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Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary Visitor Center

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Address: 726 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-9049
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+1 800-831-4888
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10:00 - 15:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 15:00
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Located in Kihei on the south shore of Maui, the visitor center is an ideal...

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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Great for children and adults

We stayed within walking distance and brought the kids over one morning before spending the rest of the morning on the beach. They loved playing with the different toys and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 February 2016
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Toronto
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016

We stayed within walking distance and brought the kids over one morning before spending the rest of the morning on the beach. They loved playing with the different toys and puzzles and the volunteers were very friendly and gave us lots of information about the whales. We had a good time and then stayed and played on the beach and... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

One of the highlights of coming to Kihei in Feb is that they whales are here to mate and you can see them out in the ocean. If you are here during that time a great introduction to the whales and other sea life this is a great place to start. First of all it is free so in a... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016

The docents here know a lot about whales and other sea creatures. In fact, I was very interested in sea turtles and Renee, one of the docents was very helpful and knowledgeable. There are activities for the kids, too. There were sea turtles out on the rocks of the ancient Hawaiian Fish Pond out front, too. Pop in when you... More 

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Manitoba
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2016 via mobile

This is a beautiful and appropriate site for a centre like this. You can see the whales spouting in the distance while visiting! The staff are very engaging and willing to answer questions. Its free and it's small but they pack a lot of displays into the space. Plan about half and hour to an hour here. It's worth a... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2016

The volunteers here were great and very eager to share their knowledge of whales. There is no fee involved, however, they take donations and sell a few items for their foundation. They will share their binoculars to view the nearby whales in the ocean.

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Minneapolis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2016 via mobile

Volunteer museum staff share all of their knowledge of humpback whales one on one. Good videos and lectures. They also do whale rescues when they are caught in fishing gear.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2016

This is a great place to learn more about whales. The volunteers are very friendly and knowledgeable. The museum is small, just one room, but interesting. It has maps, pics and videos. There is a balcony where you can try to spot whales. They provide binoculars. Free of charge.

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Vancouver, BC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2016 via mobile

We knew that this visitor centre provided free lectures, and we were lucky enough to coincidentally time our visit with one. The presenter was enthusiastic and knowledgeable, providing great educational background for us which gave us much greater insight when we did a whale watch trip later in the week. The centre is fairly small and somewhat limited in its... More 

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Saskatoon, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016

Free place to visit. Lots of info on whales. Free binoculars to look for whales on the ocean. Small sheltered swim area with rock wall around it. This is for small children.

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Decatur, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016 via mobile

We stayed at a condo across the street and stopped here as we arrived before check-in time. The museum is small, with models, maps, photos, and videos about whales. The volunteers are very friendly and lend you binoculars. We saw whales blowing and breaching from the porch. It was very cool!

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