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Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary Visitor Center

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Address: 726 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753
Phone Number: +1 800-831-4888
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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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Very informative, friendly staff

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Thank triage1
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Thank SummerDeb
Decatur, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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Kihei, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

maui is blessed to have the Humpback whales return every winter to have their calves. The Hawaiian Ialand Humpback Whale Sanctuary can share the whaling history, present day activities to protect the whales and tell you about the bright future now anticipated for the Humpbacks. Please leave a donation!

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Thank Jim D
Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

It's small but in a great location with very helpful staff. There was a PowerPoint presentation scheduled and I was very reluctant to attend....it sounded pretty dull but was I wrong. The presenter was excellent (December 22). It really was his delivery that made the slides come alive. Thank you for one of our vacation highlights.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

They say the more you know the more you care. This converted US Navy facility is devoted to telling the story of the Humpback and other marine species with a view to conservation. It is free admission and only takes about 20 minutes, unless you get lucky and see a whale breaching. They have an array of binoculars for you... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015 via mobile

We had been on Maui for more than a week before we stopped in at the center. The visitors center is in a beautiful old building that looks like an old home. This newly reonvated educational center is well laid out with various displays. It is suitable for various ages of children as well as adults. The admissio is free!... More 

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