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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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This is an amazing group of people with a mission to educate and inform. Great programs for kids. Stop in and say Aloha, talk story and I guarantee you'll take home a good memory.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Kihei, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

This is an amazing group of people with a mission to educate and inform. Great programs for kids. Stop in and say Aloha, talk story and I guarantee you'll take home a good memory.

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Mukwonago, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This is a nice stop to learn more about whales and monk seals. To is not too large, but has kid friendly activities. Also take a look at the native Hawaiian fish pond from the lanai.

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Ferndale, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This little museum can answer all your questions about whales. The docent on duty when we were there was very helpful. He told us many interesting stories about the whales and local people. We were on Maui in March and we saw humpback whales every day and turtles on several occasions.

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Bobcaygeon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Visted the Whale Sanctuary Visitor Center and was greated by knowledgable people who would spend as much time as you wanted as they are so passionate about what they do there. Learned a lot about sea turtles and whales that I had seen on the island. Nice t shirts for sale too! Many children there that day who were enjoying... More 

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Kihei, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

You will learn much about the migrating whales of Maui from very knowledgeable guides. On Thursdays at 11:00 take advantage of the free talk. It is well worth every minute of the time you take.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

There are small dioaramas and a place for children to play. You will see videos there. It was not a place to see whales in October. The docents are knowledgeable. It is worth donating to preserve what they are trying to do for whales.

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St. Albert, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We have been twice, and will go the next time we are in Maui. One of the best places to see whales. The peak time is 8-9 am and again at 4-5pm. we even had the pleasure of seeing a mother nurse her pup, about 100 meters from shore!! A great place to spend a few hours. We visited February... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

This is a small museum, so engage with the friendly docents to learn more about whales and their work freeing whales from fishing line. Our kids learned a lot that then made our whale sightings much more meaningful, (You can definitely see humpbacks from shore all over south and west Maui in February. It's incredible.) Also interesting is the re-built... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

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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