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Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Lighthouse Road, Kilauea, Kauai, HI 96754
Phone Number: 808-828-1413
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Great seasonal whale watching location

I've been here many times. It's a perfect place to watch whales during their transits. There's been an ongoing renovation that should finish early 2016. Before that started (and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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550 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I've been here many times. It's a perfect place to watch whales during their transits. There's been an ongoing renovation that should finish early 2016. Before that started (and after) the views were (will be) worth the cost of admission.

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Hartsdale, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Went here in January, while going to the lighthouse, but unfortunately it and the lighthouse was closed for maintenance. It is although a beautiful area just like everything else on the island!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It looks beautiful and there is actually a small lookout just before entering the park that is still available (we saw some whales in the distance). However we were sad to find the refuge and light house are closed until April for maintenance.

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Gladstone, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This small wildlife refuge is part of the American National Parks system, your America the Beautiful annual pass will give you free entry. Otherwise it's $5 pp. There are lots of birds that can be seen up close; Tropics birds, Frigate birds, Boobies and Albatross (seasonal). From November to March you can also spot whales from Kilauea Point. Very knowledgeable... More 

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Gales Ferry, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a wonderful time talking to staff and saw whales breaching and nenes and lots of birds. the light house was being repaired last time we were there and this time it was closed but we took pictures by the entrance really breathtaking vista

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The view from this outlook is fantastic. Although busy at times with others interested in raw nature, one could still feel the serenity and the magnificence of the place.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We read about this place in a magazine and am so glad we went. The views were even more amazing than we expected! We went late in the day but had about 45 minutes before closing. They have binoculars, and we saw birds, whales and just gorgeous scenery. For $5, the views were well worth the price of admission!

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PackerFan11
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The last day 1/16/2016 for 4 months that you will not have access to this park while they do repairs. On 1/16 we enjoyed a free tour of the lighthouse by Tom, a very nice and informative person. The view is AWESOME! Get there early, 10am opening to ensure you get a tour and a chance to see the views!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to visit and see whales and dolphins jumping. They give you binoculars free to watch. See the waves off of the cliffs.

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Blacksburg, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We happened to be here at a time of good strong winds, so were lucky enough to catch all sorts of birds soaring- some far out, some just above us, and many all around us. This is a point, so the view is many directions. The lighthouse itself is worth seeing, too. Love this place.

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