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Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary Visitor Center

Address: 726 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753
Phone Number: +1 800-831-4888
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Ranked #116 of 307 things to do in Kihei
Type: Visitor centers, Traveler Resources
Owner description: Located in Kihei on the south shore of Maui, the visitor center is an ideal spot to learn about the...
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Type: Visitor centers, Traveler Resources
Owner description: 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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Watsonville, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

First time visiting this visitor center and it was well worth it. The docents are knowledgable and friendly. Some are volunteering there while vacationing. Imagine learning about the Humpbacks and their voyages while all the time watching the ocean where you can see them from shore. Then you add in the history of the Hawaiian Fish Pond being re-established and... More 

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Royal Oaks, CA
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14 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Nice little informative stop to learn more about whales. This place is somewhat hidden off if south Kihei road, we passed it many times and did not even know it was open to the public. Just discovered by accident, the volunteers on site are friendly and are a wealth of information. They have events, so check with them on schedule.... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

A small but informative center with helpful staff and great views of the ocean. There are binoculars available but we didn't see any signs of whales, but it was a grat place to watch the wind surfers on the nearby beach.

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

If you like your visit to these islands, go there and donate. They are trying to preserve part of what makes this place great.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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43 reviews 43 reviews
31 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Friendly people, free lectures, a comfortable porch and free binoculars to watch the whales. Go here before you go out on a whale watch cruise.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We stopped by here the other day and were glad we did. We learned things that we didn't know about the whales.

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canada
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

AWESOME very informative to learn about our Humpbacks..this visit is a must … 10 plus ..you can visit the web site to find out when these talks are..but visit anytime someone is always there to answer ?? worth our support

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Peabody, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Not a big place so it won't take long to visit - - an hour is plenty of time. Some interesting displays about marine mammals and sea turtles. Friendly staff. And they give free talks/PowerPoint presentations once a week that are very interesting. In the late fall and winter whales can often be spotted just offshore from the building's porch.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Must visit - run mostly by volunteers with aloha. Great kids programs, worth your time to understand the balance our whales give to the universe. Also a great strip of beach on either side.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

My wife and I spent about 30 minutes here learning about the sanctuary. The attendant was very helpful. We didn't see any whales from the visitor center, but they have a viewing deck to the humpback whale "nursery" bay, so others will be more lucky. Thank goodness for the National Marine Sanctuaries!

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