Search for Hawaiian spinner dolphins in paradise
This bay, called Keone‘o’io in Hawaiian, is the site of Maui’s most recent volcanic activity.
La Perouse Bay Maui, also known as Keone o’io in Hawaiian, is named after the famed French naval officer and explorer, Jean – Francois de Lapérouse. Jean-Francois sailed to the Sandwich Islands, which are now known as the Hawaiian Islands. He was the first European to set foot on Maui in 1786, after which he surveyed and mapped the prominent embayment near the southern cape of Maui.
The bay features multiple smaller coves that rest between rocky areas, which are often covered with tide pools. While the bay is generally protected from strong currents, during storms and heavy surf the water inside the cove is prone to turbulence.
Fishing is prohibited at the reserve as it is a habitat for numerous endangered species, endemic fish, marine mammals, and coastal plants. Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles are also known to frequent this area.
La Perouse is popular with visitors who want to snorkel or participate in snorkeling tours due the influx of Spinner Dolphins that populate the Bay early in the day. If you aren’t a morning person, don’t worry, there is plentiful tropical marine life that make the journey to La Perouse more than worth it. In fact, it’s been said that there is such an abundance of tropical fish living in the coral reefs at La Perouse that it’s like snorkeling in an aquarium!
(Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles)