Lava Fields at La Perouse Bay
There are numerous stunningly distinct and unforgettable landscape features that set Hawaii apart from most other places in the world, and the lava found in abundance on the islands are one of the most interesting. The lava fields at La Perouse Bay in south Maui create a ruggedly beautiful and unique scene of brilliant texture and color contrasts that is a must-see while on the island.
AT A GLANCE:
The road to the lava fields will transport visitors from the luxurious, tropically picturesque resort area of Wailea to an entirely different world of dark, jagged rock stretching as far as the eye can see, with the occasional cluster of wild goats moving nimbly through it.
There are a few pull-offs along the road around Big Beach, but as you get closer to La Perouse Bay there is a two mile stretch through the lava fields with no parking permitted This section is currently closed, and visitors are not permitted to enter the lava in this area so can see it only from their vehicle. The road gets narrow and curvy, so drive slowly and use caution before going around curves in case of oncoming traffic.
La Perouse Bay has spacious dirt parking areas, and visitors can explore the lava-lined water's edge or hike through the lava trails along the coast. With expansive views of the mountains beyond the lava fields, as well as the crystal-clear ocean, the area offers many opportunities for photography, hiking, snorkeling, and more. The bay is as far south as it is possible to go by car on the west side of Maui.
5:30am - 7:30pm
End of Makena Rd, Ahihi Kinau Natural Area Reserve, Wailea-Makena, HI 96753
From Lahaina/Kaanapali, turn right onto Honoapiilani Hwy/HI 30. Turn right onto N Kihei Rd, and follow it for 3.5 miles. Turn right onto HI-31/Piilani Hwy and follow it beyond Kihei to Wailea. Turn left onto Kalai Waa St, right onto Kaukahi St, and then left onto Makena Alanui. Makena Alanui will become Makena Rd. Follow it until it dead ends at La Perouse Bay.