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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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We knew the visitor center was limited and that is fine. The volunteer who showed us around was... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2017
Mari Anne H
Surrey, Canada
via mobile
Nice Historical Place to learn about Whales

You can learn a lot about whales and you can find some good spots to find nice photo spots and meet... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2017
Tokyo, Japan
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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 11 October 2017 via mobile

We knew the visitor center was limited and that is fine. The volunteer who showed us around was very well informed and interesting. But the highlight of our visit was the 11 am talk. A very interesting talk about the humpbacks, the history, migration, reproduction...More

Thank Mari Anne H
Reviewed 9 September 2017

You can learn a lot about whales and you can find some good spots to find nice photo spots and meet good helpful people.

Thank espramiro
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

Speaker (Bo) was very informative and enthusiastic. Did you know the Humpback whale was once a land animal? I didn't! The feeding and mating proportion of the discussion was also very informative. I highly advise a visit.

Thank Pappa_Kapp
Reviewed 24 July 2017

This is free, but we made a donation to the center because it was terrific. The volunteers are very friendly and welcoming, they quickly engage in conversation and provide a wealth of knowledge on humpback whales, monk seals and other sea life. They also discuss...More

1  Thank Aussiesinmaine
Reviewed 17 July 2017

This sanctuary was a great place to visit and offered great views and great historical insight on the whales in the past and what we are doing in the present to set up a future for these whales! It is a must visit on your...More

Thank Kristina G
Reviewed 6 July 2017

This is where you can learn what people are doing to help whales that get caught up in nets. They describe their techniques. It is a small place right next to the beach.

Thank bobndee24
Reviewed 20 June 2017

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 6 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 27 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
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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.