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Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary Visitor Center

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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a little education goes a long way

My wife and I lived for a few days right across from this visitor center, and we walked in after a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sohail M
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Superb facility

We enjoyed the information centre display including the friendly well informed volunteer. We then... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Melbourne, Australia
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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...more
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726 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-9049
+1 800-831-4888
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I lived for a few days right across from this visitor center, and we walked in after a bit of snorkeling on the beach next to this place. We enjoyed watching an educational program on TV there, and the live talk held...More

Thank Sohail M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed the information centre display including the friendly well informed volunteer. We then took advantage of the twice weekly hour-long presentation provided by another volunteer using a great presentation. And all for free. Outstanding

Thank HofH999
Reviewed 7 September 2018

As a diver who has been in the water with whales, I was interested to visit this small outpost of a sanctuary. Very informative and the volunteers were wonderful. I missed the talk everyone loves, but watched the videos of whale behavior and entanglement and...More

Thank HereWeGo282
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

We are a family with three young children. My kids really enjoyed the whale talk, as well as the small museum. We learned a great deal about humpback whales and turtles. I recommend this as a quick, low budget activities for families. The people who...More

Thank desertpalm
Reviewed 23 June 2018

This is a small museum that has just the right amount of information. The curator gave us a small talk about the Sanctuary and Humpback Whales. He even answered all of our questions! They do provide binoculars for the winter, during whale watching season. I...More

Thank Aaron M
Reviewed 18 June 2018

Be sure to visit the displays here! You can view videos of whales being rescued from entangled fishing lines! You won’t be disappointed! Also, go outside to see the turtles on the rock wall and at the park next door go into the oceN and...More

2  Thank NanaQuinn8
Reviewed 27 May 2018

We visited when the Hump back whale season had finished. The centre itself is quite small but they seem to be doing a lot of excellent work. The highlight was the hour talk by Robin ( who I believe is in her 80s) who was...More

Thank dselvan
Reviewed 14 May 2018

This is not an amusement ride or place to drop off the kids for the afternoon. However, all children are definitely welcome with parents to view the Center dedicated to the preservation of these beautiful majestic mammals. There are several examples of lines, bouys, wire...More

Thank nascarbilly
Reviewed 7 May 2018

Our white VW Jetta took us on sightseeing tours around this island of countless parks and beaches, all open to the public with free parking. We visited the South Shore’s Kealia National Wildlife Refuge, the whale sanctuary’s visitor center and historic fish pond, and the...More

Thank AlliecatOOB
Reviewed 29 April 2018

Discovered this gem as we were staying nearby, by .chance, arrived just as one of the twice a week Humpback Whale talks were starting. Learned so very much about these amazing whales and kudos to the staff. Visited the rest of the center and talked...More

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Stephanie H
25 July 2017|
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Response from Leslie P | Reviewed this property |
Hi! I wouldn't take your little one to the lecture (it's too long for a toddler), but the center itself is very kid-friendly. There is a GREAT little kid-friendly beach adjacent to the sanctuary. Good spot for a relaxing... More
25 January 2017|
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Response from NOAA-ONMS | Property representative |
This is the best time of year!
Greg G
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.