Friday, December 11, 2020

Biking to La Perouse Bay

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.

Wailea landscape

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.

Lava fields

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

Jazzy's truck

Fish/shrimp tacos for lunch

Soon, we're back at the Grand Wailea, where a passing storm makes for a spectacular sunset.

Winding down another day

And, a note on biking attire in these times.

Let's ride1

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