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Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

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Multiple marine areas of Hawaiian Islands' coastlines, HI 96818
+1 800-831-4888
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Free Visitor Center

Excellent place for families or people interested in whales, dolphins, turtles, seals and all types... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2017
Edmonds, Washington
Interesting & Informative

My husband has been looking forward to visiting here so we took a coupon of hours to see what it... read more

Reviewed 22 July 2017
via mobile
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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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Multiple marine areas of Hawaiian Islands' coastlines, HI 96818
+1 800-831-4888
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Reviewed 12 September 2017

Excellent place for families or people interested in whales, dolphins, turtles, seals and all types of fish. Movies, displays, play items for children, free posters and staffed with a knowledgeable person to explain what they have to offer. Outside in the ocean are the fishponds...More

Thank kctab
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

My husband has been looking forward to visiting here so we took a coupon of hours to see what it was all about but needed less than an hour. The staff was very friendly. They show a video which was very interesting but only had...More

Thank Louisianagirl51
Reviewed 29 December 2016

This place has some really interesting artifacts. I suspect it is WAY underfunded which is a shame. It was relatively hidden, but had an expansive free parking lot AND the beachfront is part of the King's fishing trap. Very historic but not being maintained. Inside...More

Thank nan n
Reviewed 13 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...More

Thank pinkribbonus
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...More

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.

Thank Laura P
Reviewed 8 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...More

Thank familyvalue8
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.

Thank HillTraveller
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.

Thank Patty B
Reviewed 13 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!

Thank GregShine
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