Black Rock Beach (Pu'u Keka'a)

4.5 stars from 9 reviews
Address 2605 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI 96761
Great for snorkeling. Torch-lighting ceremony takes place at Black Rock at sunset.

• Type: Kid Friendly • Sand Type: Powder
• Parking: Good / Plenty • Good For: Scuba Diving
• Good For: Snorkeling

Full Description
Black Rock Beach, also known as Pu'u Keka'a, is located at the far north end of Ka'anapali Beach in the Lahaina area (specifically the Ka'anapali area) of west Maui.

Black Rock itself is a volcanic formation that the sea has eroded. It was also considered a holy place by early Hawaiians who thought that the spirits of the dead left the earth here for the spirit world.

It's an excellent spot to do some snorkeling, when the ocean is calm, and this end of Ka'anapali Beach can be a great place for kids to play since there is some protection of the open ocean here. Up above you'll see the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa.

At night, the Black Rock Cliff Dive Ceremony takes place here. If you're staying in this resort area you can walk here from pretty much any hotel, otherwise you'll need to drive here so be sure to read our Ka'anapali Beach Parking Guide first.

Erik G
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 32
Likes Received: 1
Black Rock Beach ( Pu’u Keka’a ) is a great location. We spent a full day here snorkeling in one the best locations with some beautiful fish. At the end of the day they have a torch lightning ceremony which is fun to watch. If you enjoy snorkeling this is a place to go.
Aimee T
Joined: Jan 2018
Reviews: 21
Likes Received: 0
Wonderful snorkeling here and the cliff diving in the evening is worth sticking around for.
Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 803
Likes Received: 111
A great beach overall. Wonderful snorkeling can be had in the area and it's just a good place to hang out.
Sharon W
Joined: Feb 2017
Reviews: 25
Likes Received: 0
This is my favorite beach in Maui. Go here everyday while in Maui. Absolutely beautiful.
Colleen E
Joined: Oct 2016
Reviews: 4
Likes Received: 0
This beach is GREAT we were here for a week and it was wonderful. Yes the Torch-lighting ceremony is very nice...also the diver diving off the "black rocks" was spectacular!
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 29
Likes Received: 8
This is a great spot for snorkeling just up the beach from Kaanapali resorts. Many colorful fish and sea turtles at the point. Do not go beyond the point unless you are an experienced tides person. And watch out for cliff jumpers. Probably the best snorkeling spot on Maui. No cost.
Mary G
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 1
Likes Received: 0
One of our favorite beaches. We stay at KBH and this very easy to access. Great place to watch the sunset.
Joined: May 2016
Reviews: 67
Likes Received: 2
Excellent beach, but as it's right next to a half a dozen hotels and Whaler's Village I found it to be very busy. It had some pretty good snorkeling, and the scenery was fantastic, i'm just an anti social being and wished it were a little quieter. It has a boardwalk that walks past all of the hotels all the way down to (and past) Whaler's Village. It's a nice little walk if you're in the area and don't feel like laying on the beach.
Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
Likes Received: 33
The best place to snorkel in Ka'anapali. It's a small ridge that extends out on the end of Ka'anapali Beach. It's easy to snorkel here. Some people jump off the rock into the deeper spots, but I don't recommend it. Crowded but pretty safe. Great for tourist who are staying at one of the nearby resorts. Bring your GoPro camera and take some video if you have one.
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