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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
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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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fun quick stop

The whale sanctuary is right by the beach. Inside you can learn more about the whales and other native fauna. It's a small center, but it's free. The volunteers seemed quite... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The whale sanctuary is right by the beach. Inside you can learn more about the whales and other native fauna. It's a small center, but it's free. The volunteers seemed quite engaged with the visitors, but we just walked through quickly. It's a nice stop if you happen to be in this area of Kihei.

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Torquay, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great staff. They gave us binoculars and w sat on the deck and watched the whales breach and flap. They also had a presentation that was very interesting on how they help keep the oceans clean and safe.

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Hayden, Idaho, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

there was quite a bit of information not only about whales but also about turtles. we stayed across the street from this place and played around in the fish pond also. very helpful staff that you can tell are dedicated to their work.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Got to stop by this place on our way to the airport. Would have loved Tom spend more time whale watching from their deck.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wow, once you've seen the whales (every day off South Maui if you keep your eyes peeled) and even heard them (swim underwater and stop moving, their singing is clear from miles away), you'll want to learn more about these amazing creatures. This is the place to do it. Just like for the blue whale outline sign, on South Kihei... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

Visited on a day there was no lecture so just looked around the centre. It was very small and we didn't really learn anything new. The boards outside the centre were interesting although looking out to sea we saw no whales. Think it would be best to visit when a lecture is running.

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Bellevue, Washington, USA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

Housed in lovely old building with volunteers who seem very caring. We missed the lectures that are Tues and Thurs at 11. The exhibits in the single downstairs room are basic and limited, relating bith tobwhales and turtles. We did learn that tge humpback season isn't considered to begin until mid December. Also tgat tge large turtles we have seen... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

When we visited, it was not humpback whale sighting season, so we were pleased to discover that the Center was still hosting lectures twice a week about the whales. Our lecturer was very knowledgeable, interesting, and kept a wide variety of people in her audience engaged for well over the announced time--we kept asking questions! I liked that when she... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

The volunteers really know about whales and Maui. We got some great advice on what to see and where to eat as well as being able to see 2 sea turtles on a barrier sea wall that native Hawaiians made centuries ago to give fish a safe place to go and be caught..

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

This is located in a 3 story building and the exhibit hall occupies the bottom floor. There is an observation deck for viewing. The volunteers are very passionate about the whales and other sealife. They have on display the skeletons of a monk seal and bottle nose dolphin. There are also bones and baleen from a humpback whale. There are... More 

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