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Waves in February at Black Rock?

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Waves in February at Black Rock?

I've heard the waves are much larger in the winter months in Hawaii. Does anyone have first hand experience snorkeling at Black Rock in February?

Are there any coves that might be protected, but still shallow and plenty of fish and turtles, etc.?

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1. Re: Waves in February at Black Rock?

It can vary day by day....black rock is not really a cove...it is the area of rock that jets out that the Sheraton is on....the further you go out around the point the more dangerous it can be. If you are looking for calm areas, we can suggest other bays.

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2. Re: Waves in February at Black Rock?

Large waves are typically a North Shore experience...

Black Rock is in West Maui....I have never had a "surf" problem there...

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3. Re: Waves in February at Black Rock?

Surf can come up on the west side, more so in the winter months than summer. It will be a day by day basis. The best, most consistent ocean conditions during the winter months will be found in south Maui.

If surf isn't a problem, go to Kahekili Beach Park for snorkeling. Black Rock is just mediocre compared to a lot of other places on Maui to snorkel.

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4. Re: Waves in February at Black Rock?

We went at the end of January last year and the people sitting next to us complained about the current being very strong. Personally I didn't think it was bad at all, but it was a bit rougher than most of the other places we snorkeled at.

The only thing I'd be careful with is when you go all the way to the edge of the point there's like a shelf -- like a somewhat level area covered by several feet of water (sorry, I'm bad at explaining this, hopefully you'll know what I'm talking about when you see it) where the water level fluctuates with the incoming waves and it pushes you up towards the rock. You can snorkel there but be mindful of the waves so you don't get pushed into the coral ... the shelf is slightly angled upward towards the rock so it gets shallower the closer you get to the rock ... make sure you stay where it's deep enough to turn around without standing on the coral to avoid getting slammed.

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