Lava Fields
Lava Fields
4.5
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Hike through the otherworldly lava fields of Maui on the Hoapili Trail, which takes around four hours to complete. The trail hugs the Maui coastline—starting from La Perouse Bay and ending at the Hanamanioa Point Lighthouse—and passes through lava fields, beaches, and forests. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes as the rocks can be sharp, and bring lots of sunscreen too—there isn’t much shade along the way. Keep your eyes peeled for wild goats, dolphins, and turtles, as well as eels and crabs in the tide pools. If you're not one for walking, air tours of Maui often fly over the lava fields as well. – Tripadvisor
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Steven W
Weehawken, NJ3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Bring lightweight backpacks one for each hiker with lots of water, a cap for the sun because there is little shade, sturdy hiking shoes not sneakers, pack water booties or old tennis shoes for walking in the tide pools. The lava rocks can be as sharp as glass and its difficult to keep your balance as hard as you may try. Pay attention to no-tresspassing signs, you could end up walking into a fenced in ranch with no other egress or worse..... The trails are pretty well worn or marked and you can choose to walk on the stone covered beach or a worn dirt trail. Very cool 2-3 hours trek. Any more than that you will need a LOT of water. Read up on hydration needs under the hot sun.
Written 5 January 2023
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richmT4680DK
Whitinsville, MA23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Cool trail. You can have fun in 30 minutes or do the whole trail and come back in 4 hours. Beautiful beaches, interesting lava fields, and haunted-looking forest checks all the boxes.
The goats are not like the chickens. They are not looking to hang out with you and peck at your toes. You can watch surfers. The goats don’t surf, I mean there are people who surf the big waves here.

On our way back, the trail suddenly disappeared under a rapid whitewater mud river that was definitely not there went we went in. Due to rains up on Haleakala, this was a sudden event. I tested some spots that were above my knee and felt like they would rip me downstream. Even though the river was very wide at approximately 50 feet, we found a spot that was not too deep and crossed holding hands. That worked. If you get caught in a flash flood, just do that. The sun would have set three hours later and the water would not have receded, so waiting around was not an attractive option.

Cool trail.
Written 28 September 2022
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Rachelhb2015
Muscatine, IA45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Really beautiful, but be aware that you have to traverse a narrow/one-lane dirt road for several miles to get there. Not recommended for all rental cars! I could have watched the life teeming in the tide pools here for hours. Nature at its finest!
Written 23 August 2022
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Ethan S
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
This was a very fun place to go. The waves were crashing against the rocks and it was awesome to watch. The road was a little bumpy on the way but I would still recommend this place.
Written 8 July 2022
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Cincy45209
San Diego, CA140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Family
Absolutely spectacular views of lava formation with breathtaking views of ocean. Hike done with kids that was not too strenuous but water and closed toed shoes are a must. Still can’t believe how beautiful nature can be.
Written 1 December 2021
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Novaart
Poulsbo, WA381 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
I had no idea what to expect, except my husband said it would be breath taking. The road leading to the parking area was very small but cars coming and going gave wide berths . There were little areas along the way that were so scenic, small groups of people were fishing and snorkeling in the calmer inlets. We parked our car at the end with all of the other visitors. There is a map and also a porta potty (did not use it but it was good to know that there was one available. The color of the water reminded me of the Mediterranean, we started was liking out on the path-watching of course where we were placing our feet. The first area we came to was mesmerizing , with large bursts of water charging up through the holes in the lava. The waves were incredible and we watched a group of surfers navigating their way through the waves. Part of the walk was quite shady which was nice. We saw many goats s riding around the lava formations. We would have like to have hiked all the way out but it was a bit too long for the heat we were experiencing. We will come back earlier in the day and try again!
Written 24 June 2021
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CarolinaBroncoLady
Asheville, NC67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We drove the road throught the Lava Fields. It is a strange and mezmorizing place. We enjoyed it very much.
Written 13 March 2020
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Ashley A
Brandon, Canada19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
I was so excited for this I could barely contain myself. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but my girlfriend had said, “ when you think you’ve gone too far, or have that feeling like it’s not the right way, keep going!”. It made me laugh when we did the drive out, that she was completely right.
The drive goes through a couple different ‘sections’, some countryside, then residential, then kind like the road to nowhere land.. but then you just keep going and the landscape opens up to a parking lot, from there you can hike the Lava Fields!
Bring a good backpack, good walking/hiking shoes, at least three bottles of water, snacks-good snacks with substance and proteins-, hats and sunscreen to reapply all day. We got lucky because we had cloud cover today we went! But on a regular Maui day, it’s gonna be hot and you are going to need it.
The views are incredible, and if you’re willing to look there is some fun wildlife that’s hiding in plain site. From little hermit crabs, little eel-looking creatures, funny birds and ghost crabs sometimes escape the eye if you’re not looking!
There is so much appreciation for life within the hike, there is only a few green plants that have popped their way to the surface after all this time, and the land changes in different sections. It is well worth the discovery, so take a morning before it gets too hot and see the sites!
Written 4 February 2020
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B. Parks
183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
Remarkable to see the power of GOD visually depicted by the awesome results and power of volcanoes. Eye opening.
Written 24 October 2019
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kelly C
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
I am a lover of geology and even if I wasn't this is one of the most beautiful places I have visited.
Written 14 October 2019
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