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La Perouse Bay, Maui

Categories: Beaches, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.7/5 based on 95 reviews on the web
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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  • Maui has become pretty civilized. The days of driving on the beach are over. If you're the hardy type put on your hiking shoes and visit La Peruse Bay. No, you can't wander around like you once could....  read more »
  • The scenery starts with the narrow windy road that offers very nice views on the Haleakala slopes. Some nice homes all along the road as well. Before reaching La Perouse Bay, you pass a fantastic snor...  read more »
  • This beach is at the end of the road, and is very nice to visit. On the way, you pass by in a lava field, it looks like you're on another planet. The La Perouse Bay itself is full of stones, cool colors and contrasts volcanic. Depending on the season you visit, you can see dolphins rotatores. Take water, and go with sneakers or some appropriate footwear, because the volcanic stones can cut your foot. Havaianas Sandals (ha!) are not a good idea on this beach. And finally, if you have a rental car, be careful. There are some companies that put this beach off limits you can drive. So, if something happens, the insurance does not cover.
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  • 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...
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