Black Rock, Kaanapali

A popular spot for locals and visitors.

Get an up-close look at yellow tangs, moorish idols, wrasses and humuhumunukunukuapua’a (Hawaii’s famous state fish) at Black Rock, a volcanic outcropping that juts out into the clear blue waters at the north end of popular Kaanapali Beach.

Protected from ocean swells, with easy beach access, and teeming with reef fish, it’s an ideal spot for beginning snorkelers to experience Hawaii’s colorful marine life.

The water starts at wading depth and gradually drops off to around 30 feet.

More confident swimmers can venture around the point and explore along the edge of the rock, where they’ll find more varieties of fish, as well as foraging turtles.