Best Times to Visit Black Rock Pu’u Keka’a


A prominent landmark and one widely loved by locals and visitors, Black Rock Pu’u Keka’a draws us in with its majesty, sense of pending adventure, and respect commanded by all who come to know it.

This is a magnificent site. Whether to sit in awe of it, touch it, or make it a part of your activity plan while on the island, the memories will last forever.

So, is there a best time to visit here? That may depend on your choice of activity on the day.

There’s a lot to offer, some sedate with others set to make your heart race. For spectators or participants, let’s look at the times to make the most of this very special place.

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Three people fishing on the rocks at Black Rock Pu’u Keka’a with the sunset in the background

Fishing At Black Rock

Many come to fish here in the earlier hours of the morning. Some will divulge because it’s less crowded and parking is simpler, and others will say that the peacefulness of the waters lends itself to more success on the end of the line.

Morning fishing can begin as early as 4:00 A.M. with these keen anglers looking for bait fish as the beginning of their day catching something larger.

For some, any time of the day is good, as fishing is a calming activity.

Night anglers prefer to set up their position after all the people activity has retired for the night.

Some say fishing should not be allowed here as it is a popular spot for divers and snorkelers. The issue will always be the same for any Hawaiian activity – a little respect for others goes a long way. We are all here to enjoy ourselves, consideration for the landmark itself and others who wish to enjoy its paramount.

Sea turtle swimming over a reef seen by snorkelers and divers

Snorkeling and Diving at Black Rock

At the end of Ka'anapali Beach, the water is calm and perfect for those who like to be at one with the water. Snorkeling enthusiasts gather here to take advantage of the rock formations, setting sights on the underwater world in real time.

The north side of the beach is likely the best area. In terms of times, tours might begin mid-morning, or if you have your own gear, earlier may suit you.

Typically, the best times for both activities are between 10:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M.

Either way, the experience will override any concern about time, in fact, you may want to stay here and live with the sea life forever!

Considered one of the best and a world-class snorkeling spot, if you’re a snorkeling lover, get here at any time.

Oh, and say hello to the turtles. They have been known to greet people.

Woman rock diving and coming up from the bottom while still submerged in water

Rock Diving Ahead

Visitors gather to witness the brave jumping from the top of Black Rock into the ocean below.

Brave? Some would use another descriptor but this is definitely one to see when looking for something with a bit of difference.

Sunset is the time of day to either watch or participate. People gather to see it and to take images of this very special place. The winding down of the day simply enhances its beauty.

Shoreline to take a walk on with the sunset in the background

Take a Walk

Anytime is a good time to simply breathe in the sea air. Mornings you will find less traffic, less noise…actually less of everything.

Take the time out to have on your own, or with your favorite person to plan your next adventure.

Black Rock Pu’u Keka’a is a beautiful stretch of beach on Maui. If you’re not a morning person, the sunset invites you to witness the end of the day with the promise of many more.

Beautiful open sunset sky weather in Black Rock Hawaii with palm trees in the distance

The Weather Here

The weather can range from warm to humid, with cool breezes and even windy at times. Welcome to the beautiful tropics.

Some say the best times to visit are between the months of May and September.

Regardless of the weather, you’ll love every aspect no matter rain, hail, or shine.

A Little Bit of History

Today, this popular attraction sees many wanting to enjoy the cliff diving excitement, but like many things in Hawaiian life, it does have its historical significance.

In old Hawaii terms, Pu'u Keka'a was known to be a place where souls depart the earth and take a leap into the spirit world.

Many battles were fought here because, in those times, it was thought to be easier for the departed to move on and find their way to the other side.

Sandy beach with the ocean, forest and palm trees on the left in the background and the sunset peaking around

Things To Know About Black Rock

Want a little bit more information?

These few things of interest may help your stay, whether for a day or a week:

  • There is no lifeguard on duty at this beach

  • The beach is approximately 3 miles in length

  • The facilities here include public toilets and showers

  • A walking path is here for those that simply want to be an observer of all things around them

  • There are several accommodation options in the area

Is there ever a bad time to visit?

Hawaii’s weather borderlines on perfect with a few twists here and there just to keep you on your toes.

For the activities, it is best to check the availability of tours. For those wanting a more carefree vacation, just simply make your way to Black Rock.

You won’t regret it.

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