La Perouse Bay
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La Perouse Bay is the southern most area accessible by car. The trip there takes you through a lava field which gives you the sense of being on a different planet. There is plenty to explore as trails lead you down the coast line through lava and to the shore. Lots of lava and very little sand make up the coastline. Snorkeling is great here for more advanced swimmers. The best spot is north in the lagoon which is cut off by private property (the only property in Maui with it's own beach). This is worth the trip just for the scenery and hiking.
- Directions (from Kihei)
Head south on Piilani Hwy. Turn Right onto Wailea Ike Rd.. (Piilani Hwy Dead ends here). Turn left at Wailea Alanui (1 mile). Continue Makena Alanui for 2.6 miles. Slight left onto Makena Rd. Head south for about 5 miles until road dead ends.
After the lava field you will come to a small parking lot turn right for a larger lot closer to the bay. This is a dirt and rock parking lot wear your sneakers. It is private property to the right of the barrier. You may see people tanning there, but the ranger will be by soon to kick them out.
- Rest Rooms
There are 2 portable toilets in the parking lot.
This is a protected resting spot for dolphins.