Black Rock Beach is located on Maui's west shore and divides popular Ka'anapali Beach in half. It is named after the large lava rock (Pu'u Keka'a) that sits in the nearshore waters on the beach. Legend has it that the souls of warriors left the earth here by leaping from this rock to meet their ancestors.
The area around Black Rock is a popular snorkeling spot. The more crowded area is the protected and easily accessible southern side of the rock, which is also popular among cliff jumpers. There isn't that much to see in terms of corals in this area.
The less-frequented horseshoe-shaped cove on the rock's open ocean-facing side has much better underwater sights. This harder to get to area is teeming with colorful fish, corals and turtles. It's best to swim here when the ocean is calm as the currents and surges can be strong around the tip of Black Rock.
Black Rock Beach Overview
Named after the big black rock, which divides Ka'anapali Beach in half
Good snorkeling spot around the rock, many corals and colorful fish
Be cautious of occasional currents and surges around the tip of Black Rock
Large hotel that sits on top of Black Rock is the Sheraton Maui Resort
South side of Black Rock is a popular cliff-jumping area
Torch-lighting ceremony takes place at Black Rock at sunset
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No public restrooms
Limited public parking (12 public stalls in the parkade by the Sheraton, otherwise more public parking at Whaler's Village for a fee)
Reviews and Comments:
This is a beautiful beach with lively marine life and
fantastic snorkeling. Jumping from Black Rock is also
very fun and not too difficult to do. I spotted several
very large sea turtles swimming next to the Rock.