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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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  • The road gets worse and worse the closer you get. Then it ends in one of the bumpiest parking lots you'll ever encounter. Beautiful scenery - no beach, just lava rocks. However, there is a path to the...  more »
  • We came here early in the morning hoping to see some dolphins, but after going through some reviews here we understood the chances are slim. Regardless, it was a very rewarding trip seeing the huge la...  more »
  • La Perouse Bay has amazing views and beautiful water. A few good snorkeling spots and a great place to sit and watch the dolphins when you can catch them there. Great place to hike and sight see.  more »

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