When I was in high school, jumping off Black Rock was the thing to do. Of course, this entailed sprinting through a gated community, running from groundskeepers and scrambling over tourists. Now that Iím older and wiser (not to mention slower), Iíve come to realize the beauty in taking things easy, and just enjoying the wonderment of nature. And again, Black Rock comes to my rescue. Readers, you have chosen Black Rock as the premier spot for snorkeling, and with its picturesque underwater views, itís no wonder. And for those rare times Iím feeling young and violent, elbowing my way through throngs of tourists trying to snatch pictures of turtles and fish does the trick.
You know that Black Rock out in Kaanapali? Yeah, it's cool to jump off of. You can even get a jumping-off-of-rocks-into-water Facebook profile pic out of it, so people will know how adventurous you are. But the fun doesn't stop there. Black Rock is a snorkeler's dream. It has amazing underwater visibility, even at 25 feet (the deepest point), so you can check out turtles and all kinds of tropical fish that call the rock home. Ocean conditions are almost always perfect, so you don't have to worry about ending up on the rocks. Kaanapali Parkway
Best Snorkeling Spot Black Rock Yes, Black Rock in West Maui is one of the most popular snorkeling spots on Maui. Anyone who goes into the water there after 8am can see that. But popularity doesnít always equal best, and when there are that many people splashing around in the water hoping to spot turtles, itís inevitable that nearby sea life will get spooked. In truth, there are all sorts of wonderful snorkeling spots around the island, including Ukumehame, Honolua Bay, Makena and Palauea, which is also known as White Rock. Those spots offer the same clear water and coral reefs as Black Rock, but without the big crowds. @apignataro Runner-up: Honolua Bay