Keiki Whalewatch Programs

Our Keiki Whalewatch Program includes a customized 75 minute whalewatch and an optional classroom component. You may choose to participate in the classroom presentation in our facilities or as an outreach program at your school or center.

To request a field trip date, please click here.

Requested dates are tentative and will be confirmed by November 20, 2015.



Student whalewatch


Adult whalewatch

$15/adult & parents

Teacher whalewatch

No charge/teacher & class aides

Classroom presentation

No charge

Optional Classroom Presentations

[Preschool] Sense-sational Cetaceans (on-site): Whales are a lot like you. They use their senses to make their way in the world. Children will identify the senses that humans use and make comparisons of how whales and dolphins do the same in a marine environment. Students rotate through discovery stations and participate in a dynamic audio-visual presentation all about cetaceans. After setting the scene you’ll embark on a whale watch cruise using sight and sound to experience whales in the wild.

[K/1] Mammals Like Me (on-site): Students arrive in the Ocean Discovery Classrooms where they engage in a two part program. Students roar with laughter as they learn about form and function by playing “Silly Willy Mammal Mix Up” and then witness a classmate turn into a humpback whale. Students will also take part in a hands-on, minds-on challenge through a visual presentation that distinguishes characteristics of species in the animal kingdom.

[2/3] Whales and Dolphins of Hawaii (on-site): How do you know what type of whale or dolphin you observing either from shore or from a boat? The goal of this two part program helps children build connections, appreciation, and wildlife watching skills. Children compare the length of a humpback whale pectoral fin and learn about similarities and differences of humpback and human relationships. In the second part of the program we weave in the power of storytelling with added dolphin footage. Exploring characteristics of spotted, spinner, false killer whales, and bottlenose dolphins illustrates that each animal is unique unto itself.

[4/5] Food for Thought (on-site): Students will classify whales according to their feeding structures and techniques. By viewing real baleen, teeth, marine artifacts and models, students will evaluate the success of teeth and baleen in capturing prey. Students will also consider the role of whales in food webs and food chains. Students will get a real “mouth full” of learning in a slightly silly feeding game. Next, we’ll board Pacific Whale Foundation’s vessel for a whale watch adventure at sea.

[6-12] Humpback Mating and Dating (on-site): Engage your group of teens in an entertaining, fast-paced and humorous game show format to review the natural history, social structure, essential anatomy and reproductive behavior of humpbacks whales. The north Pacific stock of humpback whales is increasing at an estimated 5-7% annually (SPLASH findings) representing close to 15,000 total individuals. Understanding the limiting factors of population growth is essential to managing human activities that impact whales.

[6-12] Hawaii’s Humpback Whales- Interpreting Behaviors (on-site): Why do whales do that? That’s a complex question. Let’s dig a little deeper. Using video clips of whale behavior and a locally collected data set from Pacific Whale Foundation’s Great Whale Count, students work in small groups to identify, define and assign typical whale behaviors by social functions (Singers, mother/calf, competition pods, and mother/calf/escort groups). This investigation integrates a multi-sensory and guided approach that models the scientific process used by researchers at Pacific Whale Foundation. The investigation is followed by a two hour whale watch in the field.

Guest Speakers (off-site): Want to inspire and introduce your students to the wonderful world of marine science? Schedule one of our certified Marine Naturalists to come speak with your class on Maui or over Skype if your group is abroad. As an organization we conduct research and reach out to the world through our education and conservation efforts. We actively connect cause and concern by bridging interest in marine issues with awareness and active participation in ocean conservation and environmental sustainability. We feel it is our social “Response-Ability,” as each and every one of us is a steward of our world. Just call to schedule this dynamic and authentic learning experience for your group. 45-60 minutes $50.00

Additional Information

Keiki Whalewatch Logistics: We are looking forward to hosting your Keiki Whale Watch Program! As you prepare for this exciting experiential and educational fieldtrip, we want to provide all the details necessary for creating a smooth experience for you. Please click the following link for more information about 
Keiki Whalewatch Logistics. If you have any questions, you can contact our team of Marine Education Specialists at or call (808) 856-8341.

Customized Programs: Not finding what you’re looking for? We are more than happy to put together a customized program for you. Whether you’re group is traveling to Maui, you’re looking to integrate ocean experiences and investigations into your summer program, you want to schedule a classroom visit with a specialized field trip, a three day program is what you are seeking; the possibilities are endless. Just give our Marine Education Specialists a call and we will work with you to meet your needs. (808) 856-8341 Email:

Scholarship Support: Pacific Whale Foundation's "No Child Left Indoors" Environmental Education Scholarship Fund helps to ensure that all kids are able to enjoy outdoor environmental learning field trips and programs, regardless of their families' financial situation. Environmental educators point out that the amount of time a child spends outdoors before age 11 plays a large role in determining if the child will grow up to care about the environment. Environmental education ensures that children experience nature and learn to care about it. At Pacific Whale Foundation, we view it as critically important now, more than ever, for children to become involved in programs that allow them to experience the natural world. Please download our No Child Left Indoors application and submit to