La Perouse Bay Snorkeling
The MOST popular snorkel dive spot in Maui.
Monday 30 April 2018 06:25 GMT
South of Kihei and Makena in the Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve, there is good snorkeling in La Perouse Bay. The entire region is within lava flows from the 1700's. The lava fields flow right down into the bay.
When snorkeling at Le Perouse, you may encounter a pod of spinner dolphins that frequent the waters here. The bay is a resting place for the dolphins, so make sure not to disturb them.
This a challenging place to snorkel, even when the usually high winds are calm. The best snorkeling is to the north towards the waters off the Ahihi Reserve. Keep in mind that much of the land within the Ahihi Reserve to the north of La Perouse Bay is closed.
To reach La Perouse Bay snorkeling from Wailea-Makena, head south from Wailea along the coast on Makena Road to the very end. There are two dirt parking areas. To reach the snorkeling on Maui by air, you will need to fly into Kahului Airport (OGG) which is located in the middle of the north coast of Maui. It is served by direct flights from the mainland US and also by inter-island flights from several other Hawaiian Islands by regional carriers. When planning a trip to the Hawaiian islands, be aware that the State Of Hawaii has banned all sunscreens that oxybenzone, which has been proven to kill coral reefs.
Note: When snorkeling in the ‘Ahihi-Kina’u Natural Area Reserve, keep in mind that there are seasons where the reef sharks come near shore to birth their pups. This event tends to attract numerous tiger sharks to the area. For example, in 2018, this marine reserve was closed for several weeks during the month of April. It is recommended to call the reserve before heading out.
Overall, La Perouse Bay is the 1st most popular snorkel dive spot of all 21 snorkeling dives in Maui. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby La Perouse Bay including Molokini Crater, Maluaka Beach Park, Kanahena Cove, Five Caves, Keawanaku Beach and Makena Landing Park.