Looking for a good snorkeling and swimming spot on the west side of Maui that has easy access and is family-friendly? Black Rock, at the edge of the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, is one of Maui's top snorkeling locations.
While not a part of the property of the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa http://www.sheraton-maui.com/kaanapali, Black Rock has plenty of sandy beach and is know as a snorkeler's paradise. There will be over 30 species of fish in the ocean around Black Rock, and it's common to see a giant green sea turtle (Honu in Hawaiian) along the rock wall.
The water is calm in the morning and can get rough in the early afternoon, once the northwest tradewinds start blowing bigger waves to the shore-break beach. Also, be prepared for large crowds in the busy seasons, as Black Rock has become one of the most popular snorkeling locations for tourists and visitors to Maui.
Black Rock is a great snorkeling spot for snorkelers of all ages and levels of snorkeling expertise. It's a good place to learn to snorkel, too, and is ideal for families with small children.
- Try to get to Black Rock before 9 a.m. and enjoy the crystal-clear waters. It can get pretty busy in the late morning.
- Parking is available at either the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa or at the Whaler's Village http://www.whalersvillage.com parking garage in the middle of the Kaanapali resort area.
- Bring lots of sunscreen and sunglasses, along with bottled water and snacks. There is not a convenience store nearby.
- Black Rock is also famous for its nightly lighting of the tiki torches that line the upper ridge of Black Rock. A local Hawaiian also blows a conch shell signifying the end of the daylight hours.
- Park at the parking garage at Whaler's Village, and walk north on the boardwalk to Black Rock. After sunning and snorkeling at Black Rock, walk back and enjoy drinks and pupus at Hula Grill http://www.hulagrill.com or Leilani's On The Beach http://www.leilanis.com.
Snorkel at Black Rock when visiting Maui. This is one place that you will always see a wide variety of fish species, and almost always a giant green sea turtle.
Location. Black Rock is not a part of the Sheraton Maui. But if you're looking for a street address, the Sheraton Maui is located at:
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
2605 Kaanapali Parkway
Lahaina, HI 96761
Directions. Take Hwy. 30 to the west side of Maui. Drive through the traffic lights in Lahaina Town, until you come to the Kaanapali resort area intersection. If you are heading north on Hwy. 30, there are two turn-lanes to your left. If you are driving south on Hwy. 30, there is just one lane that turns to the west and the ocean.
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