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Ka'anapali Beach/Black Rock Beach, Maui - Hawaii

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Blog Post - September 11, 2021

Ka'anapali Beach and Black Rock Beach are must visit Beaches in Maui.

We parked at the Whalers Village parking lot with over 500 parkings spots. This is paid parking, ($3 per half hour) but if you make a purchase in the Whalers Village Shopping Mall, they can validate your parking ticket for up to 3 hours.

After we parked, we took our parking ticket with us and headed to the beach. To get there, you walk through the open-air shopping mall. At the end you will see the beach entrance to Ka'anapali Beach.

When you walk out onto the beach, if you turn right or go north that will take you to Black Rock Beach. It's called Black Rock because of an enormous black rock at the end of the beach. Black Rock Beach has great snorkeling and some cool places to jump off of the rock.

We hung out and snorkeled at Black Rock Beach.

Then we decided to walk the entire beach. Going from Black Rock Beach to the end of Ka'anapali Beach at Hanakao'o Park is about 1.4 miles long.

Ka'anapali Beach has amazing hotels all the way down with beautiful palm trees and really soft sand.

There are sections of the beach that we could see people surfing too.

This beach is so beautiful and we absolutely loved it.

This is what the parking lot looks like at Whalers Village to go to Ka'anapali Beach:

Whalers Village Parking Lot Entrance to Ka'anapali Beach
Whalers Village Parking Lot Gate to Ka'anapali Beach

The signs tell you to bring your parking ticket with you as you will need to pay for your parking. You can also get your parking ticket validated if you make a purchase at a store. We bought some tee shirts and didn't have to pay for parking.

Bring your parking ticket

You then walk through the Whalers Village Shopping Mall to get to the Ka'anapali Beach entrance. This is what the entrance to the beach area looks like:

Whalers Village Beach Entrance

As you walk out onto the beach, you turn right or north to get to Black Rock Beach. This is the view looking at Black Rock Beach from the Whalers Village entrance:

View of Black Rock Beach from Whalers Village

This is the view of the Black Rock at Black Rock Beach:

View of the Black Rock at Black Rock Beach

This is the view from Black Rock Beach.

The view of Black Rock Beach

As we got into the water to do some snorkeling, we watched some people jump off the rocks.

Jumping off of Black Rock

The snorkeling was amazing at Black Rock Beach.

Blue Fish at Black Rock Beach
School of fish at Black Rock Beach
snorkeling at Black Rock Beach
Turtle at Black Rock Beach

After snorkeling we decided to walk the 1.4 miles to the end of Ka'anapali Beach. The views were amazing!

Ka'anapali Beach
Ka'anapali Beach Surfers
Ka'anapali Beach
Ka'anapali Beach
Ka'anapali Beach Palm Trees

As we made it to the end of the beach we arrived at Hanakao'o Park. This park has a parking lot, picnic tables, and local shops that give surf lessons.

Hanakao'o Park

As we were leaving we spent some time shopping at Whaler's Village. They have a cool Shaka hand that you can take your pic with.

The Shaka Hand at Whaler's Village

Overall, we had an amazing time at Ka'anapali Beach and Black Rock Beach. We would highly recommend visiting these beaches on your next trip to Maui!


Ka'anapali Beach/Black Rock Beach, Maui - Hawaii Map:

(Click on the map above to go to a Google Maps larger view.)


Whalers Village Parking Lot Fees:

$3 per half hour

If you make a purchase at one of the shops at Whalers Village they will validate your parking ticket for up to 3 hours. ($18 worth of parking validation)

Total cost: We stayed for 3 hours and made a purchase so we got our parking validated. If we hadn't made a purchase we would have paid $18 for 3 hours of parking.

This is what our parking ticket looked like after being validated by the store "Crazy Shirts".

Whaler's Village Parking Lot Ticket


These are the checklist items I recommend:

  • Bring money to pay for parking
  • Bring a plenty of water and some snacks
  • Bring a hat to keep the sun off of your face.
  • Bring sunscreen
  • Bring a beach towel and beach chair
  • Bring your snorkel gear and fins
  • This video was filmed with a Go Pro Hero 9 Black video camera

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