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On Mauiís west side, 3 miles north of Lahaina, is Kaanapali Beach. This resort beach stretches 3 miles along some of the largest resorts on Maui. There are many restaurants and boutique stores. Some can enjoy shopping while others enjoy activities, and afterward you can meet for lunch or dinner at Hula Grill or Leilaniís on the Beach. Watch the sun set over Molokai while sipping Mai Taiís and enjoying a fresh meal.

At the north end of Kaanapali Beach, near the Sheraton Resort and Spa, is a lava rock wall called ďBlack RockĒ. This is a great snorkel and swim area. The wall acts as a buffer from the wind and the ocean, keeping the water here clear and calm. Maui legend has it that those who dove from a certain spot on this rock wall would enter into the next world. Every night at sunset, the Sheraton Hotel sends a diver out to the rock to honor the legend by completing a ritualistic dive.

Today, anyone can have fun cliff diving at Black Rock. There is a nice snorkeling spot around the point. And if you can swim over 500 yards, you can reach the other side of Kaanapali Beach. Here is more warm, white sand as far as the eye can see.

 

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Christine
"Black Rock is just great."
Reviewed March 30, 2014
We had lunch at Hula Grill. They got the best crab wontons and you sit at tables in the sand. There’s a walkway that goes down to Black Rock which is a nice area to hang out.
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