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Black Rock, Maui

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#14 of 31 in Beaches in Maui
Jutting out into the ocean and full of crevices for sea life, Black Rock on Kaanapali Beach is one of Maui's premier snorkeling sites. Surrounded by miles of smooth white sand and blue water, the volcanic lava spit is the only one of its kind on the island. The water around the rocks reaches a depth of 7.5 m (25 ft) in some places and houses an array of marine life, including colorful parrotfish, crabs, sea turtles, and others. Strap on your mask, don your flippers, and explore the underwater environment. Though much of the surrounding beach is bordered by upscale hotels, you can get down to the rocks via public access pathways. Keep in mind that there are no restrooms at the beach, but there are public showers. Make Black Rock a part of your Ka'anapali vacation plans using our Ka'anapali trip builder .
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  • It was great snorkeling and fun to see people jump off the cliff but there was no beach for us to sit and spend time on. Strong waves go all the way up to the foliage so even when we tried to sit in t...  more »
  • We go on Maui every year in January and Black Rock beach was one of my favorite beaches! But over the last 2-3 years beach was shrinking and shrinking some more. We are just back from our Maui trip th...  more »
  • I had heard about Black Rock years ago and it was on my bucket list for this trip. The signs say no trespassing but... the climb was treacherous in bare feet, I recommend sandles. The dive was everyth...  more »

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Where to stay in Ka'anapali

Most accommodations in Ka'anapali sidle right up to the coast, offering instant beach access and memorable sunset views. Hotels and resorts there consist of mid-range and luxurious options, with very few budget alternatives on offer. You can expect swimming pool access, complimentary breakfast, and onsite restaurants and bars at all of the resorts along the beach. If you want something a bit more low-key and personal, consider renting one of the private vacation properties in the area.
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