Black Rock Beach
Black Rock Beach
4.5
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On Kaanapali Beach’s northern end, you'll find this outcropping of black lava rock that's fantastic for cliff-diving and snorkeling. From Black Rock, or Pu’u Kekaa in Hawaiian, you'll see experienced cliff divers making unbelievable 30-foot jumps into the cool waters. A highlight here is the daily cliff diving ceremony, where divers light torches along the cliff at sunset, before jumping off Black Rock. If you're not an adrenaline junkie, the clear waters and visibility make it a great spot for snorkeling and spotting tropical fish around the corals. You might even spot an elusive green sea turtle if you're lucky. – Tripadvisor
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Jeff C
Sioux Falls, SD6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We visited Black Rock Beach on our last full day in Maui. We arrived about 9:00 AM and parked in the free parking area. We walked to the beach and set up our beach chairs and mats. The snorkeling along Black Rock was fantastic. The water was clear and we saw Lots of colorful fish and 4 turtles. The wind was down so the waves were minimal. We enjoyed a nice long walk along the beach after snorkeling.
Written 23 March 2024
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Judi G
13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Great snorkel beach with easy access and protection from waves. Saw turtles as well as fish. I did like Airport Beach better though for the variety of fish and a bigger area to explore. Easy to park near golf course near beach access sign and walk to beach.
Written 1 December 2023
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Blue sky1
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We went to black rock not expecting to see turtles but we saw 5 turtles together swimming next to the rocks! I was in turtle heaven - haven’t seen this many turtles all in one place. They were definitely friendly. We went there in the afternoon around 4pm. I would agree with the others that there isn’t much by way of fish but if you’re lucky you may be able to see some turtles.
Written 8 April 2023
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Cathy M
Winston Salem, NC36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
I really enjoyed snorkeling here. Be sure to swim around the Black Rocks to the cove (on the right). The snorkeling is better over there. More fish and greater variety than the paid snorkeling trip to Molokini Crater....but still not as much sealife as I expected.
Written 20 March 2023
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loomis50
Grand Rapids, MI50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
This was our 2nd time here. Went over spring break last time. Went over Christmas break this time. It was too busy to peacefully enjoy the snorkeling experience.

There are no restrooms or even showers. $12 to park in very cramped parking spaces at the Sheraton for a couple of hours.

We did see one sea turtle, and a few fish, but my guess is that there was too much activity for wildlife to want to hang around there.
Written 8 January 2023
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Barb Z
Barrie, Canada85 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Had an appetizer at a nearby hotel, and the view of the torch lighting and nightly diving was visable.
Written 16 December 2022
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Jthielmann3
Chicago, IL56 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
I was hoping it would have been better. Parking is scarce! The beach was ok. There are much better beaches on the island. I’m a snorkeler and was not impressed by the waters around black rock and at the beach in general. It’s extremely obvious that lots of novice people go there to snorkel. The coral is all but dead and there is algae all over it. I assume most people do not use eco friendly sun screen and it’s killing the coral.

The waves are pretty rough there as well. The waves can be rough in many areas but at black rock, it seemed worse then other areas. No yellow or red flags that day so I assume that day was normal.

There are plenty of other areas to go that are much better. That whole area is inundated with hotels and the area and waters are taking a brunt of it.
Written 14 December 2022
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GaryFleishman
Los Angeles, CA189 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
It is beautiful and we like to watch the cliff divers and the night lighting of the torches, but that is about all. A nice Bar is right near the viewing area.
Written 3 December 2022
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Deb W
Reno, NV2,462 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Nice place to snorkel if you are staying in the area. Easy in and out. Lots of good fish and clear water. I also got to swim with a turtle.
Written 30 November 2022
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JennM1420
Mount Vernon, WA70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Although I did swim here 7 years ago (turtles!) and found it great, this time we just relaxed on the beach and watched the sunset. There are blue adorondak chairs you can sit on by the beach bar at the Sheraton. It's very nice at night. We watched the sunset and then had a drink in the bar. We're older so there was no cliff jumping etc.... but it can and is done here. Enjoy!
Written 26 October 2022
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