Known for excellent snorkeling, swimming and hiking, La Perouse Bay is a stunningly beautiful bay on the southwest side of Maui.
You’ve got to see La Perouse Bay!
It’s not only the incredibly blue waters and the possibility of seeing dolphins that makes this a “must see” Maui location, it’s also the drive through the lava field that makes this half-day trip so unique.
La Perouse Bay is also well-known for surfing and paddle boarding, but in the afternoon it is not one of the better places on Maui to view Hawaii’s rich underwater sea life. The swells after 1 p.m. can get quite large and make the water very rough, especially for novice snorkelers and swimmers.
But in the early morning hours, La Perouse is spectacular. Arrive before 5 a.m. and there’s a chance you might see Spinner Dolphins resting in the calm, clear bay. It one of the very few places on Maui where you might experience the Spinner Dolphins up-close-and-personal.
La Perouse Bay Suggestions:
- Please observe the signs designating private property and protection for the Spinner Dolphins.
- Arrive early! If you get there in the dark, you might see dolphins resting in the bay to your right as you face the ocean.
- Be respectful! Part of this National Park is historic and spiritual land for the native Hawaiians. Also drive slow!
- There is no lifeguard and there are portable toilets for your convenience. Take water and snacks.
- Be careful getting into the water. The lava rock can be quite sharp and can cut your feet.
La Perouse Directions. Drive south through the town of Kihei on either South Kihei Road or Hwy. 31 (the upper road that bypasses the traffic and lights on South Kihei Road). At the Shops of Wailea intersection, continue south on Wailea Alanui Road past the large resorts like The Grand Wailea and Four Seasons.
Keep going past Makena State Park and Big Beach, and you’ll soon find yourself in a large lava field. Enjoy This Experience!
As you approach La Perouse Bay, the road will narrow and then you’ll encounter a rockier section of roadway. Keep going, take a right turn when you come to it, and you’ll see a small parking lot fronting La Perouse Bay (see pictures below).
Aloha – Enjoy Maui!
Beaches. Maui has some of the best beaches in the world. Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay on the west side of the island are popular snorkel locations, and everyone loves Baby Beach in Lahaina. Honolua Bay is also awesome for snorkeling, and Slaughterhouse Beach nearby is a tourist favorite. Don’t forget to try D.T. Fleming Beach Park.
Top 10 Lists. Take a look at my Top 10 Activities on Maui, and my Top 10 Restaurants. There’s also my Top 10 Attractions while visiting Maui and, of course, my Top 7 Shopping places and Top 5 Luau experiences.
Eating & Drinking. Oh, yea. You’ve also got to eat and drink while visiting Maui. Well, for breakfast The Gazebo in Napili is a “must-do tradition,” along with the Kihei Café. For pizza, try Prison Street Pizza in Lahaina or Dollie’s Pub & Café in Napili.
In the upcountry town of Makawao are two good places to eat – Casanova Italian Restaurant and Makawao Steak House. Stop at this “Hawaiian cowboy” town on your way down from a sunrise visit at Haleakala Crater.
Ever been in a rainforest? Check-out the Honolua Bay Rainforest! Out in Paia is a famous restaurant – Charley’s – so make sure you stop there for breakfast on your way to Hana, or for dinner on your way back. Check-out the various places to stay in Hana!
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Take this path on an incredible hike at La Perouse!