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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 89%Family Travelers
- 82%Adventure Travelers
- 68%Budget Travelers
- 63%Local Culture
- 55%Spiritual Seekers
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- Black RockJul 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.
- Black RockMay 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.Recommended for:
- Black RockMay 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.Recommended for:
- Black RockMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersFamily Travelers+ 4Apr 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.Recommended for:
- Black RockMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersFoodies+ 3Oct 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.Recommended for:
- Black RockMember ofWellnessGreen TravelersStudentsAdventure TravelersOct 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.Recommended for:
- Black RockMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 2Sep 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.
- Black RockMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Sep 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.Recommended for:
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- Black RockAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Jan 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.
- Black RockJul 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!
- Black RockJul 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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