Maui is more than a slice of paradise; it is a natural wonderland with boundless natural beauty. If you’re visiting the island, you need to add Makaluapuna Point, also known as Dragon’s Teeth, to your itinerary. This natural attraction has a fascinating history and a very cool look. Bring your cameras; you will undoubtedly want to snap some photos at this landmark.
Before you embark on your journey to Makaluapuna Point, you should know what makes this place so special. Parrish Maui has you covered; we are happy to lend you our expertise as you plan your Maui vacation. Today, we focus on covering Makaluapuna Point.
What is Makaluapuna Point?
Makaluapuna Point is a natural attraction near the Kapalua Coastal Trail and the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. It resembles a dragon’s teeth, hence the nickname. It was formed when lava from the West Maui Volcano flowed into the ocean. The lava was pushed back by powerful waves and wind. The end result of the tug of war between the ocean and lava flow was a hardened lava formation that resembles teeth or fins, a stunning and unique landmark.
You can walk on Makaluapuna Point, getting up close and personal with the dragon’s teeth. Makaluapuna Point is an excellent place for photos. You can keep traveling out to the point to reach the Kapalua Labyrinth, a spiral rock labyrinth. Sometimes at the center of the labyrinth is a treasure; if you take it, be sure to replace it with a new prize for the next person who stumbled upon it. Keep in mind the terrain is quite rocky, so you will want to wear appropriate footwear; we do not recommend wearing sandals.
Getting to Makaluapuna Point
You can reach Makaluapuna Point by heading toward the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. Follow Lower Honoapiilani Rd., where there is a small parking lot. From the lot, proceed to the trailhead. Makaluapuna Point is only a short walk away. As you walk towards Dragon’s Teeth, keep an eye on the ocean, sea turtles frequent the area year-round, and in the winter, you might be treated to the sight of whales.
Attractions near Dragon’s Teeth
After you get your fill of Makaluapuna Point, there is a lot to do nearby. The Kapalua Coastal Trail is one highlight if you are up for some more hiking. Kapalua Coastal Trail is a 1.75-mile out-and-back trail that will take you along the coast and give you access to some of the area’s finest beaches. One of those beaches is D.T. Fleming Beach Park, one of the most exquisite beaches on Maui.
Find the Perfect Vacation Rental for Your Maui Adventure
You can stay near Makaluapuna Point and all of the great attractions in Kapalua when you book one of Parrish Maui’s vacation rentals. Our accommodations on Maui include beachfront and luxury rentals that will serve as the perfect home base for your vacation. Please book your rental online or call 877-854-9070 for more information.