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Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary Visitor Center

726 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-9049
+1 800-831-4888
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Brought the kids here for a visit today and the main building and visitors center is closed with... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Brandon K
Flagstaff, Arizona
Very educational, definitely worthwhile.

The displays are very well done. We attended the Thurs presentation by Ruth. It was fascinating... read more

Reviewed 5 May 2017
Winnipeg, Canada
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Located in Kihei on the south shore of Maui, the visitor center is an ideal spot to learn about the marine environment and even see humpback whales breaching. This scenic beachfront location at the foot of Haleakala has views of Kaho'olawe, Lana'i and West Maui looking across the waters of the sanctuary. Visitors to the new center inKihei will be able to learn about the efforts by NOAA, the State of Hawaii, and others to protect humpback whales, monk seals, sea turtles, and coral reefs.
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726 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-9049
+1 800-831-4888
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Brought the kids here for a visit today and the main building and visitors center is closed with construction crews working on it. Apparently, the Tuesday and Thursday talks still happen in the meeting rooms in a separate building. Nice beach access to a sand...More

Thank Brandon K
Reviewed 5 May 2017

The displays are very well done. We attended the Thurs presentation by Ruth. It was fascinating, well illustrated and all questions were answered. Amazing how many such sanctuaries there are around the world including Thunder Bay (owing to the large number of shipwrecks nearby. A...More

Thank Dave1xyz
Reviewed 26 April 2017

This small museum is dedicated to informing guests of the humpback whales that arrive to Maui each year in the late Fall and leave in Spring, after tye calfs have been born.There are hand-on activity for kids and a great whale video for all ages.

Thank Linda M
Reviewed 11 April 2017

What a great resource! The visitors' center has some small exhibits, and they offer talks about humpback whales a couple of times a week. The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary is located right next to a great beach for families and little ones, so it's...More

Thank Leslie P
Reviewed 31 March 2017

I enjoyed and learn something new every time I attend a lecture at the visitor center. The staff is well versed and has an actual concern about continuing the research of the whales and their habits. Always well done.

Thank jansparkman
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

We're we're staying across the street. The people working here were very knowledgable and helpful when we stopped in. They were more then willing to take the time to answer all our questions about whales.

Thank SusanandJeff65
Reviewed 9 March 2017

A great place to visit and nice location near fish ponds being restored. Excellent program on whales given by a docent.

Thank Nighttripper_7
Reviewed 9 March 2017

If you are coming to Maui then you know that during the winter months over 10,000 whales come thru Maui's water and this is the place to stop and learn why. They have very helpful volunteers that are there to answer all your questions. Located...More

Thank G-Whz
Reviewed 24 February 2017

The whale sanctuary is right by the beach. Inside you can learn more about the whales and other native fauna. It's a small center, but it's free. The volunteers seemed quite engaged with the visitors, but we just walked through quickly. It's a nice stop...More

Thank interviewtraveler
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Great staff. They gave us binoculars and w sat on the deck and watched the whales breach and flap. They also had a presentation that was very interesting on how they help keep the oceans clean and safe.

Thank Christa M
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
What time of year is best to see whales (months)? With the viewing scope can whales usually be seen? What is best time of day to see whales?
25 January 2017|
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Response from NOAA-ONMS | Property representative |
This is the best time of year!
Greg G
Are lectures given Feb 24 - Feb 26; and if so when?
10 February 2016|
Response from Mike K | Reviewed this property |
Don't know about formal lectures, but visitations are sparse enough that docent will take you through the exhibits personally.
Music-by E
Is there a cost to visit?
15 January 2016|
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Response from Americanaarts | Reviewed this property |
They did have a donation box.