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Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary Visitor Center

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Address: 726 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-9049
Phone Number: +1 800-831-4888
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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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Nice Place to Learn about the Whales

We visited the center when the whales are not in Hawaii, but is was still very informative. The keeper was very knowledgeable, answered all of our questions and spent a lot of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the center when the whales are not in Hawaii, but is was still very informative. The keeper was very knowledgeable, answered all of our questions and spent a lot of time with us.

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Springfield, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was visiting the center for information on different stuff for my class. They were very helpful. They gave me information on stuff that i could use for my class.

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San Carlos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The exhibits are very well done, the children's exhibits are very educational and well worth the visit. During whale season there is viewing from their deck..

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Ashburn, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

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 June 23, 2016

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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