We borrow bicycles from our hotel and start down the road, initially passing through the lush tropical foliage of Wailea, heading to the end of the road in La Perouse Bay, 7 miles (11 km) away.
As we leave Wailea and enter Makena, the land becomes more dry and arid, with beaches on one side of the road and dry forests on the other.
Road through Makena
Soon, we're riding along the Pacific, along rocky beaches and along sandy beaches.
Road along the Pacific
Beaches along the way
This area is the Ahihi-Kina'u Natural Area Reserve, maintained to allow turtles, seals, dolphins, and other native species to live wild without human disturbance.
Natural Area Reserve
Past the reserve, we enter an area of volcanic lava fields, stretching out on both sides of the road, dark, dry, and desolate.
At the end of the road, we park our bikes and walk out to La Perouse Bay, beyond which is the closed-to-the-public part of the Natural Area Reserve. We are able to hike a bit through the lava fields to sandy beaches and regret not bringing our swimming wear.
La Perouse Bay
Path through the lava fields
Leading to small beaches
Along the way, we spot people snorkeling and spear fishing in the waters of the bay.
Enjoying time under water
Soon, we're back on our bikes, riding along the water back toward Wailea. But, along the way is a treat, as we stop at the Jazzy's Kitchen food truck, between Big Beach and Little Beach in Makena, for what are claimed to be the best fish tacos on Maui. We share Mahi Mahi tacos and shrimp tacos, resting the containers on our bicycle seats as we eat.
Back along the water
Fish/shrimp tacos for lunch
Soon, we're back at the Grand Wailea, where a passing storm makes for a spectacular sunset.