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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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Everything You Wanted to Know About Humpback Whales in a Perfect Location

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
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Cary, North Carolina
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San Diego, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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34 attraction reviews
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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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Cottam, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Exceptional experience. Lots of information and knowledgeable staff. Free binoculars to see the whales and turtles. Don't miss this one!

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

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

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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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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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