Kā‘anapali Beach

  • laura
    "The best snorkeling is at Black Rock on Kaanapali Beach."(12 Tips)
    Lisa G.
    "Beautiful sunsets."(3 Tips)
    Chris H.
    "lovely fish action just swimming out about 100 feet from the Whaler"(4 Tips)
    Anthony L.
    "four spotted eagle rays today snorkeling around the reef"(2 Tips)
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  • 💕Linds💕
    💕Linds💕September 11
    Great swimming/floating beach.
  • Angelica D.
    Loved this beach! Parking is a bit sparse (and expensive in the garages), but the soft sand and snorkeling is where it's at!
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksDecember 6, 2016
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  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherNovember 14, 2016
    What a crowd!
  • Kaitlyn M.
    Kaitlyn MatyuchJuly 8, 2016
    Great beach! The water is nice and calm with beautiful reefs, such a nice place to snorkel or chill by the beach
  • Sunny  =)
    Sunny =)July 5, 2016
    April was too long ago! Heading back in Sept! WOOO HOOOO!!
  • Kaitlyn M.
    Kaitlyn MatyuchJune 23, 2016
    Such a nice beach, great for snorkeling
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱March 17, 2016
    Very nice and relaxing beach.
  • Sunny  =)
    Sunny =)February 20, 2016
    Woo hoo! Heading out next month!!
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiJanuary 8, 2016
    Fun beach and there is a sea turtle that frequents this area around sunset
  • Omar R.
    Omar RehmanDecember 12, 2015
    Beach, food and places to stay
  • Dylan B.
    Dylan BoydNovember 28, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great spot for swimming with the family. Take a paddle
  • Ashley 🎀
    Ashley 🎀November 20, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    One of our favorites. Best sand.
  • Biz T.
    Biz TraveldudeAugust 7, 2015
    Beautiful beach
  • Ken S.
    Ken SJuly 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Among the best snorkeling and paddle boarding on the island. Wear proper sunscreen so the area stays protected.
  • Araceli E.
    Araceli EspinozaApril 19, 2015
    Beautiful place
  • Maui Hawaii
    Maui HawaiiFebruary 2, 2015
    Go resort hopping and try different restaurants and cocktails along the way! Photo from Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Read more
  • Greg R.
    Greg RasmussenNovember 26, 2014
    Gorgeous place, there are MANY different beaches, south Kaanapali, north kaanapali and many littler ones, all with their own unique features. Choose wisely!!!! ....and spend lots of time here!
  • Lance L.
    Lance LacoffOctober 25, 2014
    Must hit. Went in Oct. Warm water and not overcrowded. Plenty of restaurants nearby
  • Olof M.
    Olof MoriyaSeptember 21, 2014
    A nice beach to relax on. There are better snorkeling north of here but this beach also allows for some swimming so it's a good mix.
  • Adam S.
    Adam StallmanSeptember 14, 2014
    This is one of the big resort parts of the Island. Green and beautiful with great beaches to watch the sunset from.
  • Rosalie D.
    Rosalie DechJune 23, 2014
    Black Rock has great snorkeling and ppl jumping into the water from above. Cool place!
  • Rhonda P.
    Rhonda PotterMarch 22, 2014
    Just got back from the vacation of my life. My family ranged from ages 80-8 and we all had an amazing time, will be going back.
  • Sharon W.
    Sharon WeightMarch 2, 2014
    Everything you could want to do is right here!
  • Leora A.
    Leora AlmstromJanuary 20, 2014
    Sunday brunch is amazing!
  • Leora A.
    Leora AlmstromJanuary 20, 2014
    Great stay..fabulous staff clean facility..great value
  • Chris H.
    Chris HallJanuary 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If Black Rock is swarming with snorkelers you can get some lovely fish action just swimming out about 100 feet from the Whaler, KBR area...not quite as many fish but a lovely variety and lots of space
  • MK
    MKJanuary 1, 2014
    gentle waves and smooth sand, great for kids
  • Chris H.
    Chris HallDecember 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you are bothered by the hordes at Black Rock, just swim out about 50 feet from the whaler and you hit a nice reef with less dense fish life but you will have it mostly to yourself
  • Nanc D.
    Nanc DingmanOctober 2, 2013
    Great drinks
  • LeenO
    LeenOSeptember 21, 2013
    Get pictures of the beach every 6 hours and watch the beauty of water hues change. 6am, 12pm and 6pm
  • Moo J.
    Moo JuSeptember 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Beat the mid-day heat -- find a cool spot under a tree :-)
  • Michael M.
    Michael MarcusSeptember 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The burger at Maui Fish and Pasta in Whaler's Village is one of the best in town!
  • John v.
    John van HemertAugust 25, 2013
    Very nice and windy
  • Hollie N.
    Hollie NotterAugust 18, 2013
    Paddle boards are so much fun!!
  • Bella P.
    Bella PortaroAugust 15, 2013
    It's beautiful ... But there is a sewage treatment plant nearby so be prepared to smell some not so pleasant scents.
  • Lisa G.
    Lisa G.August 1, 2013
    Beautiful sunsets. Every night. Love this place.
  • Al Z.
    Al ZitoJuly 27, 2013
    Crowded and touristy, all restaurants look good but food and service are sub-par, especially Leilani's and Hula Grill. Ok for happy hour but stay away for dinner. Whalers Village is nice to walk.
  • Anthony L.
    Anthony L.July 25, 2013
    We saw four spotted eagle rays today snorkeling around the reef at black rock!! We also saw a small shark (possibly a white tip reef shark)!
  • 🌺Laura H.
    The beach is beautiful but the waves are rough!! Great for kids - not so great for adults wading in the water, unless you want to get knocked down by the massive waves!
