La Perouse Bay


About La Perouse Bay


Located on Mauis south coast is the beautiful and very different looking La Perouse Bay. Most of the area is covered in rough, sharp lava rocks because this is one of Mauis most recently active volcanic spots (last erupted in 1788). There are several small coves that make up the bay, each separated by lava rock outcroppings. Some of the coves have small sandy beaches, but for the most part they are made of small broken down coral. La Perouse Bay is a good spot to swim and snorkel, but only for experienced swimmers and snorkelers because the currents and wind can cause turbulent conditions in the bay. Also keep in mind, there are no lifeguards on duty.

La Perouse Bay is located on the south side of Mt. Haleakala. Just across the ocean is the Hawaiian Island Kaho’olawe. You’ll find La Perouse Bay at the end of Makena Road, southeast of Pilani Highway (Hwy 31), which connects to the Hana Highway near Hana Town.


Jean-Franois de Galoup, Comte de La Prouse, a French explorer, is where the bay got its name. He was the first European to set foot on Maui in 1786.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Maui
  • Amenities: None. No lifeguards, No Bathrooms, No facilities of any kind.
  • Insider Tip: Wear some good shoes if you plan to visit this area; the lava rocks are extremely sharp and will cut your feet up very badly if youre not careful.
  • Fun Fact: Where the road ends, the Kings Highway begins. A trail that was made to circumnavigate the island by Piilani, and later improved by Governor Hoapili.
  • What to Expect: Lots of sharp, jagged lava rock. Expect big waves crashing against the rocks during the seasonal swells. There are Heiaus dedicated to a variety of activities such as fishing. Until July of 2012 a large portion of the nature reserve is closed to the publi