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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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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Located in Kihei on the south shore of Maui, the visitor center is an ideal...

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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"Enjoyed our visit"

As a teacher and lover of marine life, I have wanted to visit the sanctuary for quite some time and finally made it this year. Although it is a bit small, the docent was very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Ashburn, Virginia
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Ashburn, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As a teacher and lover of marine life, I have wanted to visit the sanctuary for quite some time and finally made it this year. Although it is a bit small, the docent was very knowledgeable and helpful. It was obvious that he truly enjoyed what he was doing. My whole family enjoyed looking around. I would visit if you... More 

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Chugiak
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was located across beach form Condo rental. Beach located on very nice and wonderful views. Staff nice and lots of education info for children. nice quick visit and free.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Go even if it's not whale season. Great people, lots to learn, take kids. Great plush turtles, whales, and monk seals for kids at super reasonable prices.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

educational, with free parking, some great views and a few programs for kids and adults. small complex, but connected to NOAA which is a great organization

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

We always drove by and never stopped, but this time we did. great place to learn about whales and turtles.

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McHenry, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

This is great place to learn about humpback whales. They have several videos that explain about the whales and what they encounter. Helpful volunteer staff is very knowledgeable and can answer all of your questions.

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San Ramon, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016 via mobile

A wonderful location to learn about the whales of Hawaii and the various sea turtles that are native to the area. A historic "fish pond" dating back 700 years is located just in front of the building and you just might see some sea turtles! Take an hour to take this sight in, perfect for families and just about anyone.

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

This place was so very informative, and there is a small beach off the water side of the building - great for little ones. Sometimes you can see turtles here.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2016

We stopped here during our brief time in Kihei and in the 30 minutes or so that we were here, we learned quite a bit about the whales and the other local sea life. I was pleased to see that they were a part of NOAA and had a lot of knowledgeable volunteers. There were videos playing and several displays... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2016 via mobile

Hats off to the staff. They were very friendly and helpful. The kids found it extremely interesting and informative. The had lots of activities for our younger kids (2 & 4) and lots of information for our 8 yr old. The fish pond beside the sanctuary is great for snorkelling to see turtles on extremely rough days. The rock wall... More 

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