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Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary Visitor Center
Ranked #12 of 77 things to do in Kihei
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

We knew the visitor center was limited and that is fine. The volunteer who showed us around was very well informed and interesting. But the highlight of our visit was the 11 am talk. A very interesting talk about the humpbacks, the history, migration, reproduction and so much more. It is free and the host is a wealth of knowledge and a very humorous bent. We arrived on time and perhaps a dozen or more people trickled in over the hour. Come on time and get the full talk.

1  Thank Mari Anne H
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

You can learn a lot about whales and you can find some good spots to find nice photo spots and meet good helpful people.

Thank espramiro
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Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

Speaker (Bo) was very informative and enthusiastic. Did you know the Humpback whale was once a land animal? I didn't! The feeding and mating proportion of the discussion was also very informative. I highly advise a visit.

Thank Pappa_Kapp
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Reviewed 24 July 2017

This is free, but we made a donation to the center because it was terrific. The volunteers are very friendly and welcoming, they quickly engage in conversation and provide a wealth of knowledge on humpback whales, monk seals and other sea life. They also discuss the fish pond/trap outside the center and will point out the snoozing sea turtle.we knew that we were not going to see whales at this time of year so were not disappointed that there were none to see but ev n so the information and educational presentation was well worth the time

1  Thank Aussiesinmaine
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Reviewed 17 July 2017

This sanctuary was a great place to visit and offered great views and great historical insight on the whales in the past and what we are doing in the present to set up a future for these whales! It is a must visit on your trip!

Thank Kristina G
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