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Ranked #75 of 377 things to do in Maui
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Owner description: A great snorkeling spot on the southern coast of Maui.
Reviewed 11 August 2014

We didn't do any snorkeling here since the water was rough from hurricane Iselle. But we took a nice long hike out to La Perouse Bay. This is an amazing landscape if you have never seen historic lava fields before. We did the hike in light hiking sandals, I think more sturdy footwear is appropriate, and bring plenty of water. On a sunny day, the lava fields give off a lot of heat. Although there are signs requesting you stay off the historic cultural areas/buildings, you can see them from a few feet away. It must have been something to live along the coast in those days. There are lots of little inlets and pools along the way where you can sit and appreciate the beauty of nature in this area.

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Reviewed 24 July 2014 via mobile

While I was on the island I snorkeled on a lot of different beaches and this was by far the best. Tons of great colorful reef that is absolutely teeming with fish. Saw lots of different fish, coral and a sea turtle. Go early in the morning to beat the crowds and when the water seems to be calmer. Getting in is a little intimidating because of the rocks but if you go to the very end there is a good spot to get in and out of workout getting worked on the rocks.

3  Thank Kcooperr
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

The water was extremely clear and there were so many fish to see. It was a little bit cooler than the water at other places but still comfortable. Though we went out far, most of the great fish were right as you got in. There is one small access point on the far left, to the left of a small rock near the shore as you face the bay, where you can enter on sand (not rock). Leave your shoes nearby for when you come out because the rocks are just a bit uncomfortable on your feet if you go too fast. The lava fields around and the mountain behind are spectacular. We also snorkled Napili on Maui, which was equally great.

4  Thank lindasun
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

This is a great little spot for snorkeling, a little out of the way but worth it. The gear rental guy suggested it when I asked about Ulua beach, and it was worth the extra drive. There is a big parking lot with restrooms (portable, but hey) and a clear path to the snorkeling spot. It's a little difficult in thongs, so maybe wear some sneakers or sturdier sandals. The good snorkeling starts right as you get in the water, and it seemed safe leaving my bag on the rocks. It was a little rough, even in mid-morning, but is usually calm in the earlier hours. As with most of that part of Maui, don't go after noon if you don't like rough water.

3  Thank connielliott
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

We didn't set out to find this place, but what a find when we got here! We were driving south as far as we could and stumbled across the Nature Reserve. There are different areas but most people seem to walk around two. There is the beautiful little bay where people go snorkelling. Waters looks perfect and very calm. There is only a tiny tiny bit of beach. Enough for about 4 people to put towels on! The second are is by the car park, where you can walk to the shore, over the volcanic rock and take a scenic shoreline walk. Be warned...flip flops are not suitable for this walk.
It's a beautiful place to be. You can get some great pictures from this end of the island. I would certainly recommend a few hours in this area.
The only reason I haven't given this 5 is that the time we went it was rather busy. Less crowded, then it would have been perfect!

6  Thank Travellover6128
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