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Black Rock

Kaanapali Beach (West Maui), Lahaina HI 96761
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  • Black RockPro 2014
    Ryan Windsor (Reserve123)
    5 Jul 02, 2014

    Black Rock is a fantastic snorkeling destination. There is also a great place to enjoy some cliff diving, which is generally very safe. Sea turtles are almost always guaranteed when snorkeling, and there are some nearby amenities (bathrooms, shops, restaurants) at the hotels nearby.

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    Bob W
    4 May 15, 2014

    Looking for snorkeling with easy beach access and a popular spot...this is it. The water is deep along the black rock cliff which makes it easy to swim and enjoy the marine life. For those that don't like snorkeling, Ka'anapali Beach is a great place to hang out while your other family members are in the water.

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    Trevor A
    5 May 10, 2014

    Black Rock extends about a quarter mile into the Pacific Ocean from Kaanapali Beach, and the Sheraton Hotel is built partially on the rock itself. This site offers some of the best snorkeling in the world with an easy entry walk in from the beach. I've seen turtles numerous times and there are plenty of tropical fish. People will be jumping and diving from a spot about 25 feet up on the rock into the ocean all day and there is a torch lighting ceremony at sunset. It's an idyllic place to spend the day.

    There is a small public access parking lot on the Sheraton property but I've never been lucky enough to get a spot. Parking is available at Whaler's Village and it's a pretty walk North along Kaanapali Beach to Black Rock. The shops and restaurants in Whaler's Village validate parking.

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  • Black RockPro 2014
    Travis Katz
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    4 Apr 10, 2014

    Really nice soft sand beach in front of the Sheraton Hotel, which is also one of the best snorkeling spots in Maui. Tons of people in the water, mind you, but for a reason. Lots of sea turtles, rays, and other cool things. If you are brave, you can also do cliff jumping from the top of the rocks.

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    Kat Von B (Travelinggreek)
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    4 Oct 25, 2013

    A beautiful area at the end of Kaanapali Beach.
    Right next to the Sheraton Maui is where Black Rock is located.There is entertainment and diving but *be warned* tons of tourists.

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    Sara Benson
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    4 Oct 20, 2013

    You've got to be a strong swimmer willing to brave the currents to get out to the snorkeling spot at the very top of Black Rock, off Kaanapali's resort beach. Otherwise, the best reason to come up here is around sunset to see the touristy, but still photogenic torch-lighting and cliff-diving ceremony sponsored by the Sheraton. It's hokey, admittedly. But if you've got a mai tai in your hand and you're watching the show, it feels like a very Brady Bunch Hawaiian vacation moment.

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    Doug Patteson
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    4 Sep 24, 2013

    Beautiful soft sandy beach, 3 miles long. Gentle access to the water, easy wading. Nice snorkeling along the lava ledge that juts out towards Molokai. Good chance at seeing turtles and eagle rays, in addition to the tropical reef fish. If you are brave, take the 25 ft leap from the top of the lava ledge into the crystalline blue waters below. Beware though, the climb out is dicey.

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    Connie Pistilli
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    5 Sep 09, 2013

    Great beach for catching some rays, snorkeling and the best part - cliff diving! For a thrill, climb up Black Rock if you dare (well, it's scary climbing up and standing on the edge of the 30+ ft rock, but so fun jumping off) and make a big splash into the ocean. Park at Whaler's Village and get 3 hours free with validation at participating shops/restaurants.

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    Patricia B
    5 Sep 07, 2013

    Rent snorkel gear and swim out around Black Rock. You'll see giant sea turtles and all sorts of tropical fish.

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    Judith P
    5 Jun 21, 2013

    A half-way point on the Boardwalk, where you can stop for a nice drink or snack before heading on down to Whaler's Village or on your way back to the Mahana. They have a very nice sunset ceremony which can be seen from their ocean view bar.

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    Richard P
    4 Jun 04, 2013

    Located off the Sheraton Hotel in Kaanapali. Bring your snorkel gear to see fish and hopefully a "Honu" sea turtle. If you choose to climb up to jump off the ledge, water shoes are recommended to help you with the irregular lava rock.

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    Kimberly L B
    5 Jun 04, 2013

    BEAUTIFUL BEACH, GREAT SNORKELING AND WATER ACTIVITIES. WATCH THE CURRENT THERE, ITS STRONG AT TIMES AND COULD BE CHALLENGING TO GET BACK IN.

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    Jack G
    3 May 08, 2013

    This is a nice place to snorkel, especially if you are staying on Kaanapali Beach. If you are a good snorkeler go around the back side where the water is deeper, there is a good chance to see turtles and larger fish.

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    Tom B
    5 Apr 27, 2013

    One of the best places to snorkle on Maui is just a short walk away. Try the north side of Black Rock which is less crowded, but at sunset, watch the torch lighting on the south side of Black Rock.

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  • Black RockCommunity ManagerPro 2014
    Yen Phan
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    5 Apr 04, 2013

    Got to have a leap of faith! And some swimming skills to go with! Black Rock is a great beach to snorkel, swim, dive, jump of a cliff, and lounge around.

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    Sophia Aduana
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    5 Jan 18, 2013

    Located on Kaanapali Beach, Black Rock has so much evolving around it from sunrise to sunset. The snorkeling around it is superb. People are constantly jumping into the ocean from the top of the rock - including one person who ceremoniously lights a torch during the ever-so-famous Kaanapali sunset beforehand.

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    Joanna Sun
    4 Sep 16, 2012

    Fun beach! The water is clear and calm, there's snorkeling and kids jumping off the black rock cliff. It's close to resorts so it's semi crowded.

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    Ben
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Black Rock is by far home to the largest and most diverse collection of tropical sea-life that I have had the pleasure to have swam with. Seriously, there are dozens and dozens of different kinds of fish to be seen here, in addition to plenty of sea turtles. The time I spent in the water here was just about the most fun I have ever had in the ocean, which is saying a lot considering my experiences on Oahu, the Big Island, and even California and Washington state. If you have a chance to check it out for yourself, don't hesitate to take it!

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    Jenny Rowe
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Best snorkeling I've ever experienced. We swam in from the beach outside of the Royal Lahaina resort. The water was so clear we could see the bottom no matter how far away the ocean floor. As soon as we got close to Black rock we saw a ton of tropical fish in all colors, shapes and sizes. We also saw a reef shark and several giant turtles!! Be careful here, the tide can make your swim a bit challenging but the experience is more than worth the hard work! I already want to go back!

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    Lorraine S
    5 Apr 12, 2014

    Use caution in the water.

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4.5 out of 5
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Black Rock, located near West Maui's Sheraton resort hotel, is one of the best places in Hawaii to enjoy snorkeling. The sea floor off the beach here is very sandy, making for few waves, and not much to see besides sand and crabs. However, Black Rock, which is an exposed rock cliff face, provides a coral covered haven for sea life that is home to a huge number of tropical fish and sea turtles. Sea ... read more
creatures congregate at Black Rock in a dazzling display of color and variety. There's a bit of a current, especially if you are trying to swim north around the formation, but as long as you have some fins you should be just fine. The underwater environment here is the exact kind of place most visitors to Hawaii expect a tropical underwater scene to look like, and should not be missed while on Maui.

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