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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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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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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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Interesting whale museum

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... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Linda M
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Maui
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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.

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 easy to pop over, get out of the sun for a bit, and learn something... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed March 22, 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.

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Thank SusanandJeff65
Novato, CA
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Reviewed March 9, 2017

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

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Fresno, California
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Reviewed March 9, 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 right on the beach and if your are luck you can spot some whales while... More 

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Reviewed February 24, 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 if you happen to be in this area of Kihei.

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Torquay, Canada
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Reviewed February 14, 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.

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Hayden, Idaho, United States
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Reviewed February 10, 2017

there was quite a bit of information not only about whales but also about turtles. we stayed across the street from this place and played around in the fish pond also. very helpful staff that you can tell are dedicated to their work.

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Reviewed February 7, 2017

Got to stop by this place on our way to the airport. Would have loved Tom spend more time whale watching from their deck.

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