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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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Description: Located in Kihei on the south shore of Maui, the visitor center is an...
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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learn about the whales!

during the winter you can see the whales pretty much everywhere, and anytime you dunk your head under water, you can also hear them. but what do you actually know about these... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 10, 2015
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Kihei, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

during the winter you can see the whales pretty much everywhere, and anytime you dunk your head under water, you can also hear them. but what do you actually know about these amazing creatures? the sanctuary visitor center is the best place to discover whales and other marine creatures. entrance is free, and there's always a very nice volunteer who... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Since it's free it's hard to complain. I'd say it's worth 20 minutes or so if you're passing by but I wouldn't go out of my way to visit here. It was a pretty view and we took some nice photos from there. The staff was friendly and the facility well-kept. Just not our cup of tea.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Very educational experience. Had the pleasure of watching a mother whale and baby humpback play and see them breaching! Always good to book direct. The deals you see comes with something extra which you may need to listen to someone talk about time sharing.

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

After a dozen or more annual visits to Kihei, we finally stopped at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary Visitor Center. We were fortunate to have visited on a day that Robin was hosting - so we were greeted by a Hawaiian chant! She's passionate about marine life and was enthusiastic in her explanations. We learned not only about the... More 

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San Diego, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Honestly, I wanted to love this place, but it just wasn't that much. Perhaps its better when you can actually see the humpback whales off of the coast. I'm glad it was free, as we only stayed for about 30 minutes. It was educational, but nothing that we didn't already know. It is nice that they help the whales, so... More 

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Okanogan, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Lady met us at the door and started in with her spiel. It was informative. Talks about whales and turtles.

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Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This is an excellent place to find out about humpback whale behavior, migration, rescue and protection. The visitor center offers displays, two videos and an amazing view! The building is oceanfront with the Maui fishpond right outside the window. The volunteer we met was extremely knowledgeable and patiently answered all of our questions. They accept monetary donations and offer a... More 

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Kihei
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

HIHWNMS is one of those free places to visit while in Maui. Located in front of a 500+ year old fishpond, it has exhibits and displays about the Humpback Whales, the turtles in Hawaiian waters, and the monk seal which only lives in Hawaii. Lots of knowledgeable volunteers and hands on for keiki (youngsters).

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Take time to visit and support this organization and their efforts to preserve nature for all to enjoy and appreciate. While visiting Maui last year we saw a schedule of events in the oaper and took one evening to go enjoy hearing about the Humpbacks and the efforts to free those caught in fishing lines, etc. it was extremely fascinating... More 

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Spring, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This is a must see for all. It is small and intimate and the employees there are most knowledgeable and helpful. There is some very interesting history here. It is centrally located.

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Address: 726 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753
Phone Number: +1 800-831-4888
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Maui  >  Kihei

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