Posted on: May 26, 2011

Pacific Whale Foundation Members and Hawaii Residents Offered Free Ocean Discovery Cruises on Sunday, June 5

To call attention to the importance of the oceans and to celebrate the ocean that surrounds us in Hawaii, Pacific Whale Foundation is offering free Ocean Discovery Cruises to all Hawaii residents on Sunday, June 5. The cruises are offered in honor of World Oceans Day.

These free cruises depart from Ma’alaea Harbor at 1:00, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:00 pm. Each cruise is about one hour in length. The cruise includes narration about Maui's ocean environment by Pacific Whale Foundation’s certified marine naturalists and opportunities to view sea turtles and other wildlife that may be encountered.

 If you have a Hawaii driver's license, you go free. You can also go free on these cruises if you are a current Pacific Whale Foundation Member. All children ages 12 and under go free, even if they are not members or residents. 

Adults who are nonmembers or who are not Hawaii residents can purchase  tickets for $10.

Reservations are required for all tickets and are subject to availability. To obtain your reservation, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 

“Pacific Whale Foundation is proud to join thousands of educational institutions, conservation organizations and individuals in dozens of countries around the world that are celebrating our planet’s oceans in honor of World Oceans Day,” said Greg Kaufman, President and Founder of Pacific Whale Foundation. “This annual event which is held on June 8th of each year, is a time to reflect on the ways our oceans influence all aspects of our lives and the connection that we all have to the sea.”

Pacific Whale Foundation is a member of The Ocean Project, an international network of over 1,200 aquariums, zoos, museums, and conservation organizations that is working closely with the World Ocean Network to coordinate World Oceans Day activities.

 The theme of this year’s World Oceans Day is “Youth: the Next Wave for Change” with a special focus on getting the young people in our communities inspired to conserve our world’s oceans. “We believe strongly in the power of educating young people about theoceans, “ noted Kaufman. “Throughout the year, we offer marine education programs for preschoolers through high school students, in our Discovery Center as well as on our vessels.” 

“We will offer a special Jr. Naturalist program for the children who join us on the free Ocean Discovery Cruises,” says Greg. “We guarantee that all the children who participate will learn at least one or two new things about the wildlife found in the oceans around us.”

 To learn more about Pacific Whale Foundation, please visit www.pacificwhale.org. For reservations for the free Ocean Discovery Cruises, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.