Today we decided to head down to La Perouse Bay. It’s about a 15-20 minute drive from Kihei, and it is absolutely beautiful. It is surrounded by a black, crusty lava field that is leftover from Mount Haleakala’s last eruption in 1790. Mount Haleakala is Maui’s volcano that you can see from pretty much everywhere on the island.
It was very bright and sunny day today, but quite windy. Seems like its been crazy windy here for the last fews days. Not just breezy, but door rattling windy. Thank goodness it’s warm!
The sand and small beaches at La Perouse Bay are gorgeous. There is a mix of white and black sand. We walked a long the lava trail and spotted some sea turtles.
We didn’t walk for long, just long enough to get a good look around. You can hike for quite awhile down the path if that’s your thing. It originally went the whole way around the island. I’m not sure if it still goes the whole way, but apparently that’s what it was built for.
La Perouse Bay is inside Ahihi Kina’u Natural Area Reserve so everything is protected. There is no fishing allowed, and it can be a great place to spot dolphins. Apparently if you go there in the wee hours of the morning as the sun is rising, you can swim with the dolphins (as long as you don’t touch them as they are protected – in fact I think you have to stay 100 feet away from them unless they approach you). There are lots of great snorkel spots along the rocky beaches as well.
Whoa! That was a lot of pictures. I can’t help it, I am a picture fanatic. That was only 1/10th of the pictues I actually took. Thank goodness for digital!
What did you do today? Have you ever been snorkeling or to a lava field?