Puunoa Beach Estates is a great place to stay if you have kids – if you have young children, Baby Beach is an excellent beach choice, due to the mild waves and open beach. But, if you’re looking for a bit more adventure, head to Black Rock Beach. Here, you can snorkel, swim, soak up the sun, and even cliff-dive!
Black Rock Beach: A Place for Adventure
Black Rock Beach is located at the north end of Kaanapali Beach. It was formed from one of the last-gap lava flows on this side of Maui. Today, it is used by locals and visitors alike as a place for adventure. It is known as a fantastic snorkeling location, and also as a cliff-diving spot.
The water around Black Rock is perfect for snorkeling. Starting at 8 feet deep, it gradually becomes deeper, reaching beyond 25 feet once you swim around the point. The visibility is great, and you’ll be able to see many different types of fish and ocean life, such as perch, chub, trigger fish, surgeon fish, butterfly fish, damsel fish, tang, turtles, invertebrates, crustaceans, and more. As always when entering the ocean, be aware of currents – it can get strong in this area.
Cliff-diving is a favorite pastime of many visitors to Black Rock Beach. The rock makes a perfect jumping-off point that will keep beachgoers busy all day. As always, be careful when cliff-diving. You need to be aware of any rocks below to avoid danger.
Black Rock Beach: A Place Filled with Mystery
In Hawaiian, Black Rock is “Pu’u Keka’a.” It was believed this was the place where Hawaiian’s spirits jumped off and joined their ancestors. Today, there is a cliff-diving ceremony that takes place nightly to remember the legend. Every night on the rock, a torch is lit, signaling the beginning of the ceremony. A young cliff diver climbs to the top of the rock, throws a torch and a flower lei into the sea, and takes a breathtaking dive into the water below. It’s a beautiful sight to witness, and is well-worth staying to watch.
Visitors Love Black Rock Beach
Reviewers on TripAdvisor love the beach. From comments such as “great beach for snorkeling,” “great cliff-jumping for the family,” and “give it a try, you won’t regret it,” you can be sure it’s a great place to visit during your stay at Puunoa Beach Estates. If you have any questions about the beach, such as where to rent snorkel gear, or the best times to visit, don’t hesitate to ask our guest services. We are happy to help you have the best vacation!