Ocean Camp: Discovery, Learning & Adventure

Summer Ocean Camp takes place from June 13 to July 29 from 8am - 4pm unless otherwise noted.

Ocean Camp will also be held during the following school breaks:

  • Fall -- October 10 - 14, 2016
  • Winter -- December 26 - 30, 2016 and January 2 - 6, 2017
  • Spring -- March 20 - 24, 2017  

Weekly or daily enrollment available.

Ocean Camp summer sessions:

  • June 13 – 17:  Terrific Turtles

In honor of World Sea Turtle Day (on June 16), we will kick off the summer with a shell-tastic week of turtle-themed activities.  We will learn about the types of turtles found here in Hawaii and throughout the world and the difference between a turtle and a tortoise.  As we explore sea turtle habitats, we will also discover ways to protect them.

Field Trip Schedule:

Monday, June 13, 2016 – Maui Ocean Center

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 – Beach 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 – Ho’okipa and Waihe’e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Reserve

Thursday, June 16, 2016 – Surfing 

Friday, June 17, 2016 – Molokini Snorkel **7:30 am drop off

  • June 20 – 24:  Life at the Edge of the Sea

The water’s edge is full of action and teeming with life.  Join us this week as we explore all of the amazing creatures found along the coastline, including surveying tide pools using scientific research methods.  From algae and crustaceans to seabirds, we will become experts on the life at the edge of the sea!

Field Trip Schedule:

Monday, June 20, 2016 – Tidepools

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 – Beach 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 – Kapalua Coastal Trail

Thursday, June 23, 2016 – Windsurfing 

Friday, June 24, 2016 – Molokini Snorkel **7:30 am drop off

  • June 27 – July 1:  Super Sharks

Sharks are one of the most feared and most important predators in the ocean.  This week will be all about sharks, as we dispel some common misconceptions about them.  From the smallest dwarf lantern shark to the largest whale shark, we will gain an appreciation for these amazing cartilaginous creatures.

Field trip Schedule:

Monday, June 27, 2016 – Maui Ocean Center

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 – Beach 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 – Dragonfruit Farm (ziplining and aquaball)

Thursday, June 30, 2016 – Surfing

Friday, July 1, 2016 – Molokini Snorkel

  • July 5 – 8:  Microscopic Marine Marvels

A teaspoon of seawater can contain over 1 million living creatures.  This week we will learn all about the bottom of the ocean food chain: plankton!  From collecting and viewing our own live samples, to creating our own plankton, we will discover the microscopic marvels that keep the oceans full of life!

Field Trip Schedule:

Monday, July 4, 2016 – HOLIDAY – NO CAMP

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 – Beach 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 – ‘Iao Valley

Thursday, July 7, 2016 – Windsurfing 

Friday, July 8, 2016 – Molokini Snorkel **7:30 am drop off

  • July 11 – 15:  Into the Deep

The deep sea is the most mysterious and underexplored place on the planet.  This week we will travel into the deep, dark depths of the ocean as we learn about some of the creatures that call this habitat home.  Campers will become virtual deep sea explorers as they learn about the different adaptations that help animals live in the depths of the ocean.  From creatures that make their own light to the enormous giant squid, we will become immersed in knowledge of creatures of the deep!

Field Trip Schedule:

Monday, July 11, 2016 – Maui Ocean Center

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 – Beach 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 – Atlantis Submarine

Thursday, July 14, 2016 – Surfing 

Friday, July 15, 2016 – Molokini Snorkel

  • July 18 – 22:  Fantastic Fish

With over 30,000 different species of fish, belonging to 532 different families, we will spend the week loading our nets with knowledge.  This week we will explore some of the fish families we find here in Hawaii and their amazing adaptations.  As always, we end our week with a visit to the natural habitat of these amazing fish as we snorkel at Molokini crater.

Field Trip Schedule:

Monday, July 18, 2016 – Maui Ocean Center

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 – Beach 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 – Ko’ie’ie Fishpond

Thursday, July 21, 2016 – Windsurfing 

Friday, July 22, 2016 – Molokini Snorkel

  • July 25 – 29:  Magnificent Marine Mammals

Marine mammals are among the largest and most charismatic residents of the ocean.  This week we will discover what makes marine mammals so special.  From the buoyant blubber layer of whales to the thick, waterproof coat of sea lions, we will explore all of the adaptations that marine mammals use to be masters of their ocean home.

Field Trip Schedule:

Monday, July 25, 2016 – Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 – Beach 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 – La Perouse hike

Thursday, July 28, 2016 – Surfing 

Friday, July 29, 2016 – Molokini Snorkel


All field trips are subject to change.

Camp hours are 8 am to 4 pm unless otherwise noted.

7:30 am drop off on Fridays: June 17, June 24, July 8


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To register by phone:  Call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 between 6 am and 9pm (HST) any day of the week.

To register in person:  Visit Pacific Whale Foundation's administrative offices at The Harbor Shops at Ma'alaea (off Route 30, Honoapiilani Highway, next door to Maui Ocean Center). Our offices are open from 9 am to 6 pm daily. 

Download the online form.

Camp registration fee is $80 per day or $325 for the week. Pacific Whale Foundation Members receive the discounted price of $64 per day or $260 for the week. Last minute registration (24 hours prior to or day-of camp) is $88 per day ($70 for Pacific Whale Foundation Members).

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