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OCEAN CAMP FAQs
When is camp offered?
Ocean Camp is offered daily during summer, fall, winter and spring school breaks on Maui. For our schedule and registration form, please click here.
Do I have to register for all sessions?
No. You can register by the week or by the day. A space is held when payment is given.
Who can go to camp? What are the ages?
Ocean Camp is open to children entering or enrolled in grades 1-5. Ocean Discovery Camp is open to children entering or enrolled in grades 6-8.
What time is drop off and pick-up?
Ocean Camp hours are from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
What if I am running late to pick up my child?
There is a late fee of $1 per minute if you pick up your child after 4:00 pm. Effective April 2013, we will no longer offer the after-care program.
What is the cost of camp?
Camp registration fee is $80 per day or $325 for the week. (Pacific Whale Foundation Members pay just $64 per day or $260 for the week.)
Last minute registration (24 hours prior to or day-of camp) is $88 per day. (Pacific Whale Foundation Members pay $70)
What is included in the price?
A whole lot of fun! Camp tuition, field trip fees (Pacific Whale Foundation vessel trip, surf, windsurf, hikes, transportation to field trip sites, etc.) and a snack are all included.
Do you provide lunch?
Lunch is NOT included and must be provided by parents.
What does the camper need to bring each day?
At a minimum, campers need a swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, refillable water bottle, lunch, and a booster seat if applicable.
Where is the camp? What is the Discovery Center like?
Ocean Camp is based in the air-conditioned classrooms of Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center next to Maui Ocean Center overlooking Ma'alaea Harbor. Our classrooms are equipped with AV equipment, computer, lab equipment, and our own private restrooms. Check out the Ocean Camp Photo Gallery page for more views of our classrooms and excursion locations.
Additional activities may take place next door at Maui Ocean Center, at Haycraft Beach Park, or at the U.S Coast Guard Station. We travel off-site for surfing, windsurfing, tidepool trips, 'Iao Valley, hiking, NOAA's Marine Sanctuary visitor center, Molokini snorkel and beach days.
What do the campers do all day at Ocean Camp?
Each day is different and campers select from weekly themes to customize their experience. On a typical day, campers go out on a field trip in the morning, have a picinic lunch and return to the classrooms after lunch. Afternoons may be a combination of science lab, arts and crafts activities, or special guest presentations both in and out of the classrooms.
Who teaches the kids? What about safety?
Our counselors are members of the Pacific Whale Foundation education staff. All are over 21 and are college graduates. All water activities are supervised by those holding Lifeguard Certification. Our adult to student ratio is 1:12 or better. Additional adult volunteers provide support for off-site field trip excursions. All staff and volunteers must be cleared by background checks. When we are out of the classroom, we carry parent contact information and first-aid supplies with us.
Have additional questions? Call us at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.