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Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

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Address: Multiple marine areas of Hawaiian Islands' coastlines, HI 96818
Phone Number: +1 800-831-4888
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The waters around the main Hawaiian Islands of Kauai, Oahu, Hawaii, Maui,...

The waters around the main Hawaiian Islands of Kauai, Oahu, Hawaii, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kaho'olawe constitute one of the world's most important North Pacific humpback whale habitats and the only place in the U.S. where humpbacks reproduce. Scientists estimate that two-thirds of the entire North Pacific humpback whale population (approximately 10,000 whales) migrate to Hawaiian waters to breed, calve and nurse their young. The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary protects these humpback whales, as well as coral reefs, sea turtles, and other marine life living within the sanctuary.

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The volunteer staff were very welcoming & knew their stuff. The displays & interactive games were great for young and old alike. Larry was very knowledgeable & welcoming. Would be... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 February 2015
Patty B
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Bellevue, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

Set back off Kihei Highway, and wedged between the beaches this building is bursting with information, during and after whale season. A must watch is the video of the entanglement of this beautiful mammals and the rescues that happen to save them. Although this sanctuary is free, do leave a donation. Parking, restrooms, picnic tables of a lunch, and educational... More 

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Regina, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

The small building hosting various marine animals including a few skeletons that were pretty cool. Information is adequate and they will give you assistance if you ask. They are passionate with the everything there, just don't expect a high end museum and you will be good. They do have workshops on specific days...just can't remember which days. Out front is... More 

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Burien, Washington
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016 via mobile

Don't bother wasting your time. We were under whelmed and thought it was a glorified science fair. Very little information and a lot of volunteers.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2016

This visitor center is FREE with a box for donations if desired. There is some interactive displays for the children and some FREE activity books for the children which were kindly given out by one of the volunteers. The volunteers were super helpful and very pleased to share their knowledge of whales. Free scopes are available to view the whales.... More 

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2015

The Sanctuary is a wonderful experience for both young and old. One can learn not only about marine life in the Hawaiian islands, but also around the world. The education programs are excellent.

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Thank HillTraveller
Bellevue, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2015 via mobile

The volunteer staff were very welcoming & knew their stuff. The displays & interactive games were great for young and old alike. Larry was very knowledgeable & welcoming. Would be a good family activity with school aged kids.

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Thank Patty B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2013 via mobile

We greatly enjoyed volunteer Larry's talk introducing us to the humpback whale. Our family group ranged from age 4 to 69, but Larry kept us all engaged. Great job!

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2013

We really enjoyed our trip to the Whale Sanctuary. We had a guide who explained the life cycle of the whales and their trips to Alaska. Turtles and dolphins were also on display( not live). Our guide was so full of information and very interesting to listen to. The price is free and donations are welcome.

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Bowling Green, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2012 via mobile

This lesser-known attraction is funded by federal and state money and is therefore not well advertised. You could visit Maui and never know about it. It provides great educational info about the humpback whale and its massive preservation efforts. The public area is staffed with volunteers with degrees in marine biology. They know their stuff and are adept at answering... More 

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Kihei, HI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2012

They have just undergone a remodel and some of the new exhibits are starting to filter in. The docents are very knowledgable. This is a must see. On Tues and Thurs at 11am they host a Whale Talk. You should try to attend. Then walk out on the boardwalk and read the signs and take a look at the Fish... More 

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