  • Eller O.
    Eller OhanaJune 1, 2013
    Beautiful sunsets!
  • Mark R.
    Mark RMay 31, 2013
    Beautiful place for a sunset but plan to share it with a few others.
  • Jordan C.
    Jordan CApril 17, 2013
    Try the ocean.
  • Celina M.
    Celina MarieMarch 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great waves to surf!!
  • Dean C.
    Dean CatcatFebruary 25, 2013
    Great snorkeling. Get a cabana. They're cheap and worth it
  • Maui Hawaii
    Maui HawaiiJanuary 23, 2013
    A beautiful area of Maui with gorgeous beaches. A great way to see it is from the water at sunset. Read more
  • Jib P.
    Jib PreeyamasJanuary 17, 2013
    Beautiful sunset!!
  • Sunny  =)
    Sunny =)January 15, 2013
    One of my favorite places in the world. Thinking of moving here! =)
  • Sunny  =)
    Sunny =)December 10, 2012
    Missing my beach at Ka'anapali! Heading back soon!
  • Robin
    RobinOctober 26, 2012
    Leave your stress in the mainland.
  • N S.
    N SolisOctober 25, 2012
    Great conditions for stand-up paddle boarding. You can bring snorkel gear on your board over to Black Rock.
  • Jakii S.
    Jakii SchwanOctober 21, 2012
    Make sure you tie your swimsuit tight. Just incase you get a sneak attack from a wave ...
  • Jade H.
    Jade HeatherOctober 9, 2012
    Bring sunscreen
  • Sunny  =)
    Sunny =)September 20, 2012
    Best beach on Maui! Great sand, great snorkeling, heavenly sunsets!! You have to go at least once in your lifetime! =)
  • Lucy L.
    Lucy LiuSeptember 15, 2012
    A bit touristy because of its location by the Sheraton, but still pretty quiet early in the day. Join the locals and jump off Black Rock!
  • Erin R.
    Erin R.September 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    It gets pretty windy here. Be prepared to get sandblasted!
  • Masha I.
    Masha IovevaAugust 29, 2012
    Eat at Sonz @ Swan Court. Super old school. Like they make sure you have your cocktail before they give you the menu. The waiters are fully dressed in long sleeves and ties.
  • Curtis W.
    Curtis WMay 17, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Sit, relax, close your eyes, take in a deep breath, exhale all of troubles of the world. Open your eyes.
  • Bragging J.
    Bragging JackassApril 13, 2012
    Use SPF 15 or greater to prevent burning your bum. Braggingjackass.com
  • Maui Hawaii
    Maui HawaiiMarch 1, 2012
    Considering chartering the uncrowded Aikane X5 which departs directly from Ka'anapali Beach. Read more
  • Maui Hawaii
    Maui HawaiiMarch 1, 2012
    One of the best spots for sunset. Read more
  • Rachael A.
    Rachael AnthonyFebruary 16, 2012
    Get out early to grab a spot in the shade
  • Daryn N.
    Daryn NakhudaJanuary 22, 2012
    Easy snorkeling here. You can see fish, urchin, and sometimes even turtles, within wading distance from the shore. Even better if you swim out around the corner.
  • G S.
    G SotoNovember 29, 2011
    Wtf I was the Mayor! I need to go back there to be again !
  • G W.
    G WullschlegerNovember 12, 2011
    Getting in all the Beach time I can get B4 I go home to the snow in Kansas.
  • Justin M.
    Justin MarshallNovember 12, 2011
    Turn off your phone or you might miss something amazing.
  • G W.
    G WullschlegerNovember 10, 2011
    Snorkling is fun by the lava beds ....but Damn...sand gets into EVERYTHING!
  • James H.
    James HansenOctober 26, 2011
    Be sure to bring your camera for the sunrise and sunsets. They are amazing.
  • A F.
    A FitchOctober 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The sand can get HOT.. Wear them flippy floppies
  • A F.
    A FitchOctober 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Grab two beers and plant yourself beach side on a hammock at the Marriott. I slept like a baby each day and it never gets old. Aloha!
  • Brad B.
    Brad BiggarSeptember 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Swim. It's fun.
  • Sandra G.
    Sandra GuntherAugust 10, 2011
    Make sure you bring your mask and fins for some great snorkeling!
  • Ken S.
    Ken ScheerAugust 1, 2011
    Best beach and bars with a view on the island
  • Ahsan A.
    Ahsan AwanMay 7, 2011
    Saw an amazing 22' tiger shark eating a dead sea turtle in the water off the beach once. Incredible sight.
  • Shauna C.
    Shauna CauseyFebruary 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Head up the beach to Black Rock for cliff diving!
  • Shauna C.
    Shauna CauseyFebruary 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Sitting in this hammock drinking coffee is the best way to start a day!
  • Wesley E.
    Wesley EllisDecember 28, 2010
    as others have said, the snorkeling by black rock is good and easy to get to! Try the Hula Grill, the food was fantastic
  • Keri R.
    Keri RobinsonNovember 29, 2010
    swim farther out past black rock. saw a spotted eagle ray and huge schools of fish! also loved walking the entire beach...very relaxing! sunset is nice with views of lanai and molokai.
  • Michael S.
    Michael SimondsNovember 15, 2010
    The snorkeling at Black Rock is awesome! Great spot if you are new to snorkeling.
  • Charlene I.
    Charlene IniguezNovember 1, 2010
    Jump of black rock. Snorkel past the rock to see turtles
  • Colin d.
    Colin du MéeOctober 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Snorkeling awesome between Sheraton and Royal Lahaina Resorts!
  • laura
    lauraAugust 27, 2010
    The best snorkeling is at Black Rock on Kaanapali Beach. Check it out, and have fun!
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