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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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+1 800-831-4888
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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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Low tech, high-interest spot for adults and kids

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... read more

Reviewed January 23, 2017
Guelph, Canada
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Guelph, Canada
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Reviewed January 23, 2017

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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North Yorkshire
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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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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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Snowmass Village
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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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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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Murrieta, California
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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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Kearney, Missouri
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Reviewed September 22, 2016 via mobile

Must do either the Tuesday or Thursday 11:00 lecture. We having been coming to Maui and driven buy many and had not stopped. Why we will Conor often in the future. Don't miss.

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Hauula, Hawaii
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Reviewed September 5, 2016

Although the building was closed, we were able to go into a meeting area where there is a lot to see. There are also objects and signs all over the property that really make it worthwhile to see.

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Reviewed August 6, 2016 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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Reviewed August 4, 2016

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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