Last Saturday, Meg took Tony and me (and Jack the Yorkie) on a sunset walk through the La Perouse lava flow to watch the sunset from a natural infinity pool. It was the only sunset we were on the beach for during our week in Maui. We were so busy having other adventures each day – or recovering from them with much-needed food – that we just skipped all the over-water sunsets.
We got to La Perouse Bay at about 5:30pm – a little over half an hour before dusk. I snapped pictures of the lava flow, one of the most recent on the island at about 600-800 years old, before continuing along the beach. I use the term “beach” lightly here, because there’s little sand. But the turquoise water crashing into the red-black lava piles is stunning nonetheless. Also, I took entirely too many pictures of the feral goats that miraculously eke out a living in the rocky desolation.
The trek to the pool, of which I gather there are a few, covered very uneven ground. The trail was generally pretty wide, though, and there were no significant climbs or descents, so Meg felt comfortable with us hiking back in the dark. Good thing, too, since we came to the pool about ten minutes past the official sunset time.
We marveled at the isolation and the stillness of our surroundings, protected in the cove by walls of thick lava. As night descended, we munched on snacks we packed in, and then headed back over the lava flow to Meg’s car via flashlights. A hike, a sunset, an infinity pool (which would have been more “infinite” had the swell been larger, alas). Satisfactory 🙂