This secluded Marine Preserve about 7 miles south of Wailea spans from La Perouse Bay to Ahihi Bay and includes great snorkeling and scuba diving areas featuring some of Maui’s clearest blue waters. The rocky shoreline gives way to underwater coral and lava formations that make for interesting exploring. No fishing is allowed, and you are not allowed to take any coral or other items from the area.
La Perouse Bay was created in 1790 by Haleakala Volcano when the lava flows formed the Cape Kinau Peninsula and changed the shape of Maui’s seacoast. La Perouse Bay was named in honor of a 1786 visit by the French admiral Jean Francois de La Perouse who, for King Louis XVI, commanded two 500-ton armed frigates, the Astrolabe and the Boussole. Perouse landed at the bay, then known by the Hawaiian name Kalepolepo, and exchanged gifts with the Hawaiians.
No. There is no lifeguard and no facilities in this area so remember to always use extreme caution in and around the ocean and never go in the water during times of high surf or rough water.
Need To Know
Limited roadside parking allows access to the beach. Water shoes are recommended due to the rocky seafloor. While this is an excellent snorkeling beach area it is not so good for swimming due to the lack of sand. The winds can get strong in the afternoon here so it is best to come early.
Ahihi-Kinau Marine Preserve is located at the end of Makena Alanui Road in south Maui. Ahihi Bay is located about 1.5 miles south of the Maui Prince Hotel, and then another 2 miles south is La Perouse Bay.