La Perouse Bay
La Perouse Bay
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Michele P
United States70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
This was an incredible experience. Coming from the East Coast, this is not a view you see there. The contrast between the black lava rocks and the blue ocean was so beautiful. I advise that you wear comfortable shoes that are waterproof with a thicker sole. The terrain was a little rough but straightforward. We are in our 60s and enjoyed this walk and view. Wear sunscreen and a hat
Written 12 March 2024
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Momar C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Beautiful landscape. Not a hard drive at all. The road is a little bumpy and not well maintained, but it’s not at all to be compared with the road to Hana or anything like that. At all!! It’s a paved road, but just be mindful of the rocks that are on the road. You can maneuver around them. Most can be avoided. The trip is worth it to see this beautiful area. Very peaceful and soothing area.
You won’t be disappointed.
Written 11 December 2023
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irawine
Benicia, CA655 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
My wife and I hiked the trail by La Perouse Bay on Maui. It is essentially an exercise in negotiating a very extensive lava field. While relatively flat, it can be a challenge to deal with all of the loose lava. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the hike and some of the scenery was quite lovely. You are out in the open during most of this hike so prepare accordingly.
Written 21 April 2023
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lgs701
Victoria, Canada48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
I read the reviews of the drive to La Perouse and was quite nervous about doing it until I mentioned that to the clerk at the car rental place. She looked at me quizzically and said that it was a bit bumpy but not a problem. She was correct! The drive there is easy and goes through some lovely neighbourhoods. The road begins to narrow a bit as you get closer and, yes, it does get a bit bumpy but just slow down and all is good. Driving through the lava field is pretty amazing!
The one thing I would recommend is to go fairly early in the morning as parking there is at a premium. Not far from there is a state park beach that is lovely and the parking is not bad.
Written 30 November 2022
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spitzy135
Buffalo, NY884 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
You need to be highly motivated to drive to La Perouse Bay. If you are a tentative driver, this is not for you. You drive through the lava fields on a very bumpy narrow road to get there. It’s supposed to be paved, but it is not in good shape. It was not a fun drive. You need to be careful not to drive on any of the lava debris, which is very sharp and can damage your tires. In some narrow areas it was hard to pass oncoming traffic. We felt committed to driving the road all the way to the Perouse parking area since the road was too narrow to turn around without possibly driving on the lava.

Once we arrived at the parking area we found it to be a real mess. The parking lot is unpaved with piled up rocks, large holes and ruts everywhere. There wasn’t much parking here, and it was very crowded. We decided to turn around and leave, which wasn’t easy. I’d hate to get a flat here, you’re in a very isolated area and it’s pretty hot and windy too.

If you’re not up to this drive, you can still drive to the Ahihi Marine Preserve which is before the lava fields. The road is a little narrow in spots, but very driveable at this point. It is really beautiful here and we enjoyed visiting that area.

We’ve driven all over Maui, including the Road to Hana, the Nakalele Blowhole up north and the southern route to see the sea arch. We really enjoyed those scenic drives. The Perouse Bay drive was nerve-wracking for us. FYI, just want others to be informed of what you’re getting into.
Written 9 November 2022
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Michael B
Bellflower, CA25,137 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
La Perouse Bay or Keoneʻōʻio Bay as it is called by the locals is at the very end of a long and bumpy road that passes through the Ahihi Kinau Reserve. When we reached the end there was a lava block monument to French explorer Captain Jean-François de Galaup who discovered this bay in 1784, a horse corral, and some old Hawaiian archaeological sites.
We parked our car and walked around the shoreline with its rocky beach and blow holes looking for dolphins, we did not see any
This is as far as the road goes, if you wish to continue along the south coast you have to walk, it is also the start of the King's Highway (Hoapili trail), a trail that circumnavigated the island.
As there are no stores here, we brought an ice chest with lots of water and our lunch.

TIP: Wear sensible shoes not flip-flops or sandals if you are going to get out of your car.
As the lava rock is very sharp
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Written 5 October 2022
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Holly A
Whitefish, MT56 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Friends
We knew that this area was for advanced snorkelers and strong swimmers which we are however the snorkeling was a bit murky. Not worth the effort and drive down a bumpy road. We did not see dolphins this time. The entry/exit is a little tricky with hidden sea urchins. Probably better for paddle boarding or just watching dolphins from shore.
Written 11 February 2022
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JHRedSox
Lexington, KY102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Went down around sunset to stargaze. Brought our beach chairs and some pizzas and waited for the stars to come out. Went on a day when the forecast called for clear skies and limited moonlight. There is zero light pollution here. Lo and behold, the Milky Way was visible as soon as it was dark. Was an amazing experience. The teens were in absolute awe.
Written 12 August 2021
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lisakeg
Allentown, PA280 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
At the end of a dirt road is the bay. The is the last stop on the south coast. Blow holes
and rocky beaches. Bring lots of water if you intend to go out to the point and back.
Raw nature away from everything.
Written 29 June 2021
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Susan M
Maui, HI2,304 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Friends
Wonderful place to walk/hike/snorkel/swim in lava rock and kiawe trees.

VERY HOT! Take a lot of water if you intend to spend much time or go very far. A couple years ago I walked/hiked over 4 miles in and it can get rough if it’s sunny with no wind.

Be sure to wear very stable shoes, lots of uneven rocks and if you step on a kiawe thorn it will go through a flip flop like a hot knife through butter. Won’t feel good.

The parking gets full and the lit is very rough but there’s a lot of parking and there is a porta potty.

Be careful of the blow hole, don’t get too close and watch for the wild black goats!
Written 6 January 2021
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