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Water clarity and swimming North of Black Rock

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Boulder, CO
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Water clarity and swimming North of Black Rock

Couple spending 3 -4 days in West Maui before we head to Wailea for a week. Looking at Kaanipali Beach Hotel partial ocean view; Royal Kahana Outrigger ocean view; Hale Mahina ocean view; and Paki Maui ocean view. Would like to swim and snorkel within walking distance of unit and have read that water north Black Rock can get more murky, maybe some seaweed, etc. We are arriving in a couple of weeks (if season makes a difference) and would like the option of a condo but not at the cost of poor water quality for swimming. Suggestions? Thanks to all.

Nanaimo, Canada
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1. Re: Water clarity and swimming North of Black Rock

Honestly, the water can be murky anywhere on Maui, depending on the rains, and how much run off there is.

Kahekili Beach is north of Black Rock, and it is a popular snorkeling spot. But there can be days there that the quality isn't that great either.

Snorkeling is best done in the morning too, before the winds pick up.

Have you looked at places in Napili area, or Kapalua? Kapalua Bay has some great snorkeling.

Take a look at travelbugged's blog. She was just snorkeling in Kapalua the other day. But they had to wait a few days because the water was murky everywhere, due to the rainstorms that came through.


Use the link and scroll down to see her pictures.

ON, Canada
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2. Re: Water clarity and swimming North of Black Rock

We stay at the Mahana which is north of Black Rock and the only time we've had issues with water conditions/clarity is when the surf is too rough to swim/snorkel, which fortunately hasn't been a frequent occurrence when we've been there. We spend a lot of time snorkelling out front, but we haven't been there during heavy rainstorms.

Not sure if you've looked at Maui Kaanapali Villas and Maui Eldorado - both are condo complexes, close to Black Rock and have a fabulous beach out front. But for snorkelling you would need to walk north to Kahekili Beach Park or south to Black Rock.

Reedsport, Oregon
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3. Re: Water clarity and swimming North of Black Rock

Like mentioned the water clarity depends on conditions and conditions tend to change season to season. Winter has a higher chance of rough condition in West Maui with the better chances of clear water being Summer time. But all that is far from guaranteed.

KBH will closest to a "popular" snorkel area but not my favorite except for the chance to see big turtles. And we have been there in the Summer time when we had red flags out the whole time we were there.

The water in front of the Hale Mahina is okay to snorkel in but can cloud up real easy because it's shallow and very sandy. Pretty much the same for Paki since they are pretty much a stones throw from each other. All of those resorts along Lower Honoapiilani Dr. are all right on the water with little to no beach so all your walking would have to be on the road. I doubt if the Royal Kahana is much different. I'll be staying there in February but that won't do you any good.

Hale Mahina and the Paki are extremely close to Kahekili with a very short drive usually 5 minutes or less. And the Royal Kahana is a very short drive to Kapalua Bay.

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