Keoneʻōʻio Bay is located south of the town of Wailea, Hawaii at the end of Mākena Alanui Road (State Highway 31) at 20°35′54″N 156°25′12″W. The bay's Hawaiian name is Keoneʻōʻio.Using our international travel planner, Makena attractions like La Perouse Bay can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
It was not later named for the French explorer Captain Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse. But has been referred to the French explorer. In 1786, La Pérouse surveyed and mapped the prominent embayment near the southern cape of Maui opposite the island of Kahoʻolawe. The bay is the site of Maui's most recent volcanic activity, about 500 years ago. 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.
Keoneʻōʻio 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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La Perouse Bay reviews
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.... more
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.... more »
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...
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... more »
Stunning coastline and vistas. Bring water, wear sunblock and a hat and try to go on a cloudy day or early morning. Parking is interesting but there’s plenty.
Parking can be difficult and the snorkeling entry is somewhat treacherous... but the views and hike/walk are absolutely spectacular. Dont forget the water and SUNSCREEN!
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