Hawaii 2012 - Day 7: La Pérouse Bay

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The 1790 lava and Mount Haleakala in the background, La Pérouse Bay

Since it is vacation and vacation must be relaxed, and since we were in such a beautiful hotel we decided to take a day vacation from vacation. We made a slow start of the day by attending the tourist excursion presentation of the hotel (with free breakfast) and then made our way to the shopping mall for breakfasts, souvenirs, and things like that. Then it was swimming time in the nice Maui-shaped swimming pool of the hotel. In the end the day was almost over by the time we were ready to head out to a nearby lava site: La Pérouse Bay.

La Pérouse Bay is named after the French explorer Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse.

The attack by the bigger wave, caught on tape!
La Pérouse is known to be the first European to set foot on Maui, and that happened to be in 1786 at the location of the current bay. At that time the lands of the bay were home to the people of the flourishing community of Keone'o'io. Only 4 years later the area was hit by the last volcano eruption in the history of Maui, covering the bay and lands with a thick layer of sharp lava.

Although more than 200 years ago, the lava field still looks fresh. Nature has landscaped it a bit by adding vegetation and below sea level the lava is a great habitat for sea creatures. La Pérouse Bay can be reached with a perfect and paved road. Yet the road has been placed on the list of off limits roads by the rental companies. Completely un-understandable! We respectfully decided to break the rules and go there. 

We made a 3.3-km (2-mile) hike along the shore on the lava. The views were beautiful! Nearby the lava, vegetation, remains of the old village of Keone'o'io and the sea.

The uninhabited neighbor island of Kaho'olawe in the background and the sharp lava teeth in the front. La Pérouse Bay
 Farther away we could also see the north-west peninsula of Maui, the back side of the submerged mini crater of Molokini, the uninhabited nearby island of Kaho'olawe, and as far as Lana'i. All of them (as well as Moloka'i) were once one big island, but as a part of the natural decay of the islands the valleys between the mountain tops have already submerged. 

The waves crashing on the rocks were fascinating. Despite all the warnings that waves sometimes come in unexpectedly and bigger than average I was completely surprised by a bigger wave when I was looking at a mini blowhole.

Lava very close in the front, and clouds far away. Different objects, same shapes. La Pérouse Bay
The huge wave came in, reversed direction and altitude, and hit me right in the face. Refreshing! See the movie in this blog!

We could unfortunately not finish our hike as planned. The sun was about to set. And being on a terrain with sharp lava with holes everywhere is definitively not the place to get stuck in the dark. Driving back to our hotel it was fascinating to see how the sharp nearby lava rocks contrasted against the sun in the same shape as the soft distant clouds.

More pictures below! Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat dat de bijgesloten foto ook vertoond wordt. Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net 

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The 1790 lava and Mount Haleakala …
The 1790 lava and Mount Haleakala…
The attack by the bigger wave, ca…
The uninhabited neighbor island of…
The uninhabited neighbor island o…
Lava very close in the front, and …
Lava very close in the front, and…
The Maui shaped pool at the hotel
The Maui shaped pool at the hotel
The Maui shaped pool at the hotel
The Maui shaped pool at the hotel
The Maui shaped pool at the hotel
The Maui shaped pool at the hotel
One stubborn cloud, La Pérouse Bay
One stubborn cloud, La Pérouse Bay
View from La Pérouse Bay. From le…
View from La Pérouse Bay. From l…
Colorful flora on the dark lava at…
Colorful flora on the dark lava a…
Green life on the dead lava at La …
Green life on the dead lava at La…
View on the uninhabited neighbor i…
View on the uninhabited neighbor …
A sea Turtle at La Pérouse Bay
A sea Turtle at La Pérouse Bay
La Pérouse Bay
La Pérouse Bay
La Pérouse Bay
La Pérouse Bay
La Pérouse Bay
La Pérouse Bay
View on the uninhabited neighbor i…
View on the uninhabited neighbor …
La Pérouse Bay
La Pérouse Bay
La Pérouse Bay
La Pérouse Bay
Our short hike at La Pérouse Bay …
Our short hike at La Pérouse Bay…
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