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Black Rock

Ka'anapali, Maui, HI, Maui, HI
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Ranked #73 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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Draper, Utah
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We were lucky enough to stay right off Black Rock so we were able to get out first thing in the morning. We saw an octopus, sting ray, turtle and tons of colorful fish. We had our fill and packed up around 11 and boy are we glad we did. This place gets jammed packed very fast! We came back... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Excellent place to snorkel when the weather behaves. Plenty of fish and occasional sea turtles. Bring peas and your water proof camera. But be cautious! Don't go around the point or beyond the safety line. The current gets much stronger and surf becomes rough. Also when the waves gets rough don't swim close to the rocks. It's dangerous and can... More

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Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We spent the afternoon down at the rock and had great snorkeling. All kinds of brightly colored fish and eels, and the best part were the sea turtles, they were huge. You could snorkel right up to them. You can also see them if you walk along the rocks at the beach where they eat the seaweed. Wear water shoes... More

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Huntington NY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Black Rock is a good spot for beginning snorkels. The beach entry and the cove protected from the trade winds from the north make it friendly for kids and first-time snorkels. It does get crowded on the beach and in the water mid-morning to mid-day with all the people from the hotel. We ran into a scuba class that was... More

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Columbus
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I had never snorkeled before coming to Maui and to Black Rock beach. The guy working the rental counter was chill and informative, giving me a bunch of great tips on how to make the best of my first experience. Upon getting in the water, I got to swim with turtles and a ton of really neat tropical fish. The... More

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Riverton, Utah
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I've been going to this beach for years. I've taught my 3 kids how to snorkel at this place. It protected and real clear with lot to see for kids.

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O'Fallon, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

My wife and I stayed at Ka'anapali Beach Hotel for our anniversary and could see the Black Rock from our hotel. While it certainly made for some nice sunset silhouette photos, the snorkeling there was extremely overrated. Not only did we not see anything of note, but it was so crowded we had to look up almost as often as... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Snorkel right off the beach and see a wide variety of fish and green sea turtles. You can also walk on the rocks and watch the turtles without getting in the water. Gets a little crowded sometimes, but if you venture around the bend you'll have the reef to yourself at times. The water gets shallower there and the reef... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We came over to this beach because the south swell started pumping too much on South Maui beaches. The water was a bit rough at Black Rock but great for our kids to do body surfing!!

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Tacoma, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The public beach parking is VERY limited, probably around 10 stalls. Best to park at the shopping next to it. It's only 3 hours with store validation. Very crowded, a lot of the locals hang out near the rock. Easy snorkeling, plenty of fish to look at. We even got the swim with a huge turtle. Get there really early,... More

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