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Black Rock

Ka'anapali, Maui, HI, Maui, HI
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Ranked #71 of 234 Attractions in Maui
Type: Beaches
Activities: Snorkeling, Swimming
Description: Close to most resorts on Kaanapali Beach, this snorkeling area can get crowded.
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Park Ridge, Illinois
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Could spend hours swimming with the sea turtles and enjoying the crystal clear water. Can get crowded later in the day, but never overwelming. Kaheli Beach on the other side is less crowded and a nice way to escape the crowds.

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Tustin, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

My 12 year old son was so excited to jump off Black Rock. There are so many locals who can guide you on where to climb up and jump off safely. Do not attempt to reach it by shore because you will have to climb over sharp lava rocks. It is much easier to swim out to the peak and... More

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New York, New York, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We walked to the is place from our hotel as we were told it is one of the better snorkeling places in Maui. They turned out to be correct. It was great, we saw lots of different fish as well as a turtle. Some others also saw a sting ray. Just be careful on the swim back to shore as... More

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Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
13 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Spent three hours today at Black Rock and Ka'anapali Beach. Overall, it was a good experience. We got there about 10 AM and beach was mostly open to pick a spot. Great long beach to soak in. The water was somewhat murky, but cleared up at the point. Three tips: 1) if driving, there are 8-10 FREE parking spots in... More

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Springfield, Illinois
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It was great free snorkeling! Many beautiful colorful fish, many I hadn't seen before. It was also fun to watch the tourists jumping off of black rock into the ocean.

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South Australia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I'm biased because we stayed at the sheraton, which made access easy and we could pick our times to visit when it wasn't overly busy (although it's fair popular throughout the day). Beach was beautiful, sandy and clean. Not much natural shade but you can rent a cabana for the day. The beach conditions were always great when we went.... More

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Marin County, California
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97 reviews 97 reviews
36 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

My two sons (12 and 10) swam out, managed the climb to the top and made the picturesque plunge! It was a bit of a challenge for my 10 year old, but he managed it pretty well. It is a great experience and not too crowded when we went.

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portland, or
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95 reviews 95 reviews
53 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I know it gets all the hype, but honestly it is not nearly on par with other snorkle sites on the island. The coral is below average, fish are good. One the plus side there is often a turtle there, but not unique to that site as well. The big thing is that it can be very crowded with lots... More

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Longview, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Black Rock is a great place to snorkle. AND FREE! If you are money-wise, save your bucks and take your family here! Be sure to snorkle early am before Noon as the tide changes and if the wind kicks up the current can get pretty rough for non strong swimmers. Lots of Turtles to see! If you wind around the... More

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Thousand Oaks, CA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This was our first trip to Maui as a family. Our kids are 10 and 12. This was everyone's first experience in snorkeling. What a great time. Rather than renting equipment from the numerous dive shops... we bit the bullet and bought less expensive gear from Walmart of all places. Worth every penny! (We kept the snorkel gear handy in... More

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