the coast. Most of the trail was over lava rock. Good shoes are recommended. There are several coves where snor...  more »
  • Road getting there was a bit rough at the end but driving through the lava fields was spectacular. Park your car at the end of road. There are ports potties there also. Be careful when you walk as the...  more »
  • A swim to Laperouse bay. To get there you drive along the Makena road, a road through the lava cooled! Very quaint! Even the Bay and beautiful, with possibility of trails and snorkel. There are no facilities nearby, only private villas ... so bring everything from home. limited parking available. Usually not very crowded
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  • Get away from the resorts and the crowd and enjoy a morning / day snorkeling and getting some sun there! The road to get there is also really impressive with all the lava around
  • Great place to see sunsets, and create great pictures
  • View that came from heaven

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