Black Rock Snorkel Information
The large rock formation at the northern end of Ka'anapali Beach is known as Black Rock. The area offers excellent, easy snorkeling for all ages. Because of this it is also one of the most popular spots on the island, and close to major resorts.Black Rock Images
Directions: Head northwest on HI-30 E, Turn left Kaanapali Beach Public Parking.
Parking: Free Parking is very limited (about 10 stalls) so get there before 8am if you want a spot. You can also pay for parking at the shopping center (they do validate)
Where to snorkel: Walk all the way to the north end of the beach. You will see the cliffs (Black Rock). Snorkel along the cliffs as far out as you like, being careful of the tourists jumping off the cliffs. You will see fish as soon as you get in the water. Just be careful of the waves pushing you into the rock and coral.
What to look for: There is an large quantity of large Moorish Idols, Tang , Butterfly fish, and most other reef fish. You will find a lot of fish feeding here in the morning, many close to shore. Water can be murky at shore, but clears quickly as you head further out.
Other Info: This is one of Maui's most popular beaches. There are a lot of activities and people! If you are into more quiet beaches, this is not for you (unless you get here around 6:30 am) . Kahekili Beach (next beach north) is just as good snorkeling with plenty of free parking ,grass, shade, bbqs, tables, rest rooms and more.