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Address: Ka'anapali, Maui, HI, Maui, HI
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Close to most resorts on Kaanapali Beach, this snorkeling area can get...

Close to most resorts on Kaanapali Beach, this snorkeling area can get crowded.

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Great place for those that love culture and cliff jumping. My brother and I were jumping off and apparently around sundown they have this tradition of lighting up the cliff and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Blu H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Because so many people had told us about snorkeling at Black Rock, we made it a point to try it out. We found the snorkeling to be just so-so. Clearly people had been feeding the fish and that negatively impacts the fish you will see and the quality of the water. I personally wouldn't spend the agony of parking, etc... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was very crowded. The snorkeling was just average. Went in the afternoon, probably would have been better earlier. Felt the current pulling me out around the point, but did not think too much about it. That was a mistake. Once I was around the point I had a VERY hard time making it back. It was a bit unsettling... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place for those that love culture and cliff jumping. My brother and I were jumping off and apparently around sundown they have this tradition of lighting up the cliff and then jumping off. If you are in Maui, it is a must!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This huge black lava mound pretty much separates Ka'anapali Beach from the other beaches further down and it also forms a shelter against some pretty active wave sets that the rest of the beach experiences. There are some great places to do snorkeling but watch out for the cliff-jumpers (the sign says no trespassing but that falls on deaf ears... More 

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Paso Robles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We've snorkeled at Black Rock dozens of times. When we visit Maui, we always got in January, so I can't speak to other times of year there. But in January, when the surf is calm, it's a great place to snorkel. After you launch, the snorkeling gets better the farther you go along the wall. There are often turtles among... More 

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Pasco, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We actually went to Black Rock two days in a row. The first was the "learning" day. We parked at the Sheraton, I believe we paid $20 for parking for the 4-5 hours we were there. The first day the snorkeling was not so good. The water is very clear but it's useless if there's no fish!! The first day... More 

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Dupont, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This beach is right in front of the Sheraton Hotel, but it's all public access and they don't mind you walking through their grounds. Better snorkeling here than on the $100 boat tour we took. Lots of fish and a couple of turtles. Come early before most people are out and thrashing around, and the water is more clear.

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Thank Craig L
San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Black Rock at Sheraton is a great place to swim, snorkel and cliff dive! They have official timings to jump off the black rock, but people jump off it all the time. The water was really clear, sand was soft and beach was a great place to hang out. We saw some relaly colorful fishes here

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Thank Roma M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed at the Sheraton Maui and had some family take the plunge, so thought I'd try it as well. Not for the faint of heart, or those who follow the straight and narrow - numerous signs indicating diving is not allowed and is dangerous. Lots of fun!

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Los Altos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We snorkeled around Black Rock and saw two endangered green tutored within minutes. With the surging of the tides it was hard to maintain the required distance. In fact, we saw the first one when it almost hit us with a big surge. Some people were swimming with just masks and no fins. I recommend wearing fins because the water... More 

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